We spent 24 hrs in Newcastle for the official opening of a veranda in our bro-in-laws bar, opened by Kevin Rudd (prime minister) look-a-like (who is also bro-in-laws uncle and is really funny).
Stayed in Travelodge as it was handy but stupidly didn't book it on their own website and got charged extra than the others for no breakfast and twin beds! Stupid wotif.com.
But Newcastle has it all and was even on the Channel 9 travel show 'Getaway' see http://getaway.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=393373 (the pub The Kent in the clip is bro-in-laws bar).
I hadn't been there for 3 years, in fact to the day as the Hamilton Festival was on then too or maybe that was another time, anyway, it was great to have brunch on funky Darby St. and check out the great clothes shops esp. the new expensive one called "High Tea was Mrs. Woo" where I bought a gorgeous merino wool jumper (why?) and to swing by Bar Beach again.
So we are tourists who love to travel
Unlike other tourists we (the adults) have been to 55 countries (many counties more than once) but we don't claim to be travellers
We have done all manner of travels from shoe string to 6 star
We moved to Australia 10 years ago so that put a pause on our number of new countries count
Naturally road tripping around Australia has been a big part of lives for the last decade to all 8 states/territories
We now have 2 kids aged 5 & 7 and since #1 was born we have been on 25 trips both around Australia & to the ... full info