Newcastle is a vibrant beach side city in NSW, just a two-hour drive or a 45-minute flight away from Sydney. The city has a booming port and increasingly diverse industry. Its 150,000 residents also enjoy a thriving cultural scene.
Living in Newcastle
Newcastle stepped into the international limelight in 2011 when Lonely Planet ranked it one of the top 10 cities in the world. The city has a strong beach culture and a flourishing arts scene, with theatres and galleries situated near its shops, cafés, restaurants and bars.
Pristine beaches and bushland surround the city, which is positioned alongside a bustling harbour shared by coal ships, freight ships, ferries, fishing boats, yachts and kayaks. The Hunter Valley, one of Australia's famous wine growing regions, is just an hour's drive away.
Newcastle offers a variety of accommodation options for both temporary and permanent stays, ranging from international hotels and self-serviced apartments to houses and units.
The city is also an educational hub for NSW. The University of Newcastle has been a catalyst for international research and innovation, particularly in the medical field, and the city boasts a lively student culture.
Working in Newcastle
Newcastle has a diverse range of industries, starting with one of the world's busiest ports. The Port of Newcastle is Australia's oldest and one of the world's largest coal export ports, with coal representing over 90% of its throughput tonnage.
The city has diversified from manufacturing and energy exports to embrace a range of industries, including agriculture, education, health and tourism. This expansion of the city's economic base continues to result in increasing opportunities for workers and proprietors across various sectors.
Newcastle is one of the major cities in NSW's Hunter Region, which accounts for 32% of the state's exports. This region is recognised as an economic powerhouse. Novocastrians – the citizens of Newcastle – are known as hard-working, genuine people.
Newcastle's growing visitor economy
Visitors currently inject A$722 million of direct expenditure and nearly A$1.3 billion of indirect expenditure into Newcastle's economy across the key sectors of education, retail and transport. The city's visitor economy also contributes to more than 10,000 jobs.
Newcastle Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in the state, with 3.6 million people visiting the city in 2012. The Newcastle Destination Management Plan has been developed to further promote the region and harness its economic potential.