Stockton is a fascinating and interestingly very close suburb of Newcastle, but a 500 metre stretch of water (the Hunter River) has determined this small suburb is effectively an independant community and a long way from ‘town’. Stockton had its beginnings independently from Newcastle, and more importantly its own history born out of the Stockton Colliery. It is the only suburb of Newcastle that lies to the north.

On the eastern side of Stockton there are sand dunes and beaches, with numerous shipwrecks at its north, while on the western side there are swamps, where many birds can be spotted.

For many years, Stockton was linked to Newcastle ("Overtown" or "Over Seas" in Stocktonite parlance) at the south with ferry services.

Stockton was settled almost as soon as the foundation of Newcastle in 1797. But for much of the 19th century it served as an industrial and mining base. In 1896 tragedy struck the local colliery, in which a gas leak killed 11 people. It has become a working-class dormitory suburb during the 20th century, and remains so today for its 5000 residents. The reason for the name has not been ascertained.

Although a town with a million-dollar view, Stockton is proudly a working-class suburb. In recent years, however, the town has begun to re-invent itself with a push for young professionals to move in from other centres. Until now Stockton has not grown and there is some evidence of heritage priority.

Stockton has three near century and more ‘old’ pubs. The General Washington being one of the oldest pubs in Newcastle.

The Anglican Church is well over 100 years old. This grand and historic church. The United and Catholic are modern buildings.

The Stockton War Memorial is a vintage WW1 offering and a really picturesque and impressive war acknowledgement.

When visiting/and or staying in Newcastle, Stockton should be a ‘let’s base ourselves here’ consideration. Stay in the country and the city at the same time and is highly recommended also.

Heritage diary




  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course