Newcastle:

Population: 288,732 (2006)
Density: 1103/km  (2,856.8/sq mi)
Established: 1804
Elevation: 9 m (30 ft)
Area: 261.8 km (101.1 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location: 162 km (101 mi) NNE of Sydney
Region: Hunter
County: Northumberland
State District:
  • Newcastle
  • Cessnock, Charlestown
  • Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens
  • Swansea, Wallsend
  • Federal Division:
  • Newcastle
  • Shortland
  • Charlton
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    23 °C 12.4 °C 1,117.1 mm

    The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the Local Government Areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

    Situated 162 kilometres NNE of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is presently the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009?10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013. Beyond the city, the Hunter Region possesses large coal deposits. Geologically, the area is located in the central-eastern part of the Sydney basin.

    Morpeth & Tastes of the Hunter - vineyard and sightseeing full day tour more_vert
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    Discover the charming history of the quaint port town of Morpeth, delve into the unique character of it’s buildings and enjoy morning tea treats with a view, with ample time to meander through and learn the history of the speciality shop fronts.
    We then continue to the vineyard trail of the Hunter Valley, with a cafe lunch set amongst the vineyards following with boutique cellar door wine tastings, olive samplings and chocolate tastings at chocolate shop to wrap up a truly one of a kind experience!

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    Stop At: Morpeth Gallery, 5 Green St, Morpeth, Maitland, New South Wales 2321 Australia

    Discover the charming history of the quaint port town of Morpeth, delve into the unique character of it’s buildings and enjoy morning tea treats with a view, with ample time to meander through and learn the history of the speciality shop fronts.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hunter Valley Wineries, Vintage Hunter Wine and Visitor's Centre Main Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325 Australia

    We then continue to the vineyard trail of the Hunter Valley, with a cafe lunch complete with wine included, then onto cellar door wine tastings, olive product samplings and chocolate tastings at an artisan chocolate shop to wrap up a truly one of a kind experience!

    Duration: 4 hours

    • $119.00
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    Spring Hire Cars more_vert
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    Spring Hire Cars was founded with the mission of providing first-class chauffeured transportation to the Newcastle and Hunter regions using late model Luxurious sedans.
    With value-based Pricing and Professional customer service you will always arrive on time, in comfort and style whatever the occasion may be.

    Spring Hire Cars is an experienced chauffeur company, based in Newcastle, NSW , that will provide you with that personal touch. Whether your booking is for business or pleasure we will ensure your experience is second to none. All of our chauffeur driven vehicles are immaculately presented, you can be assured your journey will be a calming and relaxing one.

    • $90.00
    • query_builder 1 to 6 hours
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    Newcastle Dark Stories True Crime Tour more_vert
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    Take a walk on the dark side - revisit the scenes of the crimes.
    Retrace the steps of Newcastle's most infamous murderers. Descend into the murky world of fraudsters, adulterers and lordly impersonators. Unearth the keys to the heart of the Tomahawk Murderer. Relive a time that proves truth is far stranger than fiction. Book your ticket for a unique investigation into a dark and crime ridden history.
    100% True - 100% Unbelievable.......stories the city tried to forget.......
    Departs from the corner of Scott Street and Watt Street, Newcastle; adjacent to Customs House and the Convict Lumberyard. Bring comfortable shoes.

    This is a lesiurely 2km walking tour in which you will visit the most famous true crime sites from Newcastle's dark past.  The tour runs for approximately 90 minutes.
    You will meet your guide at the corner of Scott St & Watt St, Newcastle; adjacent to Customs House and the Convict Lumberyard and you will be taken through the streets of Newcastle including(but not limited to) the following stories/locations that prove fact is stranger than fiction:-
    Great Northern Hotel 
    Convict Lumberyard
    Parnell Place 
    Old Jail
    Christchurch Cathedral
    The Lockup
    All these stories are 100% true yet 100% unbelievable.  Newcastle tried hard to forget the past.....

