Your Perfect Midweek Winter Getaway
Winter hits different in Newcastle. While you can’t avoid the predictable chill in the air, you’ll be met with blue skies, sunny days and cosy nights. The best way to experience it all is with a midweek getaway, where you can escape the weekend hustle and bustle and enjoy a calmer side of life.
Whether it's rest and relaxation you’re seeking or an action-filled city escape, a midweek getaway in Newcastle won’t disappoint!
Wake up in style
Dotted along Newcastle’s pristine coastline and throughout the city centre are both luxury hotels and affordable accommodation options offering postcard views and convenient access to the city.
For a five-star experience, look no further than Crystalbrook Kingsley. Located in the heart of the CBD, you can’t miss its iconic rounded facade. Inside you’ll find premium rooms and a rooftop restaurant boasting panoramic city scenes; the ideal spot for romantic evenings and cosy catch-ups.
Enjoy the city buzz when you stay and dine in style at QT Newcastle. Within its heritage-listed walls are coastal-inspired rooms and a rooftop bar serving up sweeping harbour views and deliciously crafted cocktails. It will be a dream you won’t want to wake from.
At the tip of the east end, Novotel Newcastle Beach and Terminus Apartment Hotel both have Newcastle Beach at their doorsteps. Prepped for a stylish stay and access to the best restaurants and bars in town, it’s a big yes from us.
If you prefer uninterrupted harbour views then Rydges Newcastle is your pick. Located in Honeysuckle - the city’s renowned entertainment precinct - it's the perfect blend of lively coastal city and luxury for a midweek getaway.
Off beat stays
After the true Novocastrian experience? Rest your head close to the action with a stay at one of the many suburban accommodation options on offer. With convenient transport throughout the city, you can easily stay connected to all of Newcastle's exciting attractions.
New Lambton is its own unique hub just outside the city centre and The Executive Newcastle is the place to experience the suburb’s quirks in all its glory. Combining convenience with a first-class resort atmosphere, it’s the ideal spot for a Newcastle midweek getaway.
After a more eclectic vibe? Check out The Bond Store. This heritage-listed warehouse apartment spills onto Foreshore Park and delivers the rustic and relaxing atmosphere you’ve been craving.
Darby Street in the suburb of Cooks Hill is Newcastle’s favourite food and fashion hub and Flourish on Bull puts you at the heart of it all. This self-contained accommodation is full of personality and designer finishes.
Indoor adventures and experiences
Now that you’ve sorted your accommodation, it’s time for the fun stuff!
Working up a sweat can mean different things for different people. For some it could be channelling your inner viking at MANIAX Axe Throwing where you can hurl hatchets between snacking on beer and pizza.
Or you could be dripping from concentration as you solve puzzles and overcome challenges at escape room experience, Escape Reality. Perfect for the whole family, date nights and thrill seekers alike.
For those that are serious about recuperating during your midweek getaway, Zadig Studio is Newcastle’s new standard of wellness and recovery. Its infrared sauna gives self-care a new meaning as you allow your body and mind to release and renew.
For curious minds, become immersed in the city’s unique history with a visit to Newcastle Museum and enjoy the program of temporary and travelling exhibitions on offer alongside the permanent collection. Explore the city’s indigenous Awabakal roots and how its history was forged by convicts, coal and steel.
If your calling is live entertainment, the Civic Theatre has it all. From big expos and stand up comedy, to musicals and international musicians, this is where lasting memories are made.
For an immersive slice of Newcastle’s history, The Lock-Up is a must. Originally the Newcastle Police Station and lock-up for over 120 years, this heritage building is now an award winning contemporary art space and creative hub. If you're feeling inspired after your visit, continue exploring some more of Newcastle's independent art galleries.
Continue uncovering Newcastle's cultural charms during your midweek getaway with a stop at Fort Scratchley, a local landmark that will capture your interest from the moment you pass through its military gates. Explore the underground tunnels, stand next to the only two land-based ground guns in Australia to ever engage in naval battle and admire the vast ocean views.
Explore the live music scene
Newcastle’s live music scene has never been so vibrant. From intimate gigs to international acts performing all around the city, whether you’re a muso or not, you’ll be tapping your feet all night long.
Son of a Gun diner on Beaumont Street in the heart of Hamilton is a local music hub, with live performances happening most evenings. There's also The Rogue Scholar, a local pub with beer and beats at its soul. Hosting a bunch of emerging local musicians, it’s the perfect place for a pint and a groove. If you’re drawn to the antics on the dance floor, then The Greenroof in Hamilton is for you. Warm up in the beer garden with acoustic tunes, then get dancing when the DJ hits the decks from 10pm.
Newcastle is renowned for its hospitality scene, with visitors travelling far and wide to experience the city's high quality eateries, restaurants and bars. With so many incredible options it can be hard to know where to start! Here are a few of our faves that are perfect for a midweek winter getaway, with warm and cosy vibes to see you through cooler days and nights.
Winter calls for comfort food and lots of flavour, and Basement on Market St delivers on both fronts. Indulge in some delicious, authentic Italian dishes while cosying up in the ambiance of the space. Or why not try Bocados Spanish Kitchen? Order some tapas and a bottle of red for the table to share, or treat yourself to the banquet and try some of everything. Both your appetite and your spirit will be well and truly fed!
Looking to add a little luxury to your midweek winter getaway? Dine in Style at the Kingsley Winter Lodge, an exclusive dining dome experience at the Crystalbrook Kingsley. Choose from the Winter Warmers menu or Winter Lodge High Tea, then sit back and soak up the afternoon sun or stargaze by night in your own little winter wonderland.
Quench your thirst
Earp Distilling Co. is any gin lover's go-to jaunt for a fantastic gin-infused experience. Warm up with a guided spirit tasting, or sit back and soak up the ambiance while sipping on a signature G&T.
Fancy a cold beer after a long day of exploring? Set your sights on Modus Merewether Brewery. With 36 taps offering a rotation of signature beers and a kids playground, it’s perfect for every thirsty traveller. For the whisky lovers, get cosy at Coal and Cedar - a prohibition style speakeasy concealed behind a barbershop. Blink and you might miss it!
Accompany your beverage with some classic entertainment. Laugh the night away at Newcastle Comedy Club with hilarious locals and travelling comedians from around the country (and world). Or lose all inhibitions at Jam's Karaoke Bar, a local staple for a good night out and guaranteed to get the heart thumping.
The best of brunch
Whether it’s to start your day right or you’re in need of a recovery meal after indulging in the best of Newcastle’s nightlife, the town’s brunch scene has your back.
For a quiet and wholesome morning, bring your favourite book and settle in at the Press Coffee and Book House. Surrounded by pre-loved books and vinyl, you'll be in good company at this unique and cosy Newcastle gem.
For a healthy vegetarian meal, Momo Wholefoods is located in a sun-filled heritage building that gives good vibes only - in both food and atmosphere. The bright and airy vibes are sure to warm your spirits and leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
Autumn Rooms on Darby Street is a favourite among locals as it feels like an expansion of your home. Inviting and comfy, you’re able to relax with your morning coffee and dig into their delicious seasonal menu.
A midweek winter getaway in Newcastle never looked so good! With a myriad of accommodation options, entertainment and eateries, you’re guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy.
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