Newcastle (New South Wales) is situated about 150 kilometers north or Sydney and is one of the oldest city in Australia. Its harbour is among the largest of Australia where huge cargo boats enter the Hunter River from the ocean. The journey from Sydney took about 3 hours.
Walking in and around the city is very nice, especially along the beaches to Nobbys Head Lighthouse and the Hunter River; courageous hikers can walk across The Great Northern Walk to Sydney on a 250 km long track.
The industrial’s background that declined since the 70s is still visible in the city’s architecture. The Christ Church Cathedral, which I thought was the “new castle” first, is quite impressive and dominates the view around the city.