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The Newcastle guide at Oz Index is a resource for travel and shopping in Newcastle, Australia. We have information on what to do and see while in Newcastle.

Newcastle is Australia's seventh largest city, with a population of more than 500,000. It is located on the East coast of the country in New South Wales, about 160 kilometers from Sydney.

Newcastle is a relaxed, easy going city surrounded by beautiful surf and swimming beaches. There a strong art scene, cafe scene, and vibrant night life.

The city prospered from the steelmaking giant BHP, but has since seen the company leave, along with the dirty industrial feel that it once had. Where once there was working sheds, there are now contemporary apartment blocks, over looking the lovely harbor of Newcastle.

Newcastle is still a major working port city, with an endless line of ships waiting to come in and load or unload there goods, but the city is quickly losing its reputation as the steel city.

It is also located just 160 km north of Sydney, which is easily reached by freeway, train, bus, or plane from the Newcastle airport.

The Hunter Valley vineyards are also just a short drive away, with day tours available for wine lovers.

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