Getting to know Newcastle


Newcastle's great climate makes it a fantastic city to get out and about in.

Getting around

Take in the spectacular coastline by walking all or part of the 6km Bathers Way, which stretches from Nobby's Beach to Merewether. Why not stop for a swim at one of the beautiful beaches along the way?

Or get to know the city and some of its key attractions and landmarks on a self-guided walking tour.

Cycling is also very popular in Newcastle, with a comprehensive network of dedicated bike trails and on-road bike lanes that will take you along the harbour foreshore and further afield. Don't miss a ride along the Fernleigh Track which follows a disused coal haul rail line for 15km from Newcastle to Lake Macquarie.

Places to see

Newcastle offers all the usual city comforts including great restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries and museums, shopping centres and nightclubs. We've listed some of these on our Out and About page.

A few kilometres south of the city is Australia's largest seaboard lake, Lake Macquarie, scene of many national and international sailing events. Travel a bit further and you will reach the Central Coast.

Less than one hour's drive to the north is the impressive harbour of Port Stephens, a popular centre for big game fishing, sailing, surfing, and sailboarding. To the west are the internationally famous wineries of the Hunter Valley, many of them more than a century old.

Useful information:

Visit Newcastle More information on what to see or do

Where to live

There are lots of great places to live in and around Newcastle, depending on your needs and lifestyle preferences. The University campuses are located in Callaghan and in the city centre.

Newcastle City Council is a great source of information about Newcastle. Click here for a brief snapshot of each suburb and refer to the Council's Relocation Guide for more useful information.

Here are some useful links for finding a place to live:

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.