Set on a breathtaking stretch of Australia’s Pacific Ocean coastline, Newcastle is the only city in Australia where the central business district is positioned simultaneously on the beach and the harbour waterfront. The port entrance is home to Nobby’s Lighthouse and the Breakwater—both iconic imagery of Newcastle.
Newcastle is the second eldest city in Australia and is a gateway to the wine region of Hunter Valley. Known for its coal mining, rich history, and beautiful beaches, it is no wonder that its 450,000 residents are proud to call Newcastle home. Combined with a low cost of living and a favourable climate, Newcastle represents a relaxed and welcoming lifestyle.
- Coastal city (lots and lots of coastline to explore!)
- 2 hours north of Sydney
- Great restaurants and cafés
The city is about a three-hour train ride north of Sydney. You can navigate from the campus to the city centre by train or bus, which takes approximately 15 minutes (train) to 40 minutes (bus).
In general, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are short and cool, and it is mostly clear year round.
Spring (September – November) 10°C to 25°C
Summer (December – February) 19°C to 25°C
Fall (March – May) 13°C to 23°C
Winter (June – August) 9°C to 17°C
Getting Around Newcastle
Getting around Newcastle is a cinch with public transport as they have buses, a light rail and ferries. You will need to purchase an Opal Card to use the public transport. Newcastle is also a great location for cycling and would be a great location for buying a bicycle.
The university campus is also well serviced by train/subway and buses. It is also a great city for walking and cycling. Learn more about transportation in Newcastle.
What to see and do in Newcastle?
So what do OzTREKK students say?
So far Noosa Heads has been my favourite.
Try to find travel buddies and get away on the weekends!
Visit Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast.
For sure check out the beaches. There are so many beaches around this area that are very nice. I would also suggest the Hunter Valley for their wine tours.
Newy is very well known for its surfing. Take the time to hit up Nobbys or Bar Beach.
Check out our blog featuring three University of Newcastle law students… who had the time of their lives while studying in Australia!
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- Dip into an ocean pool at Mereweather Ocean Pools
- Learn to surf on one of Newcastle’s eight beauty beaches
- Snap a timeless picture at Bogey Hole
- Visit Blackbutt Reserve for some animal sightings
- History buffs can learn the city’s story at the Newcastle Museum
- Walk the Bathers Way to explore the exciting coastline
- Take a boat tour or ferry ride for a true coastal experience
- Head to Honeysuckle for a pub crawl and bike ride in one
- Invite your new mates to The Grain Store and sample some Aussie beer
- Go winetasting in the Hunter Valley