When to fly
The months of December and January are considered Newcastle’s peak season, when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. During this period, many people search for cheap flights to Newcastle as the city hosts a number of events, such as the nationally celebrated Australia Day on the 26th January. Throughout Newcastle an array of festivities and activities are on offer on this day, including sport events, special exhibitions, family fun days, fireworks and many more. One of the many activities which take place on this national holiday is Newcastle’s Australia Day National Maritime Festival which is a popular and exciting programme of cross harbour swims, Jet Ski racing, water-ski racing and a tug boat ballet. Alongside the maritime activities is further entertainment to enjoy from informative and historical exhibitions to overhead aerial acrobatics displays.
Other high-season times, when the city is busy and the atmosphere is lively, are Surfest (February), Newcastle Jazz Festival (August), This Is Not Art (arts and media festival - October) and Mattara Festival (late September/early October). Dates may change so it is best to check before you book your trip. For cheap flights to Newcastle during this season, it is advised to book in advance.
The winter months (June through August) are, in general, the low season, which can be the perfect time to look for cheap flights to Newcastle. This, however, can still be a great time to visit Newcastle, especially if you are interested in whale watching or surfing. The whale watching season runs through May to August, which is when thousands of whales head north to breed (If this doesn’t fit in with your trip, you can also spot some whales during October to November, when they return to the south). For surfers looking to travel to Newcastle, the biggest swells are in winter and also in autumn.
Visitors arriving on flights to Newcastle will discover a cosmopolitan, arty city with heaps of beautiful beaches and a large working harbour. Since Newcastle's discovery by European settlers it has been a penal settlement, pioneer town and industrial base for coal and steel. It's now the second-largest city in New South Wales (after Sydney) and the seventh-largest city in Australia.
The beaches are the drawcard for Novocastrians and visitors. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park, Merewether and Stockton are all patrolled and all within 5 km of the CBD. Nobbys Beach marks the start of the Bathers Way, a 5-km signposted coastal walk that extends to Merewether Beach (site of Surfest, the country's longest running international surfing competition, the beach is gazetted as a National Surfing Reserve) and takes in the historic ocean baths.
There are several historic buildings around Newcastle, such as Christ Church Cathedral, seat of the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Fort Scratchley, the old Customs House, City Hall, the Longworth Institute (late 19th century) and the University House (late 1930s).
Blackbutt Reserve is just 8 km from the CBD. There are 182 hectares of bushland - trails, a bat habitat, boardwalk with kangaroos, wombats, koalas and birds, and a restful picnic area.
Less than an hour's drive inland from Newcastle is the Hunter Valley, the renowned wine-making area. Barrington Tops, a national park situated on the Gloucester Ranges, is less than a two-hour drive from Newcastle.
Who operates flights to Newcastle?
If you are looking to book a flight to Newcastle, airlines such as Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia and REX all operate services daily. With multiple flights arriving from major cities and regional airports you can compare prices before booking cheap flights to Newcastle.