Aerial shot of the Ocean Baths in New Castle

Life in Newcastle

Newcastle is one of Australia’s most liveable cities, due to its coastal location, affordability and relaxed atmosphere. With its iconic ocean baths and boutique bars and shops, there are lots of unique things to explore as a student in Newcastle.  

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Newcastle culture 

This harbour city has so much to explore, from the bustling centre to its natural beauty spots. 

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You’ll always find something fun to do in Newcastle! 

Theatre, art and culture 

There is a strong arts scene in Newcastle, and it has one of the oldest theatre districts in Australia. There are also a number of contemporary art galleries and a variety of regular festivals and fairs. 

Cafés and bars 

Newcastle has a great selection of independent cafés and bars, some with stunning backdrops of the beach. Plenty of bars also sell locally sourced wine from the nearby and world-famous Hunter Valley.  

Surrounded by history 

Newcastle has a rich industrial history and is still the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, with a deep shipbuilding heritage. This shines through in its various museums and historic sites. 

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Nature spots

  • Glenrock State Conservation Area
    Contains the final surviving pocket of coastal rainforest in the area, and is the place to enjoy fishing, cycle rides and stunning waterfalls.  
  • Myall Lakes National Park
    Stroll along one of the largest coastal lake systems in Australia’s New South Wales and explore pristine bushlands and 40km of sandy beaches.  


  • Merewether Beach 
    This iconic beach has the largest ocean baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to international surfing competition, Surfest. 
  • Nobby’s Beach
    Great for surfing and dolphin-watching, this beach is home to the striking Nobby’s Lighthouse and a cute kiosk selling classic beachside food. 


  • Harbour and coast cruise
    Go sightseeing across the mesmerising Hunter Coast and spot wild marine life on your journey. 
  • Hunter Valley Winery tour 
    Taste award-winning wines in the famous Hunter Valley wine region with a full or half-day tour.