After a couple of days in Sydney trying to recover from jet lag, we headed to Newcastle for the weekend in a desperate attempt to beat the Sydney party crowd.
Newcastle is a couple of hours North of Sydney and one of the biggest cities nearby. We took an early Greyhound bus with a very chatty driver who talked for about 20 minutes non-stop about the bus amenities (with a special emphasis on how to use the bathroom in the bus) in a thick Australia accent.
Newcastle may be in Sydney’s far suburb but it retains a much different atmosphere. It’s quieter, much like a small town. We were a few minutes’ walk from the main beach and the ocean pools (salt water pools by the beach) and spent hours just lying there on the sand.
The highlight of our two days in Newcastle was the Blackbutt Reserve (funny name, I know!), located outside the city. Getting there by bus wasn’t easy but it was well worth it: we met the Australian fauna!