The suburb is the location of a major hospital complex that includes the John Hunter, John Hunter Children's, Rankin Park and Newcastle Private hospitals, and the Royal Newcastle Centre, which was previously known as the Royal Newcastle Hospital before it moved from its original site near Newcastle Beach. Also in the suburb are water reservoirs, a primary school and several small bushland reserves. It is largely populated by doctors and other hospital staff, and hence is generally regarded within the higher end of Newcastle's socio-economic scale, along with suburbs such as Merewether Heights.
The suburb is very leafy with established native trees. Parts of the suburb border the Blackbutt Nature Reserve, which is a large native bushland park maintained by the City of Newcastle. The park, sometimes called the lungs of the city, includes hiking trails, picnicking areas, and a native animal enclosure which houses kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, emus and native birds. The suburb contains one school; New Lambton Heights Infants School, (public school) which is one of Newcastle's best starter schools. New Lambton, the neighbouring suburb to the east, has a well regarded primary school. New Lambton also contains good suburban shopping with boutiques, cafes, gift shops, a supermarket and services such as post office, medical, banks etc. The suburb is also located close to Westfield Kotara, a large shopping mall to the south east.