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Newcastle, New South Wales

Central Newcastle today, viewed from Stockton, across the harbour.
Australian Place
StateNew South Wales
Population288,732 (2006)
Density1103 /km2 2856.8 /sq mi
Elevation9 m 29.5 ft
Area261.8 km2 101.1 sq mi
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
- Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
State DistrictNewcastle
Cessnock, Charlestown
Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens
Swansea, Wallsend
Federal DivisionNewcastle

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The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes most of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the Local Government Areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

Situated 162 km (100.7 mi) NNE of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is presently the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009 10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013. Beyond the city, the Hunter Region possesses large coal deposits. Geologically, the area is located in the central-eastern part of the Sydney basin.

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