Newcastle at a glance
Tucked into the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains escarpment, Newcastle is a town of beauty, culture and industry. Once a rural town, it's transformed into a thriving industrial, agricultural and commercial hub. Unsurprisingly, Newcastle was a 2015 finalist in the Kwêla Town of the Year competition. If you're looking for a country vibe with all the perks of modern living, Newcastle is the place to put down roots.
A brief history of the area
Over the years, Newcastle was known as Viljoen's Dorp and Waterfall River Township. However, Newcastle (named after a British aristocrat) stuck. The area has a rich history from the settlement of the British, occupation by the Boer forces during the Second Anglo-Boer War to the discovery of coal which brought prosperity to the town.
The town's associated with many famous faces. These include spiritual and political leader, Mahatma Gandhi, boxing legend, Theo Mthembu, writer, Rider Haggard, Springbok rugby player, Bakkies Botha, and 2003 MasterChef SA finalist, Shannon Smuts.
If you love sunny weather, you'll enjoy Newcastle during its spring/summer seasons. A warm and temperate climate, the average annual temperature in Newcastle is 17.3 °C. Although temperatures in Newcastle can drop below freezing during the winter months, snowfall is rare. Overall, the area's weather provides the perfect conditions for activities like birding, fishing, hiking, and more.
Schools in the area
Looking for an excellent Newcastle school? You'll find many that will help your child reach their full potential.
Primary schools include Huttenpark Primary School, Lennoxton Primary School and Drakensberg Primary School.
Combined schools include St Dominics Newcastle and Panorama Combined School.
Secondary schools include Lincoln Heights Secondary School, Ferrum High School and Amajuba High School.
Healthcare in the area
There is a range of healthcare options in the area. Hospitals include Newcastle Hospital, Madadeni Provincial Hospital, and Mediclinic Newcastle. There are also many general practitioners, dermatologists, pathologists and dentists for all your medical needs.
No matter the shopper you are, Newcastle provides a good retail experience. Newcastle Mall lives up to its "We have it all" slogan with a variety of tenants from Checkers to Queenspark. For your daily essentials, head to Amajuba Mall or Newcastle Corner. With an entertainment section, you can make memories with friends and family at Factory Plaza.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The driving distance from Lydenburg to King Shaka International Airport is 368 km. This will take you roughly four hours and seven minutes to reach your destination with an average speed of 80 km/h.
As a well-established area, Newcastle has all the usual food spots. For convenience, you can turn to the local Nando's, McDonald's, KFC or Mochachos. For friendly service and hearty dishes, stop by Pint & Pigout Restaurant & Pub. If you're in the mood for delicious Chinese cuisine, Ruyi Restaurant has all the chow mein, noodles and dumplings to whet your appetite. Food City Newcastle is your go-to feeding hole for authentic Indian food.
1. The Carnegie Art Gallery: The gallery is well worth a visit for its indigenous Zulu arts and crafts, as well as pieces from contemporary artists.
2. Fort Amiel Museum: Here you can learn more about the two Anglo-Boer Wars and the illustrious career of Rider Haggard.
3. Majuba Mountain: Take in the wonders of nature in the setting that was the final and decisive battle of the First Boer War.
4. Newcastle Siva Subramanian Temple: This temple is a celebration of Hinduism. It's a must-visit for the 25-ton statue dedicated to Lord Shiva.
5. Blackrock Casino: This premier entertainment spot is the place for exciting gaming and promotions.
Make Newcastle your home. Let it be your story.
Newcastle is the third-biggest urban area in KwaZulu-Natal. With stunning scenery, a storied history, and opportunities to grow, anyone would be lucky to live here. You can with Seeff Newcastle. We have a number of properties available in the area. Contact our team for more information.
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