Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales, and the seventh largest in Australia. As a perfectly located city, looking out to the Tasman sea, it is convenient for professionals, families, and beach lovers alike.
Newcastle is a city that’s full of history. It began to flourish and grow during the 19th century, when it was established as a coal mining town. Its history is routed in the mining industry; it was even named after another famous coal port: Newcastle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.
As Australia’s oldest port, Newcastle has kept the industrial spirit of the city alive for years, playing a key role in general cargo trades, and coal exportation.
During the later half of the 20th century, the city started to become less industrial, and more residential and business orientated. Newcastle started to become the cultural and economic hub, as we know it as today, in the 1980s.
The range of different properties and styles that line Newcastle’s streets reflect its rich history. With a mixture of Victorian terrace housing and modern apartments, every decade seems to have left its mark on the city.
There are several schools and educational institutions in Newcastle, so it’s a convenient location for those with school age children, or those returning to education.
Both Newcastle Grammar School and Newcastle East Public School cater to primary aged children, and are easy to reach from the city centre.
For secondary education, again there’s Newcastle Grammar School, but also Alesco Learning Centre.
There’s also Newcastle School, which specialises in creating learning environments for those with significant disabilities. So there really is something for everyone in the city, when it comes to education.
Being a large city, Newcastle has excellent transport links. Whether you plan on traveling by car, train, bus or ferry, the city is well connected.
Sydney is easy to reach, the journey taking around three hours by train. By car it’s even easier and quicker, as the city is well served by the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway, or the Pacific Motorway as it is otherwise known.
Newcastle is also well connected to surrounding suburbs with several buses operating regularly. Newcastle Buses run from Newcastle to most surrounding suburbs, and private bus operators connect any other suburbs to the city.
As for trains, Newcastle’s railroads have been well used throughout the last century, playing an important role in the transportation of coal. Now though, the Newcastle and North Coast railway lines are used by residents and visitors, and connect the city to several other towns and cities.
As if the city wasn’t already spoilt for choice of transport, there’s also the option to travel by ferry or by plane. The airport is only 15km away from the city centre.
As a city with a lot to offer, Newcastle has a fairly broad demographic. The average age range in 2017 is 20-39 years old, with more single professionals than families – families only make up 34% of Newcastle’s population.
There are also more renters in the city than homeowners, with renters making up 56% of those living in the city.
The city also attracts many from overseas, so you can expect to find people from all over the world living in Newcastle – there are many residents from the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and the U.S.A, as well as those from Australia.
With such a diverse demographic, and range of facilities and transport links that Newcastle has to offer, it caters to a lot of different lifestyles.
For those looking to kick back and enjoy life, there are beautiful beaches nearby, and plenty of water sport opportunities for the more adventurous. With access to both the Tasman Sea, and the Hunter River, Newcastle is spoiled for choice when it comes to water activities.
But for those more focused on business, there are plenty of work opportunities in Newcastle, and even more opportunities if you’re willing to commute to Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Newcastle is the perfect place to be if you want to have the world of business at your fingertips. You’ll find opportunities everywhere, and even if they’re a little further out, you’ll have no problem navigating Newcastle’s transport systems.
The city has plenty to see and do outside of work hours as well, so living in Newcastle comes with the perfect balance between work and leisure. There are beaches to see and relax on, sights to see, nature to take in, and museums and galleries to visit.
This also makes it a great location for an active family lifestyle. There are plenty of options when it comes to schools, and even more options for day trips to keep the kids amused.
So from the very young to the very old, Newcastle has plenty to offer everyone and every lifestyle.