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Time Out's insider's guide introduces Newcastle - historic port, gateway to the Hunter and a city bursting with creativity and cool

Where the land kisses the sea you’ll find Newcastle – Awabakal land and a city rich on the fruits of soil, sea and sky but fueled these days by people power.

Coal, steel and timber used to be her lifeblood. Today, Newcastle’s cafés mine the “black gold,” art emporiums act as the furnace for creativity, and the only chop you’ll hear is from the surf.

Could a city so perfectly formed truly be a secret? Not since Lonely Planet named Newcastle one of the Top Ten Must See cities in the world in 2011. And certainly not after you’ve read this inaugural Time Out Insider's Guide to Newcastle.

Few modern cities have Newcastle’s charms. Like Sydney, you’ll find bush and beaches side by side. As in Melbourne, fine dining shares space with bars, cafés and retail. Craft beer and waterside dining are as accessible in Newcastle as in Perth.

And when it comes to wine country and regional cuisine, even Adelaide blushes when Newcastle and the Hunter Valley pool their pleasures.

To locals, it’s home – where the heart is, where the future is bright. To visitors it could be anything.

Welcome to Newcastle... what will it be to you?

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