South Newcastle Beach

Welcome to Newcastle’s former aerosol art paradise. Newcastle City is separated from the Pacific Ocean by a sandy strip called Newcastle Beach, shown below. Rocks divide the beach into “Newcastle Beach” and “South Newcastle Beach” – not to be confused with “South Newcastle” – a precinct that does not exist.

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Union Lane ~ Newcastle East

Lanes and Alleys As Throsby traipses along inner-city backstreets, alleys, and laneways, he wonders about the stirrings, chatterings, to-ings and fro-ings, that once lent life to these mean little brick-walled canyons. Alleyways are the invisible sinews of an indifferent city – how could people have ever lived in such unwelcoming

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Laing Street Newcastle

Laing Street Newcastle. A Google search for Laing Street cites it with national prominence as a heralded destination on the National Public Toilet Map. Laing Street is home to the Newcastle Elderly Citizens Centre, that renowned loo, the King Street Car Park, and a brick wall or two. Pictured ~

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Civic Court (no, not the new courthouse)

Civic Court at 486 Hunter Street. Civic Court at 486 Hunter Street in December 2009 Civic Court is one of hundreds of nondescript commercial low-rise buildings in Hunter Street. A little digging finds no reference, though no doubt memorable small businesses had shopfronts beneath the plain facade, which looks perhaps

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Bolton St Former Drive Through Bank

Scott & Bolton former Drive-thru Bank. Former drive-through bank building. Remnants of Palais Youth Venue commissioned work. 21 August 2005 This unremarkable building was unusually well-known when it was built as the city’s first and perhaps the region’s only drive-through bank. It was very popular with robbers. ES&A is an

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NSW State Rail Training Centre

Former NSW State Rail Training Centre in Hunter Street. 538 Hunter Street 14 April 2004 5 February 2005 ~ Never a good omen when a fine old Newcastle building awakens one morning ringed by the dreaded Rent-a-fence. 21 May 2005 ~ and it’s gone.  Now we can see from Hunter

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Newcastle Beach Tunnel

A tale of artistic persistence and vandalism. When, 30 years ago, an enlightened Newcastle City Council chose to combat a graffiti epidemic with sanctioned murals, they called Birgitte Hansen. The local artist had built an international reputation for visual storytelling and her elaborate designs were already a common sight around

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Lucky Country Hotel

Lucky Country Hotel ~ 237 Hunter Street. On the corner of Crown and Hunter Streets stands an ornate building of generous proportion that typifies mid 20th-century Newcastle. The façade fortunately and happily continues to lend character to this spacious portion of the east end. Above: THE LUCKY COUNTRY HOTEL AT

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Hunter Street Mall & Surrounds

See also Those Little Streets Around Hunter St Mall During the early and mid 20th century, inner Newcastle became less industrial and increasingly suburban. Hunter Street developed as a destination for commerce and retail, attracting even Valley, Lake, and outer suburbanites. The scale and extravagance of Newcastle’s early twentieth-century department

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City Motel aka Jolly Roger

City Motel – aka Jolly Roger Motel – in King Street. Now demolished for residential high-rise. See also Hunter Village under Newcastle East; adjoins motel site. 7 June 2009 Panorama To view movie, click image. Interactive image – use mouse or gestures to pan & zoom. Ever wonder what is

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