mewether sunrise small.jpg​Living in Newcastle                                                                                        

Newcastle is a renowned surf city with six golden-sand beaches within walking distance of the city centre.

Located two hours north of Sydney, the city also boasts a burgeoning cultural and artisan scene and is rapidly emerging as a smart city brimming with opportunities.

Life here is free of the stresses of big city living.

City-wide and coastal revitalisation works, such as the landmark Bathers Way, are bolstering a residential boom, and will help precipitate two major tourism developments: international flights at Newcastle Airport and more frequent passenger liner calls to a future cruise terminal.


Those living in the Newcastle city council area can enjoy a commute of an average of 9km to work and most entertainment and recreation activities are within 7km. Local roads experience very little traffic compared to major cities with peak times of less than an hour.


Information kindly contributed by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes

Newcastle City Council and

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The median home purchase price is now $580,000, and the median weekly rent is $395. Compared to Sydney with median house price of $880,000 and weekly rent being around $700.

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Overall cost of living is 23% cheaper in Newcastle than Sydney.

Dollar for dollar comparison means that to maintain an equal cost of living you would need $12000 for Sydney opposed to $9240 for Newcastle.


Doctors have access to two world leading Universities for those wishing to continue their higher learning.  Both the University of Newcastle and the University of New England offer an extensive range of courses and continued education. Leading Sydney universities are only 2 hours away.

Families can also access Primary and Secondary schools that are among New South Wales’ top schools. HSC results for schools in the Hunter New England Area (public and private schools) rank in the top 150 schools for results each year. Source:


Photograph: Merewether Ocean Baths, © Dr. Cat Lacaille