Although Newcastle is the second-largest city in NSW, this hub of creativity, quirky cafes and cool swimming spots is more of a laid-back coastal town at heart. Stop in for a night while you make your way up the Mid North Coast, or out to the Hunter Valley, or enjoy an extended stay in this intriguing and unique place where country meets the coast.
A two hour cruise up the Pacific Highway from Sydney lies yet another harbour city. The second largest city in New South Wales, Newcastle flies under the radar of travellers all too often. An industrial past has seen Newcastle better known for coal, copper and steel, rather than its natural beauty and small town friendliness.Thankfully Newcastle is finally stepping out of Sydney’s lengthy shadow. Just as the local economy is changing, so too are outsiders’ perceptions of the city. A place filled with history, experiences and attractions, more and more travellers are choosing to spend their time in the capital of the Hunter Region, and word is quickly getting around.Ready to book your Newcastle adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 70 in Newcastle alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Newcastle and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Newcastle?
- The CBD: Occupying the southern shores of the Hunter River mouth, the Newcastle CBD is the bustling hub of the city. Here you’ll find a wealth of dining and drinking options, and accommodation looking over both the river and Newcastle Beach.
- Newcastle East: Covering the point of land immediately east of the city centre, here you’ll find the city’s beach, baths and many other famous attractions.
- Newcastle West: Forming the western end of the CBD, Newcastle West is a retail hub, with Marketown Shopping Centre at its core. The Newcastle Interchange also makes travel around the area simple.
- Nelson Bay: Located at the other end of Worimi Regional Park, Nelson Bay is part of the Port Stephens government area, and is where most Novocastrians choose to spend their weekends away.
- Charlestown: A city in its own right, Charlestown is found 10 km south of the CBD. It offers a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful views of the surrounding area.
What are Newcastle’s must-see attractions?
- Stockton Beach: The jewel of Worimi Regional Park, Stockton Beach seems to go on forever (and at 50km, it almost does!). Explore it in a four wheel drive, on a camel, or by foot.
- Fort Scratchley: The 19th century fortress of Fort Scratchley gazes commandingly out over the Pacific. A word of warning: you need to be ready for the daily cannon firings.
- Blackbutt Nature Reserve: Hidden within the Newcastle metro area, Blackbutt Nature Reserve is home to all manner of cute Australian wildlife, much of which is perfectly friendly.
- Newcastle Museum: The storied history of this city is chronicled in Newcastle Museum, which uses interactive exhibits to drive the information home.
- Newcastle Ocean Baths: There’s no better place to relax in Newcastle than the city’s historic ocean baths, found at the northern end of Newcastle Beach. Some swim some laps, others simply sit and soak.
Find the right hotel
What are Newcastle’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Mercure Charlestown, The Lucky Hotel or Travelodge Hotel Newcastle if you’re a solo traveller in Newcastle (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Newcastle’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Newcastle could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Nelson Bay Bed & Breakfast, Hotel Nelson and Wanderer’s Retreat.
What are Newcastle’s best hotels for families?Heading to Newcastle with your tribe? Charlestown Executive Apartments, Oaks Pacific Blue Resort and Mantra Aqua are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Newcastle’s best hotels for location and views?You can choose to enjoy Newcastle’s beauty in all its glory if you stay at Marty’s @ Little Beach, Quality Hotel Noah’s On The Beach or Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel - hotels that boast both an awesome location and stunning views.
What are Newcastle’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, The Executive Inn Newcastle, Mercure Newcastle Airport and The Gateway Inn Newcastle provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Newcastle?
Public transportThe Newcastle public transport network of buses and trams, operated by Newcastle Transport, uses the same Opal Card as the Sydney network. Tickets for most services can still be bought with cash, but you’ll get a discounted fare by using the Opal system. You can buy cards at train stations and selected local retailers.
Private transportBesides car hire, ride-share apps are a great choice. Uber is available in Newcastle, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Newcastle hotels cost?On average a 3-star hotel in Newcastle costs $120 per night, a 4-star costs $160 and a 5-star costs $360 (be aware that these prices will be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
What are Newcastle’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Rydges Newcastle, Novotel Newcastle Beach and The Anchorage Port Stephens.
Where should I visit outside of Newcastle?Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, is a short drive inland, while the beautiful wetlands of the Central Coast are just an hour south.