Small town vibes with big-city opportunities, Newcastle NSW is welcoming and wild all the same.


Newcastle is one of New South Wales’ biggest cities. It’s the second-largest in comparison to Sydney in fact. But when you visit Newcastle, you don’t feel like you’re in a big city. There are long-running beaches and dramatic cliffs. There is countryside and cityscape however, Newcastle manages to maintain its small-town vibes. Being a big city, it basically has everything you could hope to experience available in the one town.


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Overlooking Newcastle Beach, Canoe Pool and Newcastle Baths. © Destination NSW


Of course, money talks. If it were an endless supply from the pot at the end of the rainbow you would never have to stop holidaying or experiencing. The way we holiday is entirely personal so take inspiration for a trip to Newcastle with this handy list.


Matt Hall Racing – The Ride of Your Life


The race aircraft experience will allow you to sit alongside the pilot as you tumble and turn throughout the skies. As seen on TV, Grant Denyer and Tom Williams experienced a lot of smiles and a lot of G-Force. There will be highs and lows as you dip and swoop through the clouds. It’s a 1.5-hour experience of a lifetime. The experience has a 5-star review all around. This is one of the ultimate Newcastle RedBalloon experiences.

If you like the idea of being high in the sky but prefer to take things slow then an hour’s Gyrocopter flight is just the answer. You can even take the controls under supervision. With another 5 star review, the Gyrocopter Flight in Newcastle is a leisurely fly over the city and ocean.

The aerial activities don’t end there so be sure to check out the website for multiple options in taking to the skies – jet flight simulators and helicopter flights as well as others. Top on the list is a Tandem Skydive Over Newcastle.



Hang Gliding over Bar Beach, Newcastle. © Destination NSW


Skydiving began in 1797 although parachutes date back to 1100 China. It’s difficult to image the materials and method back then to what it is today. Skydiving is on almost everyone’s bucket list or 30 before 30 lists because it’s built quite the reputation of being dangerous, fun and thrilling.


Stay stuck on the ground


Take a ride in a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera – one of the world’s most popular supercars. Twenty minutes in the yellow raging bull fuelled with 530 horsepower. The car itself has a 5-litre V10 engine and can go from 0-100km. Watch has the heads turn as you cruise on past in style. If you prefer thrill at ground level this one is for you!


There’s a gin masterclass and tour experience at Earp Distilling Co., Carrington in Newcastle. © Tyson Mayr


With RedBalloon in ‘Newie’ as the locals call it, there are several exciting experiences to participate in. Spend the day tasting beer and produce on a pub crawl event. Scope out the waters on a boat ride or take a class in Gin blending. Be inspired by the 43 opportunities.


Where to stay you say?


Terminus Apartment Hotel from the Ascend Hotel Collection offers comfort and convenience for all travellers. It’s all about location, location, location. Terminus doesn’t disappoint. The apartments are just a brief walk from major attractions such as Nobby’s Lighthouse, Newcastle Beach and the Hunter River foreshore.


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Terminus Apartment Hotel from the Ascend Hotel Collection offers rooms to accommodate all; Single, Double, Business and Leisure.


The apartments are part of Newcastle Council’s heritage list. Fully resorted inside, the building offers the best of both worlds: modern luxury and a slice of history. The interior design of the rooms is quirky with bright colours to contrast the greys and whites. Each room has a splash of greenery too for an inviting appeal for guests.


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All rooms are perfectly equipped to provide guests with the perfect stay.


Guests are treated to Netflix, air conditioning and free WiFi. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and a few of the rooms have balconies to take in the scenery of the fast-growing coastal city that is Newcastle. Secure, underground car parking is available onsite for additional charges. Whether it’s a business trip or a getaway filled with fun and friends, Terminus apartments in Newcastle are the above-average choice to make you feel welcome upon your arrival.


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The heritage-listed building is right near the Harbourfront in an ideal location.


Book your stay here.


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