Heading to Newcastle

5 July 2012

Newcastle has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of pubs and venues with live music.  It was the perfect destination for the #unmapped team to make an appearance for St Patrick’s day….. Newcastle, Australia has the vibe of a surfy, university city.

It has an industrial history and you get the feeling it is moving from a blue collar worker city into one with hidden art and creative scene – but let’s not forget those huge surf beaches.

Newcastle was named in Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Cities to visit in 2011 – very impressive.  I think Lonely Planet saw a little of what we experienced on the trip – the creativity, down to earth people, beautiful natural environment and active night life…. that leads me to my St Patrick’s Day story.

The #unmapped crew lobbed into Newcastle from the Hunter Valley with a pretty big to do list. It was a short drive – less than an hour in the trusty unmapped bus. The Newcastle to do list included a visit to Surfest, exploring the city, some kite surfing, seeing a football game and checking out the famous sand dunes of Stockton Beach.

The Newcastle Knights are an Australian Rugby League football team and everyone in the whole city loves their team. Although the team didn’t quite pull off the win it was awesome to see a bit of Friday night football in such a passionate and energetic city as Newcastle.

Friday Night Football with the Newcastle Knights

Exploring the city, its street art and city sculptures as well as lots of unique fashion boutiques and funky cafes, kept the #unmapped crew busy most of Saturday morning before joining the rest of the locals on the beach for Surfest.

Surfest at Merewether Beach, Newcastle

Surfest is a massive surf contest held at Merewether Beach each March. It is a pro event so the best of the best surfers from all over the world attend for both men’s and women’s surf events. Willian Cardoso from Brazil took the ‘Mark Richards’ trophy after winning the Burton Toyota Pro and the women’s event was won by NSW local Sally Fitzgibbons.

The #unmapped team had received Facebook messages by some local pub goers encouraging them off the beach and to try a local brew. Arriving at the first pub Kyle realised it was St Patrick’s Day and so the evening began…

St Patrick's Day in Newcastle

Rumor has it at least a handful of pubs and waterfront bars were visited that night – all with Kyle wearing a very large Guinness hat. A club called Fanny’s was the last port of call for the #unmapped crew’s St Patrick’s day.


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