Best Western Blackbutt Inn

80 Orchardtown Road, Newcastle, 2305, Australia
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Driving Directions

by kumar77

Hello People!

I'm planning on a road trip from Newcastle to Sydney. Which is the fastest route? Will there be any scenic spots to stopover for a few minutes along the way? How long does it take to drive down to Sydney? Will the weather cause any hindrance to the drive?

Your valuable information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

RE: Driving Directions

by colin_bramso

Hi Kumar. The F3 Freeway is the direct route which goes right to the northern suburb of Wahroonga. Turn off there on to the Pacific Highway and that goes all the way to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

RE: Driving Directions

by colin_bramso

Sorry, your other questions; it takes about two and a half hours from Newcastle to Sydney, as long as you wait until the peak hour is over - thousands of people commute to work in Sydney every day.
Weather. Rain is the only problem you may find, apart from idiots who crash their cars on the F3 and block it for hours :-(
When are you travelling? It's been raining for the last three days but tomorrow it's forecast to clear, then be fine and sunny.
Why not allow most of the day for the journey, then you can stop off in Terrigal for an early lunch overlooking the beach - we have over thirty cafes & restaurants in a small area. Then stop off at peaceful Brooklyn which is maybe an hour from Sydney.

RE: Driving Directions

by australianhelen

I agree with all the above advice. Another nice place to stop on the way is Hardy's Bay. You can have a cafe lunch, or you could have a picnic lunch and walk to to Maitland Bay in Bouddi National Park or Boxhead and see spectacular views to Sydney. A bushwalk is mandatory on any Australian holiday.
Helen

RE: RE: Driving Directions

by aussirose

G'day Kumar and welcome to vt. Hope you stick around and share your holiday pix with us. Hiya Colin, howz it going matey. And welcome also to Helen. Well Kumar these guys have pretty much covered your questions. Visiting the Central Coast should certainly be on your list.... and Helen, you brought back happy memories for me :o) Hardy's Bay is certainly gorgeous, we loved to do lunch at the little pub in the scrub. Oh and Maitland Bay.... fabulous!! The bush walk down to the bay is lovely there too :o) I remember..... :o) Hey Kumar, have you got a lady friend? She would love the Lavender Patch at Kincumber (I used to live down the road a couple of blocks from there :o) It has all sorts of lovely sweet smelling gifts :o) Have fun here in Oz and both of you, hang around and enjoy vt!! Cheers Colin & catchya round :o) Ann.

RE: Driving Directions

by kumar77

Thanks a great deal for all the info. I'll be in Newcastle for a week and then I'm gonna drive down to Sydney on a Saturday morning. We'll be staying in Sydney for a further 4 days to sightsee the area. We'll be arriving at Newcastle this Sunday. Hope to see u guys and Australia!

RE: RE: Driving Directions

by colin_bramso

G'day Ann - I hope the big storm over your way was a long way from you :-)

RE: RE: Driving Directions

by aussirose

Have fun Kumar, I know you will :o) But you won't see me unless you come over to Perth. We were ok Colin. I was bit worried about my office the Bankwest tower falling over though.... but we didn't get the winds in Perth and north of Perth like the southern end got. Perthians arn't used to cyclonic weather ;o) Hope all's well on the central coast. Cheers, Ann :o)

RE: RE: Driving Directions

by colin_bramso

Yes, apart from cold and wet, the CC is fine Ann :-)

RE: Driving Directions

by jamie_picken

I drive to Sydney from newcastle to work everyday, the quickest way is straight down the pacific Highway (F3).

Travel Tips for Newcastle

And it's right in the city!

