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About Newcastle... Beach Days, Harbour Sights, City Nights

Beach days... Australia's sixth largest city, Newcastle boasts some of Australia's best beaches. Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park, Merewether and Stockton Beaches are all within 5 km of the city centre. All six beaches are patrolled and offer your family a safe place to swim and relax. Alternatively you can enjoy the protection of our ocean baths.

Newcastle's spectacular coastline and pristine beaches have been celebrated with the creation of the Bathers Way, a five kilometre coastal walk that starts at Nobbys and finishes at Merewether Beach. Experiencing the remarkable Bathers Way should be a "must" during any visit to Newcastle.

Harbour sights... Newcastle is built around a large working harbour, the entrance to which is guarded by Nobbys Lighthouse and Breakwater. The adjacent foreshore area is the perfect place to while away the hours watching the busy harbour traffic while enjoying a drink or meal in one of the harbourside cafes, bars or restaurants.

Large expanses of grassy parklands on the harbour's edge are perfect for a relaxing family picnic. Mingle with the hundreds of Novocastrians who flock to the foreshore each weekend for recreational activities such as kite flying, roller blading, jogging or bike riding.

City nights... If you think just because the suns gone down there is nothing to do, you are really in the dark. Home to some of the finest entertainment venues on Australia's east coast, you can catch the very best of live performers from around the country and overseas.

Newcastle on Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities for 2011

Lonely Planet - Best Travel in 2011 Book#9 on the Top 10 Cities for 2011: Newcastle

Newcastle flies under the radar of Aussies and international travellers in part because it’s overshadowed by its bigger, bolder and better-known sibling, Sydney, 150km south. But, at around one-tenth the size, Australia’s second-oldest city has Sydney-like assets: surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate, and diverse dining, nightlife and arts. Not only is Newcastle ideally located just two hours by road or rail or 30 minutes by plane or seaplane from Sydney, it's less than an hour's drive west to the Hunter Valley wineries, south to sailboat-filled Lake Macquarie, north to whale-watching and sharkfeeding at Port Stephens and to sandboarding at Stockton Beach (the southern end of the 32km-long beach is a five-minute ferry ride across Newcastle’s harbour).

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    Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ASAM)'s 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting
    Crowne Plaza Newcastle, NSW Australia | 6-9 October 2011
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