The Hotel: Rydges Newcastle
Nestled just a short stroll from the beach, close to numerous waterfront boutiques, cafes, bars, and the iconic Honeysuckle promenade, Rydges Newcastle constitutes an ideal starting point for exploring tourist attractions of this vibrant coastal city. Guests will be minutes from the Newcastle Museum, Fort Scratchley and Nobby’s Head, while those keen on spending holiday amongst nature may head to Merewether Beach or Blackbutt Reserve. When not discovering the local area, holidaymakers can relax on site and take advantage of the hotel’s facilities, such as a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Guests unwind in one of the suites all boasting modern furnishings and air conditioning. The suites come equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars and hot drink-making facilities. Each of the suites has a separate living area, en suite bathroom and a small refrigerator. Rooms are decorated in light colour schemes and offer panoramic city or harbour views.
King City View Suite
- Bed size/type: one king bed
- Standard/maximum occupancy: two people
- The suite features a separate bedroom and living area, sofa bed, minibar, TV, workstation, hairdryer, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
King Harbourside Suite
- Bed size/type: one king bed
- Standard occupancy: two people
- The suite features harbour views and boasts a separate bedroom and living area with premium furnishings, sofa bed, minibar, TV, workstation, hairdryer, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
The Area: Newcastle, NSW
Rated as one of the top 10 places to travel in the world by Lonely Planet in 2011, Newcastle is often overlooked as a travel destination. But the area boasts a rich cultural history as Australia’s second-oldest town and a sunny beach scene to rival those of typical watery destinations, not to mention the vineyards of the Hunter Valley close by. Visit centuries-old buildings, sip on fine wine, and hit the golden sand, all in one day in this holiday hub, just two hours from Sydney.
Kick stays off with a trip to one of eight beaches, like Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, or Bar Beach for surfing or fishing fun, or have a paddle at the iconic Newcastle Ocean Baths. Swing by the Honeysuckle Precinct, where restaurants plating up dishes from around the world compete for attention. This is the place to gaze out at the harbour, listen to some live music, and sample cuisine with a modern twist. Later, move to Darby Street for a coffee or cocktail in trendy surrounds.
Culture vultures find their fix amongst the mix of local and international art at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery or instead go hunting for a piece to take home at any number of small galleries dotted around the city. Step back in time with a stroll through the Fort Scratchley Historic Site or Bogey Hole to see relics of Newcastle’s colonial past, while the Christ Church Cathedral is worth a visit for its imposing form and steadfast past.