Cheap Flights to Newcastle

Newcastle overview

When to fly

Peak Season: 

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.

Off Season: 

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.

Why visit

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.

Newcastle climate

Like much of central and northern New South Wales, Newcastle's climate is oceanic/humid subtropical. Summers are warm, daily temperatures range between 28 and 32 degrees, and winters are mild, with temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees. Autumn and early winter gets most of the rain.

Getting around Newcastle

A fare-free zone operates (seven days a week, 7.30am to 6pm) from the Catholic Cathedral on Hunter Street to Newcastle Railway Station and south to Darby Street. Newcastle Buses & Ferries operates the ferry service from the CBD to Stockton. A car is necessary if you're intending to get around the Hunter Valley.

Getting downtown from the airport

Newcastle Airport (NTL) is located in Port Stephens, approximately 14 km north of Newcastle. There are several car rental companies operating at the airport, book early for availability and cheaper deals. Port Stephens Coaches travel from the airport to Newcastle Railway Station every hour or so. There are other shuttle bus services and taxis available.

Newcastle insider information

  • The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, 30 minutes from Newcastle, cover 140 hectares, much of it natural bushland. The Botanical Collections are arranged into several themed gardens such as Australian plants for the home garden, succulents, plants of the Hunter Region, and Australian arid plants. 
  • The Hunter Valley Gardens is another popular spot. There are 10 themed gardens including a sunken garden, Chinese garden, and a Story Book Garden with much-loved characters such as Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep. The gardens are in Pokolbin, an hour from Newcastle. 
  • The Ocean Baths were opened in 1922 and the Merewether Ocean Baths are the largest ocean baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere. Another popular spot with locals is the Bogey Hole at the bottom of King Edward Park. It's an ocean pool, which was carved out of the rock by convicts for the bathing pleasure of Major James Thomas Morisset at the start of the 19th century. 
  • At the Maritime Museum on Honeysuckle Drive visitors can explore the history of the region.
  • Darby Street is a great shopping street with eclectic boutiques. It's also a fantastic place to grab some lunch. Beaumont Street is also packed with good restaurants and has an ethnic flavour. Honeysuckle Wharf has become a popular, bustling site. There are 50 hectares in total, a promenade along the waterfront, parklands, restaurants and live entertainment.

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Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6.97
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 6.97
3 course meal for 2
$ 84.59
Cheap meal
$ 14.93
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 5.97
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 5.97
Large bottle of water
$ 4.11
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.40
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.68
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 2.36
1 km taxi journey
$ 1.79
How much does an apartment cost in Newcastle?
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 2654
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 2322
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1251
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1676

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