Cooks Hill has its origins in coal mining and was once home to the working class but these days it is known as the city’s cultural precinct and residence in the suburb is highly sought after.

If you want arts, culture and good coffee then Cooks Hill is where you will find it.

Located just a kilometre south of the CBD and within walking distances of Newcastle’s finest beaches, Cooks Hill also offers the city’s main eat street, Darby Street. 

The suburb rapidly gentrified after the earthquake in 1989 to become one of Newcastle’s most desirable postcodes. 

The average age is 32 and it has nearly double the proportion of professionals as the NSW average. 


Cooks Hill is renowned for its charming Victorian terraces and wide, tree-lined streets. 

Darby Street is populated by some of the city’s best cafes, along with small bars and trendy boutiques. In the back streets, corner pubs remain popular with locals, including the Commonwealth, Oriental and Cricketer’s Arms. 

The suburb is home to several art galleries, including the council’s flagship gallery on Laman Street. It also boasts some of the city’s best known parks – Civic, Centennial and the National Park sporting precinct.  


Cooks Hill is diverse in character, with its level, leafy streetscapes home to charming architecture, historic churches, the Newcastle Art Gallery and Library.

It has seen a 42 per cent increase in housing prices over the past three years, according to CoreLogic data, with the median suburb price rising to $1.1 million in October 2017.

Our agent Kate Rundle is a local resident to the area and knows all the benefits on offer. 

- Presented by Walkom Real Estate’s Scott Walkom