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Pocket Guide: Newcastle

Situated north of Sydney, Newcastle is a city buzzing with life and culture in New South Wales. Visit historic sites like Fort Scratchley, one of the few Australian installations of its kind to fire in WWII. Meander along Nobby’s Beach and put your toes in the water. Spend your evenings at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre taking in live music, sporting events, and grand exhibits. Whether you are on a short couples’ getaway or a long family holiday, your stay in Newcastle brings plenty of opportunity for both excitement and quiet rejuvenation.

Places to see in Newcastle

A world of adventure and excitement awaits you in Newcastle, where the gorgeous scenery is only matched by the majesty of the architectural wonders throughout the city. Among the most popular attractions in Newcastle are the many outdoor activities ideal for bushwalkers and nature-lovers. A trek around Glenrock Lagoon offers views of the area’s freshwater creek, and Nobbys Head on the northeastern end of the city is another of Newcastle’s most famous areas to explore. The recently constructed Newcastle Memorial Walk has quickly become one of the most visited sights to see, as the 450-metre-long clifftop construction provides unbeatable vistas of the city’s shoreline.

Aside from exploring the outdoors, many of Newcastle’s indoor experiences are equally as impressive. The Christ Church Cathedral along the eastern side of the city houses a rich history and is considered one of the most exquisitely constructed religious centres in the country. The Newcastle Art Gallery is another of the city’s most desired destinations that, in addition to hosting one of the country’s largest art collections, also serves as an excellent example of Australia’s 20th-century architecture.

Weather in Newcastle

Similar to most other coastal areas of New South Wales, Newcastle experiences a climate that is a combination of both oceanic and humid-subtropical conditions. Summer months in Newcastle stay mostly warm, whereas winters are much milder than in many other areas of Australia. During the hottest months of the year, temperatures in Newcastle hover around 25 degrees Celsius, though the mercury has been known to creep into the 30s, and even the 40s. In winter, alternatively, thermometers usually read between 9 and 19 degrees Celsius, but lows just north of zero aren’t entirely unheard of. Rainfall in Newcastle is most frequent from late-autumn through early winter, though precipitation is common throughout the year.

Where to Stay in Newcastle

Newcastle accommodation fits a wide range of budgets and travel styles. The assorted hotels available in this New South Wales destination include 5-star hotels with top amenities, family-friendly hotels near some of the best local attractions, and Newcastle serviced apartments. Search through Newcastle hotels right here on, where our travel experts have assembled some of the top accommodation in the region for travellers like you.

Travel Basics

It’s quite convenient to arrive in Newcastle by air thanks to the Newcastle Airport (NTL). The airport is just 15 kilometres north of the city centre, so you can reach your hotel by taxi, or a car rental from, in just minutes. You can also drive to Newcastle via Pacific Highway, which leads straight to the CBD. If you take a train to Hamilton or Broadmeadow stations, a shuttle bus will connect you with the centre of Newcastle.

Plan Your Getaway to Newcastle

From coastal real estate to abundant parkland and a world of restaurant options, Newcastle is a dream holiday destination. Start your Newcastle holiday right here on