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.

Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW

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.

Whale Watching in Newcastle

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 Underground Epicureans Food Trails 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.

Newcastle Airport

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 Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Spiegeltent Newcastle

    Sunday 18 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 , Newcastle

    Spiegeltent Newcastle is presented by Strut and Fret in association with Civic Theatre Newcastle. For three weeks Civic Park comes to life with the beloved Spiegeltent. This time the sell-out international show Blanc de Blanc is the head…

    18 Mar - 15 Apr
  2. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Friday 11 May 2018 , Newcastle

    Your organic fix from Thursday to Saturday every week, is at the Hunter Street Organic Markets. Organic and certified fruit and vegetables, amazing flowers, local arts and crafts, free range produce, grass fed beef, sweets for the sweet, an…

    22 Mar - 11 May
  3. Blanc de Blanc

    Tuesday 27 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 , Newcastle

    You’ve found your place – where the champagne sparkles, eyes glimmer, the sensual and salacious combine in the magnificent Spiegeltent. From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour Blanc de Blanc is a sell-out…

    27 Mar - 15 Apr