Google Earth time lapse shows a changing Newcastle over 30 years

2017 was the year of great changes for Newcastle.

From light rail construction to the first Newcastle 500 supercars race, the city centre has seen a many changes.

How times have changed Newcastle from 1985 to 2016

New real estate ventures were a hot topic in 2017, with luxury properties like new Lume apartments on Honeysuckle, which sold out in just five days in October.

More than $150 million is believed to have been splashed in less than a week on the latest harbourside development.

The “ground-breaking” sell-out came in the same week a proposed three-bedroom penthouse in the East End sold for an incredible $2.7 million.

The price tag was eclipsed in November, though, when another penthouse apartment in the new East End development sold for a whopping $6 million.

Canberra-base Doma Group is behind a Newcastle building spree expected to commence in 2018 with several new residential buildings scattered around the city.

A view of Honeysuckle and the Newcastle waterfront over 30 years

The new year is shaping up to see just as many changes, as projects crop up across the city centre.

Work on stage one of the Hunter Street Mall redevelopment will start early next year after the project won approval in December. 

The first stage of the “East End” development includes 228 apartments, many of which have sold off the plan, spread over four towers. 

The historic Newcastle Station will also have a new lease of life in 2018 after Renew Newcastle won an 18 month lease in December to undertake its community space project dubbed Platform4.

Meanwhile, infrastructure works around the city will continue in 2018.

A development application was submitted in September for a new high-rise school to be built in Newcastle West End.

Meanwhile, works on the city’s light rail were ongoing towards the end of the year after the project commenced on Hunter Street in September. The project past a milestone in December when the 12 kilometres of straight and curved rail arrived in the Port of Newcastle from Austria.

The city has seen great change in the past year, and even greater over the past three decades shown in these images captured by Google Earth.

The time lapse images show snapshots of the Newcastle CBD captured annually from December 1985 to December 2016.

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