|Most popular in||November||High demand for flights, 13% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||July||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||$270||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$152||From Melbourne to Newcastle|
$176 - $303
The second largest city in New South Wales (after Sydney), visitors take cheap flights to Newcastle for its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan vibe. Newcastle was originally a penal settlement and later an industrial base for coal and steel. Today it is a cultural powerhouse with a lot of museums, art galleries, theatres and a variety of festivals and events taking place throughout the year. Newcastle’s proximity to Sydney, just a two hour drive north, makes it a great holiday destination for Sydneysiders. Here you can relax on a selection of beaches just 5 km from the CBD, take in an art gallery or museum and explore historical sites or the world heritage rainforest, Barrington Tops. Newcastle also makes a good base for visiting the wine making region of the Hunter Valley, less than an hour’s drive inland. December and January are Newcastle’s peak season for visitors. The weather is sunniest in these months, with temperatures averaging 28C - 32C. This is when people seek cheap flights to Newcastle for the numerous events taking place in the city and schools are out for the Christmas holidays. Book flight tickets and accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment. Pack cotton clothing with long sleeves, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to make sure you’re well protected from the midday sun.
Winter (June through August) are the off season months and the ideal time to look for the cheapest flights to Newcastle. This is a great time for whale watchers and surfers, with whale watching season running from May to August and big surf swells coming in off the coast.
If you wish to avoid the hot summer months and the crowds, then aim for late March, early April and September for the best times to book flights to Newcastle. Of these, March is optimal for fantastic weather, warm water and no school holidays. February, May and June are the rainiest months but the temperatures are still warm for anyone looking for a short break, just be sure to pack an umbrella.
Flights from Sydney to Newcastle: 45 minutes.
Flights from Melbourne to Newcastle: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Flights from Brisbane to Newcastle: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Flights from Perth to Newcastle: 5 hour 50 minutes.
Regional Express (Rex) operates direct flights to Newcastle from Sydney 7 days a week, and is a low cost option. You can fly direct to Newcastle from Melbourne and Brisbane via Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas which operate regular flights throughout the day, 7 days a week.
Newcastle Airport (NTL) is located in Port Stephens, approximately 14 km north of Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches travel from the airport to Newcastle Railway Station every hour or so, up to 11 times a day. You can also catch a bus to the Hunter Valley from the airport. There are other shuttle bus services and taxis available. Several car rental companies operate at the airport, book early for availability and cheaper deals.