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Finding a Reliable and Cheap Car Hire in Newcastle Is Easy

Nobbys lighthouse, famous landmark in Newcastle, Australia

Heading to Newcastle? We at VroomVroomVroom can help you find a reliable and cheap car rental for your next holiday. We compare rental cars from major brands, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. No need to check out different websites because you can find all your car rental needs here.

Newcastle is a harbour city situated at the mouth of Hunter River. The city was established in 1801 and it is now the second most populated metropolitan area in New South Wales. Coal mining and heavy industries are very developed in the region, but the area is also well known for its beaches and wine, made from grapes grown in nearby Hunter Valley.

Quick Facts on Hiring a Car in Newcastle

Available car types​Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Premium, Wagon/Estate, Van, SUV
Rental depots​​4
Car rental suppliersAvis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz​

Location Overview

Newcastle is a stunning location just a 2-hour drive from Sydney. If you’re a fan of pristine beaches, laid back vibes, delicious food and gorgeous wine regions, this place will be your new favourite road trip destination. If you’re driving from Sydney, all you need to do is follow the Pacific Highway east and you’ll land at Newcastle in no time. Locals rave about its coastlines, cute cafes and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking for an iconic Aussie experience, make sure you stop here on a road trip.

In and around Newcastle, some of our favourite things to do year-round are:

Summer (December, January, February): Bathers Way Coastal Walk is a standout experience in Newcastle. Stretching from Nobbys to Merewether, this walk will take you about 3 hours and is 5km long. The great thing is that this walk has a sealed pathway from beginning to end. There are many places to stop, swim and explore along the way, including amazing reefs and some of the world’s largest ocean baths.

Autumn (March, April, May): The Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s most popular wine regions is just a 2-hour drive from Newcastle. With 150 cellar doors, wine lovers are bound to be impressed by the Hunter Valley. Must-visit wineries include Tyrrell’s Vineyard, Lindeman and Tulloch. Another great way to experience the Hunter Valley is to go on a wine tour of the area.

Winter (June, July, August): A road trip to Sydney is the best way to experience amazing city vibes and nightlife. From Circular Quay to Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour, you’ll be blown away by the stunning city of Sydney. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is also a must-see as well as the vibrant suburbs of Newtown and Surry Hills.

Spring (September, October, November): The city centre is definitely worth exploring in Newcastle. Check out Beaumont Street for vibrant cafes and antique shopping. The Junction is where you can shop designer brands, Cooks Hill is where you’ll find Darby Street which is a quirky street with bookstores and coffee shops.

Year Round: Stockton is known for its maritime history and is the perfect place to go fishing, swimming and exploring. Just 5 minutes from the city centre by ferry, this seaside town is an amazing place to relax all year round. Go on a picnic, relax by the beach and watch the sunset for a lovely day at any time of the year.

Which Car Hire Locations are Open Early Or Late in Newcastle City/CBD?

Need to pick up/drop off a hire car early morning or late evening? These depots have extended hours.

Avis logoAvis: 50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North​
Monday to Friday 8am - 5:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday 8am - 12:30pm.
Budget logoBudget: 50 Clyde Street, Hamilton North​
Monday to Friday 8am - 5:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday 8am - 12:30pm.
Europcar logoEuropcar: 20 Denison Street, Newcastle West​
Sunday to Friday 7:30am - 5pm.
Saturday from 7:30am - 12pm.
Thrifty logoThrifty: 272 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown​
Monday to Friday 7am - 5:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday 7am - 12pm.

Need an even earlier pickup or drop off?

Try picking up at Newcastle Williamtown Airport​​​

(It's about a 29 minute drive from Newcastle CBD, depending on traffic)

Keep in mind that weekends usually have shorter depot hours compared to weekdays. If you are arriving in the afternoon, it is best to make sure you arrive on a weekday to ensure the car rental depot is open. It’s also important to note that Enterprise does not have any stand-alone depots and only operates out of Newcastle Airport.

