At Crowne Plaza Newcastle, you're just 45 minutes' drive from the vivid, sun-kissed vineyards of Hunter Valley, where some of Australia's leading viticulture is based. After a tour and tasting, watch the hot-air balloons rise over the valley.
Take a surfing lesson on the sandy, wave-beaten beaches just 800 metres from Crowne Plaza Newcastle. Once you've worked up an appetite, stroll back through Honeysuckle, where new harbourside plots have brought dozens of glass-fronted seafood restaurants.
Fort Scratchley, a military outpost that was used to defend Australia in WWII, has been redeveloped with a museum that illustrates life at the fort. Wander through its warren-like network of tunnels, or sit behind the restored 100-year-old cannons.
Don't Go Home Without
You can explore the beautiful coastline with pristine beaches, family friendly and patrolled beaches within five kilometers of the city centre. Don't forget to plunge into the two stunning salt water ocean baths - Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Ocean Baths.
A coastal walk from Crowne Plaza Newcastle takes you along the Bathers Way for access to some of the best swimming spots in New South Wales. Plunge into icy-cool rock pools, or lounge in the Mereweather Baths, the southern hemisphere's largest sea baths.