Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest city and Australia’s largest non-capital city. It is the birthplace and home of some of Australia’s best known sporting, entertainment and cultural personalities. Newcastle has a rich Indigenous heritage with a unique colonial history; the city is enveloped by kilometres of magnificent beaches, cycle ways and natural landscapes that are magnificent to explore.
The city offers a variety of entertainment and dining precincts offering a wide range of local and international cuisines. Newcastle hosts numerous national and international sporting events each year and attracts many of the world’s leading entertainers as well as being a crucible for local talent. The live music, theatre and comedy scene in Newcastle is well renowned.
Each year, Newcastle hosts the famous This Is Not Art and Surfest festivals. The famous wineries, restaurants and luxury resorts of the Hunter Valley region are close by and a vibrant weekend market culture exists in Newcastle for people to source handmade clothing and homewares from local designers and artisans, along with fresh produce from local farmers. Shopping in Newcastle is excellent with many local, national and international designer stores and brands located within easy reach, along with major department stores, movie theatres and shopping centres.