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.
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.