Newcastle, a couple of hours North of Sydney, is a place that a lot of people miss out on their way up/down the East Coast; which is a shame as it really is a lovely little town with a relaxed vibe and lots of cute little shops and cafes.
I’ve been here twice now in the past year and I’m currently just leaving again having spent the past five weeks working for accommodation at the Newcastle Beach YHA (more on that in a later post).
Granted, if the weather isn’t great, which is hasn’t been for the past 3 weeks, there isn’t too much to do, but when the sun is shining this is the perfect place to be. There are gorgeous beaches, loads of free places to swim if the ocean isn’t for you, and some great walks with fantastic views and photo opportunities galore!
Below are some of my favourite spots:
Every Friday night (unless it’s raining) there is free live music in Pacific Park, which just happens to be right outside the YHA, and if you’re in Newcastle on the 3rd Saturday of the month the Hunt and Gather Markets are well worth a visit.
I also spent a lot of time at Yoga For All on Hunter street which is a gorgeous studio with ‘pay as you feel’ classes everyday. My favourite class is the Sunday night Yin Class; two hours of pure bliss!
So if you’re looking for a chill after a hectic time in Sydney, or a few weeks of travelling down the East Coast, Newcastle is the place for you!