Newcastle is the second largest city in NSW, Australia. It was named one of the "Top 10 Cities to Visit" in 2011 by Lonely Planet and it is a city being revitalised by art and the community. I went to university here and discovered the Newcastle that not everybody who visits sees, taking the unbeaten path.
Situated 162 kilometres (101 mi) north of Sydney, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is currently the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. The city was established in 1804 and has had to overcome a lot of obstacles including the earthquake in 1989 and more recently, in 2007, the storms and floods, which brought the “Pasha Bulker”, a bulk carrier ship, to run aground on Newcastle’s most famous beach, Nobbys.
After the closure of the Steelworks, sending a lot of residents out of the city, the vacant stores are now being revitalised by local artists using them as spaces to create and sell their works. In Newcastle, there is a lot of great architecture and also a great number of public artworks. These artworks include everything from statues to fountains to painted murals.
During my time at the University of Newcastle, I took my chance to explore the city and go down the back streets to find new and interesting ways of capturing the city on film that not every photography student before me had done.
The Newcastle Entertainment Centre is a great place to catch a concert. I’ve seen a few of my favourite bands here over time including Blink 182 and Kings of Leon. The showgrounds which is close to the entertainment centre is a popular spot for different carnivals.