Waratah is only six kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD. Its eastern border hugs Georgetown, with Broadmeadow to the south-east. Lambton is to the south, North Lambton and Callaghan to the west and Mayfield across the train tracks on its north-east border.
Much of Waratah’s history is entwined with its original industrial profile. The land that now makes up Waratah was privately owned by the Waratah Coal Company. The rail line that ran through the area made it convenient to move coal en masse. Originally only coal workers moved into the area, but as more industries took advantage of the railway, workers from a variety of trades joined them. Today the suburb stills holds some of its industrial feel, mixed with the commercial hubs that have grown to meet the demands of residents.