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Located two hours north of Sydney, the city of Newcastle is New South Wales’s second largest city and is popular for its many beaches. A major exporter of Australian coal and a hub to the mining towns that surround it, Newcastle’s ocean horizon is frequently dotted with large coal ships.
A wide variety of vehicle types are available to hire in Newcastle, including sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs, four-wheel drives, and vans.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz have rental locations in Newcastle, and there are many other car rental companies onsite at Newcastle Airport.
Based on recent bookings by customers, the most popular vehicle class in Newcastle is a Kia Rio or similar.
Car rental desks of Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are located at the terminal’s arrivals end.
As long as you are at least 21 years old and hold a valid driver’s licence, then you are eligible to rent a car in Newcastle.
The daily rate of one-week rentals is usually cheaper than one-day rentals. Based on a recent search, a one day-rental in Newcastle is A$47 whereas a one-week rental is A$165 ($A27 per day).
The vehicle is already insured, but you can avail of a Rental Vehicle Excess Insurance to reduce the amount you’ll pay when the rental car gets damaged or stolen.
Take a trip to Foreshore Park. This public area is the perfect place to watch the dance of the harbour. See the large container ships guided around the harbour by tiny tugs, and watch as these ships parallel park along side the wharf. (I can't even parallel park a hatchback!)
Visit Nobby's Beach and take in the acrobatic skills of the kite surfers or pack an esky and have a BBQ. From Nobby's, it's a short walk to the ocean baths. Here you can swim in a pool fed directly from the ocean. There are also a few other beaches spotted along Newcastle's coastline, so a day at the beach is never out of the question.
The Newcastle Knights are an NRL team to watch, so why not see them on their home grounds? Feel the stadium come to life as one of the Knights crosses for a try. With parking available, drive your rental car to the stadium and be part of the action.