Newcastle is the major city of the Hunter Region. The city was born in 1797 where the Hunter River meets the sea, and is the site of the second European settlement in Australia. A city rich in history, a visit to Newcastle provides countless opportunities to uncover Australia’s convict past. Take a dip in the Bogey Hole, which was cut into ocean rocks by convict labour in 1819. You will realise the convicts amazing achievement when you see the waves crashing into the pool.
Perched high above Newcastle Harbour is Fort Scratchley. This was constructed during the Crimean War to protect the city from invasion. In 1942, at the height of World War II, the fort returned fire at a Japanese submarine shelling BHP (Australia’s biggest mining company), the only fort in Australia to have engaged the enemy in a maritime attack.
Newcastle reaches out to the sea, creating Australia’s only city centre bounded by pristine beaches and an active working harbour. From its intriguing 200 year story has arisen a dynamic city of contrasts.
Discover a port city in transition and delight in a mixture of the raw and refined. Working wharves are becoming places of play; the city hums with a vibrant arts culture and an emerging food scene is evident.
Take a walk down the Main Street, Hunter Street to get a feel for the city. Eat out in Beaumont Street or grab a beer at The Brewery or Fannys along Warf Road night club strip.
The Beaches such as Nobbies or Merewether are world class, the pace of Newcastle is relaxed and the friendly locals are proud of their city.
Newcastle is also the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region. A trip to the vineyards is an easy day trip and an excellent experience for wine lovers or those who would like a great day out.