Newcastle is a beautiful coastal city in north New South Wales. It is approximately two hours north of Sydney, NSW with a population of almost half a million people. As the seventh largest city in Australia, Newcastle is a diverse, cosmopolitan, and relaxed city, home to numerous world class organisations. The entire city is built around a huge harbour, Newcastle Harbour, and Newcastle Port is the world’s largest coal export terminal. Coal exports account for more than 90% of the port’s throughput.
Newcastle is also strategically located. Just south of the city is Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal lake, while Port Stephens, famous for its surfing, is north of the city. Additionally, west of Newcastle is the centuries-old wine-growing place, Hunter Valley.
Newcastle is also an award-winning city:
- Lonely Planet has rated Newcastle a “top city for travel”
- Newcastle has four times been named a “world festival & events city” by the International Festivals & Events Association
- Global magazine National Geographic Traveler named Newcastle one of the world’s top ‘Smart Cities’ to watch in 2017
Newcastle has proven itself as a leading fun-run destination, with the success of similar marathons such as:
- The Hill to Harbour Half-marathon
- Rafferty’s Coastal Run
- Winery Running Festival
- Lake Macquarie Running Festival
- Newcastle Marathon
- Winery Half-marathon & Running Festival
- Maitland River Run
- Australia Day Run
- Summer Run