Newcastle NSW, Australia

Newcastle NSW, Australia

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,540 vacation rentals near Newcastle. From 1,057 houses to 949 apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Newcastle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

A coastal destination in New South Wales

The city of Newcastle lies at the mouth of the Hunter River and is famous for its place as an important coal mining town. Today, this sea port draws in travelers with its beautiful beaches, mountain scenery, mouthwatering restaurants and swathes of vineyards. It's got a strong sporting heritage and visitors can watch the soccer and rugby at the city's stadium. Along Stockton Beach, you can see Fort Scratchley, an important defense site during World War 2, and in Barrington Tops National Park you may even be able to spot a platypus. Everything's possible in Newcastle.

An outdoor paradise

All of the city's exciting activities are available right on the doorstep of your Newcastle vacation rental. The vast Hunter Wetlands Centre contains numerous walking trails as well as a river to explore in a canoe and spend a peaceful afternoon paddling. Similarly, the Fernleigh Track is a 10-mile trail which follows an abandoned railway line and is now used by mountain bikers. In the summer months, when the weather is at its hottest, you can't beat a refreshing dip in the waters of Bogey Hole, an ocean pool carved out of the rock by convicts over a century ago.

Living history in Newcastle

Newcastle isn't short of attractions to keep you informed and entertained during your visit. A good place to start is the Newcastle Museum which will introduce you to the city's steelwork and coal mining history. Up on Nobbys Road you can explore Fort Scratchley which once defended the city from a Japanese submarine in World War 2 and now serves as a military museum. Just a short drive from you Newcastle vacation rental, you can browse the Art Gallery which houses a collection of work by local and national artists year-round.

A destination for all seasons

With things to do in every season, it's always a good time to visit Newcastle. It's busiest during the summer holidays between December and January, when the Newcastle vacation rentals get booked up well in advance. If you plan to visit over Christmas and New Year, book up early to avoid disappointment. Around this time, the temperature hovers at a comfortable 80 degrees. In the winter, which falls between June and August, it can get a little chilly, but it rarely drops below freezing, and with so many attractions, you'll always find something to do.

Bats, birdlife and bandicoots

Just a 15-minute drive from many Newcastle vacation rentals is the Glenrock State Conservation Area, a staggeringly beautiful park which holds the last remaining swathe of coastal rainforest in the state. This lush green vegetation is a haven for wildlife including bats, birdlife and bandicoots, among much more. It's an important area for Aboriginals with many ancient sites dotting the park. Pack up your board as the park has one of the best surfs around and while you're there dive down under the water to spot a plethora of marine life.