Novocastrian Hotel Newcastle

21 Parnell Place, Newcastle, New South Wales, 2300, Australia
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Best time to visit?

by cattlegrid_79


Planning a surprise trip for my better half who has not seen her family in Newcastle, NSW for years. When is the best time to visit? Any times of the year I should avoid?

RE: Best time to visit?

by Anne12

WHat a wonderful surprise.
I would say that the best time for you to come here would be our southern summer time, your winter....miss out on some of the UK cold:)
So anywhere from November to March.
You could come over and do an Aussie Christmas with the family and enjoy our beaches and BBQ's:)

RE: RE: Best time to visit?

by iandsmith

Personally, I'm at odds with Anne. I'm an autumn, winter (try 20 degrees in the middle of the day) and spring fan. Summer's a bit too hot for me but, if you want a swim then I have to agree that's the best time for it.
She won't recognize the CBD around the wharf area, so much has changed. It's now a people town rather than an industrial one.
Whatever time you come, enjoy.

Travel Tips for Newcastle

Watching the world (and ships) go by

by iandsmith

One of the must-do's when you come to Newcastle is to chill out on the foreshore near our great phallic symbol, which doubles as a lookout. There's a hotel, a function centre and a few restaurants and on Sunday afternoons there's a band playing on the wharf in front of The Brewery. All of this to entertain you as the boats move about on the harbour.
The first ship to move coal from the port took just 24 tonnes. That was in 1801. A slightly larger vessel arrived in 1997, total length 272 metres and it took 148,000 tonnes in one hit.
That's nearly 6,000 times the original load! That's progress for you. Autumn or spring days are best for this activity but you can enjoy it in summer or winter as well, bearing in mind it might be slightly hotter/colder than you might like. In summer you'll get the afternoon seabreeze, a nor' easter, which tends to cool things down and remind me of my favourite Frank Sinatra song, The Summer Wind. Never is it more appropriate than harbourside in summer.
Since we have a large volume of shipping you have a good chance of seeing one or more go by while you sip your chardonnay.
Saturday afternoons have an added bonus because it's sailing day when the local club, based at Stockton, has its races. They go right next to the restaurants, embellishing an already memorable activity.
However, since the addition of the new marina you can see lots of yachts heading out for offshore racing on Sunday afternoons also.

On any Sunday

by iandsmith

The beaches are definitely one of the highlights and their proximity to the town (i.e. right at the end of the main streeet) make them readily accessible. Most Sundays I race my pushbike in the morning at Kooragang Island. On the way home a group of us ride up past the beaches for two reasons: 1. To get more kilometres up and, 2. Just simply to enjoy the scenery.
One day when I got home I said to Rosemary it was one of those days we should go and tour the beaches and have a bite to eat. Thus it was I found myself, camera in hand, looking along Nobbys Beach from the shelter provided for just such a purpose.
What did you last Sunday, I hope it was as good as this.

Going bush

by iandsmith

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of traffic then you might well consider the following. Glenrock State Recreation Area. This woodland lies with 5 kms of Newcastle's CBD and has forever been a popular area but, with the advent of the nearby Track, it seems to be even more popular.
One reason is that mountain bikers have trails in this area in addition to the walkers. The walks are mostly well marked but, in certain areas, it's just worn from human presence and then the water has done the rest.
The most popular walking track (accessed from the southern end) is Yuelarbah. This takes you beside Flaggy Creek (pic 4) and even crosses it (pic 2) before heading down the stairs (pic 5) towards Glenrock Lagoon (where there's a scout camp) and then the beach.
A lot of bike riders start just off Scenic Drive and go down Gun Club Road which is about the centre of the area.
Hang gliders can often be seen on the northern end when favourable winds are blowing and the beach, which can be accessed during the day via a sealed road, is a good fishing spot.

Water sports

by iandsmith

Newcastle is big on water sports. A new marina, completed in 2003, has opened and already has added colour to the harbour.
Surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, body surfing, fishing, swimming, sailing, cruising on Lake Macquarie or Nelson Bay, kayaking, rowing and surf boat rowing are all popular, especially in spring to autumn.
Facilities are many so don't forget to pack your bathers.
This shot is taken at Merewether where Mark Richards, three times world surfboard champion, still struts his stuff. His house actually overlooks the beach.
Knowledgeable viewers will know this is not a shot of Mark however, as this is a goofy footer and Mark's a natural. (He made the wave after getting inside if you were curious.)

Port Stephen

by kielorla

If all the above dont suit you, maybe strolling around Port Stephen and enjoy the delicious Fish and Chip will make your trip all worth while

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