Ready to escape and reconnect? It’s important to take time for a quick getaway with that special someone. But it’s just as important to take an extra day to make it memorable. Less than two hours from Sydney, a long weekend in Newcastle and its surrounding region delivers the goodies – from waterfront dining to cosy bars, coastal attractions and acclaimed Hunter Valley wineries. Explore our Thursday to Sunday escape plan and discover plenty of memorable things to do in Newcastle for couples – all within easy reach.
Distance from Sydney to Toukley: 115 km / 1 hr 25 min
Tucked between expansive waterways, Toukley is a gateway to a vast natural playground with big attractions in every direction. Wind along the scenic drive from Sydney to this haven between Tuggerah Lake and Budgewoi Lake and get ready to recharge.
Reclaim some shared time-out at one of Toukley’s iconic bars or restaurants. Soak in some intimate ambience at Mexicoast Cantina, a great eatery that serves the tastes and flavours of Mexico – and delicious Coronita Margaritas. The Beachie is another popular establishment, with waterside bars and restaurants that expertly prepare everything from wood-fired pizzas to tacos and Modern Australian.
Revitalise with invigorating coastal air and spectacular ocean views on The Coast Walking Track in Wyrrabalong National Park. Between May and November you’ll also spot majestic migrating whales. It’s estimated 33,000 whales journey northward past here every year to warmer waters – nearby Crackneck Point Lookout is a great location for whale watching. Built in 1903, the historic Norah Head Lighthouse is another must-see.
Accommodation in Toukley:
The Beachcomber Hotel and Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection offers an assortment of restaurant and bar options, with glittering waterside views and Hampton’s inspired architecture.
Distance from Sydney to Newcastle: 160 km / 2 hrs
Renowned for legendary surf, curling golden beaches and revitalised urban ‘cool’, Newcastle unrolls some of Australia’s best city coastal attractions. From outstanding restaurants to world-famous wineries and a full calendar of entertainment, you won’t be wondering what to do in Newcastle in winter.
Start by rekindling the senses at one of the inner-city restaurants near popular Bar Beach, where you’ll find a hotspot for date ideas in Newcastle. Una Volta is an intimate Italian restaurant inspired by the seasonal food and trattorias of rustic Italy. You can also share award-winning flavours at Subo, Newcastle’s first hatted restaurant.
The Newcastle Memorial Walk winds from the iconic Nobbys Lighthouse down to the historic Merewether Baths. Stop off along the way at the Merewether Surfhouse for a cosy sip overlooking the beach with some live music. Held from June to August, the Newcastle Music Festival also lights up the town with local and international jazz, classical and world musicians.
Wineries near Newcastle
Only 40 minutes from Newcastle, the world-famous Hunter Valley has been producing acclaimed wine since the first vines were planted in 1836. Home to more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, taste some of the region’s famous Semillon and Shiraz at established vineyards such as Tyrell’s Wines, Margan Wines and Restaurant and Brokenwood – as well as boutique wineries like Audrey Wilkinson.
Accommodation in Newcastle:
Situated within a restored heritage-listed building, and surrounded by nearby bars and restaurants, Terminus Apartment Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection offers stunning views over the harbour and other nearby historic buildings.