8 days in Newcastle & Townsville Itinerary

8 days in Newcastle & Townsville Itinerary

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8 days in Newcastle & Townsville Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  4​h
1
Newcastle
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Townsville
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Canberra

4
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Get in touch with nature at Ocean Beach and Jimmy's Beach. Kids will enjoy Redhead Beach and Bennetts Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and The Entrance Pelican Feed (in The Entrance). There's still lots to do: walk around Speers Point Park, take in the pleasant sights at Nobbys Head, head outdoors with Newcastle Ocean Baths, and enjoy the sand and surf at Newcastle Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Newcastle trip planner .

Canberra to Newcastle is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Newcastle when traveling from Canberra in December, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hawks Nest, Redhead Beach, The Entrance Pelican Feed, Speers Point Park, Terrigal Beach
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Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Tropical Queensland and Maritime Museum of Townsville. Visiting The Strand and Castle Hill will get you outdoors. Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Little Crystal Creek and explore the galleries of Pinnacles Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Townsville online attractions planner .

You can fly from Newcastle to Townsville in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newcastle in December, things will get a bit warmer in Townsville: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand
Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek

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