Located 160 kilometres north of Sydney in Awabakal country, Newcastle is the second most populous city in the state of New South Wales and a lively coastal hub.
The city boasts more than 30 public and commercial art galleries, including the centrepiece Newcastle Art Gallery. The city’s industrial past can be explored at the Newcastle Museum, the Newcastle Maritime Centre presents the region’s nautical heritage, while Fort Scratchley conserves its military legacy.
Darby Street, with alfresco cafés and restaurants, is the heart of the city’s music and performance scene. The city is renowned for its pristine beaches and the beauty of its coastline. Australia’s largest surfing festival, Surfest, showcases local talent on Merewether Beach. In 2017 the city hosted the inaugural Newcastle 500 Supercars event, attended by nearly 200,000 over three days of racing through the city’s East End streets.
Australia’s second oldest city is the gateway to the spectacular Hunter region, one of Australia’s most famous and economically important wine regions, featuring around 120 wineries. The
World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park is one of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests and the Goulburn River National Park contains more than 300 Aboriginal sites.
Home team Newcastle Jets compete in the W-League and A-League. A historic hub for the game, the strong Novocastrian football fan base has come out in large numbers for 2015 AFC Asian Cup and Matildas’ international matches, and the city also hosted the A-League Grand Final in 2018.