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Newcastle is the oldest seaport in Australia and sits at the mouth of the Hunter River. Newcastle Airport services the area, and flights from Sydney are said to be more scenic than convenient. Reaching the city by car or train takes about the same amount of time and also provides some nice views along the way.

The city of Newcastle is an ideal destination for lovers of surfing, bush walking, wine, and history. The largest surfing competition in Australia, Surfest, is held here annually and attracts surfers from around the world. Redhead Beach and Dudley Beach are both ideal for surfing, and Nobbys Beach caters to the kite surfer. Ocean baths are a common form of recreation and can be enjoyed at sites such as Merewether Ocean Baths or The Bogey Hole. Travelers looking to take in the more natural elements of Newcastle can visit the Hunter Wetlands Center or Blackbutt Reserve. In between excursions, a shopping trip can be had at Darby Street in Cooks Hill or at the Hunter Street Markets. Darby Street also offers a number of restaurants and cafes, and Beaumont Street in Hamilton is another popular dining destination. For views of the city, head to Queens Wharf Tower or the Christ Church Cathedral.

Be sure to check out the interactive map of Newcastle for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.