A small, inner-city suburb of Newcastle located 2.8 km (1.7 mi) southwest of Newcastle’s central business district, the suburb was originally part of Merewether. This history is reflected in the names of some of the suburb’s establishments, which was gazetted as a suburb on 17 May 1991. At the 2016 census The Junction had a population of around 1,000.
The Junction is bounded by Jenner Parade, Kemp Street and Parkway Avenue in the north, Darby Street in the east, Bar Beach Avenue, Watkins Street, Patrick Street, Union Street and Railway Street in the south, and Ravenshaw Street in the west.
Sport and Recreation: The Junction, Newcastle
The Junction is conveniently located to the Coast with close proximity to several beaches.
Merewether Beach and Merewether Ocean Baths, Dixon Park Beach and Bar Beach (Cooks Hill SLSC) all within 4 km.
Merewether Golf Club – King St Adamstown, (4.7km, 10 mins)
Parks/Sporting Grounds: The Junction, Newcastle
Residents of The Junction have access to Rowlands Park, a grassy area adjacent to the main thoroughfare into the suburb (Glebe Road). However, numerous Parks and Playgrounds with a range of facilities like BBQs, Swings, Picnic Tables and Climbing Nets are located in Neighbouring Merewether and Bar Beach.
Gibbs Bros Oval, Rowan Crescent, Merewether 2291; Features: Rugby Union Field, Touch Field
Myamblah Crescent Oval, 21 Myamblah Crescent, Merewether 2291; Features: Football (Soccer) Field, Cricket Field (Synthetic Wicket), Cricket Nets
Empire Park – situated in the neighbouring suburb of Bar Beach on Memorial Drive – offers a range of facilities like Bat Ball courts, children’s playground, a Multi-use sports oval and the Bar Beach Skate Park.
National Park – Union Street, Newcastle West – offers a playground and picnic tables but is a regional sporting facility catering for sports including soccer and frisbee, is adjacent to National Park Netball Courts, No 1 Sportsground (AFL, Soccer, Tennis and Cricket), No 2 Sportsground (Rugby League and Rugby Union), Croquet and an Athletics track.
Swimming Centre – Arnold’s Swim Centre: Kemp St; Indoor swimming pool for learn to swim classes for all ages, and swimming squad training with state and national champions and Olympians in its alumni.
Shopping: The Junction, Newcastle
Residents of The Junction have several large shopping centres as well as suburban shopping strips to choose from.
Locally, The Junction Fair, Union Street, a small shopping centre that has recently undergone a revival with several new shops opening including; a major supermarket and liquor outlet, retail services, Fresh food, Takeaway, cafes, Fashion, Health and Beauty and a Gym. Around the corner in Kenrick street, The Junction Village includes fashion retailers and health and beauty services and Australia Post.
Union St, Glebe Rd and Kenrick St are also home to a variety of cafes and restaurants catering to a variety of Cuisines, including The Junction Hotel.
Llewellyn Street, Merewether, hosts a number of community businesses along its stretch including: Supermarket, Chemist, liquor shop, doctor’s surgery, Post Office.
Ridge Street, Merewether – Bakery, Chemist, Newsagent.
Large Suburban Shopping Centres are located at Newcastle West (Marketown – 1.5km 5 mins);
Westfield Kotara (6.4km – 13 mins); Charlestown Square (7.7km – 16 mins);
Nearby Suburban shopping and Cafe strips include Darby St (1.5km – 3 mins).
Entertainment: The Junction, Newcastle
There are numerous bars and restaurants in The Junction and the Neighbouring suburbs, Merewether and Cooks Hill.
Pubs: The Junction, Newcastle
– Junction Hotel, Corlette St The Junction; Restaurant and Bar, Accommodation.
– Prince of Wales Hotel, Morgan St Merewether; Bar, Gambling area and restaurant
– Burwood Hotel, 77 Berner St, Merewether; restaurant, front bar (TAB), lounge bar and courtyard, caters for functions, Accommodation.
