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Newcastle Overview

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.


The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is the hub of the greater Hunter Region which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

Located 162 kilometres (101 mi) north-northeast of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting 154.45 million tonnes of coal in 2013–14.

Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, located between a working harbour and beautiful beaches. It's a great base from which to explore the local area which includes many natural attractions that are within easy driving distance of the city.