Getting to Know Newcastle
Newcastle is the second largest city in the state of New South Wales and the largest regional economy in Australia (larger than Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory).
With over 540,000 inhabitants, it is smaller than most capital cities in Australia but larger than world cities such as Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool, Sacramento and Quebec City. It is the de facto capital of the Hunter Region of New South Wales, home to the oldest wineries in the country. The city has gone through a large amount of urban renewal in recent years and boasts a revitalised city centre with many new buildings and a new light rail tram network (pictured).
You’ll attend a world-recognised institution only moments from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A rising smart city, Newcastle is famous for its relaxed, coastal lifestyle. A creative hub, it’s also known for its thriving restaurant and bars scene, dining and arts culture, museums and three coastal baths. The University of Newcastle is located on the sunny east coast of Australia. Our two Newcastle campuses – Callaghan and the City campus – are just two hours north of Sydney. They’re also only a short day-trip from the Hunter Valley vineyards and the stunning natural beauty of Port Stephens, Barrington Tops National Park and Lake Macquarie.
Things to Do
Stretching to the top of Newcastle’s peninsula,discover kilometres of clean, white-sand beaches where students and locals relax, swim, surf and explore – including global surfing destination Merewether Beach.
2. Stockton Sand Dunes
They are the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, so think of them as the desert by the sea. Race over the dunes on a quad bike or go on a sandboarding tour – it’s an essential adventure.
3. Top Locations
Newcastle is an easy day trip away from the stunning natural beauty of Port Stephens,Barrington Tops National Park, Lake Macquarie and the world-famous vineyards of the Hunter Valley.
4. Getting Around
Newcastle is easily accessible by air, rail, boat and interstate or local coach services. The city offers a range of public transport services, cycle ways and walking tracks.
5. Darby Street
A favourite with the locals, Darby Street is a colourful blend of great cafes,boutique stores, art exhibitions and over 30 bars and restaurants.