by iandsmith

Don't get too excited that you're going to find grapes in the middle of Hunter Street, our main thoroughfare, but this is the headquarters of the Hunter Wine Society in Workshop Way, just across the railway line from Hunter Street.
I just think it's wonderful that you can get an old railway workshop, tart it up and end up with a lovely building put to a completely different use to that originally intended.
The society sources wines from many areas and packages them up for members at reduced prices but also offers them varieties that they may not normally come across.
Pass me a glass Fred! This is from their blurb-
"Today, we are the largest independent, direct supplier of Australian wine.
Wine Shop
You can choose from the latest array of superb wine selections assembled by our expert Tasting Panel. Choose white, red or mixed selections – from quality quaffers to super-premium wines.
Winemakers’ Selection
Take your pick from over 150 wines rated the best quality across every price range. These benchmark wines are available in convenient 6 packs, making it easy to secure quality wines for every occasion.
Wine Search
Forgotten the name of an old favourite? Looking for something new? Simply enter your variety, style, region and price preferences to discover the perfect wines for you! Your Wine Selector service will remember your profile, so each time you log on you’ll be provided with an updated list of available wines that cater specifically to your personal taste. Naturally, you can edit and fine tune your profile whenever you wish.
Our expert selection process
Every wine we offer has been selected by our expert Tasting Panel comprising leading winemakers, wine show judges and wine educators using Australian Wine Show judging criteria. Only wines that have achieved a medal-winning score from our Tasting Panel are included in our offers. Taste the real Australia
Wine Selectors offers access to major wine labels as well as hundreds of leading boutique wines from every Australian wine region. While the 2 major retail giants shrink the range of wines consumers get to choose from, Wine Selectors stands alone, providing you with the opportunity to leave the mass-produced production line behind and secure quality wines that you may otherwise never get to enjoy.
The ultimate wine experience
As well as our great online services, you have the opportunity to enjoy Australia’s ultimate wine experience by becoming a Member of Wine Selectors. Privileges include:
Free Australian Wine Selector magazine
Australian Wine Selector is the nation’s highest circulating wine lifestyle magazine.
Access to convenient, commitment-free wine plans
If desired, Members may join any of our five, expertly selected wine plans catering for all lifestyles and budgets. Our wine plans include: the Hunter Valley Wine Society plan; the Regional Series plan; the Seasonal Selections plan; the Winemakers’ Series; plan and the Chairman’s Series plan.
Wine tastings, wine courses and social events
Members and their guests receive exclusive invitations to attend Member Events including: wine education courses; Winemakers’ Dinners, Members’ Wine Tastings; Vineyard Tours; Race Days; and Golf Days.
Wine region Member Privileges
Members can save hundreds of dollars taking advantage of exclusive, Member Privileges at 300 participating cellar door, accommodation and dining venues right across Australia."

A touch of warmth

by iandsmith

Some things just stick in your mind. This mural is on a wall in the main street of Carrington, one of Newcastle's inner suburbs.
The inscription reads. "A gift, to thank the Carrington community for being my neighbours for 25 years". Birgitte Hansen - Mural and Art Design.

Going to the Loo

by kielorla

You will need to find a toilet while strolling along the street. Dont worry, you will come across this type of automatic toilet. These toilet are clean and when you are inside doing you business, music will start to play. Try to be fast as when the music stop, the door will open automatically. It can be quite stressful sometime, so for those that enjoy staying in the toilet for long, keep this in mind.

Skateboarding

by iandsmith

Mmm, I can't imagine there are too many VTers who are into skateboarding. This is more an excuse to use a photo of the local skateboard ramp at South Newcastle Beach than anything else. Having said that it's not the only one surfside and you can find one at Bar Beach, Stockton and Redhead as well as a few in the inner suburbs.
Personally, I just wish the graffiti artists would go elsewhere...........like in the water.........for a very long time.

Maritime Museum

by iandsmith

Newcastle's Maritime Museum is a hotch potch of all types of things nautical. Due to it being an active port, Newcastle has had lots of incidents and lots of wrecks, most of which are well documented and nowhere better than here.
The most recent notable event was in 2007 when storm force winds lashed the coast and a massive bulk ore carrier, the Pasha Bulker, ended up on Nobbys Beach. After about 3 weeks it was refloated and now travels under a different name. It was through a prolonged effort by a tug that another carrier was saved before ending up on Merewether Beach and a further ship nearly ended up near a previous wreck, see the following.
In 1974, a 54,000 ton tanker, the Sygna, didn't heed the warnings sufficiently and was washed up on Stockton Beach, the crew being dramatically plucked from the decks by choppers from the nearby RAAF base. Subsequently it was attempted to refloat the vessel for scrapping purposes but they only got half of it off when it snapped in two, the rear section staying firmly wedged forever in the sand where it still visibly sits today.
Several years ago we had HMS Nottingham towed in after all but sinking at Lord Howe Island after striking a reef. It actually had to be brought in backwards, so bad was the damage to the bow.
Since Newcastle is the world's biggest port in terms of tonnage (expected over 100,000,000 tonnes of coal alone this year), it is only fitting that some of its history is preserved.

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