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Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle City reaches out to the sea on a Peninsula at the mouth of the Hunter River. This distinctive geography creates the only Australian City with a CBD simultaneously on the beach and the harbour waterfront. The long layout of the city centre and its 200 year story has helped create distinctive precincts – all alive with energy.

Newcastle has a vibrant arts scene, a strong youth culture and a proud history. Immerse yourself and find out what makes Novocastrians so proud of their city. Explore and uncover the flavour and allure of the city’s streetscapes and waterfront’s – each with its own feel and character.

The capital of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle is a modern beachside city boasting a spectacular coastline, rich heritage and a sunny climate.

The city possesses some of Australia’s best beaches and these provide ample recreational opportunities. From surfing to beach fishing, meandering along the Bathers Way Coastal Walk, swimming in the fabled Ocean Baths or just catching some rays and enjoying the great view, Newcastle’s beaches offer something for everybody.

Newcastle is built around a large working harbour, at the entrance to which stands Nobby’s Breakwater and Lighthouse -the city’s most prominent landmark.

The adjacent foreshore area is the perfect place to while away the hours watching the busy harbour traffic while enjoying refreshments in one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants.

Art enthusiasts are well catered for with the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery housing one of the most significant collections in the country. The city is also home to a diverse range of commercial galleries; most of which are conveniently located within the Civic Cultural Precinct.

If nature is your forte, nearby Blackbutt Reserve is the perfect setting to explore natural bushland with modern spacious facilities allowing you to get up close and personal with the native wildlife.

Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Newcastle is a city proud of its history and determined to preserve the integrity of its heritage buildings. Must-see heritage sights include the Convict Lumber Yard, Fort Scratchley and the Newcastle Maritime Museum.

Whenever you decide to visit Newcastle, you’re always assured of a warm welcome.

Newcastle highlights

Newcastle doesn’t have much of a reputation among Sydney – they still think of it as a dirty industrial city with little to offer. But the Sydneysiders are wrong. While there is a lot of industry, it’s largely limited to the outskirts of town; the rest of the city has some superb architecture and excellent beaches, and is within easy access of national parks and wineries.

A major distinguishing feature of Newcastle is its thriving arts and music scene, with more working artists per head of the population living here than anywhere else in Australia, and an amazing choice of live home-grown music most nights of the week.

Nearest Airport: Newcastle

Newcastle Map

Experiences

  • Active
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Romance
  • Cultural
  • Eco Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Indulgence/Luxury
  • Mountain
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation
  • Soft Adventure

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • City Sightseeing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Golfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • National Park
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
  • Wildlife
  • Quad Bike Riding
  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Seakayaking
  • Hang Gliding
  • Sandboarding

About Newcastle

  • Locality: Major urban locality
  • Newcastle Postcode: 2300
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Hunter
  • Latitude: -32.92636
  • Longitude: 151.78122
  • Elevation: 14m
  • Population: 2753
  • Median Income: $56940
  • Area (Sq/km): 1.16
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Tours In Newcastle

Discover some of the tours options around Newcastle

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.

Accommodation

Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains