Virgin Australia operates flights to Newcastle every day, direct from Brisbane and Melbourne.
Newcastle Airport Information
Newcastle Airport is located in Port Stephens, 15km (25 minutes’ drive) north of Newcastle city centre, and can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: A taxi rank can be found adjacent to the arrivals area of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the terminal.
- Bus: Newcastle Airport is serviced by two public bus companies, Port Stephens Coaches and Hunter Valley Buses. Port Stephens Coaches operates a service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station (up to 11 times a day), and to the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses operates a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Stockton.
- Transfers: Newcastle Airport Information Services can arrange door-to-door airport transfers. The service desk is located in the arrivals hall.
Things to do in Newcastle
Penal-colony-turned-cosmopolitan-hotspot, Newcastle is a city of great surprises. Often overlooked in favour of neighbouring tourism hub Sydney, Newcastle has been referred to as Australia’s most underrated metropolis. Home to some of Australia’s most famous surfing breaks, finest vineyards, lively gig venues and innovative art spaces, the city swells with exciting things to do, see and discover.
Fostering a long history and set amid striking natural surrounds, Newcastle is an exciting city to visit. Swim, surf or fish at one of the city’s eight beaches. Take a dip in the art deco Ocean Baths. Watch as giant freight ships glide into the harbour. Dine at one of Honeysuckle Drive’s acclaimed eateries. Peruse the galleries and boutiques of Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill. Learn about the region’s history with a tour of the Fort Scratchley Historic Site or a visit to the Bogey Hole. Check out a live gig at a local pub. Or sample award-winning wines from the Hunter Valley.
Newcastle offers a number of exciting retail opportunities. The city centre is a hub of shopping activity, home to the Heritage Precinct, the Mall Precinct, the West Precinct and the Tower Precinct. Darby Street in Cooks Hill offers a bohemian blend of unique fashion boutiques and art spaces. The Junction is a cosmopolitan hive, featuring an impressive selection of upmarket boutiques. Westfield Kotara boasts more than 120 specialty stores and big name retailers. Newcastle also features an array of markets, namely retro haunt Adamstown Markets, bargain paradise Islington flea markets, and fresh produce heaven City Farmers and Craft Markets.
Eating precincts dot Newcastle’s waterfront and suburbs, and highlight a diverse array of cuisines and dining options. Newcastle East boasts a range of upmarket restaurants with sweeping coastal views. Hamilton’s Beaumont Street is lined with authentic Mediterranean eateries, sidewalk cafes and lively pubs. Darby Street in Cooks Hill blends cafe culture with galleries and boutique shopping. While Newcastle’s most sophisticated dining area, Honeysuckle Drive has gained national attention for it impressive collection of oceanfront restaurants and bars.
Home to an active live music scene and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Newcastle is a great location in which to socialise and relax with the drink in hand. Darby Street in Cooks Hill is the city’s cultural centre, a café littered street turned lively afterhours hive, abuzz with gig venues and pubs. Venues like the Cambridge Hotel, Lizotte’s and Newcastle Panthers showcase the biggest names in national and international touring artists, and are popular local hangouts. While located just under two hours away, the Hunter Valley is renowned to host some of Australia’s best vineyards, wineries and cellar-doors.
Newcastle Holiday Packages
Experience all that Newcastle has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Newcastle holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.