Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Region is the beachside city of Newcastle. Newcastle has a rich history, quirky arts culture and a thriving dining and shopping scene. Newcastle is a city that is always changing, a city with world class business, research and industry, and a city of hardworking genuine people.
There are few cities in the world beyond Newcastle that can say their city centre is surrounded by eight beaches. Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, and Bar Beach in particular are popular surfing and fishing locations, and are conveniently located close to the city centre.
Newcastle is the ideal place to catch some culture, with a cluster of galleries and boutiques along Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill. Watch a performance at the spectacularly-restored Art Deco Civic Theatre, which presents an amazing, diverse range of shows. Or visit Newcastle Art Gallery, one of Australia's leading regional galleries with a magnificent collection from local, national and international artists and a full schedule of impressive travelling exhibitions.
For a walk through Newcastle's history, tour Fort Scratchley Historic Site, with its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary. Overlooking Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, the Fortress has a long and interesting military history. Another famous historic site and a survivor of the Japanese submarine attack of WWII and the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, Christ Church Cathedral is a short car ride away. The city's 'Castle' boasts exquisite architecture, beautiful grounds and wide views of Newcastle harbour. Revisit Newcastle's convict past with a visit to the convict-hewn Bogey Hole, built around 1820 for the personal use of Commandant James T. Morriset. Located beneath a rocky prominence at the foot of King Edward Park, the Bogey Hole gets battered during heavy seas.
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