Newcastle is a city as well as the name of the second largest metropolitan area in New South Wales, Australia. It is known for being one of the largest coal suppliers in the world, as well as a large steel producer, hence the nickname ‘the Steel City’. The city has plenty to offer for expats living in Newcastle, with beautiful surrounds and the beaches on the city’s coast being a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. The nearby Blackbutt Reserve is another popular attraction, providing hectares of land in which visitors can experience New South Wales nature and wildlife. Expats living in Newcastle will also be able to experience the city’s many small theaters, galleries, and music venues, whilst a number of festivals are held in the city each year. Cricket, horse racing and rugby league are amongst the area’s most popular sports.
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In comparison with other Australian cities, the cost of living in Newcastle is low, and therefore there are a number of reasonable housing options available for expatriates moving to Newcastle. The city benefits from a beautiful landscape as well as having plenty of outdoor spaces. For any expatriate moving to Newcastle with a family, there are a number of education options, including both private and public schools and for higher education, there is the University of Newcastle. There are a number of ways for getting around the city, with trains and buses being the most popular forms of public transport. While most people living in the city tend to travel by car, it is possible to access other areas of New South Wales, including Sydney, by rail, too. Like most areas of New South Wales, Newcastle has a warm climate, with hot and dry summers and generally mild winters, which is when rainfall is most likely to occur.
As a large metropolitan area, there are a number of opportunities available for expatriates working in Newcastle. With the decline of the local steel industry, coal has taken over as the major industry in this area. Nowadays, the city is one of the main coal suppliers to Asia, and therefore there are a number of jobs in this field. Other areas which have a high employment rate include education, with the University of Newcastle being a large employer, as well as the National Stock Exchange of Australia which is also located in the city. Other areas where an expat in Newcastle may find work include the leisure and retail industries as well as finance, government and legal. InterNations exists to provide a number of useful services to expatriates, in particular hosting an extensive online community made up of expats from all over the world. The members of this international expat community can be a great resource for expatriates moving to Newcastle who want to find out more about the city or Australia in general and can make a big difference in settling in and getting to grips with a new location.