Newcastle

The weekend is here, and after two night of sleeping on the ground I am looking forward to a comfortable bed in the Newcastle YHA. The YHA hostel here is a beautiful old building, it used to be a Gentlemen’s club, and boasts high ceilings, with dark wood and leather couches in the main lounge room, giving it a feeling of grandeur .

Newcastle Beaches
Newcastle Beaches

There is a pool table, table tennis, free bikes, board games, DVD’s and more.  By far one of the best hostels we have stayed at between New Zealand and Australia.  We head into town first to check out the weekday markets. The main street has a number of vendors set up selling all different kinds of foods and wears.  We decide on some mini sugar donuts and homemade curry for lunch. Next, we head down to the boardwalk along the harbour and walk down to Nobby’s Head, a small piece of land jutting out into the harbour that has waves crashing into it on both sides. You can’t miss the large caution sign warning of hazardous waves in high tide.  Night time is here, and everyone in the hostel is enjoying a drink or two. There are lots of people keen on going on here, and Newcastle, surprisingly has some pretty good nightlife. We head down to The Brewery – restaurant/bar by day, and dance club by night. You can enjoy a drink by the water downstairs, or head upstairs to listen to the live band.

View of The Brewery
View of The Brewery

Sunday, we meet up with Steph for lunch, a friend I met 2.5 years ago on a Contiki tour through Europe. We grab some lunch and drinks along with some of her girlfriends down at the Honeysuckle area of the harbour. They are off to their staff Christmas party tonight, so we spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beach and hanging out at the hostel. Newcastle is a must-see on a trek up the east coast, lots of beautiful beaches, good restaurants, and great nightlife, perfect for any backpacker.

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