We love the idea of getting out of the city on Mother’s Day, and Newcastle is a great choice with its beaches, cafes and boutiques. Here’s 5 great reasons to escape to Newcastle this weekend.

1. Perfect for pampering

Get mum ready for a long lunch – or delectable dinner – by pampering her with a manicure, pedicure, massage, facial or more from one of Newcastle’s best spas or beauty salons, such as Choyez Spa – located in Newcastle’s picturesque harbour-side precinct, Lilly Victoria – nestled amidst the bustling cafe and shopping strip, Darby Street, the Secret Garden Day Spa – where nature and nurture combine in tranquil private gardens and expansive sun rooms; and the Yoga Loft Spa – blending the best of yogi relaxation with spa rejuvenation.

Better still, during the month of May anyone buying a facial or beauty package for mum from the Yoga Loft Spa treatment room will receive a free week of yoga classes.

2. Chic shopping

Besides all the big brand name stores, Newcastle boasts several special shopping strips, such as Darby Street, where you’ll find funky boutique and jewellers alongside cute cafes and contemporary art galleries.

3. Where to stay

TripAdvisor favourite, Newcastle’s Bed & Breakfast, is offering a scrumptious complimentary picnic basket for every two night stay over the Mother’s Day weekend. For other options to suit every budget, click here.

4. Walk the (coastal) line

Newcastle’s beaches are world-famous and they’re linked by one great coastal walk called Bathers Way. The total walking time from Nobbys in the north to Merewether in the south is three hours at a medium pace. You’ll view rugged cliffs, reefs, rock pools, huge salt water ocean baths, heritage sites and beautiful parklands.

5. Just 2 hours from Sydney

Situated just 2 hours drive north of Sydney, the City of Newcastle is easily accessible by car, bus (via Greyhound Buses), train (via NSW City Rail and CountryLink) and plane.

Have you visited Newcastle?

For more ideas visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au.