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Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales and the oldest city in the state outside of Sydney. It is located just under 160 kilometres north of Sydney.

For much of its history, Newcastle has been been an industrialised city with steel production, copper smelting, shipbuilding and engineering being the driving force behind the city's prosperity. However as some of these have been phased out, Newcastle has developed into a vibrant and progressive city, making the most of its spectacular surrounding beaches and the harbour entrance at the mouth of the Hunter River to foster growth and tourism.

Heading south along the coast past the popular beach-side suburb of Merewether, sees Newcastle effectively merge into the Central Coast region which surrounds the vast inland waterway of Lake Macquarie, Tuggerah Lake where the coastal holiday resort town of The Entrance is located, Brisbane Water which Gosford overlooks and down past Woy Woy to the Hawkesbury River.

Art & culture:

Newcastle Region Art Gallery
The gallery showcases many works by significant artists and hosts a number of major exhibitions, tours, workshops and events
Civic Precinct
Located in the heart of the city centre, it includes unique venues hosting performances and major events

Shopping & markets:

Located at the western gateway to the centre of Newcastle, it features large retailers and over 30 speciality shops
Charlestown Square
One of the largest shopping centres in the Newcastle region, located 6 kilometres south of the city centre with a selection of major stores and specialty retailers

Parks, gardens & trails:

Hunter Estuary National Park
Located to the north of Newcastle, it consists of the largest single-estuary wetland reserve in the state with mangroves and boardwalks through areas of habitat for migratory birds
Glenrock State Conservation Area
A coastal park surrounded by Newcastle's southern suburbs offering swimming, fishing and bush walking

Festivals & events:

Newcastle Show
Held since 1902, this family and agricultural event includes animal shows and competitions, demonstrations, displays, entertainment, music and a fireworks display
Mattara Festival
A springtime festival with parades, live entertainment, displays and market stalls

Local tourist guides:

Visit Newcastle
A guide to Australia's 6th largest city covering its history, attractions and events

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