Newcastle, NSW is a hub of activity with a flurry of new experiences set to hit the shores of the coastal city.
Locals have known it for years, but now the rest of the country is starting to figure out what a hidden gem Newcastle really is. Boasting a CBD on the beach with locals that are more obsessive about coffee (and where they drink it) than Melbournians, a burgeoning small-bar and dining scene, expansive coastline, world-class beaches, urban hiking, impeccable local street-art, Newcastle has its own undeniable rhythm.
With domestic tourism on the rise, local and national tourism campaigns are pushing for Aussies to get out and explore more of their own backyard. Located a short 2-hour drive from Sydney with daily flights from Melbourne and Brisbane, Newcastle is one of the most accessible long-weekend destinations you can plan with ease.
What are you into? Newcastle has it all.
Book a weekend and pick from a handful of brand-new experiences: Food & great booze - Earp Distilling Co. Located in the sunny harbour-side suburb of Carrington, Earp Distilling Co. is the next evolution of one of Australia's oldest family businesses.
Questioning the norms and traditions of distilling by utilising next generation distilling technology, this award winning distillery and small-bar offers tastings, tours, locally sourced food, cocktails, and much more. Looking to take a deep dive into distilling? Earp Distilling Co. offers a 2 hour gin school where you learn the ropes and become a 'distiller for the day', crafting your very own bottle of bespoke gin from scratch. earpdistillingco.com Experience Newcastle’s coastline – CoastXP CoastXP is a Premier Hunter Coast Adventure Boat Experience offering nature-based coastal sightseeing and whale watching tours along the stunning Hunter Coastline. Tours focus on the marine life which inhabit the coastline, local geology, Aboriginal Heritage as well as unique destination landmarks including ships, wrecks, islands, sea caves and cliffs. Dom is an Ocean Enthusiast who loves sharing his passion for the coastline with locals and visitors alike! coastxp.com Art, History and Culture on Foot - Newcastle Afoot Newcastle Afoot’s top-rated walking tours and local experiences explore the culture, history and hidden secrets that make Newcastle unique.
Owner and Guide Becky is part of the creative community and is passionate about giving visitors a behind the scenes understanding of Newcastle that you will want to share with your friends. Tours explore the city’s recent urban renewal and outstanding arts scene, and can include discovering hidden local bars, meeting local artists and makers, and learning about the region’s deep cultural history. Becky recently organised large-scale street art festival The Big Picture Fest, bringing 12 exceptional murals to Newcastle, and Newcastle Afoot walking tours provide a unique opportunity to learn stories of how the artwork was made. newcastleafoot.com.au A Bit of Everything (by bike) – Newy Rides Launching early December, Newy Rides, is a bike tour business focusing on authentic local all-inclusive experiences that stitch together the fabric that highlights the essence of ‘Newy’. With great options to delight foodies, caffeinate coffee lovers, impress art buffs, bronze beachgoers and scuff the sneakers of urban explorers, Ben from Newy Rides is confident his tours will showcase the best of Newcastle. A typical all-inclusive, easy-riding itinerary includes drinks and bites from various producers with plenty of stops to help bring your weekend IG stories to life. newyrides.com.au