Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
A Family day out in Newcastle
In just three hours from Sydney, you can be in NSW’s second largest city. Get the train to Hamilton and grab a coffee or a bite to eat, and then it's just a short bus ride into the heart of Newcastle to explore its iconic city beaches. A dip in Newcastle's Merewether Ocean Baths is recommended.
Family day trips from Sydney to Newcastle
For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on Sydney's buses, trains, ferries and light rail every Sunday. Popular destinations close to Sydney on the Family Funday Sunday ticket includes the Hawkesbury, Newcastle, Maitland and on to Dungog or Scone in the Hunter Valley.
The train trip north of Sydney takes you through breathtaking scenery for much of the journey, and provides a great trip for families. Crossing the Hawkesbury River is a beautiful highlight, with its small islands and oyster farms. Further north, you'll pass through the coastal townships of Woy Woy, Gosford and Wyong before arriving in Newcastle.
There's plenty to explore in this relaxed but vibrant coastal city. Don't forget to pack a picnic, beach ball and frisbee. Start with a refreshing dip at Newcastle Canoe Pool or Newcastle Baths, next to Newcastle Beach, or head to Bar Beach, perfect for families with its sheltered rockpool. There are plenty of restaurants and accommodation options in Newcastle if you want to stay longer.
An alternative day out is to continue on to Maitland in the Hunter Valley and follow an easy heritage walk and stop at a cafe for lunch.
From its hip, revitalised city centre to the string of eateries lining Hamilton’s Beaumont street, to the laid back cafes and eateries of Darby street in Cooks Hill, there’s plenty to love about the Newcastle food scene. Go by train and discover excellent dining options just steps from the Newcastle’s suburban stations, or go all the way to the city’s centre on the bus.
Newcastle is a beach town at heart and there are some amazing beaches within easy reach of the city centre. Nobbys Beach and Bar Beach are great for swimmers, while Newcastle and Merewether Beaches are great for a family day out. If you're looking to surf, check out The Stretch, the coastal strip which runs from Merewether Beach to Bar Beach.