One of greater Newcastle’s western suburbs, about 13km from the CBD and just to the east of the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway, Wallsend is named for the small town famous for its proximity to Hadrian’s Wall, built in Northumberland, England, by the Romans in 120-123AD as a defence against marauding northern tribes. The southern Wallsend was originally a coal mining town, established in 1858 by the Newcastle-Wallsend Coal Company. In the 1860s, disputes between this company and miners resulted in a co-operative mine being opened at the site where the Wallsend High School now stands. The town developed to house and service the influx of miners, most of whom came from the United Kingdom. Wallsend is close to the Awaba State Forest which is a popular escape for the bush-walking fraternity. A short drive takes you into Newcastle’s CBD - which provides all the pleasures of a progressive, big city - and its superior beaches. Wallsend is also a convenient base from which you can explore Lake Macquarie and its shoreline and the Hunter Valley, with its abundance of wineries, eateries, horse studs and spelling paddocks.