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    It is the area of New South Wales which is the second in population density in Australia. It combines the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

    Newcastle is considered to be the largest harbour for exporting coal around the world. Located at the Hunter River’s mouth, it is the biggest city in the Hunter Region.

    The area has the ability to export 160 million tonnes of coal, and the Hunter Region owns a great deal of coal deposits; Geologically, the region sits in the middle of the east part of the Sydney’s Basin.

    The area of the Newcastle almost reaches 262km2 founded in 1804, with a population estimated in 2020 to have been 329,336, divided into five ancestries which are English, Australian, Irish, Scottish and German.

    The Newcastle was established similar to a Roman military station, where it was famous for being a coal-shipping port long time ago. The city is a leading one in the trade which received the term “to carry coals to Newcastle”, which indicates “to do something superfluous or unnecessary” ... Taking the name of the English City, it is a port specialised in shipping coal.

    The City of Newcastle is safe and stable in general, where the crime rate sometimes reaches to be as 50 %, at maximum, but often stands at 20% with vandalism and theft crimes, in particular, are the most property crimes. So, you must lock your doors and cars, park it on guarded lots, and don’t miss valuables inside.


    Living Expenses in Newcastle

    Summary about cost of living in Newcastle, Australia: Family of four members estimated monthly costs are 4,586A$ without rent. An International student estimated monthly costs are 1,275A$ without rent. Thus, Newcastle City is 25% less expensive than New York City with rent not included.

     Lists of costs in Newcastle in AS$




    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

    25.00 A$

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

    100.00 A$

    McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

    11.75 A$

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

    8.00 A$

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    7.75 A$

    Cappuccino (regular)

    4.62 A$

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

    3.81 A$

    Water (0.33 liter bottle)

    3.02 A$




    Milk (regular), (1 liter)

    1.70 A$

    Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

    2.58 A$

    Rice (white), (1kg)

    2.22 A$

    Eggs (regular) (12)

    3.93 A$

    Local Cheese (1kg)

    10.33 A$

    Chicken Fillets (1kg)

    10.17 A$

    Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

    16.67 A$

    Apples (1kg)

    3.83 A$

    Banana (1kg)

    3.00 A$

    Oranges (1kg)

    3.92 A$

    Tomato (1kg)

    4.83 A$

    Potato (1kg)

    2.80 A$

    Onion (1kg)

    2.50 A$

    Lettuce (1 head)

    2.32 A$

    Water (1.5 liter bottle)

    2.00 A$

    Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

    15.00 A$

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

    5.25 A$

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    5.75 A$

    Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

    40.00 A$



    One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

    3.50 A$

    Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

    163.04 A$

    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

    3.60 A$

    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

    2.19 A$

    Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

    56.40 A$

    Gasoline (1 liter)

    1.45 A$

    Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

    30,000.00 A$

    Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

    33,500.00 A$

     Utilities (Monthly)


    Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

    178.96 A$

    1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

    0.22 A$

    Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

    83.29 A$

     Sports And Leisure


    Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

    51.33 A$

    Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

    16.25 A$

    Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

    15.00 A$



    Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child

    1,152.50 A$

    International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child

    17,000.00 A$

    Clothing And Shoes


    1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

    106.50 A$

    1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

    53.75 A$

    1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

    138.33 A$

    1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

    118.00 A$

    Rent Per Month


    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

    1,482.25 A$

    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

    1,305.43 A$

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

    3,266.67 A$

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

    2,014.78 A$

    Buy Apartment Price


    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre

    7,111.00 A$

    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

    4,066.67 A$



    The Culture of the Newcastle

    There are many artists in Newcastle specializing in painting landscapes, and seascapes in addition to abstract painting. Furthermore, there are arts collectors collecting popular painting as well as a large collection of international art and artifacts.

    According to arts performances Newcastle possesses several theatres; however, the principal theatre is now Civic, at Wheeler Place, having approximately 1500 seats of seating capacity.

