Sydney’s glamorous appeal may never fade, however Newcastle has shed its former industrial skin, to become a serious contender in Australia’s best city stakes. It’s always had the beaches, close proximity to the Hunter Valley and historic charm. Now, the city boasts innovative infrastructure, cultural sophistication and the V8 Supercars. For many, the best thing is that it’s retained one thing many areas of Sydney lost long ago: it’s relaxing, laid-back beach vibe.
Here’s why everyone’s talking about Newcastle.
Natural beauty plays host to innovative infrastructure, arts, culture and booming industries, in Newcastle.
Investments in infrastructure
The city’s surging ahead in capturing a tourist industry that previously only had eyes for Sydney.
Population, job growth and investments in Newcastle have soared, with developments including a new light rail system and the University of Newcastle’s New Space city campus. It’s not stopping there though, with a new cruise ship terminal at Carrington due for completion at the end of 2018, putting the city on the international cruise map. Add to that the continued rejuvenation of the CBD and foreshore, and the city’s surging ahead in capturing a tourist industry that previously only had eyes for Sydney.
Many famous entertainers have called Newcastle home, including the internationally acclaimed band Silverchair, actor Yahoo Serious and the creator of the Tap Dogs, Dein Perry. This is a city where the arts and entertainment flourishes, with highlights such as innovative galleries and the historic Civic Theatre hosting a season filled with topnotch dance, drama, comedy and film. Novocastrians certainly don’t have to head to Sydney, to see a world-class show.
With harbour and beachside locations, it’s little wonder the dining scene has also exploded. Honeysuckle Wharf alone offers an array of chic restaurants and cafes with water views. Then, there’s ‘eat streets’ such as Beaumont in Hamilton and Darby in Cooks Hill, with alfresco cafes and lively pubs resting beside boutiques and galleries. Fresh produce is a top focus too, with the Hunter Street Organic Markets and the Newcastle Farmer’s Market.
Waterfront dining on the harbour is just one of the many lifestyle options in Newcastle.
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The revitalisation of Newcastle has focused on the upgrade of lifestyle benefits, such as extensive cycling paths and the Bathers Way coastal walk, to make the most of the spectacular coastline. The city has also attracted big name events, including the V8 Supercars.
Then, there’s the vineyards of the Hunter Valley just a short drive away, as well as charming Port Stephens. While there’s always plenty to do, Newcastle is a place where bus drivers happily chat to passengers, locals say “good morning” on the beach and the overall vibe is the very definition of easy-going, Aussie culture. Mix that with all the benefits of the ‘big smoke’ and maybe it’s time for Sydney to move over, and make way for a viable rival.