A visit to Newcastle – beginning of the East Coast Road Trip

After a pretty chilled last day in Coogee at Ali’s chillin with her flat mate’s Kate brother (just flown in from london) and doing a walk to Randwick, I head to Sydney central station to get my Greyhound bus to first stop Newcastle 2 hours away. I arrive at my hostel YHA Beach Backpacker 9.30pm and just relax the first night as feeling tired from the weekend still.

Wake up fresh the next morning to a sunny nice day and introduce myself to my dorm mate Jose from California who is cool and end up hanging out for the day checking out all that Newcastle has to offer. First visit is to Nobbys Beach which is a really gorgeous long beach curves around to some end rocks and lighthouse looking very golden rather than white sands. We walk along to the lighthouse trying to spot dolphins, but have no luck. With the waves looking enticing to jump into, before we end up swimming we go for a walk through the town checking out the cafes and bar going to a cute place on Darby Street where all the boutique cafes are and arty places, even passing a guy jamming on his guitar sitting by a big pair of headphones. We grab a cider and cake (definitely not the cheapest cake!) to recharge after walkinh about ages and energy to head up the steep hill to check out the Lead Light Tower on a cute street that reminds me of San Fran with big wooden style houses plus the steep streets.

After the tower we walk past the Christ Church Cathedral and have a quick walk about as it’s free and actually quite interesting it’s history and how many times it was rebuilt in uts 200 year life!

So dying in the heat after thr touristy things we head back to Nobbys beach and join the body and kite surfers to make the most of the cool waves – not too strong like last week at Bondi.

We stay there for couple hours before need to head back to hostel for our free lasagne and chips at the Grand Hotele and play some games with the rest of the hostel to try and win free drinks, which one guy seemed to win them all so out of luck lol. Not a bad atmosphere in the pub but Jose and a guy Flo are keen to check out what else is about, so go on a wonder via buying some wine for yhe hostel later but soon realise Tuesday’s are not happening and Newcastle is really a weekend place as the busy places like Basement and crown and anchor are dead. The only place we find open late is Kent Hotel an ok pub in nearby Hamilton with live music but some odd people. Still have fun tho as the live music was good as more recent tunes and even managed to get nice Mexicana pizza after so perfect end to a night!

19th January 2016

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