Newcastle guide - Top things to do in Newcastle
Want a holiday with golden beaches, spectacular costal walks, fascinating historical sites, and world-class restaurants? Try Newcastle, a bustling beachside city that’s like Sydney but smaller and more laidback.
It’s often overlooked in favour of Sydney, but Newcastle is a fabulous place for a family holiday or mini break in New South Wales. It has a relaxed vibe, and it’s easy to get around, with beaches and major attractions all within proximity.
Once known as a “hellhole” in convict times because of its treacherous coast and dangerous coalmines, Newcastle has shrugged off its gloomy history and emerged as a vibrant, thriving city.
One of the best ways to see Newcastle is to walk or hop aboard the light rail that runs from Newcastle Interchange to Newcastle Beach. You can also discover the magic of Newcastle from above with a Tandem Skydive. If you stay at Crystalbrook Kingsley, you’ll have beaches, cafes and shopping at your doorstep. You can spend two or three days exploring the city or kick back and spend every day at a different beach.
Fly to Newcastle directly from Melbourne or hire a car for a two-hour drive north of Sydney. Newcastle is included in many group tours, such as the Sydney to Cairns Adventure with Intrepid Travel. The port city is also the gateway to one of Australia’s best wine regions, and there is a wine-tasting tour that departs from Newcastle.