Setting the scene:
Helping bring about this change is an investment of over $650 million from the NSW Government to kick-start the historic CBD. The old railway having been removed, “town” – as the locals call the city centre – is now totally integrated with its harbour, with a transport interchange between the heavy and light rail at Wickham, just two kilometres west.
Visitors coming from further afield can fly into Newcastle Airport, which has international capabilities and sees over 1 million passengers per year pass through the terminal.
Obviously being on the coast, ships service the region too, with cruise ships of up to 3,900 passengers able to berth in the harbour.