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Newcastle and the Hunter

Beach days, harbour sights, city nights

The Hunter is a great place to live and work. With Australia's largest regional population it has the benefits of a big city with the ease and friendliness of a country town. The Hunter offers a great environment, a multitude of heritage sites and a comprehensive calendar of cultural events.

Enjoy the best of gourmet living: Meander through the diverse dining and entertainment precincts in Newcastle, including Honeysuckle waterfront. Sip cocktails at a vibrant harbour side restaurant; dine in cosmopolitan Beaumont Street; check out the live music at one of our many local pubs and finish up with late night coffee at funky inner city Darby Street.

Newcastle is known for its spectacular coastline and pristine waterways.  Swim in the Art Deco Newcastle Ocean Baths (opened in 1922), or surf at one of Newcastle's six beaches. Just 45 minutes from Newcastle is Port Stephens, a beautiful blue bay resort area.  Lake Macquarie - a lake twice the size of Sydney Harbour – offers the perfect place for sailing, swimming and fishing.

Exploring the harbour foreshore from Honeysuckle to Nobbys is the quintessential Newcastle experience. The Foreshore Park provides an excellent vantage point to view one of Australia's busiest ports in action.

As a centre for manufacturing, mining, retail, health, tourism education, environmental services, information technology, call centres, finance and insurance, the Hunter offers real employment choices.

For the children there is a wide choice of public and private schools as well as child-minding centres. The University of Newcastle is regarded as one of Australia's best, known worldwide for its schools of Medicine, Nursing, Engineering and Architecture. There is also a highly regarded TAFE with 16 campuses.

Enjoy living with lake or ocean side views, in new suburban estates, on small or large rural properties, mountain cabins or inner city terrace and apartment living at affordable prices.
The Hunter is so close to everything that counts. Less than two hours drive from Sydney or 30 minutes by air.  Within an hours' drive you can reach the world renowned Hunter Valley wineries or the magnificent mountain scenery of the Barrington Tops. It also offers easy access to NSW's holiday coast, the scenic Central Coast and has direct flights to most Australian capital cities.

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