Backpackers Newcastle -- for all your accommodation needs


Newcastle, a thriving student town is surrounded by spectactular surfing beaches and offers an easy and laid-back lifestyle. With free live entertainment and cheap drinks, Newcastle is the place to base yourself if you want to discover the Hunter Valley. Day tours pick up and drop off from our hostel.
You can taste wine for free at a huge number of wineries in the Hunter, go whale watching or swim with dolphins! Discover Stockton Bight, the largest moving sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere, while riding your own quad bike!
It's all here in Newcastle!
Scroll down the page or use the menu to the right to discover all of our available activities we offer here at Backpackers Newcastle!


Newcastle is the home of some great surfers. Mark Richards, Luke Egan, Mat Hoy and Simon Law have all made it their surfing home. We offer FREE SURF LESSONS! Boards can be hired from the office! If you really want to learn and travel Australia surfing, you'll need a mini-mal and you'll need to see us! Our guests receive discounts at Mark Richards Surfshop nearby.
You can also visit the historic sites of Fort Scratchley and the Bogie Hole, built in Newcastle's convict era.

Free Dinner!

We visit local pubs for a free dinner with a free drink! Join is for a trivia or movie night! Our minibus will take you there and bring you home again!


We are just a few blocks to the eat out street, Beaumont St. It has 68 cafes, restaurants, pubs and take away outlets. You know you'll have a great night out when you know that silverchair and The Screaming Jets often played in venues along this street. Free live music venues 7 nights a week, and often international bands are playing as well.

Dolphin and Whale Watch

Check out the prices in Queensland or New Zealand - then check ours! 2 hour and 3 hour whale watch (July - Oct) cruises available! All cruises depart from Port Stephens, one of the most picturesque places in the South Pacific. Return bus from our hostel to the marina is around $10.
For more information click here!

Wine Tours

Australia's oldest winemaking region! Depending upon the season, Hunter Valley Wine Country will greet you with a different face. The burnt orange leaves of Autumn, the bursting buds and verdant greens of Springm the deep blue haze of Summer and the cool grey greens of Winter...each of them will leav you yearning to come back. Winery tours pickup daily from our hostel and a full day tour includes 5 wineries, a chocolate factory and a cheese tasting. The Hunter is renown for its semillon and shiraz wines. Australian aged port is delicious and bargain priced.


Blackbutt Reserve occupies approximately 182 hectares of land in the middle of Newcastle. In many parts of the reserve it is possible to stand in complete silence, unaware of the busy metropolis nearby. Blackbutt Reserve still contains the remnants of a rainforest pocket in the sheltered valley beneath the lookout ecarpment. In the viewing area visitors can see eye to eye with the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and birds.
Make sure to combine your visit with an "Encounter", where koalas and wombats are fed, and for just $3 you can have a picture taken with these cuddly creatures. Happens daily at 2pm.

Sand Safaris

Sand dune QUAD BIKE safaris - a real blast!
Discover the largest sand mass in the southern hemisphere riding your own QUAD BIKE! View the granduer and feel the tranquility of Australia's most recently zoned National Park. Experience environmental and historical sights of significance including: WWII defence lines, sea birds and the largest ship wreck ever to be washed up on the eastern coast of Australia. All levels of ability are challenged throughout the duration of the tour.
For more information call (02)49190088 or visit their website at


Few, if any sport can match the sheer exhilaration and fun of skydiving. Newcastle Sport Parachute Club (NSPC), located at Elderslie in the Hunter Valley, is the oldest established skydiving club in Australia. NSPC offers first time skydivers a tandem skydive or the Accelerated freefall course. A video camera flyer can also be available to video your jump as a lasting momento. So whether you'd just like to 'get your knees in the breeze' with a tandem or first jump course, or if you're really serious about learning to skydive..
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