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Newcastle Airport Car Rental Tips

Taking a taxi from Newcastle Airport into the city centre will cost you $45 - $60. And that's just one-way. So why not book a rental vehicle instead? Hiring a car gives you the flexibility and freedom to travel at your own pace and can save you money.

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Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty all have desks located in the domestic arrivals area of the airport terminal and their vehicles parked close to the front entrance, next to the drop off zone. If the depot is closed when you return your car drop your keys off in the drop-off boxes situated on the rental car counters.

Other rental operators, such as Enterprise and Firefly Car Rentals, are located close to the airport and will transfer you between the terminal and their depot. Although this isn't as convenient, it is often the cheaper way to rent a car from the airport.

Before you go to the desk to pick up your vehicle, make sure you have your booking confirmation eVoucher, a valid driver's license for each of the drivers, a credit card or cash for the bond and suitable ID.​

It's a good idea to make sure you return your rental car with a full tank of petrol so you avoid the higher price rental companies charge to top up the tank. There are petrol stations close to the airport, including the BP petrol station which is situated at 103 Newcastle Road. Click here to find petrol stations close to the airport.

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Newcastle Attractions

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Newcastle, Australia's second oldest city, plus surrounding areas like the famous Hunter Valley wine country. Below are some of our favourite attractions that we know you will love. For more ideas, check out the Newcastle Tourism website.

Hunter Valley

Just an hour's drive west of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is Australia's premier wine region, with a wide array of vineyards to choose from, the Hunter Valley is one of the first wine regions planted in the country and is home to over 150 wineries.

The region is famous for its Semillon, but it also produces a variety of delicious wines including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho.

For the best wine-tours, you can pick up a map at one of the many information centres along the trail, however the main areas throughout the valley, with the biggest wineries, include Cessnock, Singleton and Pokolbin.

As the sixth most visited place in Australia, the Hunter Valley attracts more than 2.5 million people per year and includes a huge array of fun attractions and events, which include horse riding, day spas, hot-air ballooning adventures, art galleries and top-class restaurants and cafes.

Accommodation is available in many of the towns throughout the region, but it makes sense to book in advance over the summer period and make sure you have a sober driver if you choose to drive the wine trail.

Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a natural harbour located in the Hunter region. It was named by Captain Cook, after Sir Philip Stephens who was Secretary to the Admiralty in May 1770 and was originally a popular place that convicts would often escape to.

Fast-forward a few centuries and you now have a calm, peaceful town where tourists flock to see the dolphins and whales that can be spotted at certain times of the year. Deep sea and big-game fishing is also popular in the region as well as snorkelling, bush trekking and sunbathing on one of the 26 golden beaches.

If you enjoy hiking, you might like a trip up Tomaree Head Summit walk, which will take you between 45 minutes and an hour. Don't forget to bring your binoculars between May and October when the whale migration season is in full-swing and you may even spot dolphins at any time of the year.

The Great Lake Marine Park is home to dolphins, turtles, seabirds and a variety of fish, as well as indigenous heritage sites. During their migratory route north, humpback whales have been known to congregate at the park as well.

After a long day, or week of adventure, you might also enjoy a break at one of the many cafes and restaurants throughout the area. Port Stephens is a one hour drive up the A43, from Newcastle but if you choose to spend more than one day in the region, there are a variety of accommodation options in and around Port Stephens for you to enjoy.

Port Macquarie

Known for its extensive beaches and river-ways, Port Macquarie is a popular beach resort-town with a large koala population and home to the Koala Preservation Society's Koala hospital, which saves injured koalas from a variety of illnesses and injuries.

A two and a half hour drive along the coast from Newcastle, Port Macquarie can be seen in a day but there is so much to do, it makes more sense to stay for a few days, or even a week.

If you enjoy the Australian wildlife, you will love visiting the Billabong Koala breeding centre and wildlife park - a sanctuary to a variety of animals including penguins, monkeys, red pandas, reptiles, cheetahs and of course, the cuddly koala.

The Sea Acres Rainforest Centre is also a beautiful place to visit, with one of the largest and most diverse coastal rainforests in New South Wales. Enjoy a tour through the forests and learn more about Australia's ecosystem and how it works together to make such stunning scenery.

You might also choose to take a horse trek through the Bellrowan Valley or take the family to Raleigh Water Park where they can cool off after a long day of hiking and checking out the wildlife.

During the evening, visit the Port Macquarie Observatory, which will give you the opportunity to find out more about the southern skies and enjoy a three-dimensional exploration of Mars.

A wide range of accommodation options are available at Port Macquarie, ranging from camping under the stars, through to the more luxurious hotel and resorts along the coast.

The Entrance

Although it might not seem like an inspired name for a town, The Entrance is particularly special because it is bound by ocean waters on three sides - making it a top tourist spot for those who love the water and enjoy witnessing the unique ocean life that Australia has to offer.

Originally founded by the Europeans in 1796, The Entrance was brought to the attention of the Governor of Tasmania, Colonel David Collins on the First Fleet, while searching for an escaped convict, Mary Morgan.

The town was named after the Aboriginal name for the point on the south bank of the channel at the Pacific Ocean - Karagi, which means entrance.

Not only is it a picturesque town, but it is also known as the pelican capital of Australia, thanks to a pelican feeding platform which was developed in 1999. Pelican feeding takes place every day at 3:30pm. During the feed, the organisers also get the opportunity to check the birds for any injuries and inform tourists and locals about the Australian bird-life.

Norah Head Lighthouse is also a nice spot to look out at the Pacific Ocean. Tours through the lighthouse, which was constructed over a century ago, in 1903, operate every day for half an hour each, between 10am and 1pm.

The heritage walk is a great way to find out more about the history of the region, with interesting plaques to mark the walk - which point out historical buildings and landmarks.

The Entrance is also home to Brisbane Water National Park which includes ancient Aboriginal engraving sites and picturesque bush-walks. Watagans National Park is also a stunning place to visit, with a wide range of hiking, biking and camping options available.