The coastal City of Newcastle is situated in the Hunter Region approximately 160kms north of Sydney and is home to stunning beaches, gorgeous shorelines and heritage ocean baths. It is the economic core of the Hunter Region and is renowned as being one of the biggest exporting ports of coal in the world. Newcastle (or Muloobinba) is rich in history and lays claim to a proud heritage acknowledging Awabakal and Worimi peoples as traditional custodians of the land.
Newcastle is a popular destination for holiday-makers with its world famous surf beaches, picturesque walking trails, lively markets and its flourishing arts and entertainment scene.
Newcastle waterfront picture courtesy of Geoff Whalan
Newcastle offers an eclectic mix of industrial, heritage and contemporary in its cafes, bars and restaurants creating a bustling and vibrant atmosphere which leaves you asking where to next?
Newcastle boasts an array of festivals and cultural events such as the annual Surfest which origins date back to 1985 and became one of Australia’s longest running surfing festivals drawing the worlds best surfers to our shores. Avid music lovers eagerly await August for the annual Jazz Festival.
For those who enjoy their sport join the Newcastle locals (or Novocastrians as they are warmly known) at McDonald Jones Stadium as they support their resident premier league home team Newcastle Knights.
There are many options available to get to Newcastle and with only two main roads that head into Newcastle navigating with the car is fairly simple. Planes are another option for travellers who want to lay back and relax and cut down on travel time.
Fun facts and trivia about Newcastle
- There are 6 beaches all in a 5 minute radius from Newcastle CBD.
- It is home to the largest coal export port in the world.
- Newcastle holds the title for the largest ocean baths and the largest moving coastal sand mass in the Sothern Hemisphere, respectively Merewether Baths and Stockton Beach.
- In 2005, Ralph Magazine voted Fanny’s Nightclub the easiest place to pick up!
Stockton beach Sand Dunes picture courtesy of Denlv
Weather in Newcastle
Newcastle is noted as being an extremely popular region for holiday makers due to the sultry subtropical climate that is symbolic to the Australian east coast. Winters are short-lived and the average temperatures rarely drop below 4C. The warmest months are between November and March with average daily temperatures of 25C or over. The average UV index during these months is moderate to high so the use of sun protection is highly advised.
Summer: December - Feb
Autumn: March – May
Winter: June – August
Spring: September – November
Newcastle’s booming economy and thriving property market continue to support its status as one of Australia’s pivotal business locations. It maintains its reputation for being an active contemporary city offering easy access to transport, education and health care earning its place in 2011 as one of the best 10 places to visit in the world as voted by Lonely Planet. Located along a dazzling shoreline and surrounded by lush scenic routes it offers the benefits of high city living with the friendliness of a small country town. Who wouldn’t love to take a swim or surf during their lunch break in one of the six stunning beaches located within five minutes of the office?
Newcastle boasts affordability in residential living 30% less than that of Sydney and 50% in industrial land. Even though it is still well known as the “steel city” due to its production and export of coal there is a substantial growth in industries in the service sector. The port of Newcastle is the world’s prominent coal export port attributing 90% of shipping to coal and is the centre for Newcastle’s economy and trade.
Cooks Hill, Merewether and New Lambton are all located within three to four kilometres of the CBD and boast an array of commercial businesses among a dynamic multicultural line up of food, retail and art and recreation facilities. Public transport is easily accessible with buses and trains the main mode of transport.
Removalists in Newcastle
Moving can be tiring and stressful at the best of times and searching for removalists who are both professional with reasonable rates can further exacerbate the experience. Being in the industry we have a provided a list below of a number of professionals in the Newcastle area:
The White Van Man Company
Doug Kirk Removals
Moving your business to Newcastle
Newcastle is well recognised locally and internationally as a city that is adapting to the evolving changes in technology and the demands of consumers. The Hunter Region has support networks that offer workshops, training and business advisory services to all types of businesses macro or micro. For additional information and links to support programs see:
New Hunter business
Top Community Services in Newcastle
There is a wide range of community services in Newcastle offering support and services to adults and families in regards to jobs, housing and accommodation, ageing and disability, youth and child care, domestic violence, family assistance and general information and advice for residents. For a comprehensive list of not for profit and Government departments go to:
The City of Newcastle Community Directory
Newcastle Temporary Care
The Hunter region is comprised of 300 schools public and private, which caters for early childhood, primary and high school students and has a longstanding academic record of achievement. Tertiary education is available at TAFE NSW, Hunter Institute of Technology, The University of Newcastle, Conservatorium of Music and WEA Hunter – Adult Education. For a comprehensive list of schools and educational offerings check out the following links:
NSW Department of Education
The University of Newcastle
Public transport, buses, ferries and trains and taxis:
Tin City Stockton Beach Anna Bay picture courtesy of Ben Knight
I Work For NSW
The Newcastle Herald
NBN News Newcastle