About New Castle
Newcastle is a harbour city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its plentiful beaches are linked by the Bathers Way, a coastal walk stretching between Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach. The walk provides access to Bogey Hole, a convict-built ocean bath from the colonial period. Also on the path is the 1880s Fort Scratchley, a historic site and a viewpoint for spotting migrating whales
|Culture/Sport||Victoria Theatre, Newcastle Art Gallery, Hunter Writers Centre; Newcastle Regional Show; Mattara Festival; Newcastle Jazz Festival; The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival; This is Not Art Festival; Electrofringe Festival; National Young Writers Festival; Crack Theatre Festival; has an active youth music culture;.Cricket; horse racing; ice hockey (Newcastle North Stars); skating; netball (Hunter Jaegers); Rugby (Newcastle Knights); Soccer (Newcastle United Jets); watersports.|
|Tourism||Christ Church Cathedral; Fort Scratchley; the Ocean Baths, Customs House; City Hall; Longworth Institute; Nobby’s Head; The Obelisk; Mt Sugarloaf Lookout; Hunter Wetlands Centre; Blackbutt Reserve; beaches|
Origin of Name
In 1804 a convict settlement was established on the Hunter River to exploit the coal deposits in the Hunter Valley. It was originally known as Coal River then Kingstown and then, in an act of imitation, Newcastle after the famous coal port in the north of England. The first official reference to Newcastle was made by Governor King in 1804.