NEWCASTLE CITY At A Glance
Straddling the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Hunter River on the other, the port city of Newcastle comes drenched in history and charm. A tale of hardship and determination, what was once an industrial city deeply rooted in coal, steel and timber, has since become a bustling metropolis thriving with culture. But Newcastle’s gritty roots are a proud part of its heritage, with original streetscapes reminiscent of its diversified past. Steel yards and coal mines have been replaced by edgy cafés and trendy boutiques, and streets are laden with bakeries doubling up as galleries, slick restaurants and beautifully renovated pubs and bars.
Often overshadowed by its bigger, brighter and better-known sibling Sydney, Australia’s second-oldest city is slowly rising through the ranks, with an overspill of Sydneysiders flocking to soak up the rural landscapes, breathtaking beaches and cultural city buzz. A local’s locale with community at its core – not to mention a string of affordable house prices – Newcastle’s creative, urban hub (located just two hours north of Sydney) is quickly becoming one of Australia’s hottest hangouts.
Newcastle’s stunning coastline, crashing surf swell and golden sandy beaches.
For the best coffee in town, head to Kings Street.
Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest city.
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