Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia. It lies between a working harbour and surf beaches and is on the mouth of the Hunter River. Like Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom, Newcastle was a major coal mining town and port. Newcastle is approximately 160km or two hours drive north of Sydney.
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Newcastle Local Knowledge
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Newcastle is often referred to as the “Steel City” because coal export and the steel industries were the building blocks upon which this sprawling metropolis is founded. Today, this is a diverse city and the world is your oyster, so to speak, with magnificent beaches, sparkling foreshore and quiet fishing spots on your doorstep. Nobby's Point at the mouth of the harbour is something of an icon for Novocastrians and many pound the footpath along the break-wall for exercise or relaxation. Academic study or perhaps even a career change can be achieved via Newcastle University, several TAFE campuses or WEA Hunter (Workers' Educational Association).
There are many shopping centres and Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara are two of the biggest complexes. Quaint bookstores and cosy cafes also beckon. Numerous suburbs have a unique atmosphere and originality, like the East End, Darby Street (Cooks Hill) and The Junction area. Trendy and up-beat, but also relaxed and laid-back – not hectic like Sydney.
Home to the Newcastle Knights football team, there are many social and sporting clubs within the community. Newcastle has a wonderful theatre and Regional Art Gallery and the arts are enthusiastically supported.
– Ellis Ash