Newcastle is a harbour city built on the Hunter river, stand on the foreshore and watch the massive ships come and go, excellent fishing and surf beaches, with protected tidal swimming pools as well as surfing, hang gliding, beautiful parks and gardens.
Museums one has a working coal-face mock up, experience life in a coal mine. lots to see and do The beautiful Civic Theatre shows restaurants and eateries abound.The best kept secret in NSW
Newcastle is wonderful and one the most beautiful Australian cities. The beaches and beach baths are fantastic and especially Merewether Ocean baths which is a must.
Spring (September - November) brings the Matara Festival, in the first week of October, generally. There is much to see and do, and spring brings life to the city.
Central and suburban Newcastle is thriving again after the city lost significant heavy industry (and jobs) some years ago. Redevloment of those areas is well under way. There are some decisions ahead about other industrial developments.
Tex's Wine Tours are inexpensive and well run. The Historic Museum in the old railway workshops near Queens Wharf are very good for mining and scientific interest
Industrial town which has transformed since the earthquake in 1989. Unfortunately it's still a working class town with working class attitude and ignorance.
The city centre is dead with only nightlife to revive it. It has some beautiful beaches and reserves. Beaumont street is alive and cosmopolitan in feel. the rest of the city appears to have come to a standstill in time. The only thing that appears to have progressed is building and redevelopment.
I travelled to Newcastle for a family birthday celebration. As my sister lives there, I have spent a little time visiting over the last few years.
Some highlights of this trip were a visit to the baths at Merewether Beach, where the surfclub serves a delicious breakfast and good coffee,while we enjoyed our dinner at Seasalt, in the Crown Plaza, we watched the busy tug boats moving an enormous cargo ship into place, from one side to the other, so it could take on it's load. Pilots were being flown out to waiting vessels off shore and plenty of pleasure seekers enjoyed the promenade along the harbour foreshore.
lots of restaurants along the river, watch tug boats bring huge ships right in front of you. Visit to Fort Scratchly interesting.
take a ferry ride across the river, have lunch at the pub in Stockton. Great beach drive along the cliffs, count the ships waiting to enter the harbour. Have breakfast at Nobbys beach and walk out to the lighthouse. Have a swim in some very nice ocean baths. Easy drives to the Wineries and Nelson Bay from here. Take your teenagers shopping on Darby street.
I am a bit biased as it is my home town. It has changed alot from 'dirty old town' to trendy and increasingly expensive.
Newcastle has two main food area's- beaumont st and darby st- beaumont st has always been the multicultural centre of a city that was traditionally very anglo-saxon, though this is changing which is great. Darby st is trendy and has always been up market but has good food and coffee. For a more authentic taste of newcastle, a visit out to wallsend is worthwhile. The beaches are a big highlight, nobby's has calmer surf and attracts young families, whilst newcastle beach can get bigger surf and is popular with teens and surfers. A walk out on the convict built nobby's breakwall is a must. Other places worth a visit are blackbutt reserve, stockton and the hunter valley.
Great dining strips at: Beaumont St, Hamilton, and Darby St, Newcastle city. Nobby's Head is a great place for walking.
Awesome beaches. Newcastle is surrounded by lots of beautiful beaches, some good for surfing, other good for family.
Newcastle is good if you have friends there. There are some really wonderful and interesting people who live there.
But the city is depressed, depressing, and just plain boring. The CBD is showing some signs of possible recovery, but the restaurants, cafes, and entertainment is very poor. There seems very little to do. The best aspect is that Newcastsle is not far from the Popkolbin vineyards, which are superb.
Newcastle is an interesting city in transition from being a busy industrial city to a more cosmopolitan centre.
It has a very good art gallery which during our stay had a Brett Whitely exhibition as well as a small Bill Henson & Margaret Olley exhibition--all free of charge! There are a number of interesting reataurants and Darby Street has a plethora of cafes and a number of interesting shops. The city adjopins a beautiful coastline and interesting harbour with relics of it's industrial history.
Beautiful beaches with plenty of sight seeing. Newcastles city is stylish with buiding with great character
I haven't been to Newcastle for a long time since the smelly smoggy days of BHP but my what a difference.
It has a real buzz and vibe and lots of young people and tourists around. I can't wait to go again.