Newcastle Beach YHA

30 Pacific St, Cnr King St, Newcastle, 2300, Australia
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Moving to Newcastle

by mellllllll

I currently live in Melbourne and have decided I need a change from the BIG city. Ive heard Newcastle is quite a nice place to go. I really just want a few more opinions. Im a single 28 year old female so really Im looking for a good night life and good people. Is the nightlife any good? What is the price of houses to share if you live a bit out of the city CBD? Is it a friendly city?

I appreciate any feedback


RE: Moving to Newcastle

by paulinuk2u

good place to get drunk newcastle thats what lots of the women do there, lots of bars pubs,drunken women

RE: Moving to Newcastle

by iandsmith

One thing you won't miss is the winter. We don't have it up here.
If you live reasonably near to the city you can get out in 15 minutes to the open road, it's that easy.
You've got Australia's largest salt water lake on your doorstep and stunning Port Stephens just up the road.
Nightlife is good (so my children inform me!) and, with over 4,000 cafes and restaurants listed you won't go short of food either.
I've travelled a fair bit, though not as far as many on VT and the one thing I find better here than anywhere I've been is - LIFESTYLE. It just doesn't get any better.
Prices of houses would range from about $250,000 up to whatever you want to pay. There are some cheaper but apartments are also something you might want to consider. There's a boom on in those at the moment.
Definitely a friendly city, very laid back. Just go for a walk along the beaches or foreshore any afternoon and you'll find that out.

RE: RE: Moving to Newcastle

by paulinuk2u

me stupid should read properly,thought you were going to uk newcastle

RE: RE: Moving to Newcastle

by iandsmith

It's obviously too much time in the pub Paul!

Travel Tips for Newcastle

The cinematic experience

by iandsmith

Like the movies? A lot of people do. These days you have multiple choice cinemas with space age carpets and architecture and snack bars where you can get totally ripped off when buying yourself treats. However, if you miss the old style cinema where the man that sells you the ticket also operates the projector, where you get a smile and a bit of chat while you buy your ticket, where tickets are two thirds the price of chain cinemas then you are in luck. One place in Newcastle offers just such an experience at Boolaroo, even gives you a free tea and sandwiches at half time during their double feature presentations. Can't ask for more than that!

The history

by iandsmith

Newcastle has some buildings with some historical significance but, compared to Sydney, there's not a lot. This is a nice example. The slate roofed Newcastle East Public School has a heritage order on it so, what you see here should still be standing when you visit.
It dates from the late 19th century and is situated in Brown Street, just across the road from the old lighthouse tower shown elsewhere on my pages.

Back of Customs House

by iandsmith

If you arrive at the Railway Station and head up Scott Street towards the ocean then, at 92, opposite Pacific Park, is the fine old stationmaster's residence (1858). Beautifully restored, it has iron columns supporting a porch with delicately patterned cast-iron lacework. Opposite, at the corner of Pacific and Scott Sts, is a building partially obscured by hedges and trees. It is the former Newcastle East Police Station (1880) built as a water police residence.
Further up the road where the buses terminate is Parnell Place and it takes you left towards Nobbys Beach. This thoroughfare was hit by shells from a Japanese submarine in 1942 when the city was on full alert.
The guns of nearby Fort Scratchley were only able to get off two ranging shots when a vessel scurrying for cover got in the way and the sub was able to escape.
To the immediate right is a small park where you'll note a large column. This belonged to the original courthouse (1841) on the corner of Bolton and Hunter Sts that was demolished in 1899 to make way for the post office.
At the end of Parnell Place is a complex intersection, to the side of which is a rusting monument to Newcastle's coalmining and shipping industries with a series of plaques depicting the evolution and interaction of both industries. This route can then take you to Nobbys and back along the harbour foreshore the restaurants that dot the waterfront.

Summer time is simmer time

by iandsmith

A pair of thongs or sandals is good in summer as it can get quite hot when you're up at the beach. Do bring sunburn cream. If you are from Europe you will get burnt to a crisp if you don't take precautions. Remember, Australia is the melanoma (skin cancer) capital of the world and we don't need you to add to our statistics. Polarizing filters are essential if you're taking pictures of the beach.

Tilligerry Koala Habitat

by AnnikaW

North of Newcastle, in Port Stephens, you find Tilligerry Koala Habitat. It is a small habitat where 5-7 koalas live. Unfortunately we came on the wrong time of the day, when they sit high up in the trees, so we missed them, but the habitat is so beautiful so it is well wort a visit anyway.


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