Australia’s biggest cities get all the good press when it comes to travel, but heading away somewhere a little smaller can really pay off when it comes to awesome vacation experiences. The city of Newcastle isn’t what you’d call small, but it does end up playing second fiddle to Sydney way too often. This city is bursting with stuff to do, so when you hire a car in Newcastle it opens up all sorts of opportunities for your holiday. Zipping around Newcastle becomes a breeze, and setting out on road trips along the coast or even west into wine country can be added to the agenda for a little extra variety.
Without a car of course, your options will be a bit more limited. Endless hunting through different car rental sites isn’t fun for anyone, so AirportRentals.com.au saves you all that hassle and lets you cut straight to the chase so you can sort out your rental booking in a matter of minutes and go back to doing something far more interesting.
Booking a Newcastle Airport Car Hire
Sorting out cheap car rentals for Newcastle is a piece of cake on AirportRentals.com.au. Just select a few details for your trip (basic stuff like when and where you want to pick up/drop off), click “Search” and you’ll have all your options right there in front of you, easy as that. Scroll through or narrow down your choices by rental brand, vehicle type, etc. When you’ve found the best deal of the bunch, it’ll only be a few minutes before you’re all sorted.
Car Hire Brands at Newcastle Airport
There’s a massive range of car rental brands to choose from at Newcastle Airport. You’ll probably recognise the names of a bunch of them like Budget, Avis and Hertz but even the smaller brands like Redspot and Keddy are worth checking out, as they have some stunner deals that pop up every now and again.
Newcastle Airport Information
This isn’t an international airport, so there’s just the one terminal to concern yourself with. If you need to get online for some detail checking before you leave the airport, there’s free WiFi available at Newcastle Airport. There are three ATMs in the terminal: two next to the departure lounge security screening point, and the other in the arrivals hall.
Driving in Newcastle and beyond
Newcastle (and New South Wales in general) has pretty similar driving conditions to any other urban/suburban area in Australia. The general rule with speed limits is to keep an eye out for signs, but if you can’t see any, there are two defaults that you can fall back on. 50 km/h is the default speed limit for urban areas, and 100 km/h is the default limit for all other roads. Of course if you’re reading this from overseas, the first thing you need to know about driving in Australia is that no matter where on the continent you are, you’ll be driving on the left hand side of the road. Take a little care at intersections and you’ll soon find it’s not too difficult to adjust. For an in-depth companion to driving around Australia, specially geared toward those who haven’t been before, check out our Australia driving guide.
Getting from Newcastle Airport to the CBD
It’s really simple to drive from Newcastle Airport into the city itself. Just leave the airport down Williamtown Drive and head south (right) B63, which at that stage is Nelson Bay Road. This will take you across Hunter River (twice!) and right into the centre of the city. You can also turn off the B63 onto the A43 if you’re headed for somewhere closer to the coast.
As stated above, the standard urban speed limit around Newcastle is 50 km/h, but keep an eye out for any signs that might tell you otherwise. The legal blood alcohol limit in NSW is under 0.05, unless you’re on your learners or a provisional licence - if that’s the case, there’s zero tolerance. Even 0.05 is a pretty small margin, so if you’ve been drinking at all it’s safest not to get behind the wheel.
Newcastle Petrol Stations
You won’t have to muck around with fueling up at the beginning of your trip, as Newcastle Airport hire cars will come with a full tank of petrol. On the way back though, this will be something you’ll have to sort out. Unless it explicitly says different in your rental agreement, you’ll have to return your car rental with a full fuel tank, so knowing where nearby petrol stations are could save you a bit of hassle. The Metro Airport on Williamtown Drive is the closest place to fuel up, but if that doesn’t work for you Metro Petroleum is just down the road on the corner of Nelson Bay and Lavis Lane.
Road trips from Newcastle
There’s plenty to enjoy in the city itself but when you hire a car in Newcastle all sorts of exciting opportunities open up for you. Newcastle is perfectly positioned as a road trip starting point, giving you the chance to branch out for all sorts of different adventures.
● Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley is one of the most loved wine regions on the east coast, and Newcastle is the perfect gateway to this winery-laden land. It’s less than a two hour drive to the Valley, where you’ll be able to potter around a selection of top-notch wineries and sample the various vintages (not to mention some tasty dishes to accompany the wine). Just make sure you sort out a designated driver before you set out!
● Port Stephens
If you can’t be bothered (or don’t have the time) to go too far, Port Stephens is an awesome short escape. Beaches and bays are Port Stephens’ strong suit - and if you’ve brought along your surfboard you’re in luck, as there are a few excellent surf beaches here including Birubi Beach, Box Beach and One Mile Beach. If you’d rather stay dry, Port Stephens has a famously good dining scene - the local seafood is particularly good.
● Port Macquarie
It takes a little under three hours to get to Port Macquarie from Newcastle, but if you start early it can make for fantastic day trip. For a start, this is one of the few places in the world where you can take a camel safari, proceeding along a beautiful golden sand beach. Young ones might fancy a trip to the koala hospital, while others will be happy setting out on one of the many scenic walks in the area.
If you’re after an unbelievably scenic road trip along the Pacific coast with a world class destination at the end, drive down the coast to Sydney. It’ll take a little under three hours to make the trip, with each part of the journey introducing you to a new highlight of the Aussie east coast - then you get to end up in one of the world’s most exciting cities!
Those who are keen to tackle something a little more epic should head north for Brisbane. This is a nine hour road trip all up, so take a few days to meander your way up the coast, stopping in at lovely spots like Port Macquarie, Byron Bay and even the Gold Coast before arriving in the sunny city of Brisbane.
Newcastle Airport Car Rental Pick Up Depots
You’re probably a bit tempted to skip over this bit (and fair enough) but if you’re going to hire a car in Newcastle, the info below could come in very handy. All the different car rental brands you’ll find for Newcastle on AirportRentals.com.au can be found in-terminal at Newcastle Airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot, Thrifty and AutoEurope have their own rental desks, while Firefly is serviced at the Hertz desk and Keddy by Europcar, to no one’s surprise, operates from the Europcar desk.
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