Hayes House, Newcastle NSW

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Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, up the M1 or along the Pacific Highway, will lead you to Newcastle; a laid-back city home to the largest coal shipping harbour in the world, and also known for its surf beaches, historical architecture and a creative community responsible for this city’s renaissance.

Like Sydney, Newcastle centres around a harbour and a bounty of beautiful beaches, but its population of just over half a million makes it a quieter alternative for a weekend getaway, a long summer holiday, and even perhaps a permanent sea change. After all, you can still find a free car park next to the sand here, and that in its own is enticing enough.

Newcastle has a fine collection of historic terraces that have been transformed and renovated into modern short-term rentals. As such, staying in a hotel during a visit in the area may just be a wasted opportunity, particularly when visitors can instead get a taste of a key part of Newcastle’s history; by experiencing first-hand what modern updates homeowners have made to these historic structures.

Such an example of this is Hayes House — a stunningly renovated Victorian home, located in the heart of Cooks Hill, and just a 30-second walk to the ever popular hub of Darby Street. Boasting three generous bedrooms, this boutique Airbnb listing features a magazine-worthy interior design, as well as custom high-end finishes throughout. This short-term rental is truly a home away from home.

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