Found on the east coast, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second biggest city and is the metropolitan hub of the Hunter Region. With an eclectic mix of culture, activities and scenery, Newcastle is a spot not to be missed on your trip.
As you would expect from an east coast city, Newcastle has some great beaches that are absolutely worth checking out. Nobbys Beach is the most known beach in the region, while Newcastle beach is worth the one minute walk from town. Relaxing on the beach is always nice, but these beaches are known for another reason – surfing. Newcastle has internationally known surf breaks and even hosts an annual World Professional Surf Tour event. The beaches in Newcastle are only minutes from the heart of town and are a great way to spend your day.
If you’re looking for budget accommodation, then look no further than Backpackers Newcastle. With an aim to be the cheapest accommodation in Newcastle, this hostel can fit every budget. They don’t just stop with unbeatable accommodation prices; Backpacker Newcastle also provides free surfing, free Monday dinners, swimming pool and so much more! Being the original backpackers in Newcastle, this hostel knows how to give you the best time possible in Newcastle.
Hire a car and take the journey down the road to Hunter Valley. You’ll enjoy the drive in this region, but you’ll enjoy the wine even more. This region produces world famous wine that you’ll definitely want to sample, or more than sample… Semillon is the iconic wine in the region but the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is also world renowned. As you would expect from a wine producing region, the area is beautiful and the wineries themselves are impressive. For those that aren’t interested in wine, the area also has a few breweries as well as some phenomenal restaurants and dessert bars. While the Hunter can be done as a day trip from Newcastle, you may wish you were staying the night after sampling some of the regions finest!
Just a few kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD, Blackbutt reserve is a great way to spend your day! With heaps of natural bushland, Black butt reserve offers a wide range of different activities and experiences. There is over 10km of scenic walking trails, multiple picnic areas, wildlife exhibits and animal encounters. There are koala and critter encounters, and through bookings, they even have private animal encounters. Blackbutt Reserve is a great way to see some of Australia’s famous wildlife just minutes from the city and for free!