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To help make the most of your visit, we’ve included a few tips and recommendations for your stay.

Newcastle is a city undergoing a lot of change. After almost a decade of urban revitalisation, we are seeing a lot of people visiting and moving in. Although it’s still easy to get around, you will want to book your accommodation and dining experiences early to avoid disappointment. Consider making reservations for Friday and Saturday evenings after 7pm.


  • If you haven’t already, why not cash in your ‘New Move’ promo with Quest Newcastle West? Discounted rates are available to visitors attending for the Famil. These include $179 per night for Studio Apartments and $189 per night for 1 Bedroom Apartments. You can book by calling (02) 4920 3400 of emailing Remember to use the code “City of Newcastle New Move Famil”.
  • If you’re looking for something closer to the water, check out Rydges Newcastle or Novotel Newcastle Beach.
  • If you’re after something more local, The Lucky is a good option (directly opposite Crown Street tram stop). The Grand Hotel is also a pub favourite, tucked away in an old part of town close to the beach. You’ll also find plenty of charming Airbnb’s – stick to Newcastle East, The Hill, Cooks Hill, Bar Beach, and Wickham if you’re after an inner-city experience with coffee shops in reach.


There are a few eat streets around the city worth checking out. Due to a big uptick in visitors since COVID, you’ll want to book restaurants for Friday and Saturday nights no later than next week. Here’s a few recommendations in different parts of the city:

City Centre (East)

If you’re coming along to welcome drinks on Friday night, something in the eastern end of the CBD would be handy for dinner. All of these are in walking distance:

City Centre (West)

If you’re staying at Quest, here are a few options closer to your accommodation worth booking in at. You can jump on a tram at Crown Street and get off at Honeysuckle or Newcastle Interchange:

Cooks Hill (Darby Street)

Darby Street is Newcastle’s ‘eat street’. You’ll find pretty much every cuisine here and a few late-night options. With too many to list, you’re best to check out Hunter Hunter for a rundown of local restaurants.

As a starting point, you might want to look at Coal River & Co , MEET, and Goldbergs.

Small Bars & Pubs

The small bar scene has exploded in Newcastle and you’ll find a cosy place for a drink in most corners of the city centre. For an up to date list of the best spots, check out this article on Hunter Hunter.

Some good old-fashioned local pubs include The Ship Inn (102 Hunter Street), The Oriental (53 Bull Street, Cooks Hill), The Commonwealth (35 Union Street, Cooks Hill), The Grand 32 Church Street), and Customs House (1 Bond Street).

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