Welcome to Australian Homestay Network Newcastle!
Newcastle is a harbour city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its plentiful beaches are linked by the Bathers Way, a coastal walk stretching between Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach. The walk provides access to Bogey Hole, a convict-built ocean bath from the colonial period. Also on the path is the 1880s Fort Scratchley, a historic site and a viewpoint for spotting migrating whales
Studying in Newcastle
We’re here to make sure you have the best homestay experience possible. Our team has been operating in Newcastle for over 10years, so we know the city well, and can provide you with advice about the local area, community events and public transport options.
Video supplied by Newcastle City Council
Places to Visit
- Beaumont Street Precinct. Intermingled with its countless restaurants and take-aways, are a varied mix of retail, fashion and commercial outlets along with services such as pharmacies, banks, florists, hairdressers, fruit shops and delicatessens. All combined, a visit to Beaumont Street, Hamilton is a lasting memory… Come and experience for yourself today!
- Nobbys Beach First beach on the Bather’s Way coastal walk. Accessible from Newcastle train station and coach terminal. Picnic shelters and kiosk available, (during swimming season) at the beach. Change room facilities available. Free BBQs on foreshore area adjoining beach reserve. The walk between Nobbys Beach and Newcastle Ocean baths features the Historic Soldier’s Baths Rock Pool.
- The Lakes Festival. (10-19 November) dates vary
- Australian Bowl Riding Championships (February) dates vary
Newcastle enjoys a sunny, Mediterranean climate all year round with more than 340 sunny days per year. Summers are warm to hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year. Slightly more rain falls during the first half of the year. In summer (December – February), average maximum temperatures are around 25°C. It can also be humid at this time with an average humidity of 71 per cent. Average maximum temperatures in the winter months (June-August) are around 17°C.
For a comprehensive overview visit – Newcastle Weather
Cost of Living
Rent per month – city centre
(1 bedroom apartment)
Rent per month – outside city centre
(1 bedroom apartment)
One-way ticket on public transport
McMeal/combo meal at McDonald’s
330ml bottle of Coca-Cola
Regular cup of coffee
You can also use the Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator to estimate living expenses in cities around Australia.