Customer Reviews and Feedback for Renting in Newcastle

The best way to learn about car rental is to hear from previous customer experiences. Our team have reached out to some of our customers who recently rented from Gold Coast and their experiences are shared below.​

Debbie (August 2019): Debbie booked there car rental with Avis. They rated the condition of the car a 10/10 and did not experience any issues with the pick-up and return process at the Newcastle depot.

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Best Time to Visit Newcastle

Generally, the climate in Newcastle is free from extreme temperatures, thus making it a great place to visit all year round. Note that seasons here are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere - Christmas is in December (summer), while winter is between June and August. The coolest months are from June to August, while the warmest months are from December to February.

Driving Tips in Newcastle

Just two hours (150 km) south of Sydney, the city can easily be reached by a rental car or campervan hire via the M1 Pacific Motorway. Or if you are entering the city from the north, simply follow the Pacific Highway. The easiest way to collect a rental car when you are arriving by train, is to hop off at Wickham Train Station and make your way to Budget on Tudor Street. The office is approximately 1.5 kms away.

FAQs About Hiring a Car in Newcastle

Do I have to pay tolls when driving in Newcastle?

There are no tolls in Newcastle. However, you may have to pay tolls if you plan to go on a road trip to Sydney.

What is the speed limit in Newcastle?

  • 50km/h is the speed limit in built-up areas unless signed otherwise.
  • 60km/h on arterial roads unless signed otherwise
  • 100km/h on rural roads and motorways unless signed otherwise

Is it difficult to drive in Newcastle?

Unlike Sydney, Newcastle is more laid back and has less traffic. The drive to Newcastle follows the Pacific Coast Highway and is easy to drive.

Do I have to wash the car before I Newcastle it?

Unless the car is visibly dirty, you don’t need to wash the car before you return it.

How do I find a carpark in and around Newcastle?

You can use EasyPark to find parks in Newcastle. Click here to find carparks now.

Exploring Newcastle Is Now Easier and More Fun

Perched between a busy harbor and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a must-see for every tourist who visits Australia. Young people will have a wonderful time here enjoying the diverse sports and the numerous festivals that are being held here every year. The iconic Merewether beach is one of Australia's most popular surfing spots and is home to the international Surfest surfing competition held annually.

We at VroomVroomVroom not only aim to provide you the cheapest Newcastle car hire, we also want to make your trip to the city more memorable. To achieve our goal, we have listed down some of the fun things you can do and places where you can stay in Newcastle.

Attractions | Accommodation | Other Activities


Newcastle Museum

Address: 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle NSW

Newcastle Museum is located in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops near the old docks, just a 10 minute drive from the Budget car hire pickup location at Tudor Street. The museum houses three permanent major exhibitions and a few exhibits open for a limited time. 'A Newcastle Story' features the local Aboriginal culture and how the city endured tough times like the major earthquake in 1989. 'Fire and Earth' showcases the region's heavy industry and wows visitors with the hourly BHP Steel Making Show. 'Supernova & Mininova' is the museum's science section where visitors can learn interesting things through numerous interactive displays. The museum is an intellectual playground that people of all ages will enjoy. Best of all, admission is free!

Oakvale Farm and Fauna World

Address: 3 Oakvale Dr, Salt Ash NSW

If you're looking for a fun activity for the whole family, Oakvale Farm is highly recommended. The farm is just a 40 minute drive from the city and is perfect if you want to spend time with your kids on a weekend. Children are encouraged to pet small farm animals along with koalas and baby kangaroos. You and your kids can feed the animals at special enclosures or using the bag of feeds which you can get at the farm's entrance. There are sessions in which your children can bottle feed free-roaming small lambs so you'd better have your camera ready to take cute pictures. Aside from the animals, there is also a playground and BBQ grills where you can cook your lunch.

Moonshadow Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises

Address: 3/35 Stockton St, Nelson Bay NSW

More than 10,000 whales pass the Port Stephens area and the best way to see these gentle giants is to hop on a Moonshadow whale watching cruise. The three hour whale cruise takes you from the bay and out to the open water where whales are spotted. Their vessel, Moonshadow Explorer, is a large and stable catamaran designed to go out in the ocean which makes your trip relatively smooth and enjoyable. Eight species of whale can be seen in the area and if you're lucky, you might even see Migaloo, the famous albino humpback whale.

