Stockton

About Stockton

Stockton is a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 600m from Newcastle's central business district. The commute between Stockton and Newcastle takes under 5 minutes using the regular ferry service. It is the only residential suburb of Newcastle that lies north of the Hunter River and despite being technically an inner-city suburb of Newcastle, Stockton has a country town atmosphere because of its isolation.

It has a rich maritime history and has seen over 100 ships wrecked on its shores. Stockton was settled soon after the foundation of Newcastle in 1797. It was originally called Pirates Point, because escaped convicts who seized a ship called the Norfolk were shipwrecked there in 1800. Ship building became the main industry and the suburb was boosted by the opening of the Stockton Colliery in 1884.

Stockton Bridge opened in 1971 allowing convenient access between Newcastle, Stockton and Port Stephens. Stockton is famous for having the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere. Stockton Beach is 32 kilometres long and stretches north from the mouth of the Hunter River to Anna Bay.

There is an abundance of recreational activities including four wheel driving, sand boarding, cycling, surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, sailing, bird watching and surf lifesaving. It also has some of the best fishing spots in NSW. Stockton’s increasing popularity is due to the idyllic coastal lifestyle, traditional community spirit and convenient access to the Newcastle CBD.

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