– The Beaches Hotel, Frederick St Merewether; includes a Pool table, Gambling area and Restaurant
— Maryellen Hotel, 51 Railway ST, Merewether; bistro, bar TAB),
Restaurants/Cafes: The Junction, Newcastle
Talulah: Glebe Rd, The Junction; fresh, local, and ethically sourced produce at its best.
Arriverderci: Glebe Rd The Junction; Fully licensed Italian restaurant
Sesame’s, A Taste of Asia: Glebe Rd, The Junction; Asian cuisine
Mucho’s Mexican: Glebe Rd; Casual traditional cuisine and Margaritas.
Grill’d The Junction: Glebe Rd; Tasty burgers and sliders.
The Hood Milk Bar: Union St; Milk bar – Gelato and shakes, café is open for breakfast through to dinner.
Doughheads: Union St; Casual café specialising in crafted donuts to go with coffees and shakes. Catering available.
Glebe Takeaway: Glebe Rd; The go to for fish and chips, and Hamburgers.
The Junction Chinese Takeaway: Union St; Dine-in, takeaway or hoe delivery available.
Snow’s Patisserie: Union St; Artisan Bakery and casual café, specialising in Breakfast and lunches.
Merewether Surfhouse: Henderson Parade Merewether; includes Restaurant/Bar, Function room, pizza bar and café.
Churches: The Junction, Newcastle
Being a predominantly residential suburb, there is one Christian place of worship in the locality.
The nearest Catholic church is ST Joseph’s, Cnr of Kenrick & Farquhar Sts, The Junction while the Sacred Heart Cathedral is located at 841 Hunter St, Newcastle West.
Nearby Merewether is the location of the Anglican church St Augustine’s – a church built in 1889 – located on the corner of Windsor and Llewellyn St. The C3 Newcastle City church is based on 4 Lingard Street. Merewether Baptist Church is located at 75 Morgan Street, Merewether. Merewether Uniting Church is located at 178 Glebe Road, Merewether.
Education: The Junction, Newcastle
Please refer to The Department of Education for specific school designated intake areas according to your residential address.
The Junction Public School – Union St, The Junction, 2291
Merewether Heights Public School, Scenic Drive (east of Sun Hill Drive)
Merewether Public School – 6 Henry Street, MEREWETHER, 2291
Hamilton South Public School – Kenrick St, Hamilton South,
St Joseph’s Primary School – Farquhar St, The Junction, 2291
Merewether Beach Holy Family Primary School – 19 Janet Street, Merewether, 2291
Newcastle Grammar School – Park Campus, Cnr of Union St & Parkway Ave, Cooks Hill, 2300
NSW Public schools
Newcastle High School – Parkway Ave, Newcastle West, 2300 (1km, 2 mins)
Merewether High School – Co-ed Selective Academic School – Chatham Rd, Broadmeadow, 2292 (3km, 7 mins)
Hunter School of Performing Arts- Selective K-12 – Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow, (4km, 11 mins)
Kotara High School – Co-ed – Lexington Parade, Kotara, (6km, 13 mins)
St Pius X High School, (Years 7-10) Park Avenue, ADAMSTOWN, 2289 Designated High School for Merewether Heights and nearby Primary schools, (4.5km 10 mins)
St Francis Xavier’s College (Senior College Years 11 & 12) – 286 Parkway Avenue, HAMILTON, 2303
Newcastle Grammar School – Hill Campus, Cnr of Church & Newcomen St, Newcastle NSW 2300
(3km, 7 mins)
KU Merewether Preschool – 25 Caldwell St, Merewether NSW 2291
Henry Street Community Preschool – 8 Henry St, Merewether NSW 2291
Frogstomp Preschool – 80A Jenner Parade, Hamilton South NSW 2303
Cooks Hill Preschool – 24 Dawson St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
Kinda Kapers – 5 Buxton St, Adamstown NSW 2289
Early Childhood Learning Centres (Long Day Care)
Merewether Heights Early Learning & Childcare – 15 Cedar Cres, Merewether Heights NSW 2291
(Adj Merewether Heights Public School)
Kinda Kapers – 5 Buxton St, Adamstown NSW 2289