Newcastle

Newcastle – what was originally a colony for Great Britain’s worst-behaved convicts is now one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities.

Once known as the “Hell Hole”, the region has been gentrified to host a multifaceted cosmopolitan lifestyle, and some of Australia’s most famous surfing breaks, finest vineyards, lively gig venues and innovative art spaces.

Visit popular beaches, take a dip in art-deco ocean baths, dine at first-rate restaurants, sample wines from the Hunter Valley and whale watch at Port Stephens.

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Population Approx 512,000
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Time Zone GMT +10
Dining

A relaxed casual lifestyle, combined with thriving tourism and industrial trades has seen Newcastle grow one of Australia’s most promising dining scenes. Entertainment and eating precincts dot the waterfront and suburbs, highlighting a diverse array of cuisines and great choice of dining options.

Newcastle’s city centre is busy with businesses and first-class restaurants, while bordering suburb, Newcastle East also boasts a range of upmarket restaurants with sweeping views of the ocean.

As Newcastle has grown into an urban city, its infamous working wharves have been gentrified into foreshore promenades, which host waterfront cafes and restaurants galore. Honeysuckle Drive is Newcastle’s most sophisticated dining area, featuring a dazzling array restaurants and bars with spectacular water views.

Home to the area’s first Italian and Greek arrivals, Hamilton’s Beaumont Street is Newcastle’s premier Mediterranean eat-street, dotted with sidewalk cafes and a lively pub scene.

Darby Street in Cooks Hill is the city’s most bohemian precinct – an inner city cultural hub that seamlessly blends cafe culture with galleries and boutique shopping. Afterhours check out one of the street’s live music venues or pubs, or pull a seat up at a late night coffee house.

To experiences the riches of the local wine scene, take a day trip to the nearby Hunter Valley vineyards, just over an hour away, where some of Australia’s finest drops are on show.

Shopping

As New South Wales’ second biggest city, outside Sydney, Newcastle offers a number of exciting retail opportunities. Several large shopping centres hosts well-known labels, inner-city neighbourhoods thrive with a unique mix of vintage and independent boutiques, while the city centre boasts a vibrant array of world-class shopping.

The city centre holds most of Newcastle’s retail trade, with four thriving precincts: the Heritage Precinct, the Mall Precinct, the West Precinct and the Tower Precinct. Located on Hunter Street, the Mall is the city’s most frequented precinct hosting hundreds of specialty, fashion, book and souvenir stores.

Situated five minutes from Newcastle Harbour and foreshore, Darby Street in Cooks Hill has a reputation as Newcastle’s best shopping destination. Hosting a bohemian blend of local designers, unique fashion boutiques, inspiring art spaces and trendy cafes, the inner-city precinct is a must-visit for all shoppers.

The Junction is Newcastle’s premier retail zone. Just southwest of the city centre, the cosmopolitan hub features an impressive selection of upmarket boutiques, which showcase designer labels, intricate jewellery and sought-after home wares.

Carrying the Westfield moniker, Westfield Kotara is the area’s largest shopping centre. Over 120 specialty stores populate the huge complex.

As Australia’s second oldest city, antique stores abound. Discover the region’s and the country’s history at a number of antique dealers throughout Islington, Mayfield and Hamilton. Centenary Antique Centre is Newcastle’s largest antique centre, offering a wide range of antique collectables on Centenary Road in the city centre.

Adding to the region’s already flourishing retail scene, Newcastle also features an array of markets. Unique and retro items can be found at the Adamstown Markets; bargain hunters rejoice at the Islington flea markets; while farm fresh produce and gourmet foods are on display at the City Farmers and Craft Markets.

Newcastle Holidays 
Virgin Australia Paddock Club 3 Day Package
3 stars
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3 nights from $ 3,195 pp twin share* earn from 9585 Points^
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Virgin Australia Paddock Club 3 Day Package** - Enjoy a premium trackside dining experience, hosted with reserved seating and exclusive Supercars driver appearances. With in-suite televisions featuring live timing and continuous race action so you never miss a moment.

TICKET INCLUSIONS + ACCESS • Exclusive access to the Virgin Australia Paddock Club • The Virgin Australia Paddock Club is a 3-day experience • Corporate hard card and lanyard • Entry to the circuit – including all general viewing and merchandise areas • Premium dining experience • Complimentary event program

LOCATION + VIEWING • The Virgin Australia Paddock Club is located on level 2 of the multi-storey pit exit building • Views of pit lane, the man straight, turn 1 and pit exit • Open-air, raised marquee • In-suite televisions with live timing and continuous race action so you never miss a moment

DINING EXPERIENCE • On arrival snack, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea • A premium selection of beer, wine, cider and from 1pm daily ready to drink spirits • An extensive selection of soft drink, Red Bull, juice and bottled water • In-suite barista • Reserved table seating and break out lounge areas • Exclusive Supercars driver appearances • Be greeted by our Supercars suite hosts and Virgin Australia cabin crew to assist you and your guests • A menu created by The GEMA Group

Travel dates
03/12/2020 to 07/12/2020
On sale until
15/11/2020
4 - 6 DEC
Trackside Lounge Weekend Package
3 stars
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3 nights from $ 2,410 pp twin share* earn from 7230 Points^
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Trackside Lounge Weekend Package** - The Trackside Lounge is the place to be if you crave excitement. Located on level 2 of the pit buiilding – you will enjoy uninterrupted trackside views and reserved dining experience. You will never miss a moment soaking up the experience and exhilarating atmosphere.

TICKET INCLUSIONS & ACCESS
Exclusive access to the Trackside Lounge • Corporate hard card and lanyard • Entry to the circuit – including all general viewing and merchandise areas • Reserved dining experience • Complimentary event program

LOCATION & VIEWING
The Supercars Trackside Lounge level 2 of the Pit Lane Complex • Uninterrupted pit lane and main straight views • Open-air marquee • In-suite televisions featuring live timing and continuous race action so you never miss a moment

DINING EXPERIENCE
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea • A premium selection of beer, wine and cider • A selection of soft drink, Red Bull, juice and bottled water • Ready to drink spirits available to purchase • Reserved table seating • Supercars suite hosts to assist you and your guests • A menu created by The GEMA Group

Travel dates
03/12/2020 to 07/12/2020
On sale until
15/11/2020
Anchorage Port Stephens
4 stars
Flights Accommodation Baggage
2 nights from $ 695 pp twin share* earn from 2085 Points^
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Travel dates
28/04/2020 to 17/06/2020
14/07/2020 to 17/09/2020
08/10/2020 to 10/12/2020
On sale until
31/05/2020