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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.
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.
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.