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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Newcastle?

You should plan to spend around $92 (AU$140) per day on your vacation in Newcastle. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $36 (AU$54) on meals
  • $8.46 (AU$13) on local transportation
  • $90 (AU$137) on hotels

A one week trip to Newcastle for two people costs, on average, $1,286 (AU$1,954). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Newcastle cost?

A one week trip to Newcastle usually costs around $643 (AU$977) for one person and $1,286 (AU$1,954) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Newcastle on average costs around $1,286 (AU$1,954) for one person and $2,572 (AU$3,908) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Newcastle will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Newcastle on average costs around $2,756 (AU$4,187) for one person and $5,512 (AU$8,373) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Newcastle has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Newcastle expensive to visit?

Prices in Newcastle are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Newcastle is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Newcastle.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Newcastle Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Newcastle?

The average Newcastle trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Newcastle travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$137 ($90)
Local Transportation 1 AU$13 ($8)
Food 2 AU$54 ($36)
Entertainment 1 AU$24 ($16)
Alcohol 2 AU$8 - 24 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in Newcastle
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Newcastle is $45 (AU$69). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Newcastle is $90 (AU$137). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Newcastle

Looking for a hotel in Newcastle? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Newcastle based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $107. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Newcastle
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Newcastle is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.46 (AU$13) per person, per day, on local transportation in Newcastle.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Newcastle
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Rental Cars in Newcastle
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Food Budget in Newcastle
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Newcastle can vary, the average cost of food in Newcastle is $36 (AU$54) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Newcastle should cost around $14 (AU$22) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Newcastle is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Newcastle
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Newcastle typically cost an average of $16 (AU$24) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Newcastle
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $10 (AU$16) on alcoholic beverages in Newcastle per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Newcastle On a Budget
Newcastle Merewether Beach, Newcastle, NSW (Tourism Australia0
Newcastle is 150 kilometers north of Sydney in New South Wales. It is also the second largest city in the state, and serves as a central point to explore the area's beaches, wineries, and beautiful natural landscape. North of the city is Stockton beach, which has many miles of isolated, beautiful beaches, stretching all the way up to Nelson Bay. The wineries are inland to the west and have some of Australia's finest wine which you can taste. If you want to see rainforests, you can head northwest to Barrington Tops National Park, which has great rainforests and freshwater streams. You may even get to see a platypus. The city also has the country's oldest sea port. In the past the city's economy was centered around the steel industry, but today the University of Newcastle is one of the area's most important employers.

Newcastle has an oceanic/humid subtropical climate. The weather is similar to the rest of central and northern New South Wales with summers that are warm and winters that are mild. Rains are heaviest during the late fall and early winter months.
There are several major landmarks in Newcastle. The Christ Church Cathedral offers excellent views of the area from its top. Queen's Wharf Tower also has great views

If you're interested in the area's history then Fort Scratchley has a military museum that is well done. The fort is open to the public and there are views to the north of town. Newcastle Region Art Gallery has a great collection of local art and several traveling exhibits.

King Edward Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic with nice views of the ocean.
As a large metropolitan area, there are many suburbs and neighborhoods in Newcastle. The city is located on the southern bank of the Hunter River mouth. There is a green belt to the west of the city that protects the area's plant and wildlife. The town of Stockton is opposite central Newcastle and is linked by ferry.

Popular beaches in Newcastle include Bar Beach, Redhead Beach, and Nobbys Beach. Bar Beach is considered one of the best but it can get crowded during peak times. Redhead Beach is a little further out and Nobbys Beach is a great place to swim.

If you're visiting Newcastle during the warm months then you must take a swim in the ocean baths. Options include Newcastle Ocean Baths, Merewether Ocean Baths, and the Bogey Hole.

If you're really looking to experience the community, buy tickets to one of the sporting events, as most locals are avid sports fans. Consider going to watch the Newcastle Knights rugby team, or you could find tickets to football (soccer), ice hockey or even a netball game.

Popular festivals in Newcastle include the Mattara Festival, This is Not Art Festival, Surfest, The Shoot Out, Carols by Candlelight, and Cultural Stomp.
Food and Dining
Like any big city, you'll find a variety of restaurants in Newcastle. If you're really on a tight budget, fast food options abound and are likely to be the cheapest available food. You can also find affordable pizza and sandwiches around town. Other options, if you're willing to spend more money, include seafood, Chinese, and Thai, among many other things. There are also plenty of bars where you can grab a drink, and some good clubs with dancing and drinks.

Many of the city's restaurants are located along either Beaumont Street in Hamilton or Darby Street in Cooks Hill. There are also many cafes in these areas where you can grab a quick bite to eat or a coffee.

You can travel around Newcastle on buses and ferries, but if you really want to see everything that the area has to offer, you do need a car. There are plenty of car rental companies around town and the prices are generally competitive. If you plan to travel by bus, the tickets are sold with time-based prices. You can buy tickets that are valid for a set amount of time, including 1 hour, 4 hour, and 24 hour time periods. During that time period you can ride the bus as many times as you wish without paying a transfer fee. The buses typically start at a bus terminal near Newcastle railway station, which is on the waterfront of Newcastle's central business district. There are also major bus stations at the University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale, Warners Bay, Belmont, Charlestown, Westfield Kotara, and Broadmeadow Station.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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