For many years the port city of Newcastle has been on the brink of big things. Coal, steel and timber were its lifeblood but the cultural, the gastronomical and the creatively entrepreneurial have been on the rise for a long while, and now Newcastle's time has finally come.
Newcastle may be one-tenth the size of Sydney, but Australia's second-oldest city is punching well above its weight. Superb surf beaches, historical architecture and a sun-drenched climate are only part of the city’s charms. There is fine dining, hip bars, quirky boutiques, and a diverse arts scene. And did we mention the laid-back attitude? Yes, Newcastle is definitely worth a day or two of your time.
Join the locals for a dip in Newcastle's famous ocean baths at Merewether Beach and Newcastle Beach or, if you prefer to ride the waves, check out the action at Nobbys and Bar Beach as well. Merewether, an iconic Newcastle beach, is a National Surfing Reserve that's been a breeding ground of many great surfing champions, including four-times world champion, Mark 'MR' Richards.