Just a flight away from Newcastle Airport
If January has you a little fatigued already then perhaps it's time you started planning your next holiday.... Maybe around one of these BIG events.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
Holidays are way more exciting when there's an event happening at the other end. With Newcastle Airport just up the road it's never been easier to attend some of the biggest events in Australia and... with the news that you can now fly to Adelaide direct from Newcastle Airport from March, the list is even bigger.
Catch Dan Sultan, The Preatures, Tex Perkins and loads more at Taronga Zoo, or fly to Brisbane for some rugby action.
Australian Bowl-Riding Championships
Where: Empire Park Beach
When: 24th - 25th February
Whether it's art, food & wine, sport or opera by the Harbour, March has loads going on.
When: 1st - 4th March
Quicksilver Pro & Roxy Pro
Where: Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast
When: 11th - 22nd March
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
When: 16th – 25th
Where: Sydney Harbour
When: 23rd March - 22nd April
There's something for everyone in April, from world-class sporting action, to gourmet food, Aussie tunes and loads of laughs, it's the perfect excuse to get away.
Sydney Comedy Festival
When: 23rd April - 20th May
If you're a lover of food festivals then book your flight to Noosa. Just a short drive from Brisbane it's easy to escape to for a weekend away and one of the highlights on the foodie calendar.
Lovedale Long Lunch
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 19th- 20th
When: 25th May- 16th June
One of the darker and quirkier events to appear on the list, and unlike any other festival in Australia, Tassie will once again host Dark Mofo a music, food, art and nude swimming festival.
Image credit - Howlandechos
When: 15th – 24th June
Gold Coast Marathon
Where: Gold Coast
When: 30th June- 1st July
Heading up to Splendour? Then take the faster option and fly to Byron out of Newcastle Airport.
Good Food Month
When: 1st- 31st July
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
When: 5th- 18th July
If you're planning on hitting the slopes make sure it's in time for one of Australia's coolest music festivals.
When: 3rd – 7th
Lake Macquarie Running Festival
Where: Lake Macquarie
When: 26th August
City 2 Surf
When: 12th August
Melbourne International Film Festival
When: 2nd - 19th August
When: 31st August - 1st September
With FlyPelican flights taking off to Dubbo from Newcastle Airport it's easy to experience for yourself why Mudgee has one of Australia's longest-running wine & food festivals.
Keen to check out some awe-inspiring athletes, then Sydney is the place with the Invictus Games arriving.
If you've always talked about it and never done it then get your heels and fascinators organised and book your flights to Melbourne for the Spring Racing Carnival.
Keen to do something new this New Year's? Then take a flight to Tassie for one of Australia's tastiest foodi e festivals.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Where: Sydney Harbour
When: 26th December
Newcastle Airport is 25 minutes from both Port Stephens and Newcastle, on the east coast of NSW in Australia. We’re ideally located to access, within an hour’s drive, amazing beaches in Newcastle and Port Stephens; world-class wineries in the Hunter Valley; a world-heritage listed rainforest, Barrington Tops; Australia’s largest salt water lake, Lake Macquarie; and some of the world’s most famous horse studs in the Upper Hunter. And, award-winning conference and function venues.