Newcastle is New South Wales second most populated state, which includes Greater Newcastle and the Lake Macquarie local government areas. A harbour city, it sits 162 km’s north of Sydney on the mouth of the Hunter River and in the Hunter Region.
Newcastle’s history tells the story of the most dangerous convicts of the time who were sent to dig in the coal mines as punishment for their crimes but in modern days it has been known as the largest coal exporting harbour in the world with multitudes of companies providing supporting services, manufacturing, engineering and coal transport for the mines.
A vibrant cosmopolitan city, rich in maritime history and buzzing with a vibrant arts culture and a thriving music scene, make Newcastle a diverse place to be. Trendy bars, alfresco café’s, acclaimed restaurants, eclectic boutiques and old bookshops all add to the ambience of this very interesting city.
Surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a fantastic coastal walk, the “Bathers Way”, a 3 hour walk, is an ideal way to explore the city. The infamous Mereweather Beach is home to the International “Surfest” held annually in February.
Port Stephens, a 40 minute drive from Newcastle is a fantastic place to see dolphins in the wild or Whale Watch and the Hunter Valley only an hours drive, is a feasting ground for wine-lovers, abound with stunning vineyards.
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