Your guide to Newcastle, NSW

31 Jul 2014, by Informa Australia

Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales. Named the World Festival & Event City by the International Festivals and Events Association in 2012, Newcastle has plenty to offer for those who are visiting. Just because you are heading there for Heavy Haul Rail conference, doesn’t mean it has to be all business! Here are the best we’ve picked out.



There are more than 18 function venues perched conveniently in the city centre, 10 of which have onsite accommodation. Even if you need to look for a place to stay separately, there are plenty of accommodation options within or in close proximity to the CBD.

The Apollo International Hotel is a suitable pick for those attending a conference in Newcastle. Situated just 10 minutes away from the city centre, it offers equally easy access to both the heart of the business district and the city’s relaxing beaches.

For those who fancy boutique accommodation, the Clarendon Hotel in the CBD is another great choice. This stylish, art deco lodging will ensure you can engage in a uniquely Newcastle experience when you’re not busy attending your conference.

You can find a full list of available accommodation close to the Heavy Haul Rail conference venue here.

Eat and drink

If you need a place to catch up with clients or meet new business partners, Newcastle offers a superb range of restaurants and cafes of all shape and size.

Subo is one of the brightest gems in Newcastle’s culinary crown, with its menu presenting a splendid array of dishes inspired by French and Japanese cuisines. As another high-end dining option, Mason is also hard to beat.

Newcastle features a diverse range of dining precincts to cater to every need. Darby Street in Cooks Hill is famous for its laid-back culture and fantastic range of cafes, offering the perfect venue for a quick meet up with clients. Among the numerous options available, Longbeach 161 and The Depot are particularly popular.


Of course, no trip to Newcastle is complete without a visit to the Hunter Valley, one of the world’s most recognised wine making regions. Just an hour and a half’s drive from Newcastle city centre, you’ll get the chance to experience first-hand what makes one of Australia’s most famous exports so special.

Newcastle is also a city steeped in history, and you can visit plenty of unique sites where you can learn about the city’s past. Fort Scratchley is a must-visit, offering plenty of stories on how it has protected Newcastle’s coastline in centuries gone by.

For those wanting to get away from it all at the end of the conference, a range of parks and beaches are on offer – with Nobbys Beach on top of the list.

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