Newcastle is located in New South Wales and is the seventh largest city in Australia. In close proximity to Sydney, Newcastle is bordered by a beautiful coastline of stunning beaches. From historic sites and heritage buildings to amazing food and untouched wilderness, Newcastle is a visitor’s dream that offers fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts, beachgoers, water lovers, seasoned foodies, and more.
Things to Do in Newcastle
Stroll around Darby Street, which stretches from Newcastle city towards Merewether and Beach Bar. This street is lined with an array of cafes, bookstores, coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants that offer everything from Indian to Vietnamese food. If you’re a rugby fan, you should definitely check out a game at Hunter Stadium, which is a short walk from Broadmeadow Station and hosts NRL (National Rugby League) games in the fall and winter. Spend a day on Lake Macquarie, which is Australia’s most scenic saltwater lake and connected to the Tasman Sea by a small channel. This is an ideal location for having a picnic, sailing, fishing, and just to enjoy the view. Many people come to Newcastle to go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley region, which offers nine different wineries with tours. Get up close and personal with nature at Blackbutt Reserve, a small wildlife refuge which has a variety of picnic spots and bushwalks. In the small zoo here, you can spot birds, reptiles, smaller marsupials, and other cute animals. Some historical points of interest include Fort Scratchley, the Christ Church Cathedral, and Nelson Head Light (a famous lighthouse).
Day Trips Near Newcastle
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is a one-hour flight from Newcastle and is famous for the Sydney Opera House located on the harbor front. Sydney hosts a lively arts and culture scene, a gorgeous harbor, beaches and national parks, along with world-class shopping, food and wine. Other great places to visit that are within an hour’s drive include Port Stephens, Barrington Tops, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie (Australia’s largest saltwater lake), and Maitland, which hosts various festivals and flagship events each year.
Newcastle City Centre is the historical heart of Newcastle and home to numerous bars, restaurants, Newcastle University, Chinatown, and many businesses. This is a great place to stay if you want to be close to the action and constantly doing different things. If you want a little more peace, quiet, and space, the Newcastle Suburbs are a great place to rent a home during you trip. The suburbs have parks, some entertainment like cinemas and cafes, and provide convenient access to major roads, but aren’t located right in the middle of everything. Some visitors like to stay in North Lake Macquarie, a gorgeous area adjacent to Newcastle that offers abundant water sports and outdoor activities.
Transportation in Newcastle
Newcastle is easily accessible by air with several flights departing daily, and the city also offers a range of local public transportation, including cycling walks and walking paths. Car rentals and taxis are two of the most convenient ways to get around Newcastle, but many use the public bus service that has stops all over town. Many ride the TrainLink inter-city service that connects all of the different cities, and bike rentals are also a popular way to get around town. Visitors can rent a Spinway bicycle for up to 24 hours, and the bikes can be found at electronic kiosks around the bicycle bay. Newcastle is also a very walkable city with scenic walking paths that include Bathers Bay along the coastline, the Fernleigh Track, and the Newcastle East Heritage Walk.
Vacation Rentals in Newcastle
Looking for a vacation rental in Newcastle? Tripping.com has 272 vacation rental homes available in Newcastle. You'll find 0 studios, 170 1-bedroom, 57 2-bedroom and 45 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from €25 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Newcastle is €125 while the average price of a weekly rental is €25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Newcastle home is €25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 10 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Newcastle. In addition to accommodating pets, Newcastle rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 230 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 213 have TV and/or cable and 40 have a pool or hot tub.
Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in Newcastle where the top providers in that area are Booking.com, Expedia, and HomeAway. There are 86 Booking.com rentals, 78 Expedia short term rentals and 50 HomeAway vacation rentals.