We’re in Newy, having a beer at the Washy in Stocko. It doesn’t take long to get some local lingo down pat in this easy going city that’s garnered my vote as the most underrated place I’ve visited. Newcastle (pop’n 167,000) well and truly flies under the radar and I kick myself that on previous trips, I’ve only ever skirted around the edge, enroute elsewhere.
What I expected was a city heavy on industry (after all this was BHPs coal and steel works nerve centre), and light on interesting sights for tourists. What I got was a city that’s steeped in history, embedded in classic architecture, parading its beaches, pubs, cafes and restaurants in never ending style. Newcastle’s courtship with coal hasn’t lessened, but the ground has certainly shifted.
After four days and ten times that number of kms walking and soaking up this very liveable city, I get why people gravitate here and end up staying. Here’s my Newy photo gallery.
Found a great river
Found these beaches
Found these buildings
Found Darby Street with its mix of cafes and shops.
Found Scratchley Fort, built in 1882 to address security concerns from USA, Russia and European powers. Today, the fort is a treasure trove of great information with the added bonus of stunning views over Nobbies Beach.
Found these houses
Found a couple of good friends, had a lovely dinner and some excellent Hunter Valley wines. Hunter vineyards are just 50 mins away.
Found a great caravan park called NRMA Stockton. Stockton is a two minute ferry ride from Newcastle centre. It’s a suburb worth wandering for its cute houses, three pubs and popular playground for kids.
Found out that Newcastle suits us to a tee, so will be back!!!!