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The Junction

2291

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
  • Beach
  • High School
  • Cafes / Shops
  • Shopping Centre
  • Parks
  • Public Swimming Pool
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Investor Snapshot

  • Median Age 38
  • Number of Businesses 1,570
  • Pop density (Persons per KM SQ.) 2,630
  • Average Household Size 2.2 people
  • Rental Market 37%
  • Households that speak languages other than English 7%
  • Source - Figures relate to the 2016 Census (Code SSC13827) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics: Merewether - The Junction Statistical Area 2

A GUIDE TO HELP YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, OR INVEST, IN NEWCASTLE, LAKE MACQUARIE OR MAITLAND

The Junction is known for its beachy culture and collection of high-end fashion. Cooks Hill sits to the north-east of The Junction, while Merewether is to the south. Bar Beach separates The Junction from the coast, while Hamilton covers the western border. The Junction is a little under three kilometres from the Newcastle CBD.

“Although naming a suburb after a road feature sounds odd, locals are fond of the literal junction.”

Formerly part of Merewether, The Junction has readily formed its own identity since it was established in 1991. “The Junction” gets its name from the large traffic junction in the centre of the suburb. Although naming a suburb after a road feature sounds odd, locals are fond of the literal junction. It is the only scramble (or diagonal) pedestrian crossing in Newcastle.

Why rent in The Junction?

Junction Fair shopping centre has a supermarket, butcher, bakery and bottle shop. It’s where you can go to grab essentials or do the weekly shop. The area is also a trove of independent shops. Due to its proximity to the beach, many of its clothing stores sell swimwear and surf gear, but there is also a range of jewellery stores and beauty parlours. A popular café spot during the day, The Junction is also known for its nightlife. Many of its restaurants double as cocktail bars and the local pub is a hotspot for Sunday evening drinks.

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Although small, Rowland Park along Glebe Road can be a nice little spot to enjoy the sun in summer. The park also has flower beds on the corner of Glebe and Union Street. Arnold’s Swim Centre in the north-west corner of The Junction is the home of the Hunter Swim Club, one of the largest clubs in the Coast and Valley Swimming Association.

The Junction has two primary schools, The Junction Public School and St Joseph’s Primary. Much of The Junction Primary School was rebuilt following the 1989 earthquake. It feeds into Newcastle High School in the neighbouring suburb of Hamilton.

Being a small suburb, The Junction has a lot of condensed living spaces, like units and townhouses. However as you move towards the outer area, particularly in the western streets, there are small family homes.

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