Newcastle is a coastal city with a laid back country attitude, the best of both worlds. It’s a great place if you like to surf because there are over 50 beaches in the Newcastle area and arguably some of the best beaches in Australia! It is the second oldest city in Australia that is located some 160 km (1 ½ hour drive or 3 hours by train) north of Sydney on the east coast of NSW
Newcastle sits at the mouth of the Hunter River which continues on to the Hunter Valley region famed on its wine, cheese and much more. Newcastle is the largest coal exporter in Australia and boasts the largest coal export harbour in the world.
If you spend a day or a week you’ll never get bored or disappointed, with endless beaches, a working harbour, excellent nightlife, great walking trails, cafe areas and much more.