Amazing Newcastle city, Australia’s second oldest city, is a cosmopolitan harbour city located very close to Sydney, right on the doorstep of the beautiful vineyards of the Hunter Valley and the pristine waters of Port Stephens. Here you'll find spectacular beaches, hip bars, quirky boutiques, world-class restaurants and a booming arts scene. There are plenty of fascinating historical sites and stories to discover, and surprises around every corner.

The conference organizers negotiated interesting tour package operated by Discover Newcastle. Delegates and guests can contact Discover Newcastle on 0411842547 or to arrange for their desired tours. Please mention your association with ICIRA 2018 to enjoy the discounted rates.

Discover Newcastle

Cost: $130pp Duration: 8 hours

Every year, whales migrate along the NSW coastline, heading north to the warm coastal waters of Queensland and the Coral Sea to mate and give birth from late April to August, and returning southwards from around September to November. On this tour, we will travel to beautiful Port Stephens (1 hour north of Newcastle) for an ocean going cruise in search of whales and bottled-nose dolphins. We will then travel to Oakvale Farm and Fauna World for lunch and Australian wildlife experience. We will be greeted by an animal keeper and escorted to the koala enclosure where you have the opportunity to pat these beautiful marsupials (remember to bring your camera to take a photo). You will then be escorted to the free-range kangaroos and wallabies where you will be given a bag of feed to hand feed them. You will then have time to explore the rest of the animal exhibits including wombats, emus, dingoes, native birds & reptiles, exotic and farm animals.


Newcastle City Tour

Cost: $35pp Duration: 1.5 hours

All Aboard! Newcastle's Famous Tram is a great way to visit the historical city of Newcastle. This is a guided tour with sightseeing and commentary on the city’s landmarks, our convict past, beautiful surfing beaches, vibrant Darby Street and other places of interest along the way.


Hunter Valley Wine Country Experience

Cost: $125pp Duration: 7 hours

The Hunter Valley’s wine heritage is Australia’s oldest, stretching back some 180 years. The picturesque countryside contains around 150 wineries producing a wide array of exceptional wines. We will visit four boutique wineries and enjoy a complete Hunter Valley food and wine experience whilst enjoying picturesque vineyard views. Your gourmet experience will be paired with award winning, estate made wines. We will also stop at the Hunter Valley Village to browse specialty food and boutique shops.


Other Choices

Here are more tours recommended by Newcastle Business Events.

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Hunter to Harbour History Tour

Enjoy Devonshire morning tea as you explore Newcastle Harbour before heading up the iconic Hunter River with NOVA Cruises. Marvel at the dramatically changing landscape from city hustle and industrial harbour to the serenity of the Kooragang Wetlands. Tour includes lunch at the Hunter Wetlands Centre and a guided tour of Newcastle Museum. (Minimum 20 passengers - other tours available for individuals and smaller groups). A number of other Harbour Cruise options are available through Nova Cruises.



Newcastle Museum Self-Guided Tour

In 2011, the museum re-opened its doors in the reinvigorated iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshops. The museum showcases Newcastle's past, present and future through an extensive exhibition.



Newcastle Art Gallery Tour

Every weekend, the Gallery runs free guided tours of current exhibitions for the public. Hosted by volunteer Gallery Guides, the tours last about one hour and provide a glimpse into contemporary and historical art practice. To join a tour, meet the Gallery Guide at the Gallery front counter at 11am.



Bathers Way Walk

Stretching from the commanding lighthouse at Nobby's Headland to the coastal wilderness of Glenrock reserve and the early coal workings at Burwood Beach, Newcastle's Bathers' Way is a 5km scenic coastal walk that takes in Newcastle's indigenous and convict heritage, culture and natural history. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete the whole walk.



East End Historic Walk

Join a walk around the first streets of the settlement of Newcastle. The tour is perfect for those who love history and are after a walking tour that takes in the oldest streets of Newcastle.



Newcastle Scenic Pub Tours

Enjoy spectacular views of Newcastle beaches, the harbour and nearby Lake Macquarie with a 5 hour tour of some of the magnificent waterfront venues in the area.



Port Stephens 4WD Tours

Take an adventure on the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Port Stephens 4WD Tours offer a range of options from a one hour discovery tour including sand boarding to Sygna Shipwreck Tours.



Moonshadow Cruises

Moonshadow Cruises is an award-winning cruise business with three vessels equipped with boom nets, waterslide, hydrophones, underwater video cameras, spacious decks and licensed bars. Daily dolphin watch cruises are available (option for buffet lunch), with whale watching cruises May to November.



Sand Dune Adventures

Sand Dune Adventures seeks to give clients a ‘hands-on and interactive’ insight into the richness of Aboriginal culture and heritage all the while providing clients with the exhilaration of riding a 400cc Quad Bike, guided by our experienced Aboriginal guides.



Murray's Brewery & Port Stephens Winery

Port Stephens' only working brewery and winery, Murray's Brewery is a great place to relax, experience great craft beer and sample a large range of local and regional wines. Play a game of bocce on the beautiful outdoor court and enjoy a brewery tour at 2.15pm daily.



Hunter Valley Gardens

Nestled in the heart of the Hunter vineyards are 25 hectares of spectacular display gardens with over 8km of walking paths.



Divine Tours Pty Ltd

Join a Gourmet Wine Tour offering private tastings at 4-5 premium wineries, a 'behind the scenes' winery tour and lunch at an award winning restaurant. The tour also includes a Hunter Valley chocolate tasting and tasting of local cheeses.



Wine Country Tours

Small group and wine expert hosted tour with a flexible itinerary and gourmet dining. A very personal wine experience!



Hunter Valley Cooking School

This is a hands on class and all dishes are cooked from scratch using local produce. Recipes are provided and the dishes you prepare you will enjoy as a three course lunch/dinner.



Balloon Aloft

Balloon Aloft are renowned for delivering the highest quality balloon flights and service. With unparalleled experience, your comfort and safety are assured.