From the city to the coast to the glorious countryside, the Newcastle region is a place of beauty and intrigue, spanning everything from Merewether’s surf-ready beaches to the stylish streets of the CBD, and everything in between. With the Pacific on one side and the Hunter River on the other, you’ll find crashing surf swells, rolling hillsides and rustic cellar doors, but head into the city, and you’ll stumble on stylish eateries, hip bars, quirky boutiques and a diverse arts scene that comes dripping in culture. Novocastrians have got it all with their pick of stunning beaches, historical architecture and a dreamy, sun-drenched climate. And just a short two-hour drive from Sydney, up the M1 or along the Pacific Highway, it’s no wonder Sydneysiders are leaving the city for a taste of Newcastle’s quirky, laid-back lifestyle. This is a place that demands some attention.