Newcastle attractions things to do & see on holiday.
The beautiful coastal city of Newcastle has come a long way from its roots as a settlement for the worst of Australia's convicts, but many believe it is the city's penal roots, coupled with the superb location that has given Newcastle such a charming, laidback personality. With DISCOVER AUSTRALIA immense selection of great rates on Newcastle holidays, you can get your vacation off to the best possible start.
Newcastle is a lively city, built on a large working harbour formed by the Hunter River; the city is one of Australia's largest exporters and this port has shaped a diverse and vibrant culture worth exploring on your holiday. Spend a night out discovering Newcastle's notable dining precincts; Darby Street in Cooks Hill combines cafe culture with galleries and boutique shopping; The Harbour offers waterfront cafes and restaurants with stunning views; The Junction combines first class restaurants and cafes and Beaumont Street in Hamilton has a prominent Mediterranean vibe with many sidewalk cafes and a thriving pub-scene. On nights out you can also enjoy fine entertainment venues offering live performances from local and international artists.
Throughout the day you will find that Newcastle is a fairly active city and during your holiday you may choose to head to the foreshore with the locals for recreational activities such as kite flying, rollerblading, jogging or bike riding. You can also visit the Queens Wharf Tower, Convict Lumberyard, Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; take the Newcastle East Heritage Walk or climb the tower at Christ Church Cathedral for great views of the city.
As one of NSW's largest city, Newcastle boasts some wonderful beaches spread along the five kilometre coastal walk of Bathers Way, for you to thoroughly enjoy on your holiday. Close to city centre you will find Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park, Merewether and Stockton Beaches, all of which are patrolled and perfect for families as well as offering quality surf. You should also make a point of visiting the protected Ocean Baths and Nobbys Lighthouse on the Nobby's Beach Surf Pavilion.
Newcastle, with its intriguing mix of a relaxed surfing lifestyle and modern sophistication is a great holiday destination, and booking a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Newcastle Holiday Package is the easiest way for you to enjoy it. Whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic couples retreat or a fun getaway with friends, there is a holiday package for you, and the exclusive rates on both flights and accommodation mean that you have more money to spend on enjoying your NSW getaway.
Beaches such as Nobby's, Newcastle, and Stockton are all within 5km of the Newcastle city centre, and close to a range of accommodation options bookable with a Newcastle Flight Package, so families enjoying a NSW getaway can spend days lazing in the water or building sandcastles, without having to contend with long travelling distances. Introduce the kids to some of Newcastle's convict history at Bogey Hole, within King Edward Park. This swimming hole was carved out of the tidal rock on the beach in 1820, and is perfect for safe, protected swimming. Pack a delicious picnic lunch, and make a day of it- relax on the grassy lawns and admire the amazing coastal views before returning to your private accommodation to relax.
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Originally built to repel foreign invaders in 1882, and used briefly in World War Two, Fort Scratchley is one of Newcastle's most interesting historical sites, and not to be missed by history buffs holidaying here. Book a Newcastle Holiday Package with convenient central accommodation so you can easily access, and explore the fascinating labyrinth of tunnels, gun emplacements and museums devoted to military and maritime history. Newcastle has had a rich and varied history since European occupation- ranging from its early convict days, through to a coal and steel town, and its modern incarnation as a sophisticated and friendly port town. Visitors who book a Newcastle Holiday Package get instant access to great savings on both flights and accommodation, so they can afford to take their time and really explore this fascinating town.
Food-lovers thinking about an indulgent NSW getaway should browse through DISCOVER AUSTRALIA's range of Newcastle Foodie Packages, which include flights and convenient accommodation so they can enjoy being close to some excellent restaurants, caf?s and gourmet centers. The bohemian Darby Street Precinct boasts dozens of caf?s and award-winning restaurants, as well as being home to local art galleries and shops. Visitors who book a Newcastle Foodie Package get access to exclusive discounted rates, which means they can afford to tantalise their tastebuds at one of many great eateries. For waterfront dining, explore Queens Wharf, which is also home to a friendly boutique brewery, and close by to many accommodation options bookable with a DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Newcastle Holiday Package.
Newcastle has long boasted a thriving and diverse entertainment scene, and many excellent pubs and clubs. Vass O'Gowrie, the city's oldest pub is always a popular spot, whilst the Cambridge Hotel is the place for indie music. If you and your friends are looking for something a little different for your next holiday, check out the range of Newcastle Budget Packages available online; flights and convenient central accommodation bookings are combined into an easy-to-compare, easy-to-book package. The Novocastrians, as the locals are known, really know how to party, hosting numerous festivals year-round. The Mattara Festival of Newcastle always draws huge crowds, as does the Surfest- the longest running professional surfing competition in Australia. If you plan to time your trip to attend these events, make sure you book your discounted Newcastle Holiday Package well in advance, so you don't miss out.
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