A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Newcastle

Category: population over 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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An idyllic combination of urban buzz and coastal cool

Imagine a beach-fringed city escape where you can spend your days plunging into crystal ocean pools, shopping chic enclaves or indulging in an incredible food culture. Remove the crowds and traffic from the picture, add an enviable laid-back atmosphere, and you’ve imagined Newcastle. An easy two-hour drive from Sydney, this coastal city makes the perfect weekender. 

Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Newcastle.  

Rise and shine: Good morning! There’s something so intrinsically Newcastle about an early morning dip in the stunning Merewether Ocean Baths. With all senses now enlivened, stroll to a nearby beachside cafe for a well-deserved coffee and acai bowl. Adventure time: Jump aboard a tour with CoastXP and slip through pristine waters and secluded bays or opt for a magic morning of whale-watching between June and November. Roll into lunch: Slow things down to a more chilled pace with an amble around the Junction or Darby St, where you’ll find boutique and high-street retail stores and lively cafes.

Grab a relaxed bite between shops to make the most of Newcastle’s high-quality relaxed eateries. Aperitivo hour: After the day’s excitement, you’ll be ready to raise a glass to your newfound favourite city at fine-diner Subo. Keep the night going with cocktails at speakeasy Coal and Cedar or a live band at one of the many pubs with local music. Retire for the night at the Novotel Newcastle Beach.





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Morning dip: Start your day at yet another iconic Novocastrian swim spot, Nobby’s Beach, and enjoy the view as the sun rises over the sea. Wear your walking shoes: Newcastle has a fascinating and important Australian history; one best uncovered on a guided walking tour with Newcastle Afoot, which takes you on a journey from the sea to the city streets.   Burger and coastal stroll: Be enticed by Newcastle Beach for a pre-lunch paddle and a beachside burger.

Once refreshed, walk off lunch on the Bathers Way, a spectacular six-kilometre walk hugging the coastline from Nobbys Beach to Merewether. Alternatively, shorten the walk by heading straight to the stunning ANZAC Memorial Walk. The evening’s entertainment: Spend the evening soaking up a harbour-side sunset in the Honeysuckle precinct before closing the curtain on your stay with a show at the exquisitely preserved Art Deco Civic Theatre. 

Nows The Time
Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Four days in Newcastle

Looking for a fun filled short break for you andyour partner or group of friends?  Newcastle’s got you covered.

Just two hours north of Sydney is a coastal paradise worth acquainting (or reacquainting yourself with, and this 4-day itinerary is just the way to do it.

  • Swimming in ocean baths
  • Stunning street art
  • Harbour cruising
  • Water-side dining
  • Gin making class
  • Amazing coastal walks
  • Hip small bars
  • Discover cultural charms; museum and art galleries




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