There’s a Newcastle in the UK but there’s also a lesser-known Newcastle in Australia. No, this one doesn’t have a similar footballing star and it’s not in the north of the country either. In the south-east of Australia, it’s a coastal city much like the other cities and towns in New South Wales.
There are plenty of beaches as you can expect, but in this 330,000 strong city you can expect to have lots of things to do other than surfing and sunbathing. It has many small theatres that are spread out across the city centre with visual art galleries that also house great made by some local artists.
Look around the city and you’ll see that there are some buildings that look like they were built during the Victorian Era in that style that was so popular in the UK. as you can imagine, some of the best highlights of the city are to be found along the coast. As there are lakes that dive in and out of neighbourhoods as well as a cove that can be used by local fishermen to anchor their ships in.
Down Under In That Other Newcastle in Australia – New South Wales
Go Riding around Lake Macquarie
Towards the south of the city there is Lake Macquarie. Here many people that have bought boats both powered and sail harbor them away from the incoming waves and rivers. To get to all the interesting parts you’ll need a vehicle that can give you independence and great features that stoke the flames of a good time.
Consider motor-home hire for this as you can set up your own little barbecue at any point where you stop, sit outside in your own shade as well as drive in the premium motor-homes that have showers and beds. Lake Macquarie is the largest saltwater lagoon by the coast in the entire country. The calming still waters are a great place to watch the sunset while the sky turn pink with the fading sunlight.
Visit the Newcastle Museum
For the part of your trip where you’ll get a burst of energy and want to educate yourself, visit the Newcastle Museum. Here you’ll find the very early designs of steam-powered trains which were again linked back to the UK. they took part and played a key role in Australia’s industrial revolution and although ‘the land of Oz’ may have been on the other side of the world, it modernized just the same as other countries in Europe did. It’s also a cultural hotspot as there is an exhibition for the lost soldiers of World War One.
These young men who knew not what was happening in Europe at the time, still decided to fight for their country and the axis forces. Their memory is honoured at the museum. There’s also a wildlife exhibit of the local creatures and indeed nationally acclaimed animals that make Australia a land of such diverse living things.
There’s more to travelling in Australia than beaches and sandcastles. The lakes in Newcastle are calm and collected, perfect for a bit of relaxation, fishing and enjoying a nice barbecue. If you’re more one for learning the museum in the city always has something great to stimulate your mind.