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While the Newcastle of today is a vibrant city with an upbeat lifestyle and an impressive cityscape, it used to be the biggest penal settlement outside Sydney. There was possibly not a more notorious place of punishment in the whole of Australia than Limeburners’ Bay, located on the inner side of the Stockton peninsula, where convicts were sent to burn oyster shells. Much has changed since the early 19th century, and Newcastle has become the second largest city in New South Wales. It is an elegant and attractive destination full of historic buildings and interesting nature. Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, Newcastle is one of the busiest coal export ports in the world, but it is also known as the 'gateway to the Hunter Valley’ wine region. A visit to this region is a must. Your taste-buds will love the local wine, chocolate and cheese. The city’s beaches, along the Tasman Sea, offer plenty of surfing opportunities, ocean baths and adrenaline-kicking activities, while the harbour side developments and the city centre are great for shopping, dining and clubbing in scenic surroundings.
Surrounded by the beautiful Australian nature, Newcastle offers plenty of things to do and see. Enjoy water sports, relax on the beach or go for a sightseeing tour in the city. You will definitely not run out of activities in Newcastle.
Newcastle has a multicultural mix of restaurants concentrated on Darby and Beaumont streets, as well as on Wharf Road. Everything from Italian to Japanese, Greek or Lebanese can be found there. Smaller eateries are particularly lively on Friday and Saturday nights. Seafood is the city’s specialty as is the accompanying wine from the Hunter Valley region.
Ideally located on the middle of the Australian east coast, Newcastle can offer both city life and beach life. Whether you want to enjoy an iced coffee on the beach, or someplace to rest your legs when exploring the city, Newcastle has a lot to offer for everyone craving for a treat.
Newcastle has a thriving live music scene and the city’s university adds a lot to the nightlife as well. There are plenty of bars to explore where to sip a cocktail or two before heading to a nightclub. If you fancy dancing the night away to the wee hours, Newcastle has quite a few clubs to satisfy everyone’s taste.
Newcastle city centre has many different shopping precincts, each with an individual character. Next to a number of shopping malls in the city centre (such as Marktown) you get fashion streets and second hand shops en masse. Head over to Hunter Street for some classy dresses, visit the Olive Tree market for handmade crafts or indulge yourself in street food at Adamstown. Newcastle is a paradise for the modern hipster and unassuming local buyer alike.
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