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Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales, located 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Sydney. This harbour city also happens to be the second oldest city in Australia, so as well as the beautiful beaches and oceanfront walks that travellers have come to expect from this part of the NSW coast, there is also a fascinating heritage to unearth. A direct flight with have Adelaideans in Newcastle in slightly more than two hours, meaning you can go from the City of Churches to this beachfront base in less time than you’d spend over Sunday brunch. The reasons for travelling to Newcastle are plentiful: stunning surrounding coastline, gorgeous lookout points, top surf breaks, a thriving food and drink scene, and a convenient proximity to the heart of the Hunter Valley.
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The best time to visit Newcastle
Newcastle is in the temperate climate zone, meaning it is happily devoid of extreme weather conditions or events. The seasons are distinct and the temperatures are relatively even throughout the year. The busiest times in Newcastle are around Christmas, Easter and school holidays. These are also the periods where accommodation prices see a marked increase. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, you may want to book cheap flights from Adelaide to Newcastle outside of the peak seasons.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Newcastle. The days are warm and filled with sunshine; flowers are in bloom and the city is yet to see an influx of holiday-makers. The average summer temperature is 26℃ and the refreshing ocean breeze helps the city from becoming too hot.
Autumn and winter experience more rain than the other seasons, but these downpours aren’t too frequent. Autumn has comfortable temperatures, and winters are moderate with temperatures rarely dropping below 8℃. Winter is low season in Newcastle, making it a great time to find cheap airfares from Adelaide to Newcastle.
Departing From Adelaide
Adelaide has one airport located 5 kilometres (3 miles) west of the CBD. There are up to 50 cheap flights from Adelaide to Newcastle every day, so there is ample opportunity to book your holiday. Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas all offer cheap airfares from Adelaide (ADL) to Newcastle (NTL). These airlines do not offer direct flights from ADL to NTL, and flights connect through Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane. Hahn Air offers a direct flight that gets you to Newcastle Airport (NTL) in about 2 hours; however, Hahn Air only offers a few flights each week. Even with a stopover, you’ll arrive to Newcastle in about 3 hours 40 minutes.
Getting to Adelaide Airport
A double-decker JetExpress bus service connects Adelaide Airport with the CBD. It makes a handful of stops within the CBD; starting at Pulteney Street and arriving to the airport in 25 minutes. The J1X bus departs every hour, Monday to Friday. A standard Metroticket fare of $5.50AUD applies during peak hours; it is $3.60 AUD during off-peak times.
Those travelling from the suburbs can board a JetBus service, as this bus also makes stops in Glenelg and West Beach. Buses J1, J3, J7, and J8 all follow this route. JetBuses depart regularly, getting you to the airport in less than 40 minutes, and operate according to normal Metroticket prices.
For an almost front door-to-airport service, a taxi or Uber is the way to go. It is only a 15-minute car journey from the CBD to the airport; even less time from Glenelg.
Parking at Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport (ADL) offers two different car parks that are perfect for stays of all lengths. For both car parks, you can get even lower rates when you book your spot in advance.
Where to Park at Adelaide Airport
• The Terminal Car Park is situated just outside the airport. It provides undercover spaces and the entire park is monitored by 24-hour security. Happily, it is only a few minutes’ walk to the terminals. The 3-day parking rate is $74 AUD, and parking for a week costs $112 AUD.
• The Long Term Car Park is further out from the terminals, though is still a very manageable 10-minute walk away. Or, passengers can catch the free shuttle bus. A 3-day park here costs $48 AUD and a 7-day park costs $70 AUD.
Arriving in Newcastle
Newcastle Airport (NTL) is located about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the city. The airport is small with just one runway, and it receives only short-haul domestic flights.
How to Get from Newcastle Airport (NTL) to Your Newcastle Hotel or Accommodation
Once your ADL to NTL flight has landed, head outside the terminal for transport into Newcastle. From Newcastle Airport (NTL), you can catch the number 130 bus, which is operated by Port Stephens Coaches. The southbound bus will take you into the Newcastle CBD in about 40 minutes. The bus stops at the airport every hour. If you have an Opal card from a past visit to Sydney, you can use it on public transport around Newcastle as well.
For a direct ride into the city, taxis and Ubers are available just outside the terminal. The ride into Newcastle takes about 25 minutes, and taxi fare between the airport and CBD costs about $75 AUD. Driving yourself is also an option, and there are several rental car companies at the airport. You can rent a car for as low as $67 AUD a day.
There are buses available if you’re heading to the Hunter Valley or Port Stephens from Newcastle Airport (NTL). The Hunter Valley bus has a route between the airport and Maitland that makes several stops throughout the Hunter Valley region. Port Stephens Coaches also pick up from the airport. Route 130 travels into Newcastle’s CBD, but if you catch it in the other direction, it will get you to Port Stephens as well as Anna Bay, Nelson Bay, and Fingal Bay. Both of these bus companies accept Opal cards.
Things to do in Newcastle
Go to the Beach
There are no shortage of gorgeous beaches in Newcastle and its surrounds. No matter if you want to try your hand at surfing, or simply want to relax on a patch of golden sand; Newcastle has a stretch of shoreline for you. Some of the most popular beaches in the region are Bar Beach, Nobby’s Beach, Newcastle Beach and Cave Beach.
Fort Scratchley is located on top of a hill and offers panoramic views of Newcastle’s beaches, harbour and city centre. It was originally built in 1882 as a defence fort and later played an active role in World War II. Today, Fort Scratchley is a museum where you can tour the fort and learn about Newcastle’s role in past wars.
ANZAC Memorial Walk
The ANZAC Memorial Walk was built to commemorate the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who fought in World War I. It is a short 450-metre-long boardwalk that runs along the edge of a cliff. The views are incredible, with the coastline on one side and the city on the other. At the end of the walkway, there are also stairs connecting the ANZAC Memorial Walk to Bar Beach.
Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is one of the most popular and acclaimed wine regions in Australia. It is located just west of Newcastle, making it a great destination for a day trip out of the city. Several organised tours of the Hunter Valley depart from Newcastle, or you could rent a car and do a self-driving tour of the region. There are 150 different vineyards that open up their cellar doors for tastings. Make sure to sample one of the region’s semillon - the Hunter Valley is considered to produce some of the best semillon examples in the world.
A unique experience to have in Newcastle is to take a bath in the ocean. There are several ocean baths along the Newcastle coastline. The pools are right on the water and fill with ocean water as waves crash over the rocky sides. Popular ocean baths to visit are the Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Ocean Baths. And for a more natural experience, be sure to check out Bogey Hole, a heritage-listed pool that sits right among the rocks.
Just north of Newcastle is Port Stephens, another of the NSW coast’s top beachside holiday destinations. This area is all quiet beaches and pretty walks, making it a popular spot for visitors to try their hand at water sports such as sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Port Stephens has a resident pod of dolphins that you can regularly spot from the beaches. And if you visit at certain points in the year, you may be lucky enough to see whales migrating along the ‘‘Humpback Highway’.