Newcastle is bound by a harbour and glorious beaches, but its population of just under 300,000 makes it a quieter option for a weekend getaway or holiday. Australia’s second oldest city, "Newie" as it is affectionately known, is just a two hour drive north from Sydney in the eastern state of New South Wales. Like Sydney, Once home to the largest coal shipping harbour in the world, Newcastle today is a thriving metropolis with cool cafés and beautiful beaches. Great Lakes Barrington Tops Port Stephens Maitland Lake Macquarie Hunter Valley Wine Country Newcastle Daily flights to Newcastle from Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ballina/Byron Bay, Canberra, Sydney and more with connecting international flights. All within an hour's drive, Newcastle is ideally located to access amazing beaches in Newcastle and Port Stephens; world-class wineries in the Hunter Valley; a world-heritage listed rainforest, Barrington Tops; Australia's largest salt water lake, Lake Macquarie; and some of the world's most famous horse studs in the Upper Hunter.
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