Insider guides, local tips and Newcastle must-dos

We asked the locals, and they delivered the goods. We’ve uncovered the best insider tips on what makes Newcastle one of the top NSW holiday destinations. Each of our insider guides is jam-packed full of handy insights on how to get the most out of your trip to Newcastle, with different itineraries for every type of interest.

If you like getting out of the city, and into nature, we’ve got the perfect tips for you. You’ll uncover the best surf and swim spots, where to hire a SUP board, and the best walking and bike trails to explore. Sheltering the region’s last surviving pocket of coastal rainforest, Glenrock State Conservation Area is a mountain bike mecca that offers bush trails and secluded beaches reached only by foot.

More of a luxury traveller? Check out our guide on how to experience a weekend of luxury in Newcastle, taking in both the natural sights and great cultural atmosphere of the city. With a coffee from one of the city's best cafes in hand, spend the day exploring the picturesque coastline, beaches, and ocean pools — before you watch the sunset and sip cocktails in one of the many secret hidden bars dotted around the city. Keep your eyes peeled because you might miss them!

There are so many reasons why Newcastle is one of NSW’s top holiday destinations. Discover where to grab the best coffee in the city, which boutiques are a must-visit, and where to admire the city’s burgeoning art scene. Beyond Newcastle’s most famous eat streets of Darby and Beaumont streets, our guides can uncover all the hidden treasures the city has to offer. 

Need more inspiration? We’ve even covered off the best spots to check out if you’re travelling with your furry friends and kids to keep them entertained all day long. Dive in to explore our insider tips and tricks for the ultimate stay in Newcastle.