Newcastle and the Hunter Valley

Newcastle – a city of contrast, change and endless possibility

Australia's second-oldest city, bound by a working harbour and glorious surf beaches, was forged from coal, timber and sweat but has moved on from that rough-and-tumble era to embrace a new outlook.

Clever repurposing has transformed heritage buildings. Former railway workshops house the Newcastle Museum; a sandstone bank is now a wine bar; a brewery's 19th-century grain and keg warehouse now showcases craft beers.

Arts projects, festivals and events have transformed five inner-city precincts. Come and explore Civic, Cooks Hill, East End, West End and the harbourside Honeysuckle development. Their makeovers are all part of a 25-year plan to revitalise Newcastle, shoring up its position as a vibrant regional centre and gateway to Hunter Wine Country.

A top ten city in Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2011', this is where bohemian culture coexists with surf culture; where hip cafés and award-winning restaurants flank an industrial port; where the land meets the sea.

Source: Visit Newcastle website

Hunter Valley – Australia’s oldest wine region

With more than 150 wineriesrestaurants aplenty, sweeping landscapes and mobs of kangaroos - and just a two-hour drive north of Sydney - the Hunter Valley is a fabulous holiday destination, whether it’s a sneaky weekender or a full-on fortnight.

There’s just so much to love about Australia’s oldest wine region – the epic wines, of course; the bevy of paddock to plate produce; the forward-thinking chefs who plate it up; the plush places to stay; the stunning scenery and the fun festivals where you can party hardy!

Then there’s the close-knit community of wine lovers, eager to share the Hunter Valley way of life with you. Come, treat yourself to a country getaway like no other.

Source: www.winecountry.com.au

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