Car Hire from Newcastle Williamtown Airport
New South Wales in south east Australia home to Newcastle Williamtown Airport, is the most populated of the Australian territories. It’s a land of great variety; from bustling cities to secluded beaches, wine country to ski resorts. Hiring a car from Newcastle Williamtown Airport provides you with the freedom to explore the expansive region your own way, taking in all of the incredible sights and experiences it has to offer.
Where to hire a car at Newcastle Williamtown Airport
There’s a good selection of car hire companies operating at Newcastle Williamtown Airport. Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty and Redspot all have desks at the arrivals end of the terminal.
Petrol Stations near Newcastle Williamtown Airport
For drivers who need to return their rental car with a full tank of petrol, there’s a Metro Petroleum station located just three minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s on route 863, and can be found when approaching the airport from the south.
Driving around Newcastle Williamtown Airport
From the airport, route 863 provides the main road along the coast, up towards Nelson Bay and south towards Newcastle. The airport provides easy access to route A1, also known as Pacific Way. This road heads all the way up the coast towards Brisbane while the M1 heads south towards Sydney.
Depending on where you’re planning on going, you may find distances are much greater in reality than they look on a map. Always take provisions if you’re going to be travelling a long distance and be sure to fill up with petrol as often as you can to avoid being caught stranded.
As with the UK, you will be driving on the left side of the road in Australia.
Getting to your destination
With a car from Newcastle Williamtown Airport, you’re within easy reach of some of New South Wales’ most popular destinations. Here are just a few of them:
Newcastle is Australia’s 8th biggest city. However, it maintains a small town atmosphere, with quaint coffee shops, a number of city beaches and a selection of great walking tours. Visitors can also explore the city’s past at the Maritime Centre, the Newcastle Museum or on a spooky ghost walk and experience a more modern side to the city on a street art tour or in one of many Newcastle nightclubs.
Newcastle city is just 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle Williamtown Airport, taking route 863 towards the centre. The city is easy to navigate and there’s a good selection of car parking. Visitors can park at the council’s parking station on King Street or choose from a range of privately owned lots around the city.
Hunter Valley is home a great selection of wineries. Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting tour, a horse drawn carriage ride or an outdoor horse riding trek with picnic. Throughout the valley, there are also a number of quaint villages, art galleries and historic sites as well as lots of restaurants selling local produce and a range of accommodation options.
Hunter Valley is around 90 minutes’ drive from Newcastle Williamtown Airport, taking route 868 and then the M15. Driving around this region provides lots of beautiful scenery and mainly uncongested, wide open road. Parking is available at all of the wineries.
The big attraction at Lake Macquarie is the natural landscape. There are 30 kilometres of white sandy beach to enjoy, mountains for camping and hiking, a number of nature reserves for wildlife spotting and, of course, the lake itself. Visitors can take to the water on a sailing trip, a relaxing cruise or a kayak tour.
It takes just under 1 hour to reach Lake Macquarie from Newcastle Williamtown Airport. Drivers should take route 863 and then the M1. There’s a good selection of parking around the city and, with the huge lake as a reference point, it’s very difficult to get completely lost.