Newcastle

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Amazing beaches and vibrant culture

A harbour city with amazing surf beaches linked by the spectacular Bathers Way coastal walk, Newcastle is north of Sydney and a delight to explore. Enjoy world-famous Merewether Beach, cool bars, delicious food, fascinating history, and a lively arts and music scene.

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  • Surfing at sunset, Newcastle

About Newcastle

Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a rich maritime history and a world-famous surfing destination, Merewether Beach. You’ll discover cool bars, quality restaurants, and a lively arts and music scene in NSW’s second-biggest city, just two hours’ drive north of Sydney.

Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is home to the rock band Silverchair. Visit major attractions such as Fort Scratchley Historic Site with the Newcastle Coastal Explorer, a bus tour, and explore waterways and see majestic whales with Nova Cruises.

Australia’s largest surfing festival, Surfest, is in Newcastle. The waves shaped the success of Mark Richards, who was crowned world surfing champion four times. Amble along Bathers Way and swim in the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths or at Bogey Hole, which convicts carved from rock in 1819.

For more outdoor adventures, you can soar on zip-lines at the TreeTop Adventure Park, learn surfing at Surfest Surf School and explore the harbour on a kayak tour. For a wildlife experience, take the kids to Blackbutt Reserve and see the native animals, including koalas, emus and kangaroos.

Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to backpacker hostels. The delicious food scene includes awarding-winning restaurants such as Subo and a number of tours, such as Epicurean Excursions and One for the Road. Sip cocktails at waterfront restaurants or bars, head for Beaumont Street in Hamilton for more outdoor cafes and eclectic Darby Street, in Cooks Hill, is popular too.

The Hunter Street Organic Markets are every Wednesday to Saturday. For impressive art, visit the Newcastle Art Gallery. The city celebrates its creativity with events all year, including Newcastle Jazz Festival. A leisurely drive away is the Hunter Valley wine region, Australia’s oldest wine region.

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    Arts and culture in Newcastle

    If you enjoy exploring local art galleries and museums, you'll find plenty to experience in Newcastle. Australia's second oldest city has a thriving arts and culture scene that has launched many talented artists, actors, singers, dancers and filmmakers.

  • Eating out in Newcastle

    Eating out in Newcastle

    A thriving cultural scene and bustling eat streets have helped Newcastle become an exciting regional food destination. The city has four distinctive dining neighbourhoods offering plenty of opportunities for eating out in style.

  • Hunter Valley near Newcastle

    Hunter Valley

    If you have a passion for wine, then a visit to the nearby Hunter Valley is a must. Home to some of the oldest wine families in Australia, the Hunter Valley produces a range of tempting wines that utilise traditional methods and techniques.

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle with packages from $298* per person

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle

In less than 90 minutes, you can escape Melbourne to Newcastle with Virgin Australia.

Revel in the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, explore the sparkling waterways of Port Stephens or enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food of the Hunter Valley.

Holiday packages include return airfares, checked baggage and 2 nights twin share accommodation. Plan your trip today and explore from seaside to cellar door.

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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.

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