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Lighthouse in Newcastle, Australia

Are you planning to start your next adventure in Newcastle? CarHire.com.au can help you by showing all the available vehicles from the country's leading car rental companies including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, ​and Thrifty. Start comparing now to find the best deal.

About Newcastle

The coastal city of Newcastle is just over two hours' drive north of Sydney, which makes it easier for people to hire a car from Newcastle and travel to Sydney for a day trip. Newcastle is surrounded by many beautiful beaches, with the most popular being Nobby's Beach. It also has a thriving music scene and beautiful colonial buildings. If you're looking for some good dining options, make sure to head to Darby Street.

Reasons to Book a Rental Car in Newcastle with Carhire.com.au

  1. Fast and convenient: We have an easy-to-use booking system that helps you save time. We have also found that many people travelling for business in Newcastle prefer renting a car so they can get to their meetings on time without relying on public transportation.​
  2. Secure booking: You can book your rental car safely online through our SSL encrypted website.
  3. Wide selection of cars: Get more options on car rentals since we compare deals from different companies.
  4. Trusted since 2001: We have our friendly customer care experts, who you can speak to, email, or get instant answers from on live chat. Contact us today!

Top Tips for Hiring a Car in Newcastle

  • Even though you are allowed to rent a car at 21, it is still best to let a driver age 25 and above to hire a car to avoid paying a young drivers surcharge.
  • Make sure that you choose the same pick-up and drop off locations because one way-rentals are quite expensive.
  • Book well in advance if you are travelling during the holidays such as Christmas and Easter since prices are usually more expensive because of the demand.

When to Travel to Newcastle

If you want to witness one of the best racing events in Australia, make sure to travel in November to catch the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. Summer is the peak season in Newcastle because the weather is perfect for surfing and hitting the beach.

Newcastle Driving Tips

Newcastle is around ​150 km south of Sydney, which can be reached by a hire car following the M1 Pacific Motorway. Or if you are entering the city from the north, just follow the Pacific Highway. Surrounded by stunning scenery and world-famous visitor attractions, a trip to the Hunter Valley, known as the wine capital of New South Wales, provides an opportunity to escape Newcastle for the day and enjoy the country air.

Newcastle Car Rental FAQs

What is the most popular rental car in Newcastle?

Based on recent bookings by customers, the most popular vehicle class in Newcastle is a Kia Rio or similar.

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Newcastle Airport?

Car rental desks of Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty are located at the terminal’s arrivals end.

Who is eligible to rent a car in Newcastle?

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.

Is it cheaper to rent a car for a week 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).

Do I need to get insurance when I rent a car in Newcastle?

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.

Top Attractions to See in Newcastle

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.

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