Not far North of Sydney is Newcastle, a harbourside city with stunning beaches and coastal walks along waterside suburbs. It has much historical significance, is home to many former penal sites, and is the most prolific coal-exporting harbour in the world. Attracting a steady stream of backpackers, city-breakers, tourists, and business people, Newcastle is laden with culture, nightlife and undeniable beauty. Here are the top places to stay on a budget when in town.
Newcastle Beach YHA is one of the most popular options for backpackers or those on a budget in Newcastle. Set only a short walk from the water, this hostel makes for the perfect base to do some exploring. There is free WiFi, free surfboards, body boards, and bikes for all kinds of adventures. It’s also a great place for solo travellers looking to make some new friends and has free dinner nights throughout the week!
This hotel offers pub-style lodgings over a lively local watering hole. The family-owned and managed Burwood Inn is simple and stylish. After renovations in 2010, there are now eight boutique rooms with four shared designer bathrooms. There is complimentary breakfast with each stay as well as a buzzing pub downstairs offering some of Newcastle’s best brews, all but a stone’s throw away from the city centre.
Criterion Hotel in Carrington, Newcastle is traditional pub-style digs at its best. No fuss, no frills – just clean, quality accommodation. Set in a harbourside suburb just outside of the Central Business District (CBD), Criterion Hotel assures a laid-back local stay in Newcastle, still only moments from the city. There are nine recently renovated rooms of queen and single beds, all with shared bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, and a common room.
This little local pub is the perfect place to stay if cool and casual is what you’re after. Downstairs is a buzzing neighbourhood venue with beers and banter galore; and upstairs you’ll find straightforward quality accommodation. For backpackers or those on a budget, this is the perfect place to stay if trying to take a break from the hostel scene.
This hostel promises safe, fun, and affordable budget accommodation by the beach in Newcastle. Set in the city but just moments from the waterside, this is the perfect option for those looking to explore both city and sand. They offer two-, three- and multi-bed dorms, common rooms, a communal kitchen and a surfboard hire.
The Boatrowers Hotel is one of the finest examples of cheap but boutique pub-stays in Newcastle. Recently spruced up to the highest standards, the seven traditional pub-style rooms are simple and classy with shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Set just across the river from the city, the Boatrowers Hotel has fantastic sunset skyline views and offers guests a relaxed city experience, with the buzz of the CBD all within arm’s reach.
Set just a few blocks from all of the city’s main transport links is Backpackers Newcastle, a fun and friendly budget and backpackers’ option in Newcastle. Offering free pick-ups and drop-offs to and from the nearby train and bus station, this hostel also features social common areas with a pool table, a swimming pool, and hammocks for relaxing.
This cosy pub offers sweet and simple accommodation for those on a budget in Newcastle. Super affordable without scrimping on quality, The Albion has straightforward, no-fuss twin-single or queen rooms fitted with TVs and comfy beds, as well as a common area for residential guests. They also serve 24-hour continental breakfast with harbour views.