Newcastle East, New South Wales

Coordinates: 32°55′45″S 151°47′15.5″E / 32.92917°S 151.787639°E / -32.92917; 151.787639
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Newcastle East
NewcastleNew South Wales
Nobbys head.jpg
Nobbys Head shown from Fort ScratchleyNote1
Newcastle East is located in Newcastle, Australia
Newcastle East
Newcastle East
Location in the Newcastle CBD
Coordinates32°55′45″S 151°47′15.5″E / 32.92917°S 151.787639°E / -32.92917; 151.787639
Population975 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density8,552/km2 (22,150/sq mi) Note2
Area0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)Note3
Location0 km (0 mi) E of Newcastle
LGA(s)City of Newcastle
State electorate(s)Newcastle
Federal division(s)Newcastle
Suburbs around Newcastle East:
Hunter River Hunter River Hunter River, Pacific Ocean
Newcastle Newcastle East Pacific Ocean
Newcastle Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean

Newcastle East is an inner city suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located immediately east of Newcastle's central business district at the mouth of the Hunter River.[2] The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are acknowledged by City of Newcastle as the descendants of the traditional custodians of the land situated within the Newcastle local government area, including wetlands, rivers creeks and coastal environments. It is known that their heritage and cultural ties to Newcastle date back tens of thousands of years.[3] The suburb includes Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach.[4] Formerly a site of heavy industry and railway yards, the suburb now contains the large Foreshore Park, and historic terraced housing.


Nobbys beach circa 1900

Newcastle East is home to two of Newcastle's beaches, Nobbys Beach and Newcastle Beach, both of which have surf lifesaving clubs and are patrolled by lifesavers. In June 2007, the bulk carrier MV Pasha Bulker grounded itself off Nobbys Beach in a storm. Between Newcastle and Nobbys beaches lie the Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Fort Scratchley[edit]

Fort Scratchley is a fort atop a knoll overlooking Nobbys Beach. It was designed by Lt. Col. Peter Scratchley and built between 1881 and 1886. While its original purpose was to protect the colony against a feared Russian invasion, its most prominent role came during World War II when the guns at the fort fired upon a Japanese submarine which shelled the city in 1942. The military role of the fort came to an end in 1972 and it now houses the Newcastle Region Maritime and Military Museum.[5] Damage from the Japanese Navy attack during World War II can still be seen on the front of some of the buildings in East End. Today Fort Scratchley is a visitor attraction with views of the city and coastline, displays of military artefacts, and tunnel tours. Fort Scratchley also has a library of military books operated by the Fort Scratchley Historical Society.

Motor racing[edit]

Newcastle East has hosted the Newcastle 500 since 2017. Nobbys Road was extended to create the circuit.

The Newcastle Street Circuit, a temporary Supercars Championship circuit first used in 2017 for the Newcastle 500, passes through Newcastle East. Foreshore Park was also used as a concert venue as part of the inaugural event, with acts including Delta Goodrem and Cold Chisel performing.[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

Newcastle East has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ Although Nobbys Head is arguably the best known landmark in Newcastle East, technically it isn't in the suburb.[2]
  2. ^ The density figure presented represents the density in the populated section of the suburb. (see Note 3)
  3. ^ Most of the suburb (approximately 72%) is occupied by coastal roads and beaches, Foreshore Park and the Fort Scratchley maritime and military museum. Only 28% of the suburb is continuously populated.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Newcastle East (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Newcastle East". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  3. ^ "City of Newcastle – Aboriginal Culture". Retrieved 28 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Newcastle East Heritage Walk". Visit Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Newcastle". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  6. ^ Parris, Michael (10 November 2017). "Cold Chisel's Newcastle Supercars concert sells out". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Earp Gillam Bond Store Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00762. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CC BY icon.svg Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.