Australia's second oldest city, Newcastle is bursting with unique history. Located at the mouth of the Hunter River in New South Wales, it is home to the only fort in Australia to have engaged the enemy in a Maritime attack during WWII. Fort Scratchley, which sits above Newcastle Harbour, is now preserved as a military museum, and is one of the many fascinating attractions to see in the city. Base your stay in an IHG Newcastle hotel, and explore this fascinating region in comfort and in style.
If you're interested in blowing away the cobwebs, take the Bathers Way coastal walk from Nobbys in the North to Mereweather in the south. Enjoy Newcastle's three beautiful sandy beaches, and marvel at its rugged cliffs, reefs and saltwater baths, as well as its heritage sites and parklands.
If you'd prefer to stroll further inland, try the Newcastle East Heritage Walk, a self-guided tour mapped out to highlight the role that Newcastle has played throughout history. On your way along the route, experience The Lock Up, the Customs House, Fort Scratchley and Christ Church Cathedral as well as many more convict-era buildings to get a feel for this captivating city.
For those looking for a more relaxed trip, why not breakfast on Darby Street, or seek out one of the city's avant-garde galleries and cafes, dotted all over the city thanks to the Renew Newcastle organisation? Or, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, head down to the harbour for drinks and live music, and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Newcastle favourite.
At the end of the day, head back to your IHG hotel in Newcastle, and rest comfortably in a cosy but stylish room before getting up and doing it all again. Book your stay with IHG today and start planning your Newcastle getaway.
Stay at Crowne Plaza Newcastle and you'll enjoy access to a top-class fitness centre next door, complete with weights and training machines. At the hotel, we have a sparkling 25-metre outdoor pool with fabulous harbour views. Ask our Front Desk about packages with nearby spas.