Newcastle is New South Wales 2nd largest city. The biggest being Sydney!! We stopped for one night only in Newcastle and what a beautiful history filled surprise this town turned out to be. It is know for all of its convict history including Convict lumbar yards
and Convict built ocean baths.
After driving around the city for about an hour looking for a caravan park we realized that there were none in the city but that we had to drive 20 minutes out to Stockton, an island overlooking the city, which had a camp site. It reminded me of Staten Island to New york City.
We immediately hopped the ferry
for a short 10 minute ride into the city. We walked around a little to get our bearings and stopped off after a long day of traveling at The Great Northern Hotel for a beer. We walked into music trivia night and were handed a sheet. We were "Team Gary "for no reason at all and all put our heads together to try and win this thing. We felt we did really good but unfortunately came in a disappointing 3rd place. We headed home on the ferry to our very WINDY and COLD campsite and called it a night.
The next day we packed up camp, made breakfast, and drove into the city for some more sightseeing during the day. We saw the Customs house
and Nobby Beach
These are all distinct landmarks that have very interesting tales that make up this cities enticing history.
After about 2 hours of sightseeing we were back in the car and on our way to the long awaited Hunter Valley for a wine tasting tour!!