This photo is quintessentially Newcastle because it has the essential elements: Beach, boats and bikini babes. And a bike. The quintessential beach babe, Jen Hawkins, a Newcastle local, entered the Miss Surfest beauty comp and was runner up. Twice. The 2 years before she became Miss Universe. Now you could say that this is because the beach babes in Newcastle are just too beautiful for Jen Hawkins to compete against or you could say that the Miss Surfest judges got it very wrong. I will leave it for you to judge, but in any case we do have the right beaches for Surfest.
The boats are the tiny bumps on the horizon: coal bulkers. The saying about taking coals to Newcastle did not originate here, but it did originate in the more famous Newcastle on Tyne after which our Newcastle was named and coal has indeed put Newie on the map. We export lots of it.