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Golden Bean

October 9, 2015

Spotlight on Newcastle

Newcastle to host 2015 Compak Golden Bean Roasters Competition and Conference

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle is a destination with a diversity of attractions, accessible with direct flights from major cities and just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney. Outside of the Golden Bean event, there is a burgeoning café scene to explore, supported by many local coffee roasters. Register to attend the Compak Golden Bean, gain a fresh industry perspective and discover this hidden gem.

With the devastating 5.6 magnitude earthquake in 1989 and the eventual closing of BHP in 1999 after 84 years, it seemed that the way ahead for this town was tinged with uncertainty. Not so! While still proudly Australia’s largest port servicing the Hunter Valley’s tonnes of coal for export all over the world, Newcastle has experienced somewhat of a renaissance over the past 10 to 15 years.

This university town, full of creativity and vibrance, is now a very livable city. Nestled between the pristine waterways and national parks of Port Stephens and culinary delights and beauty of the Hunter Valley Vineyards, Newcastle is ideally located to provide a wide range of activities, attractions and excursions.
Two or three days in Newcastle will easily find you taking in the spectacular views along the coast, enjoying a surf at one of the many beaches or swimming a few laps in one of the ocean baths. Worked up an appetite? There is fine dining, award winning cafés and coffee roasters and cool bars for a drink at the end of the day by the river or in one of Newcastle’s revitalised heritage buildings.

Shopping and cultural activities are diverse and have been pushed along by Renew Newcastle, a not for profit initiative aimed at finding short and medium term uses for buildings in Newcastle’s CBD that are currently vacant. Artists, cultural projects and community groups use and maintain these buildings and have injected new life into the shopping and arts precincts in the centre of the town. For more quirky boutiques and galleries there’s Hunter Street Mall and of course Darby Street, the eat street of Newcastle.

Just a stone’s throw from Newcastle is the Hunter Valley wine country. Less than an hour away, you can indulge in some amazing wines, delicious local produce and quality restaurants. Make it a day or stay a night or two in this beautiful part of Australia. If relaxing on the beach or getting in a spot of fishing is more your thing, then head to Port Stephens, with a choice of 26 beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and whale and dolphin watching, just 58 km north of Newcastle. Either destination is just a short distance and a great way to complete your break away.

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