Newcastle, New South Wales © Destination NSW
Guide to Newcastle
- Getting to Newcastle
- When to visit
Newcastle is a metropolis with everything from stunning beaches and street art to iconic ocean baths, cool cafés and designer hotels.
Newcastle – or ‘Newie’ as it’s affectionately known – is Australia’s second oldest city and is located just a two-hour drive north of Sydney. Like Sydney, Newcastle’s big attractions are its beautiful beaches and harbour. But it’s the hipster-friendly population of less than half a million that makes Newcastle a laid back option for a holiday as the crowds are fewer and the pace is slower.
Newcastle is about a 2.5-hour drive north of Sydney.
- Car hire is available from both Sydney Airport (SYD) and Sydney city locations
- Alternatively, a train to Newcastle is available from Sydney’s Central Station and takes just under three hours
After you arrive in Newcastle, it’s easy to get around. Public transport is available around the city, including a light rail and bus system. You can also opt for walking, or hiring a bicycle. Taxis and ride share services are readily available.
Newcastle enjoys warm summers and cool winters. Summer is the quintessential season in Newcastle, with warm weather continuing into March and early April. The warmer months are when locals hit the beach and enjoy al fresco dining.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)