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Boasting pristine coastlines and spectacular surf, Newcastle is celebrated as New South Wales’ premier beach town. Australia’s second oldest and sixth largest city, Newcastle holds great resonance with the land and its people. Discovered in 1797, Newcastle is the site of the second European settlement in Australia. A city rich in history, a visit to the harbour city provides countless opportunities to uncover Australia’s heritage. However, it’s the rich serenity that’s favourite amongst tourists. Nobby’s, Merewether and Stockton are just a taste of the 10 breathtaking beaches just 5km from the city. Surfing, beach fishing and swimming in the fabled Ocean Baths are all part of the local lifestyle. A short two-hour drive north of Sydney, Newcastle is also your gateway to exploring New South Wales’ amazing Hunter Valley vineyards.