Newcastle Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Newcastle

Newcastle Airport has connections to several cities around Australia. Just 15 km from downtown, it is the most convenient starting point for your trip. You can also choose to fly into the much larger Sydney Airport, which is some 160 km away. Conveniently, you can find Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in both airports.

What to do and see in Newcastle

A rental car in Newcastle is an excellent way to see more of New South Wales. While most visitors flock to Sydney, Newcastle has been growing in popularity. In particular, visitors are attracted by Newcastle's beaches, which are beautiful and far less crowded than the Sydney coast.

If you're visiting Newcastle between June and November, you might want to book a whale-watching tour. You'll never be guaranteed to see these gentle giants, but Newcastle is known as one of the best spots to see them. At any time of the year, you can also take a guided sightseeing cruise around the city. Many of Newcastle's most interesting landmarks can be seen from the water, so this is a great way to learn more about the city.

Newcastle is a city with lots of walks and trails to enjoy. Go for a walk along Bar Beach or Dudley Beach, or head down to the Break Wall. The latter is particularly enjoyable at sunset, as you'll see brilliant colors while the sun disappears over the ocean. Try a trail that will take you to the Bogey Hole. This oddly named spot is a true icon for locals, a stunning seawater bathing spot where you can cool off after all that walking.

Your rental car or van in Newcastle lets you explore more of New South Wales, too. There are plenty of great day trips from "Newy," as the locals call it. Port Stephens, a popular vacation destination, has family friendly beaches and daily dolphin cruises. If you'd rather do something more active, try Central Coast. The beaches here are ideal for snorkeling, surfing or fishing, and there are some spectacular coastal walks to enjoy, too.

Located a half-hour drive from the city, Lake Macquarie is Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake. There are some great beaches here, including Blacksmiths Beach. This beach has wonderful tidal pools for young kids to splash around in. Other interesting spots in the area include Catherine Hill Bay, a historic mining village where you can see old preserved buildings. There's also an intriguing cave system to see at Caves Beach. It can only be explored at low tide, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.

In Australia, you're never far from the majesty of nature. To see it, you'll want to head out to Barrington Tops National Park. This Gondwana rainforest has a number of different hiking trails, with something to suit people of every level. Admire the waterfalls, the colorful birds and the breathtaking views that stretch out in every direction.

Driving in Newcastle

Newcastle has far less traffic than Sydney, but you can expect some congestion during rush hour. If you want to avoid this, plan your days carefully. Traffic jams are most likely from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and again from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Most commuters drive into the city.

Unlike other Australian cities, Newcastle does not have much in the way of shopping and attractions in its central business district (CBD). That means visitors do not usually need to worry about driving and parking in the downtown area, as there are ample parking facilities scattered around the city.

Newcastle is a two-hour drive from Sydney, and it's a popular spot for weekend getaways. You can usually expect more traffic coming into the city on Friday evenings and leaving on Sunday evenings.

New South Wales is one of the Australian states with toll roads. Most of these are concentrated around Sydney, so they will affect visitors who choose to drive between Sydney and Newcastle. All tolls are paid electronically using an e-Tag system. In New South Wales, tolls are operated by Linkt, with the exception of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Tunnel tolls.

Be careful on the road, especially when driving outside the city. New South Wales has a particularly large kangaroo population. Most visitors are excited to see these iconic animals hopping along beside them, but kangaroos can be a major hazard if they stray onto the road. Like most Australian animals, they are most active at night. Visitors are strongly advised to avoid driving beyond the city limits from dusk to dawn.

Depending on the time of year you visit, you will need to prepare for different weather conditions. Newcastle, New South Wales, often experiences extreme weather from October through April. Both flooding and bush fires present potential problems. Flash floods can occur extremely quickly, with roads rapidly closing in response. Listen carefully to the guidance offered by local authorities, and always pay attention to weather reports. If a road has been closed, do not attempt to enter it. Never drive on a flooded road.

Car and van rental in Australia with Enterprise

Enterprise Australia offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Newcastle

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Newcastle

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Newcastle, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.