Although the cities of Newcastle and Maitland in New South Wales may not be as well-known or the most popular tourist destinations; however these two cities make up the 7th most populated region in Australia. The two cities have a combined population of over 400,000. Greater Newcastle includes Newcastle, Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland, and Port Stephens and is the 2nd largest city in New South Wales behind Sydney. Read on to learn more about Greater Newcastle and why you would want to move to this coastal NSW area.
Newcastle and Maitland Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Hunter Valley Photo Credit: HunterValley.com
Both Newcastle and Maitland are part of the Hunter Valley Region. Hunter Valley is just west of Maitland and is Australia’s old growing wine region. In addition to being known for vineyards and a successful worldwide wine industry, the region supports tourism, the coal export industry and is known to locals for great schools and a thriving culture scene.
Newcastle Aerial View Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Newcastle View Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Newcastle is located on the central coast of New South Wales. If you are moving to this cosmopolitan region, it might be for a variety of reasons based on the different industries centered here. Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. On the other side of the harbour are gorgeous beaches with great surfing. There is a great food scene with a growing amount of outdoor bars and cafes along the beaches and the harbour. Tourism and entertainment are growing along with the tourism as evidenced by the restaurants, eclectic boutiques, book stores, and more local businesses. Nearby Port Stephens brings in many tourists to see dolphins in the wild there. There is no shortage of things to do.
Living in Newcastle
Weatherboard Terrace Houses Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Victorian Terrace Streetscape Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Newcastle has a Central Business District with a residential heritage area that includes Victorian style architecture and rare weatherboard terrace houses. The schools in the area support the culture and the arts. They are known for the additions of theater and performing arts departments. There is also a popular sports scene with cricket, horse racing, ice hockey, ice skating, netball, football, soccer, basketball, rugby, and water sports. Newcastle’s metropolitan transportation options include bus, rail, and water ferries.
Newcastle Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Newcastle has a oceanic / humid subtropical climate with moderate weather. The summers are warm and the winters are mild. It rains most from late autumn to early winter with precipitation averaging between 107 and 119 mm per month during those times. The average high temps during the summer range between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius. The average low temps between 14 and 19 degrees Celsius.
Maitland Station Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Maitland Town Hall Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Maitland Streets Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com
Maitland Countryside Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com
Maitland is just west of Newcastle in the Lower Hunter Valley. The city lies on the Hunter River. The town is rich in history and was settled in 1885. Today, there are many different shopping precincts in Maitland and Morpeth. The many different stores, specialty shops, cafes, and fashion boutiques draw locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of annual events and festivals in Maitland, so there is almost something to do.
Newcastle Moving Truck Rental
Newcastle Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
If you are moving in Newcastle or Maitland, you can hire a moving truck or utility vehicle from two different Budget Trucks locations. Hire a moving truck from the Newcastle Airport location or rent a truck from the Newcastle City location.
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