Luxury, Boutique and Romantic Accommodation in Newcastle

Your NSW North Coast journey starts here.

Get to know Newcastle, the launchpad for North Coast getaways

Welcome to Newcastle, the second-oldest city in Australia. It also happens to be the second most populous area in NSW, so Newcastle has all the highlights you’d expect from a city – festivals, art galleries, top sports team, luxury accommodation, and an enticing café and restaurant scene – with the laid-back attitude of a beachside town.

Newcastle is only a two-hour drive north of Sydney so is a popular point to start north coast road trips. It is here where you can jump onto the Legendary Pacific Coast drive, a route connecting Sydney in the south with Tweed Heads near the NSW/Queensland border. Five airlines also service Newcastle Airport at Williamtown for those who prefer wings to wheels. Once you’ve dropped your bags off at your Newcastle accommodation – a chic waterfront apartment, classic beach houses, perfect-for-two cottage – hit Hunter Street Mall. The strip is lined with boutiques, studios and Newcastle Museum, which is located in the Honeysuckle Railway Workshops.

You will also want to pencil in a visit to the famous Mereweather Beach, a haven for serious surfers and a National Surfing Reserve since 2009. With such surfing cred, it's no surprise that Newcastle hosts Australia's largest surfing festival, Surfest. Make like a local by taking a surfing lessons or test the waters at a more leisurely pace by visiting Newcastle Ocean Baths or Bogey Hole, a pool carved from the rock by convicts in 1819. To see Newcastle from the water, rather than in it, hop aboard a whale-watching cruise.

Back on dry land, opt to soar above ground with the zip-lines at TreeTop Adventure Park or rub shoulders with koalas, emus and kangaroos at Blackbutt Reserve. When your stomach starts to rumble, make for one of Newcastle’s great eats or cool bars. When your appetite is sated, make for your Newcastle accommodation; your options range from luxury hotels to contemporary apartments, hosted stays and boutique offerings.

Any getaway starts with a great stay, so check out our selection of handpicked Newcastle accommodation. Once you've ticked Newcastle off your list, set your sights on the rest of the North Coast or wider New South Wales