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Waratah is a sub­urb about six kilo­me­tres north-west from New­cas­tle’s CBD in the Hunter re­gion of NSW. The city of New­cas­tle has a pop­u­la­tion of more than 155,411 peo­ple and is about 160 kilo­me­tres north of Syd­ney. The Worimi and Awabakal peo­ple are the tra­di­tional own­ers of the land and a pe­nal set­tle­ment was de­vel­oped af­ter Lieu­tenant John Short­land recog­nised the deep port and coal re­sources of the area in 1797. Min­ing, agri­cul­ture, cop­per and steel fu­elled its growth and New­cas­tle re­mains the largest coal ex­port port in the world. Now re­garded as an in­no­va­tive cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, it was voted by Na­tional Geo­graphic Trav­eller as one of the top ‘Smart Cities’ in the world in 2017. With a stun­ning coast­line and nat­u­ral beauty, great food and prox­im­ity to Hunter Val­ley winer­ies, New­cas­tle is a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

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