    • $34.00
    • query_builder 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Maitland Dark Stories True Crime Tour more_vert
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    Take a walk on the dark side - revisit the scenes of the crimes.
    Retrace the steps of Maitland's most ruthless.   Be seduced by the murky world of the past. Relive a time that proves truth is far stranger than fiction and book your ticket for a unique investigation into a dark and crime ridden history.
    100% True - 100% Unbelievable.......stories the city tried to forget.......
    Meets at the corner of St Andrews St and Maitland St (just near the Belmore Bridge).  Bring comfortable shoes.

    This is a lesiurely loop of approximately a 1.5 km walking tour in which you will visit the most famous true crime sites from Maitland's dark past.  The tour runs for approximately 90 to 100 minutes.
    You will meet your dark tour host at the corner of St Andrews St and Maitland St (just near the Belmore Bridge) and you will be taken through the streets of Maitland to various locations that prove fact is stranger than fiction.
    All these stories are 100% true yet 100% unbelievable.  Take the time to rediscover the haunted past that Maitland tried hard to forget.
    Bring comfortable walking shoes.

    • $34.00
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    Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle more_vert
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    Enjoy close encounters with Humpback Whales along the Hunter Coast. The CoastXP 'Encounter Tour' is a 2 hour immersive experience with Humpback Whales, showcasing the stunning Newcastle and Lake Macquarie coastline from the water. Departing from the 3rd largest port in Australia, the tour features authentic interpretation around the history of the port, the City, the marine life which inhabit the coastline, local geology, Aboriginal heritage as well as unique destination landmarks including: wrecks, cliffs and ships. Along the way you may get the opportunity to see playful dolphins and seals!

    Your tour will begin at Harbour Square Boat Dock, out the front of Rydges Newcastle, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. We take in the sights before heading offshore for an adventure boat experience! The tour focuses specifically on the Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast. 
    Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby!
    Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. At CoastXP, we pride ourselves on providing you with the best experience possible.
    • Premier whale watching experience
    • Hightlights of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast
    • Unobstructed 360° views
    • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
    • New wet weather jackets provided
    • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip
    Come and witness these amazing animals up close on our brand-new adventure boat, Atmos!
    Our whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

    • $95.00
    • query_builder 2 hours
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    Coastal Adventure Tour From Newcastle more_vert
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    CoastXP’s Adventure Tour is a premier offshore boating experience showcasing the magnificent Hunter coastline. Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle, with pods of resident dolphins, seabirds, turtles and other marine life. Enjoy the thrill as you cruise 30 kilometres down the Hunter Coast in comfort and safety on board CoastXP’s new custom-built vessel ‘Atmos’ to stunning Caves Beach and historic Catherine Hill Bay. 

    CoastXP’s Adventure Tour is a premier offshore boating experience showcasing the magnificent Hunter coastline. Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle, with pods of resident dolphins, seabirds, turtles and other marine life.
    Enjoy the thrill as you cruise 30 kilometres down the Hunter Coast in comfort and safety on board CoastXP’s new custom-built vessel ‘Atmos’ to stunning Caves Beach and historic Catherine Hill Bay. 
    Along the way you will have a unique view of Newcastle Harbour, historic World War Two coastal forts, world renowned surfing beaches and rugged cliffs.
    The tour visits Newcastle’s most impressive sights including the ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. Marvel at the amazing sea caves at Caves Beach, with CoastXP the only adventure boat to visit these caves up close. 
    You will be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of the Hunter Coast, including fascinating coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs. Many of these are important Aboriginal sites which carry great significance for the local Awabakal people.
    Highlights include:
    • Unobstructed 360° views
    • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
    • Local knowledge of the coastline
    • Up close experience of sea caves
    • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip (perfect for sharing with friends and family)
    Come and experience the Hunter Coast for yourself, with CoastXP!
    Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. 

    • $95.00
    • query_builder 2 hours 30 minutes
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