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Located two hours north of Sydney at the mouth of the Hunter River and surrounded by pristine beaches, Newcastle has a long heritage as an industrial and harbour city but is in the midst of a revitalisation period making it an exciting time for Novocastrians.

Steeped in Australian history with links to our convict past, the city is defined by landmarks such as Christ Church Cathedral and Fort Scratchley as well as natural assets like Nobbys headland and King Edward Park.

Newcastle has shed its “steel city” tag since the closure of the BHP steelworks nearly two decades ago and is now more considered a service-based economy centred on tourism, education services and rising residential prices.

LIFESTYLE

People who live in Newcastle have always known about the relaxed, care-free, beach lifestyle on offer but the secret is finally out.

It made Lonely Planet’s top-10 cities in recent years and a luxury cruise terminal and airport which will soon have international flights coupled with the booming redevelopment of Hunter Street and beyond makes it a sought-after and accessible destination for many.​

FROM THE EXPERTS

Newcastle is going through one its best times in its history. Its location on the beach, harbour, lake and its proximity to Sydney provides a great lifestyle for residence. 

Infrastructure projects such as the Urban Revitalisation Project ($460million), including the Light Rail Project, the Wickham transport terminal, highway upgrades throughout the Hunter region, the Newcastle Airport expansion and the University of Newcastle’s inner city campus makes Newcastle a great property market to invest in.

- Presented by Scott Walkom, Walkom Real Estate Newcastle Principal and Director