With a metropolitan feel at its centre but wide streets to its borders, Charlestown is a popular suburb of Lake Macquarie.
Ten kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD, Charlestown is the largest town within the City of Lake Macquarie and the biggest business district of the region outside of Newcastle. It neighbours Adamstown Heights, Whitebridge, Hillsborough and Gateshead.
“NOW THE AREA’S LARGEST SHOPPING CENTRE, CHARLESTOWN SQUARE IS A POPULAR SPOT FOR SHOPPING, DINING AND RELAXING, WITH ITS ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT FEATURING RESTAURANTS, A BOWLING ALLEY AND A CINEMA.”
Like many other parts of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, Charlestown was a mining town, before later being converted into a residential area. Charlestown’s biggest drawcard came with the opening of Charlestown Square in 1979. Now the area’s largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square is a popular place for shopping as it features popular international stores. It also includes a variety of restaurants and cafés, play areas for young children and entertainment facilities including a bowling alley, laser tag and a large cinema complex.