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Hotels in Newcastle, Australia

Book hotels in Newcastle NSW and discover Australia's second-oldest city. With beaches, wineries and mountains to visit, there's never a dull moment.

Discover NSW's second city with hotels in Newcastle

Two hours north of Sydney, Newcastle NSW is becoming a popular destination in its own right. New rejuvenation in the city centre has led to plenty of hipster hotspots opening their doors. Lots of indie shops and art galleries can be found on Hunter Street Mall and Darby Street, while artisan coffee shops are ten a penny. Hotels in Newcastle are ideally placed for exploring the vibrant city, as well as the stunning winelands to the west and beaches to the north. The mild year-round climate makes Newcastle a great holiday choice any time of year.

Hotels in Newcastle NSW near the beach

If you're a sunbather or a surfer, you'll find hotels near the beach in Newcastle to suit your travel style. Newcastle Beach is one of the best beaches for surfing, and is to the east of the city. Hotels on Shortland Esplanade are closest to the beach, with a few budget accommodation options located a few streets back on Pacific Street and King Street. The city's most popular bay is Nobby's Beach, just along the coast. If you want to stay nearby, look for hotels on Nobby's Road. Alternatively, you can book a hotel on Newcastle Beach and walk to Nobby's. This should take around 15 minutes.

Where to stay in Newcastle NSW

Not sure where to book your hotel in Newcastle? Our quick Newcastle neighbourhood guide should make it easier. The Wharf area on the north-side of the city, by the Hunter River, is very popular with tourists. It's also an Instagrammer's dream with lots of colourful timbered buildings lining the waterfront (and housing plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants). The Honeysuckle Precinct, at the mouth of the port, is home to some seriously luxurious boutique hotels. Newcastle's downtown CBD neighbourhood is going through a regeneration, with more hotels popping up to accommodate the new tourists.

Explore the Hunter Valley with Newcastle hotels

Hotels in Newcastle are just a short drive from Australia's largest saltwater lake (Lake Macquarie) and a world heritage-listed rainforest (Barrington Tops). Nature lovers aren't the only ones who will be pleased to base themselves in Newcastle hotels – foodies will also be in heaven. Newcastle is in the heart of the Hunter Valley, which wine lovers will already know for its deliciously oaky chardonnays and blockbusting shirazes. If you want to make the most of your time in Newcastle it's best to hire a car in Newcastle and book a hotel with car parking.

Getting to and from your Newcastle hotels

Newcastle NSW is an easy city to get around, whether you base yourself near the beach or in the CBD. The M1 and the Pacific Highway are the two main roads leading into the city, and there are buses and trains if you decide not to hire a car. Taxis are also widely available. Newcastle is a very pretty city and easy to stroll around on foot. There are some great walking trails in and around the city, so pack your trainers. Bathers Way connects the Newcastle Beaches, while the Newcastle East Heritage Walk connects some of the city's oldest buildings (ideal for self-guided walking tour).