    The Civic is a great historic theatre established in 1929 as stylish as Art Deco style hosting various musicals, plays, concerts, dance and lots of events held on annual basis.

    In the past Newcastle was proud of having a number of large theatres, the oldest of which was Victoria Theatre built as the oldest –built theatre in Australia. The theatre founded on Perkins Street in 1876 having a capacity of 1750 seats.

    The Broad Meadow built in 1941 with 1800 seats used to be as a cinema where a popular Symphony orchestra venue, but collapsed on the back drop of 1989’s multiple earthquakes.

    Media arts in Newcastle are depicted by Octapod Association; Modern Media Arts collections founded in 1996 offering the annual show “This Is Not Art Festival”, and are the birthplace to the Pod space Gallery.

    The Newcastle Museum was established in 1988 in the place of Great Northern Railway’s former headquarters and steward local history, culture, science, industry. It displays permanent exhibitions concerning about coal mining and steel industries, ancient history and the region’s history, in addition to a hands-on science centre.

    The basketball and Cricket are two sports that are Newcastle is famous for. The teams in the city representing the two sports are a lot, but financial problems had both teams vanished. In addition, there are other sports being played such as Rugby, football and Horse racing having thousands of fans following upon on these sports.

    Furthermore, a number of festivals are hosted in the Newcastle annually like Newcastle Regional Show, Mattara Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, (Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival) started for the first time in July, 1999 in Newcastle when the film makers come together and meet in the same place, to make a short film in 24 hours.


    Weather and Environment in the Newcastle

    The climate is moderate and warm, and the rain is considerable even in dry months. The average temperatures around the year fluctuate between 190C (65.60F) to 300C (850C), and might in driest season reach above the annual average.

    The southern bank of the Hunter River mouth embraces the Newcastle city, with sand dunes prevail in the northern side, swamps and a number of river streams.

    From the west (Watagan Mountains) to the north, the plant and wildlife in addition to a “green belt” surrounding plant areas divide the city where it reaches in the north of Stockton, the coast.

    The town of Stockton is set off central Newcastle at the river mouth and ferry is the only means connecting the two sides. But the means of the land between Stockton and central Newcastle is through the Bridge of Stockton.

    The hills and valleys around the port have converted into a single metropolitan area stretching in the southward to Lake Macquarie when they were, at a time, several coal-mining villages.

    There are a number of parks in the Newcastle such as King Edward Park, which was inaugurated in 1863; Characteristics of the park entail nice views, a Victorian rotunda and a sunken garden.


    Work in Newcastle

    International students and according to their visa are believed to be permissible to work for forty hours each fortnight so long as they are studying in the university with a full time study, and for unlimited hours during periods of formal holidays, or university legal breaks.

    At the University of Newcastle the staff considers that international students own lots of necessary issues to benefit Newcastle society, so they have invented the “Connect 88” program.

    The program is able to give international students the opportunity to interact by sharing their culture and skills with different businesses in the Newcastle region. The staff is looking for increasing businesses with other countries.

    Participants in the program will receive a great deal of experience of Australian workforce culture, on-hands insight about how to deal competitively in the Australian and universal job market and opportunities to know the impact of others’ cultures to be used in the development of Newcastle’s industry.

    Looking for part-time work needs international students to be eligible in English language, have relevant documents like references letters from former employers, and not to forget to strengthen relations with people around... 

    Areas and Districts of Newcastle

     The region (officially the Newcastle statistical subdivision) comprises the local government areas (LGAs) of City of NewcastleCity of Lake MacquarieCity of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.  Newcastle Greater Metropolitan area has approximately a population of 570,000.

    The Universities in Newcastle

    The University of Newcastle, which was founded in 1965, is a public university having its primary campus  in Callaghan, a Newcastle ‘s suburb, New South Wales. The university has additional campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore Newcastle CBD (Central Business District) and Sydney CBD (Central Business District).

    Universities in Newcastle / Australia

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