Gastronomy, charming coastlines and award-winning wine. This New South Wales region has come of age.
Known for its sandy beaches, surf-breaks and famous neighbouring wine region, Newcastle has long been a favourite gateway for the Hunter Valley or a beach-side family holiday.
Now with a contemporary inner city arts map, buzzing small bars and a proud cafe culture - Newcastle isn't the next big thing, it's already here!
Chase the sun or follow your palate to discover a side of Newcastle made just for you.
- Stroll the Newcastle Memorial Walk alongside striking steel silhouettes of Australian soldiers.
- Time your stay in February to catch the largest celebration of surfing in the southern hemisphere at SurfestOpens external site in a new window.
- Visit Fort ScratchleyOpens external site in a new window for a lesson in military history against panoramic views of the pacific ocean.
- Experience the best of food and wine at the Hunter Valley Wine and Food FestivaOpens external site in a new windowl held over May and June annually.
Do you like to cruise vineyards, visit cellar doors and sample local produce? Or are coastal trails more your style? There's an adventure to suit us all in this stunning region.
Explore the coastline
Newcastle hosts some of the best coastline in New South Wales. Add a warm climate, sandy beaches and a laid-back surf culture and you'll be crazy not to start your journey at water's edge.
Stay close to town at Nobbys Beach or Bogey Hole and enjoy a walk to Nobby’s Lighthouse.
Visit Merewether Beach and try your hand at surfing the iconic break, or dip your toes in at the historic Merewether Ocean BathsOpens external site in a new window built in 1926.
Tour the coast north via Stockton Beach and watch the whales during their annual migration past Nelson Bay.
Sprinkled with luxury spas, golf courses and breathtaking natural beauty. It’s not only the wineries that put this foodie-heaven on the map.
Not even the sky’s the limit when you can start your day with a sunrise hot air balloon ride or helicopter tour over Broken Back Range.
Make lunch a grazing trail through farmers markets, olive groves and gourmet providores. And while you’re here in Australia’s oldest wine region, wash it down with a glass of semillon at one of the big-name wineries or a boutique cellar door
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Newcastle enjoys a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature range is between 18°C and 25°C in summer and between 8°C and 18°C in winter, with most rainfall occurring between February and June.
From the airport
Newcastle AirportOpens external site in a new window is located approximately 25 minutes drive from the town centre, and is serviced by taxis, shuttle bus services and rental cars.
In and around the city
Buses and taxis service the Newcastle centre. Take a drive or join a tour to expand your horizons to the neighbouring regions.
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