What seems like ages ago now but was only quite recent, was our trip to New South Wales. We were pleasantly surprised by Newcastle after not hearing great things about it. But, all the people that didn’t talk favorably admitted it had been years since they visited. I think it used to be an industrial town but obviously a lot of money has been put into the place and it wasn’t smokey or smoggy or anything (for my UK readers think Sheffield – what it was and what it is today – except much, much nicer *insert winky face here*).




We also went further inland to where Hubby will be working and although lovely, we quickly made the decision that we wanted to be near the coast. Especially since I may launch my photography business at some point and you can’t go past a beach setting without getting a perfect shot!

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Newcastle itself actually feels fairly small, very coastal and reminded me so much of an English seaside (I’m thinking Scarborough specifically). Hubby tells me it was the third European settlement in Australia so that’d be why the buildings are really old and reminded me of home. The beaches are stunning with lots of rock pools for Little Man and there are well maintained parks everywhere – he had a great time. Everyone was really friendly and we got the impression it was very much a local place (for local people!)

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Surprisingly there were also lots of hipster type cafes and bars and it seemed a real social place. Somewhere we could imagine taking friends and family when they visit.

As you can see from my photos, the place is gorgeous and we’re pretty excited about the move. Even though we have loads to do beforehand and the next few weeks will no doubt be quite stressful. I’m just looking forward to feeling settled again, exploring and making a new home for us.

Until next time,

Katie




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  1. I have a couple of friends that live in Newcastle and the surrounding areas and they love it. One manages one of the trendy cafes you mentioned hahaha, the other is a pilot with the RAAF and has a wife and child (a bit younger than LM), but they love the area. In fact he was posted to the NT for a year and they worked hard to be able to come back to Newcastle πŸ™‚
    Photography wise as well as the plethora of material on the coast you also have Wollemi National Park there which has the Wollemi Pines. Williamtown is a little north which is a training town for the RAAF if you are into photographing planes (or just want an experience for LM to watch them taking off which is pretty cool). A bit south is Lake Macquarie which is great and a bit more south (an hour or so) is the Entrance (great shots here) and Erina Fair which is one of the biggest shopping centres I have seen and even has an ice rink in it. πŸ™‚

    1. That all sounds awesome, thanks so much for that info. It does seem like such a photographic place, we flew in to Williamstown and saw the planes which was pretty cool! I really like the idea of visiting the Entrance, Wollemi NP and Erina Fair πŸ˜‰ If you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them πŸ™‚

      1. I’ll have to think on some more suggestions for you. I haven’t been up there in a couple of years. I think they have a lot of markets up that way too which are pretty good.

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