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Car Hire in Newcastle

Car Hire in Newcastle

This information is correct as of July 2015.

The second most populated area within New South Wales, Australia, the Newcastle metropolitan area is home to Fort Scratchley, Christ Church Cathedral, Glenrock Lagoon, Stockton Beach, Port Stephens, Newcastle Civic Theatre, Tuggerah lake, and Newcastle Entertainment Centre, to name a few notable attractions. Get to all these places conveniently and any time you want with reliable car rentals available within the city.

Where to hire a car in Newcastle

When looking for car rental companies that will provide the best service at the best prices, the car rental providers that operate within Newcastle in New South Wales include Budget, Redspot, Newcastle Car & Truck Rental, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Hire Car Hero, Newcastle Airport Car Rental, ARA Car Rentals, Australia Industrial, and more. Whether for business or for leisure, car rental services in Newcastle allow you ultimate freedom and flexibility in getting around and exploring the city and beyond. Some of the popular pick-up and drop-off locations in Newcastle are conveniently located in Williamtown Airport, the downtown area, Charlestown, the city centre, and hotels.

What to expect when hiring a car from Newcastle

The metropolitan area of Newcastle is served by extensive systems of road links as well as road-based public transportation options. Get around by land with roads like the Pacific Motorway towards the south; Hunter Expressway towards the west; New England Highway also to the west; and the Pacific Highway to the north and south; these roads connect the Newcastle metropolitan area to its surrounding cities. Also when within the metropolitan area, Hunter Street, the main shopping street within the central business district or Newcastle CBD, works as a major artery to and from the Pacific Highway when within the CBD area. When driving around, expect a surge of northbound travellers from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with heavy traffic within the areas of Wahroonga and the Central Coast, while the opposite happens to the southbound traffic in the morning.

Getting to your destination

Three of the nearby stops to drop by when driving from Newcastle include Sydney, Canberra, and Bathurst. When driving to these destinations within New South Wales and the nearby Australian Capital Territory, please be advised that the driving directions we have provided below have been simplified to work as quick references during the trip.

Sydney
Often mistaken as the capital of Australia, Sydney is only the state capital of New South Wales, but is one of the most important cities of the country. It is the most populous city in all of Australia and Oceania and is home to wonderful treasures and sights like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, Port Jackson, among others.

When driving to Sydney from Newcastle, expect partial toll roads and a travel of close to two hours for 160 kilometres. Drive down Hunter St and A15 to reach Hunter Expy/M15 in Cameron Park. Go down Pacific Motorway to Pacific Hwy/A1 in Wahroonga then take the Pacific Highway/A1 exit from Pacific Motorway. Also, driving down M2 Hills Motorway in Macquarie Park starting from Pacific Hwy/A1 and A3 then take M1 and Bradfield Hwy to Grosvenor St in Sydney, this will also require taking the Grosvenor Street exit from the Sydney Harbour Bridge/Western Distributor Hwy. Lastly, reach the destination after driving down George St.

Canberra
The national capital of Australia, Canberra offers notable sights and attractions like the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, and more.

Driving from Newcastle to Canberra, prepare for a long drive of approximately four hours and 38 minutes from point of origin. Go down Hunter St and A15 to Hunter Epy/M15 in Cameron Park. Next, take the Pacific Motorway along with M7, M31, and Remembrance Driveway to reach Federal Hwy/A23 in Watson. Lastly, go down A23 and reach Vernon Cir in Canberra.

Bathurst
Bathurst houses a great amount of landmarks and highlights attractions such as the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Abercrombie Caves, National Motor Racing Museum, Jenolan Caves, in addition to many more.

There are partial toll roads and toll roads when following this route from Newcastle to Bathurst. Drive down Hunter St to Donald St/A15 in Hamilton, then continue driving further down A15 and get to Colebee from Pacific Motorway; just exit via Richmond Road from M7. Drive down B59 to reach Great Western Hwy/A32 in Bowenfels and then take a right. Lastly, drive down William St to get to the destination.

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