Whale Watch Cruise is only available from May to November while the Dolphin Watch Cruise is available the whole year. The dolphin cruise lasts for an hour and a half with a high success rate in dolphin sightings. Don't feel bad if you don't spot a whale or a dolphin during the trip though, Moonshadow can offer you a free ticket for your next cruise.

So head on to Moonshadow Cruises now to experience your ultimate cruise experience in Newcastle & Port Stephens!

Sand Dune Adventures Tours

Address: 2163 Nelson Bay Rd, Williamtown NSW

A trip to Newcastle won't be complete if you don't visit the famous Worimi Sand Dunes. Sand Dune Adventures Tours offers quad biking tours where you can traverse the largest shifting sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. No quad bike experience is necessary as SDA provides excellent training on how to use the high powered bikes. Professional guides will accompany you on the 1 hour tour and there are also tours with extended hours for more quad biking thrills. The tour not only gives you an adrenaline rush, you also get to see sights of beautiful Worimi country and get to learn about the Aboriginal culture. But before you head out, make sure to wear jeans, enclosed shoes, and bring sunglasses and sunblock lotion for protection.

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Junction Hotel

Address: 204 Corlette Street, The Junction, Newcastle, NSW

If you want to spend the night in the best hotel in town, the perfect place to stay is the Junction Hotel. The award winning hotel is just a few minutes' walk from Bar Beach and a 30-minute drive away from Newcastle Airport. The Junction Hotel offers 9 ultra-modern rooms; each individually designed giving each room a personality of its own. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, free parking, a funky shower in each room, and outstanding customer service. Guests can dine in the restaurant or drink in the Pub tavern located at the ground floor. Cafes, restaurants, bars, and unique shops are also near the hotel.

The Clarendon Hotel

Address: 347 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW

The Clarendon Hotel is a pub-styled hotel situated at central business district. Don't be fooled by that label though, as The Clarendon offers their guests a 4-star experience that is comparable to the standards of modern boutique hotels. Guests can stay in any of the 20 rooms, each equipped with modern facilities including free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, and even a minibar. Situated at the heart of the city, every attraction is within walking distance if not a short drive away. If you're young and outgoing, you'll definitely love this hotel. A stylish pub is at the ground floor and there are numerous bars and restaurants nearby.

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Here are other fun things to do in Newcastle

Bathers Way is a walking track that conveniently links the 3 most popular beaches in Newcastle. With a concrete pathway, families enjoy the walk that not only gives you great views of the coastline, it also takes you through the rugged cliffs that line the coast as well.

The Cathedral Church of Christ the King will definitely impress you with its unique Gothic Revival architectural style. The cathedral is located in one of the suburbs, The Hill, and it would be a shame not to visit it since you are already here.

Nobbys Head, formerly known as Coal Island, was discovered by Europeans in the 1770s. The Nobbys Head Lirking Lighthouse can be found here, which is a true landmark of the city. From up here you will have a great view of the whole metropolitan area, which will take your breath away.

The Newcastle Art Gallery is a great place to learn more about the culture of the country. Here, you will find a great diversity of art collections, exhibited by both historical and contemporary artists.

The Newcastle Civic Theatre, mostly known as simply 'The Civic', is an immense auditorium. Every year, famous musicals, concerts, plays and dance events are held here.

The Newcastle Regional Show is one of the most famous festivals in the area. It is held ever year in the Newcastle Showground. This event is great to learn more about the city's customs and traditions. Other festivals worth mentioning are The Mattara Festival, The Newcastle Jazz Festival and This Is Not Art.

Stockton Beach is only a ferry ride away, unless you want to drive your rental car around the harbour. Stockton is a small township with a beach to call its own. It is well worth spending a day there and walking along the coastline to the old wreck that mesmerizes visitors all the time.

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