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    Question Let's talk about Newcastle, baby!

    Long time, no speaky, dear Bubhubbers!

    As a part of my "OMG-I'm-turning-30-better-sort-my-sh!t-out, and seeing my not so beloved ex move to the other side of the country, I have decided to grab life with two hands, move from this mining town and back closer to Sydney (which I love). And what better start than moving somewhere completely new.

    Anyways; you Novocastrians in here, what can you tell me about Newcastle - good, bad, and plain ugly? What suburbs are nice (I prefer gritty and guzzling to quiet residential areas), what is public transport like (I don't drive), and how hard is it to find childcare.

    Lots of love from the slightly frazzled, poor single nomad with two amazeballs toddlers.

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    My God, I prefer bustling suburbs, not guzzling!

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    Can you move to Wollongong instead? It's closer to me and much nicer ; )

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    I decided to start afresh in Newcastle too. Must be something about this place and new beginings.

    I think if you rely on public transport, being on the train line would be best. You get super cheap $2.50 travel into sydney, around, and back too.. which is pretty awesome.

    I'm not too sure what sort of suburbs you would like? Hamilton is on the train line, has lots of cafes, eateries, businesses along the main drag.
    I'm not really a fan of the place. It's quiet old and dirty, but I don't know, a lot of people seem to like it.

    I think Cardiff would be a good option. It has a train line, a Woolies and Aldi plus other shops. It's quite close to Glendale (shopping centre with kmart, target, woolies, coles, aldi and a bunch of specality shops). It's a bit further out so probably slightly cheap rent.

    What sort of stuff do you want to be near?
    I think being out on the Lake would be super nice. There is a bike path you can follow around and heaps of playgrounds too.

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    As for childcare, I secured a spot quite easily when we first moved. I guess it might depend on what area you are in and what time of year you make the move.

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    Prolly try and avoid
    Mayfield. Bit if a sh1thole


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    Yep, for sure! Islington and Wickham should be avoided as well.

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    Thank you for your responses!

    HarvestMoon, (if you don't mind sharing); where did you come from when you moved to Newcastle? Somewhere bigger or smaller, for example? Do you like it in Newcastle?

    I gate to admit it, but nature (including the beach) is really not so important to me. I like graffiti, buskers, food and art. And wine!

    I suppose what I am most curious about, is how many suburbs are considered part of/close to the city centre. Looking at maps and reading about the individual suburbs, I still don't quite understand if all the great places are spread out, or whether there is a "heart" of Newcastle, so to speak.

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    Really depend on what you can afford rent wise. If your looking to be close to the beaches, cafes , restaurants etc Hamilton South/The Junction would work but it's pricey. It has good bus services but you'd need to bus it to a station for the train. I know people who live in Cook's Hill and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuminMind View Post

    I gate to admit it, but nature (including the beach) is really not so important to me. I like graffiti, buskers, food and art. And wine!
    You might like Hamilton/Broadmeadow then. Or maybe even Waratah.
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