Newcastle Surf Club, Shortland beach. Picture taken from the Noah's On the Beach hotel. I had been warned that the night-life around Newcastle's central business district was somewhere between seamy and dangerous. However, in the past few years, there has been a mini-explosion in inner-city apartment development in Newcastle (just as there has been in both Sydney, Melbourne and other Australian cities). Plenty of fairly normal people seemed to be enjoying an ice-cream on the beach on both warm and not-so-warm summer nights! (I hope to re-take this photo again one day, my hand must have been trembling...) A photo of the same scene, taken during daytime, is elsewhere in the gallery.