The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.
162 kilometres (101 mi) NNE of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009–10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013. Beyond the city, the Hunter Region possesses large coal deposits. Geologically, the area is located in the central-eastern part of the Sydney basin.
Perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches, Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a rich maritime history, vibrant arts culture, cool bars, acclaimed restaurants and accommodation options aplenty. Merewether Beach is also one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves and home to the international Surfest surfing competition held in February each year.
The emerging food scene in Newcastle is evident in the great restaurants, bars and outdoor cafés around the city. Sip cocktails at one of the many harbourside restaurants or bars at Honeysuckle or head to Beaumont Street in Hamilton to dine at outdoor mediterranean-style cafes. Darby Street, in Cooks Hill, is a bohemian strip with eclectic boutiques, bookshops and cafés just perfect for a late breakfast. Port Stephens is a 40-minute drive from Newcastle. As well as beautiful waterways, Port Stephens is a great place to see dolphins in the wild and take a whale-watching cruise. Meanwhile, if you fancy a trip to a Hunter Valley vineyards, it’s only an hours’ drive from Newcastle.
In its thousand years of history Newcastle (properly known as Newcastle-upon-Tyne) has grown from a defensive fort on Hadrian’s wall, to one of the most influential cities in industry. Today, Newcastle has become a world leader in culture. Recently Newcastle has had one of the fastest growing tourist industries in the world. It is for this reason that we have created this site, to help anyone planning a trip to Newcastle to have the best time possible.
The opportunities for having a great night out in Newcastle are arguably the best in the country so for those interested in Newcastle for its famed nightlife, we have comprehensive listings of all the entertainment attractions Newcastle has to offer. Newcastle has an excellent selection of pubs and clubs in which to spend time and have fun. The Geordie hospitality is unmatched and with Newcastle’s large student population the pubs and clubs are of excellent quality to ensure a fun night out for all.
If it’s Newcastle’s history and heritage that you are most interested in, then we have exactly what you need, whether you want to explore the city’s history, visit one of the many historic castles in the surrounding area, or plan on visiting any of the numerous museums dedicated to one of the many industries that Newcastle fostered. All the Newcastle tourist information you require to plan your perfect Newcastle trip is here on this site.