We have been living in Newcastle (Lake Macquarie) for just over 6 months now. I can’t believe it.
Sometimes it feels like we are still outsders looking in on someone elses life and then other times it feels like we have been living here for years.
We have learnt a lot these past 6 months and I’m sure that we have a lot more to learn about our new hometme city.
We have spent our weekends exploring Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens. The beaches at Merewether, Nobbys, Bar Beach, Redhead, Dudley, Blacksmiths, Caves Beach, and Catherine Hill are all amazing. The Lake has some pretty cool swim spots too, although we haven’t explored them as much yet (and ironically so as we live in the Lake Macquarie region of Newcastle).
There are some really cool attractions around greater Newcastle. The mini trains at Edgeworth and Walka Water Works are worth a look if you have small kids. Morpeth is a cute little historic town full of things to discover. There are many, many playgrounds with different themes. With so much greenery around, it’s hard to imagine us ever runningbout of bushwalks to go on. The Gardens at Hunter Valley and Heatherbrae are gorgeous. There is so much to discover here, without a big city feel.
The wages seem to match Sydneys and the houses are better value for money. But Sydney is still only a day trip away, so you can still go to Taronga Zoo, the beautiful Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the Rocks, Luna Park… etc without actually living in Sydney.
This move would have been all the more harder if we didn’t have the support of our family and friends. Our relationship with our family (Nana, Grampa & Co) has only gotten stronger with regular visits both ways. Our friends have also been so great regularly staying in touch, visiting or meeting us half way. It definitely would have been more lonely without them!
We have also made some fast friends up here. I think it is important to make the effort so that your new place of residence really feels like a home. For me, I work part-time in Newcastle so I get a social connection automatically through that. I also joined a Book Club which has some beautiful and friendly women. I met some of my neighbours and I also used mum meet up apps like Mush and Peanut. Playgroup has been great too.
I think Newcastle is a wonderful place to live. It is great for families and lovers of the outdoors. It has a quite city centre but it still absolutely happening. I can’t wait to see how Honeysuckle and other developments pan out. I am also looking forward to working out where to buy a place, weekends away with family and friennds, and days at home with our girls playing in backyard.