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Newcastle Belmont South hotels mapNewcastle, Belmont South intro. An important coal-mining area until the middle of the last century, Belmont South is a suburb of the New South Wales city of Newcastle, set just 20kms from the city centre. Part of the City of Lake Macquarie and located on a sandy peninsula, Belmont has the Tasman Sea on its east and the lake on its west. It's a mainly residential suburb nowadays, with the usual shops, community offices, schools and other facilities, including restaurants and Belmont South hotels. Newcastle itself lies 150kms from Sydney, on the estuary of the Hunter River, and is still one of Australia's most important ports for the export of coal. Stretching away from the port, along the peninsula, are many kilometres of deserted beaches and to the west are wineries that make many of Australia's famous vintages. Barrington Tops National Park, with its freshwater rivers and lush rainforests, is a comfortable drive away and the city itself has a selection of museums and historic monuments including a cathedral.