Newcastle is one of Australia’s oldest and most interesting cities with a blend of new and old architecture, a rich indigenous history, and one of the busiest ports in the world. The land and waters of Newcastle are acknowledged as the country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, whose culture is celebrated in community events, place naming, signage and artworks. To learn more about Newcastle’s history, take a walk through Newcastle Museum, or visit historic Fort Scratchley overlooking the mouth of the Hunter River estuary. Explore Christ Church Cathedral and its exquisite architecture, beautiful grounds and sweeping views of Newcastle Harbour.

Eat and Drink:

Newcastle has an emerging food scene that makes it an appealing spot to indulge in quality food and wine. Right across the city, there are a plethora of dining options, with places popping up every other week. Hamilton’s Beaumont Street has long been a mecca for wining and dining, with a wonderful array of lively pubs and diverse sidewalk cafes. For those who prefer relaxed dining, Darby Street in Cooks Hill offers bohemian cafes and galleries. Enjoy lunch or a latte before heading off to shop in a variety of artisan stores. Or, for those who can’t go past those waterfront views, right on the harbour at Honeysuckle wharf, The Boardwalk is the place to head for sophisticated dining and smart bars boasting harbour views.

See and Do:

Embark on one of the many self-guided walking tours, visit the art gallery, or pick up a quirky locally designed gift. Spot local marine life aboard a cruise, or get up close to Australian animals at Blackbutt Reserve, 182 hectares of natural bushland where you can walk trails and see native wildlife. Take a family day out to swing and climb like Tarzan at Tree Top Adventure Park, or for something more relaxing, pack the picnic basket and head toKing Edward Park, Foreshore Park or one of the other beautiful parks within Newcastle for the perfect picnic.

How do I get to Newcastle?

Newcastle is easily accessible with several daily air, rail, boat and coach services. Byroad – if approaching from the south – the M1 Pacific Motorway from Sydney will have you arriving in Newcastle in just two hours. Alternatively, if you are entering the city from the north, follow the Pacific Highway. By air – Newcastle Airport is the major regional airport and is located 30minutes north of Newcastle’scity centre. Many direct flights are available on a daily basis from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Ballina/Byron Bay, the Gold Coast, Canberra and Dubbo. By rail – Newcastle is part of the CityRail network. Frequent return services run daily. CountryLink trains connect Newcastle to Sydney, Brisbane and other country centres.

What types of accommodation options are there?

After a full day exploring all the things to see and do in Newcastle be sure to make time to relax and unwind in one of the many accommodation options in Newcastle. Newcastle has a range of accommodation options to suit any taste or budget. From internationally branded hotels to beautiful boutique venues and backpackers and hostels, Newcastle has something for everyone. Keep an eye on this website for more information and follow the Championships on Facebook
​We are looking forward to seeing you in Newcastle for a great 2021 Australian National Band Championships!