Australia's second-oldest city
Newcastle is Australia's second-oldest city, bound by a working harbour and glorious surf beaches, was forged from coal, timber and sweat but has moved on from that rough-and-tumble era to embrace a new outlook.
Clever repurposing has transformed heritage buildings. Former railway workshops house Newcastle Museum; a sandstone bank is now a French-inspired bar sparkling with chandeliers; a brewery's 19th-century grain and keg warehouse now showcases craft beers. Arts projects, festivals and events have transformed five inner-city precincts.
Lonely Planet's Top Ten
It’s a top ten city in Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2011', this is where bohemian culture coexists with surf culture; where hip cafés and award-winning restaurants flank an industrial port; where the land meets the sea.
This is Newcastle – a city of contrast, change and endless possibility.
Newcastle City Hall
Opened in 1929, Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle's most unique and prestigious venues.
Commissioned to be built by newly elected Mayor Morris Light in 1925 and designed by acclaimed architect Henry White (architect of the Civic Theatre), the newly built Newcastle City Hall became home to an amalgamation of eleven Municipal Councils and parts of two shires into a newly formed Newcastle City Council.
Following the transfer of staff and administrative offices to the new City Administration Centre in 1977, the Council considered the future usage of Newcastle City Hall. Although the building was nearly fifty years old, it was architecturally very sound & large enough to be adapted to provide a civic venue for a multitude of purposes.
It was agreed that Newcastle City Hall should be converted into a multi-purpose unction/Conference venue to fulfill all these requirements. A Newcastle firm of Architects, Suters and Busteed Pty Ltd were commissioned and tenders invited for the conversion of the interior. The successful tenderer was a Newcastle firm of builders, R.W. Black Pty Ltd and in January 1980, the physical building work commenced. The existing Concert Hall and Banquet Rooms were retained and upgraded, the former office space within the building was converted into Function/Conference Rooms & Reception Areas with carpeting, air-conditioning and all catering facilities.
The Council Chambers were completely redecorated and the Lord Mayor provided with attractive offices and Reception Rooms.
Striking murals by John Olsen & John Montifiore adorn the entry and interior of the Concert Hall.