Newcastle is a city and metropolitan area in New South Wales, Australia. Being the second biggest city area in NSW (after Sydney), Newcastle has over 500,000 people and is also the oldest seaport in all of Australia. Newcastle is known for its big steel industry and docks, and it's in the middle of one of the most important coal areas in Australia. in Newy (as the locals call their home) also hosts the 20,000 student University of Newcastle.
There are many Newcastle hostel options, but they are far apart from each other, some even in wholly other districts. While the Newcastle city center is not that big and is easily walkable, the city as a whole and many things to see will require you to acquire some form of transport. Biking and car rental are viable options. There are also buses and trains running between some of the suburbs. In general, however, having your own car in Newcastle is a huge advantage. The city also has it's own airport.
There are plenty of museums to see in Newcastle (a military and a maritime museum to name a few), and some really nice architecture in the CBD (central) area dating as long back as early 19th century. Surfing is also a very common thing to do in Newcastle, and there are plenty of beaches to choose from. The waves tend to be pretty big in Newcastle, depending of course on the season.
If you want to taste some great Australian beer, there are plenty of options. The Queens Wharf Brewery is a very common and a great option, with really nice views and a wide selection.
Now that you know a little about what you can do in the city, take a look at the Newcastle hostel selection to choose where you would like to stay and enjoy your trip.