The beachside city of Newcastle is located in the heart of the Hunter Region just 90 minutes north of Sydney. The city is surrounded by eight beautiful beaches. The most popular include Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, and Bar Beach. All provide great surfing and fishing options located close to the city centre. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, a common sight off Newcastle’s beaches. It's a great holiday destination for families or weekenders with amazing beaches and an idyllic coastline.
For a more relaxed swim try the famous Newcastle Ocean Baths. Also explore the Canoe Pool, built in the late 1930s. There are many great shops, restaurants and cafes in Newcastle and along the coastline for you to experience with a selection of boutiques and galleries along Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill.
Newcastle offers a rich cultural experience with the Art Deco Civic Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery, one of Australia’s leading regional galleries and other events throughout the year. As home of both the Newcastle Knights in the NRL and the Newcastle Jets in the A-League, both playing out of Hunter Stadium, it also has a strong sporting culture.
Newcastle Port is a major trade zone for the mining industry in NSW. Newcastle is one of the world’s largest coal export ports. Check out the amazing container ships in Port.
Newcastle sits on the doorstep of the Hunter Valley which is just an hour's drive away. Explore this amazing wine region and the dozens of spectacular wineries throughout the region including in Maitland, Pokolbin, Singleton and Cessnock. Along the coastline is the idyllic seaside town of Port Stephens with amazing waterways and whale-watching cruises.
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