What you need to know about Newcastle

When moving to your Newcastle retirement home, you'll become a part of the local community, both within the Sugar Valley complex as well as the surrounding area. While there is plenty to entertain you within the grounds of the housing development, you're also likely to want to explore the nearby town of Newcastle, as well as other local destinations. Learn more about Newcastle, the second largest city in New South Wales, with our guide to the city.

History

There has been a settlement on this area of the New South Wales coastline for thousands of years. The earliest reference to the location is the Aboriginal name of Muloobinba, meaning 'place of the edible sea fern'. The Awabakal and Worimi people are recognised as the traditional keepers of the land and waters that surround what is now known as Newcastle. The city is one of the eldest in the country and was mapped by Captain Cook in 1770. It wasn't until 1797 that Europeans actually set foot on the soil by Lieutenant Shortland who named the place Newcastle. From then, Newcastle gained its criminal history with the arrivals of convicts from England and then eventually evolving into an industrial port.

Senior living

Elderly people are well-catered for in Newcastle and the city has four designated senior citizen centres located in Adamstown, Beresfield, Newcastle CBD and Mayfield. For a small fee, the local council puts on a range of services and activities for senior citizens with disabilities, meaning that the organisations are a hub of information and things to do.

Newcastle also participates in Senior Week, a state-wide program of events in March which focus on the needs of older people, as well as offering a variety of interesting activities. With more than 900 events at each annual celebration, it's no wonder that this is the largest of its kind Down Under. 

Also, be sure to collect your Seniors Card, giving you access to a range of travel and business discounts across NSW.

Activities

Computer clubs: The Islington Public School is the location for the Newcastle branch of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA). There are a range of computers and technology available plus tutors to teach you how to use them – great for staying in contact with family and friends!

Newcastle Art Gallery: The centrally located city gallery has a range of exhibitions featuring both Australian as well as international artists, plus a lively events calendar and other interesting things to do. General admission is free, although some special exhibitions may have a fee, it's a cost-effective and enjoyable way to spend the day.