Raymond Terrace is a dormitory suburb of Newcastle that is encounted when leaving (or entering) the city heading north to north coast, northern rivers and then ultimately Brisbane. Raymond Terrace has always been a town that has lots of individualism, and locals no way think of themselves as Novocastrians. Raymond Terrace is an old town, but there is not a lot of evidence of heritage management.
Established in 1837 it is situated at the meeting of the Hunter and Williams rivers and has about 12,600 residents. The reason for the name Raymond Terrace was not discovered.
In 1998 the Raymond Terrace bypass on the Pacific Highway was opened, diverting traffic away from the town centre.
In June 2009, Screen Australia announced that it would fund the development of the feature film Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the John Marsden novel of the same name. Raymond Terrace was chosen as a major location for producing the film as it is "a great country town". Historic King Street, the former main street of the town, was transformed from a normally quiet location into Main Street, Wirrawee. The street began its transformation in September 2009. Set areas included the "Wirrawee Cinema" and the Lee family's Asian restaurant. Filming began in King Street on 21 October 2009 and continued until 27 October 2009.