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Art, Food and Surf in Cooks Hill , Australia

New South Wales harbours various travel destinations among which Cooks Hill, an exciting inner- city suburb, happens to be one of the most popular precincts within Newcastle. The city has a bohemian vibe to it, having numerous sidewalk cafes and pubs in addition to amazing restaurants. Its main thoroughfare, Darby Street, is a hub of various shopping stores for home-wares, second hand bookshops, designer wear boutiques and jewellery shops.

Being a city of first settlers in the past, Cooks Hill has come alive with a vibrant artistic centre which hosts an array of galleries. Moreover, there are terraced houses, traditional back alleys and leafy streets all of which reflect a hidden past.

Other than the recreational facilities and award winning restaurants, luxury resorts and holiday rentals for accommodation are also available at their best for holiday makers touring Cooks Hill.

What to See, Where to Stay:

Cooks Hill enjoys the advantage of having the most popular ‘eat street’ being the main Darby Street. The place is thronged by locals and tourists everyday, who want to have a taste of fine cuisine and diverse pubs and cafes for coffee or wine. There are approximately twenty-five cafes and restaurants in total; all of them are extremely popular among food lovers and even among those who simply want to experience the vibrant feel of the place.

Other than the dining places, the city’s Christ Church Cathedral stands tall among the silhouettes of surrounding buildings on this street. Holiday accommodation in Cooks Hill attracts many tourists who thoroughly enjoy every facility that the Derby Street has to offer.

The suburb is also a treat for art lovers and for those who want to exercise their photography skills, as there are small inner city galleries belonging to a period when Cooks Hill initially began to develop. One of these artistic galleries was founded by late Ann Von Bertouch and is believed to be one of the first artistic galleries established on a commercial level outside any capital city. There are a large number of galleries, so if art is your ‘thing’ Cooks Hill, really is the destination for you.

Cooks Hill may be a city suburb but it also has the huge advantage that the coast is just a short distance. The nearest beaches are a clutch in the neighbouring suburb of Bar Beach where rock pools and natural rock formations are a major feature along with golden sands and safe ocean (life guarded) for swimming and sporting activities. It’s a hugely popular weekend surfing spot.

The weekends are probably the best time to ignore the beach and leave your holiday rental in search of the other beauties within easy access of Cooks Hill. Head to Shepherds Hill Reserve and Shortland, or in the opposite direction to Merewether and Glenrock Lagoon in the Glenrock State Conservation Area. Of course, when everyone is heading out of the city to the beaches you could head into Newcastle CBD for urban treats. Being at the mouth of the Hunter River means other options open to visitors are comprehensive tours arranged at the nearby vineyards and cruises in Newcastle Harbour.

You can visit all these places without having to worry about the accommodation. There is plenty of holiday accommodation in Cooks Hill and nearby. Self-contained accommodation in the inner city, and everything for a fabulous beach holiday within easy reach – what could be a better mix?

Know When to Come:

Cooks Hill enjoys a temperate climate, with summers being warm to hot from December to February, along with mild winters from June to August. The place receives an average annual rainfall of 1107mm; therefore, the best time to visit Cooks Hill to enjoy all the facilities and avoid the crowds is during the winter months.

Journey from UK to Cooks Hill:

Although Newcastle has an airport, it is a regional facility and there are no direct flights from the UK. The nearest major airport is Sydney and there are plenty of connecting flights to Newcastle. Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport is a two hour drive from Newcastle so there’s the option to organize car rental to get to your holiday rental in Cooks Hill or there’s public transport with trains, buses and coaches available.

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Perfect getway

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I loved the house, very well maintained, clean bed sheets, clean towels, everything is clean and perfect, the backyard view is amazing, as a family with kids we highly recommend this house as we had a great experience and enjoyed every single day at it! Thank you so much for your great services.
  • Review Submitted: Jan 07, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2017

Stunning house is perfect location

5 of 5
We had an amazing stay at Grande Chalet. The house is in an excellent location with Darby Street and all it's cafes, restaurants, bars and shops only a block away. The Oriental or "The Ori" around the corner on Bull St does great pizza and Welsh Blacks a little further up Bull St is a must for coffee. The home was immaculate, spacious and styled beautifully with quality linen and all the provisions you could require - the toiletry bags left on the beds were a lovely touch. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking if you don't feel like venturing out and there is a lovely garden and outdoor eating area. You could walk to beautiful Bar Beach but if you have lots of stuff to transport like we did, you can drive and park easily within 5 minutes. Jacqui was a pleasure to deal with - friendly, efficient and helpful with any information we required. We will absolutely be back! Thanks for a perfect Christmas holiday stay, Jacqui.
  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2017