The Newcastle Beach YHA is the perfect place to base yourself while you explore Australia’s second oldest city. This friendly hostel is located in the heart of the city CBD and offers comfortable accommodation in a historic building, which at one point used to be a gentlemen’s club.
We shared our dorm room with two other guys, one of which was staying in Newcastle for work. We liked Blake immediately, and ended up spending the night with him downstairs in the lounge room, sharing honey bourbon, wine and stories from our lives. We finally went to bed at around 1am, but when we woke in the morning, he had already left for work. We were sad that we didn’t get to say good bye properly, and he must have felt the same way because he had left a very heart warming note on the Troopy. We truly hope that we cross paths with Blake again…
The Newcastle Beach YHA sleeps 99 guests in a variety of multi-share dorms, double and twin rooms. It can cater to families and large groups as well. Some rooms even open out onto a communal balcony.
The main lounge room is huge, and is cosily furnished in rich wooden furniture, mahogany chesterfield lounges, traditional rugs and a grand fireplace. There are a few other little nooks and crannies where you can lodge yourself if you prefer a smaller space. There’s a billiard table in the main lounge room, but there’s also a games room with a ping pong table and internet access, as well as the outdoor courtyard. There is also a great selection of books under the majestic staircase.
The kitchen is downstairs in the basement and has plenty of storage and seating. The long, narrow kitchen has gas cooking and all the utensils you need to cook a nice meal. There’s also a laundry and toilet downstairs too.
Information about tours, surrounding attractions, and weekly hostel activities like BBQs and pizza nights is available on the ground floor. The Hunter Valley Wine Region is so close – book yourself in for a tour so you don’t have to be a designated driver! If the beach is more your style, you can hire surfboards and body boards for free from reception.
- Good Brother Espresso 200m – quite possibly the best coffee in Newcastle, conveniently located around the corner from the hostel.
- Lock Up Cultural Centre 250m – the old jail has been converted into an art gallery, so you can appreciate creativity and Newcastle’s criminal history all in one go.
- Supermarket – the closest supermarket is 300m away but it’s a little one, so if you need something in particular, the closest major supermarket is at Marketown Shopping Centre, 2.2km away.
- The Grand Hotel 400m – the closest pub that offers awesome lunchtime specials. Get the New York sandwich – it’ll blow your mind.
- Harry’s Café de Wheels 900m – great for lunch, a snack, or a seedy hangover cure, this historic food outlet is worth a look, if not a taste.
- The Obelisk 1km – this landmark offers a little insight into the history of the area, as well as awesome views of town and the coast.
- Foghorn Brewhouse 1km – set in a spacious warehouse with trendy fittings, the Foghorn Brewhouse offers a great selection of beers, but if you can’t decide, then go with a tasting paddle.
- Newcastle Museum 1.5km – one of the best museums we have visited in Australia. The interactive science section is so much fun.
- Darby Street Precinct 1.5km – cafes and restaurants set along a funky street with plenty of street art.
- Bogie Hole 1.6km – carved out by convicts in the early 1800s, this is the oldest surviving ‘construction’ in the city.
- Nobby’s Lighthouse and Breakwater Walk 2.5km one way – this is a very nice walk, or run if you’re into fitness, and there’s a giant pencil.
- Hunter Valley YHA 60km – Base yourself here while you explore the Hunter Valley Wine Region.
The Newcastle Beach YHA is located at 30 Pacific Street. The reception is open from 7am to 10:30pm, with check out at 10am and check in from 2pm. To enquire about accommodation, contact them on 02 4925 3544, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.