Newcastle is New South Wales' second-most populous city (behind Sydney). With a population of about 540,000 residents, Newcastle maintains a small-town character while offering a variety of big-city amenities. The town's growing arts scene, blue-collar roots and laid-back attitude make it a charming alternative to Sydney if you're travelling to NSW.
Newcastle accommodation gives you a base point for exploring the region. The city is surrounded by water, making it a great summertime destination for wannabe beach-goers. Walk along Darby Street, Cooks Hill or Newcastle East to enjoy funky cafes, browse local boutiques and whet your appetite for window shopping. Whatever you choose to do, it will become apparent that Newcastle offers just as many exciting things to see and do as its bigger-city counterparts.
Weather in Newcastle
Newcastle enjoys good weather on a year-round basis. Its location is conducive to warm winters and hot summers, with temperatures peaking at around 30 degrees Celsius at the height of the warm season (January). In the winter months, the temps dip to a mild daytime high of about 17 degrees.
Things to do in Newcastle
Much of Newcastle's claim to fame lies in its beautiful coastline. The city is home to eight beaches, with Newcastle, Nobbys, Merewether and Bar beaches being the most popular. Fishing and surfing, in particular, are great activities to enjoy on the beaches of Newcastle. Whether you're looking to cast a line or catch a wave, you'll find plenty of companies offering equipment for hire.
Pull up a seat along the harbour to enjoy views of the fishing boats, ships, ferries, yachts and kayaks that grace its waters. Newcastle is a hub of activity, and you won't want to miss the exciting sight of large freight ships pulling into the harbour.
Newcastle also offers a variety of cultural attractions you should definitely check out. Fort Scratchley was built during the Crimean War to offer protection, and saw action in World War II in fights against Japanese war ships.
Christ Church Cathedral is another must-see. Towering above the city, the iconic place of worship is slightly minimal in design, but its position atop Newcastle and its gorgeous stained-glass windows make it worth a visit.
If you're a nature lover, head to the Hunter Wetlands Centre. Home to more than 200 different species of birds and animals, the area is a unique opportunity to explore the region's wilder side. Hire a canoe for an up-close look at the wetlands.
Hotels in Newcastle
If you're ready to book your Newcastle accommodation, you have some great options from which to choose. The Novotel Newcastle Beach offers easy access to many of the town's best and most popular attractions. With most of the hotel's rooms offering harbour views, you're sure to enjoy the sights you'll see out your window. The resort also offers a fitness centre, bath and spa amenities, high-speed internet and more.