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Popular amenities for Newcastle vacation rentals

Stay near Newcastle's top sights

Foreshore Park15 locals recommend
Marketown Shopping Centre47 locals recommend
Newcastle Ocean Baths39 locals recommend
Queens Wharf Hotel30 locals recommend
Fort Scratchley103 locals recommend
Newcastle Museum102 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Newcastle

  • Total rentals

    430 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    27K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    240 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    40 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    50 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    160 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Newcastle

All About Newcastle

This lively cosmopolitan port town in New South Wales is situated on the eastern South Pacific coastline and is one of the area's premier vacation destinations. Newcastle has an unmistakably bohemian vibe, full of artists, trendy cafes on Darby Street, a thriving nightlife, and a culinary scene that ranges from brewpub fare to farm-to-table cuisine. There’s a plethora of pristine coastlines plus several secret swimming holes and public ocean-fed pools carved out of the coastal cliffs that beckon travellers during the hotter summer months.

As Australia's second-oldest city, Newcastle has a rich culture with plenty of museums, historical sites, restaurants, and boutique shopping districts. Farther afield, the area is brimming with natural beauty that can be found in the Hunter Valley wine region and national parks like Wallarah, Hunter Wetlands, and Glenrock State Conservation Area. Excellent swimming spots include the manmade Bogey Hole ocean pool, Nobbys Beach, and Merewether Beach, which are patrolled and boast gentle, clear waters. When the sun sets, head to the Honeysuckle neighbourhood for upscale bars and restaurants, or Hunter Street for a mix of relaxed pubs and trend-setting speakeasies.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Newcastle

Newcastle's coastal climate is warm and breezy, with a rainy fall and mild winter. Humidity levels are low in autumn and spring, making these shoulder seasons lovely times to visit. In March, the Newcastle Fringe Festival brings quirky performers, artists, and comedians to the city for 10 days of fun. During the warm and energetic summer months, don’t miss the monthly Olive Tree Market that highlights creations from local artists alongside food stalls and live music.

Top things to do in Newcastle

Merewether Beach

The Merewether Beach is made up of a series of rock-built pools adjacent to the area's beaches and are said to be the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere. These free-to-access sea-fed pools bring cooling relief during the hot summer afternoons with lap pools and kid-friendly areas. After you take a dip, several nearby cafes and restaurants offer ice cream, drinks, and full seafood meals that you can enjoy while you watch the spectacular sunsets over the ocean.

Glenrock State Conservation Area

For an opportunity to check out one of New South Wales’ last remaining coastal rainforests, consider visiting the Glenrock State Conservation Area. This protected area is home to species of flora and fauna that are unique to the region, like bandicoots, coastal bush peas, and aquatic rockpool inhabitants. Along with ample recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, and surfing, ancient Aboriginal sites can also be found throughout the area.

Newcastle Art Gallery

Although a local benefactor started donating pieces to the Newcastle Art Gallery in 1957, it was officially founded in 1977 by a notable female British monarch, and today it is widely regarded as one of the top publicly held art collections in all of Australia. Hundreds of pieces of art from renowned artists can be found in the permanent collection, and there’s a constant rotation of new exhibits, events, and art classes throughout the year. Perhaps the biggest highlight here is the museum’s collection of Aboriginal art and craftwork, which is often rotated.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Newcastle?

    Newcastle experiences a temperate climate. Summers (December-February) are warm with temperatures ranging between 70°F and 85°F (21°C and 29°C), and winters (June-August) are mild with temperatures from 45°F to 65°F (7°C to 18°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Newcastle?

    Newcastle is a vibrant city that invites you to explore its cultural scene, scenic coastlines, and natural wonders. Dive into local history at the Newcastle Museum, bask in the beauty of the Nobbys Lighthouse, or enjoy a stroll along the Bathers Way, a scenic 5 km (3.1 miles) coastal walk. Animal lovers might enjoy a visit to the Blackbutt Reserve, home to a variety of native Australian wildlife.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Newcastle?

    The most frequented time to visit Newcastle is from December to February, during Australia's summer, with warm temperatures ranging from 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C). This period hosts popular local events like the Newcastle Jazz Festival and the Surfest, the largest surfing festival in Australia.

  • What are the best places to stay in Newcastle?

    Popular areas to stay in Newcastle include the Central Business District, known for its vibrant shopping and dining scene, Cooks Hill for its cultural richness, and Merewether with its beautiful beachfront ambiance.

  • What are the best places to visit in Newcastle?

    Popular places to visit in Newcastle include the Newcastle Museum, the Newcastle Art Gallery, the Nobbys Lighthouse, and the Darby Street shopping precinct.

  • What are some hiking trails in Newcastle?

    Newcastle has several scenic hiking trails such as the Glenrock State Conservation Area trails, the Bathers Way Coastal Walk, and the Yuelarbah Walking Track in Glenrock Lagoon.

  • What are some family activities to do in Newcastle?

    Families can enjoy exploring the Blackbutt Reserve, a native wildlife exhibit, visiting the Newcastle Museum, and spending time at the Nobbys Beach. The Newcastle Ocean Baths is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Newcastle?

    Day trip ideas include visiting the historic city of Maitland, exploring the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, and soaking in the natural beauty of the Barrington Tops National Park.

  • How much does it cost to stay in private suite rentals in Newcastle?

    Experience the best of Newcastle with our private suite rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there apartment rentals with a dedicated workspace in Newcastle?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 90 apartment rentals in Newcastle featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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