Just a short 2-hour drive from Sydney and you’re in ‘Newie’ as the locals say. Australia’s second most populated area in the state of New South Wales, Newcastle is famous for its coal and has the title of being the home to the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. Similar to many other Australian cities, Newie is outlined by picture-perfect coastline and beaches that are indeed certified ‘Insta worthy’.
Our selection of Newcastle hostels gives you a choice between a smaller and more intimate place or a larger hostel, always within the main areas of the city. All of our hostels in Newcastle offer free Wi-Fi, and you can look for one with free breakfast too. If you’re travelling solo, you’ll love the social vibes of a Newcastle hostel with a BBQ area, communal free meals, pool tables and an outdoor pool. For a quieter stay, choose a heritage building with a chilled out courtyard and free surfboard rental.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a hostel right in the city centre or a bit further out from the buzzing vibes, we’re sure you’ll have a great time during your stay in Newcastle, New South Wales. If you’re arriving on a late night or early morning train, consider a hostel that’s located within a short walking distance from the Newcastle train station, making travelling to and from a bit easier. If you’re more of a beach bum, we have a hostel within walking distance of the coastline, prime location for swimming, sun-bathing and all-round beach vibes.
Seeing as Australia is well known for its stunning pristine beaches and coastline, you need to take a walk, run or bike ride, whatever your heart desires, along The Bathers Way – a stunning 5km coastal walk. If you’re into photography or architecture take some time to explore Newcastle’s landmarks such as the Newcastle City Hall, New castle Museum and Newcastle Ocean Baths. For the adventure fans out there get some of your new hostel mates together for a day of go-karting, Treetop Adventures or a dip in Bogey Hole – an ocean pool that was carved into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819.
Great transportation links in and around the city make Newcastle easy to navigate. Public buses will be your best mate when discovering the city if walking is not your type of thing. Purchase an Opal card to make getting on and off a whole lot easier by just tapping and going. Alternatively, hire a bike to get out and about to explore the city.