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Newcastle and the Hunter Coast - sun, surf, sail, explore, eat, drink and be merry in one of NSW most glorious and bountiful regions

It isn’t hard to sing the praises of this region, rich in history, culture, natural wonders, ocean and lake playgrounds and the bounties of the earth; it is one of my favourite places on earth.

Newcastle sits at the mouth of the Hunter River, and is still the economic and trade centre for the resource rich Hunter Valley but should not be overlooked as just an industrial town. Newcastle has come a long way from her mining town origins and she has much to offer with this coming of age.

Once treated as a stop over town for leisure and commercial overnighters, Newcastle is now being discovered and revered as something much more than just a bolt hole from which to discover the region. Newcastle has become a cosmopolitan hub and boasts a thriving tourism and hospitality industry.

The food haunts of Darby and Beaumont St’s are holding their own in epicurean circles and a newfound sophistication and confidence is evident, the fine wine was always close at hand but now the fine dining delights and excites those of us who like to put those two guilty pleasures together.

The gentrified Newcastle Harbour foreshore is a hub of colour, movement and happy sound, on weekends you will find live entertainment, markets, lots of boutique shopping, bars and cafes and an overall joyful eclectic atmosphere. Voted in the top 10 cities of the world by Lonely Planet, Newcastle has a charm and sophistication coupled with that inimitable laid back Aussie beach bum style, but the beach bum now drives a European car and wears designer shades.

Newcastle welcomes you with open arms and is proud to show off her glorious Hunter Coast. This 60 Km stretch of unique coastline boasts many a marvel; world class surf beaches, vast hinterland resources of the Hunter Valley wine region as well as bountiful agricultural farmland, the largest permanent salt water lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Macquarie and all this wonder is cocooned by the majestic sandstone cliffs of the Barrington Tops National Park. The length and breadth of this region offers visitors an enormous adventure playground, something for every age and inclination.

Newcastle and the Hunter Coast is a boat loving, food and wine loving and beach loving paradise, I came here for a few weeks to work and I simply do not want to leave. I could settle here in a heartbeat. The people are friendly, the coast and lake views are to die for and the food and wine is fabulous – well perhaps that is a big draw card for my wanting to stay.

Come to Newcastle and the Hunter Coast, you will wonder why you have left it so long. Stay a while and enjoy this exciting part of the world, there is enough here to enthrall you from babyhood to your grey haired days. There is a wide choice of accommodations across the region to choose from, the cream of the crop are featured here on www.australiatravel.com.