Bride at Newcastle Museum

Not content with just the one night of festivities....the obvious choice is to follow the trend and make it a hens weekend away. This opens up a huge number of possibilities for a great girls weekend away and one she'll never forget!

One place that has everything a B2B would want or need for her hens weekend and is just 2 hours north of Sydney is Newcastle. There are plenty of places to stay and so many things to do in Newcastle you'll find it hard to fit everything in to just one weekend.

Quad biking across Stockton sand dunes

Whether it's a Bucks or Hens weekend, both boys and girls will love a mad dash across the Stockton sand dunes with Sand Dune Adventures, perhaps followed by a lesson in taming the region's famous surf with a local master of surf or a local surfing legend.

Whale watching off Nobby's Head Newcastle

Adrenaline-junkies will be lining up to take a motorcycle tour along the coast, while nature lovers might enjoy the laidback vibe of one of the many whale watching tours.

For a hens weekend, the girls will easily pass an afternoon along funky Darby Street, home to eclectic boutique shopping and cool cafes, while for a bucks weekend, the boys might enjoy a tour of the renowned Murray's Brewery or go beer tasting at the Grain Store...or vice versa.

Why not indulge in an hour of rejuvenation or a day at the spa having facials, pedicures, manicures or body scrubs before heading out for High Tea. You might go out to the theatre, then on to dinner, visit an art gallery, see your favourite band or head out to a club. Or you could always keep it low key and spend the day lazing on the beach and walking the forshore.

At the end of the day, why not take in the view at one of the city's many laidback harbourfront eateries or hatted restaurants (depending what kind of mood you want to set) before hitting up a live music venue, friendly pub, boutique brewery or lively wine bar to sink a drink or few.

Newcastle Itinerary:

10 Things You May Not Know About Newcastle:

  1. There are 6 beaches within 5 minutes drive of the Newcastle CBD.
  2. Stockton Beach (where you'll go quad biking) is the largest moving coastal sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere
  3. And...the sand from Stockton Sand Dunes is exported to Hawaii
  4. Merewether Baths is the largest ocean baths in the Southern Hemisphere.
  5. There are currently 30 art galleries in operation in Newcastle
  6. Three local lads, Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou were just 15 when they shot to stardom after their band, Silverchair, released the single Tomorrow in 1994. All grew up in the Newcastle surf suburb of Merewether.
  7. Newcastle has produced more ballerinas for the Australian Ballet Company than any other city
  8. Dein Perry, the creator of Tap Dogs learned to dance in Newcastle
  9. Sarah Wynter, Miranda Otto, Suzie Porter and Sophie Lee are all Newcastle born and bred
  10. 2004 Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins, once a Newcastle Knights cheerleader, still calls Newcastle home.
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