Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, Newcastle forms an important hub in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. Necastle is one of the most important ports in the Australian continent and is well known for its reputed University.
Tip: One of the best views of the city is at the top of the Christ Church cathedral from where you can see the cityscape along with the beach.
Getting to Newcastle
The Newcastle Airport serves the city and is the thirteenth-busiest airport in Australia. Rex Airlines and Virgin Australia provide service from Ballina to Newcastle. FlyPelican and Freedom Air ply direct flights to Newcastle. Pelican Airlines usually offers cheap flights from Ballina.
Tip: Newcastle Airport is about 30 minutes away from CBD. Although private buses ply from the airport to the city, the frequency is low. You may also get stuck in traffic during odd times. It is advised that you arrange an airport shuttle by your hotel or hire a taxi to reach the city from the airport.
Things to do in Newcastle
For the most breathtaking beach views, head to Honeysuckle and take a bike ride along the elevated coastline. Other great walks along the beach include Bathers Way and Bar Beach.
The King Edward Park is a great place to sit and relax near the oceanfront while picnicking or barbecuing.
To catch up on some swimming and surfing, you can head to Merewether Ocean Baths, Dixon Park and Bogey Hole. If you are in Newcastle in February, you can witness Australia’s largest surf festival, known as the Surfest.
Tip: If you are at a surfing beach, always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Shopping and dining in Newcastle:
Newcastle is one of the best places to go second-hand shopping. Head down to Hunt and Gather markets where you can find designer boutiques and antiques. From artisanal makes, paintings, jewellery and toys, the Newcastle City Farmers Markets is the best place to be.
The two main eatery strips in Newcastle are Beaumont Street and Darby Street. You can find great cafes, eclectic restaurants and some fine dining restaurants here. Some of the best fish and chips reserves are along the Foreshore.
Tip: Newcastle is often called the gateway to Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest winemaking regions. Be sure to book a wine tour out to the fine wineries to tie a neat bow around your Newcastle Trip.
There are several operators for Ballina to Newcastle flights. However, advance booking is recommended, especially if you’re travelling during the holiday. There are several backpackers lodges and bed and breakfasts at Newcastle. The CBD is the best place to find accommodation for all budget requirements. For the complete luxury experience, there are several beachfront resorts that offer a variety of boutique stays. If you are travelling on a budget, combine your Ballina-Newcastle flight booking with hotel reservations to avail great deals.
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