Newcastle is New South Wales’ second-most populous city (behind Sydney). With a population of about 540,000 residents, Newcastle maintains a small-town character while offering a variety of big-city amenities. The town’s growing arts scene, blue-collar roots and laid-back attitude make it a charming alternative to Sydney.
Newcastle enjoys good weather on a year-round basis. Its location is conducive to warm winters and hot summers, with temperatures peaking at around 30 degrees Celsius at the height of the warm season (January). In the winter months, the temps dip to a mild daytime high of about 17 degrees.