Formerly renowned as the industrial “steel city”, Newcastle has transformed itself into a feisty and vibrant urban centre, with a burgeoning cultural scene of food and wine, art and theatre.

And with a stunning stretch of surf beaches on hand close to the city centre, it’s become a popular destination for holidaymakers of all kinds.

Graced with a strong sense of history and civic pride, evident in the grandeur of buildings like the main railway station, it is also accommodates the funky and new.

A precinct like Darby Street bursts with boutique shopping, bars and pubs while Beaumont Street in Hamilton is the perfect spot to indulge in some café culture.

You can still find the city’s roots easily however, taking a stroll to a place like the Fort Scratchley Historic Site or visiting the convict-built ocean rock pool of Bogey Hole at Newcastle Beach.

Also the gateway to the Hunter Wine Region and the seaside paradise of Port Stephens, Newcastle is fantastic holiday destination.

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