Kotara and Kotara South make up the area between Charlestown and Adamstown. The area had good access to public transport, schools, shopping centres and recreational areas.
Kotara was originally established to create a ‘garden suburb’ with high quality housing. The area developed slowly until 1947, but grew rapidly after this time. There is a suburban atmosphere in Kotara today and the neighbourhood remains consistent with a significant proportion of people living in the same house for more than five years. Kotara combines a commercial centre with residential living as well as a convenient recreational area.
Sport and Recreation Facilities
The most prominent feature of Kotara’s recreational facilities is Blackbutt Reserve. The reserve combines walking tracks, picnic facilities and wildlife and is one of Newcastle’s main attractions. Kotara also has a large number of parks. Nesbitt Park, Kotara Park and Lugar Street Reserve provide sporting fields and children’s equipment. Tennis courts are available and a cycle way runs through the residential area.
Kotara has a range of schools. Kotara South Primary school and a Catholic primary school, St James as well as a small school catering for special needs. Residents also have access to the local high school, Kotara High.
Although public transport in residential areas of Kotara is lacking, there are a number of medium frequency bus services on the main roads linking Westfield Kotara, the CBD and other suburbs. Kotara does have a train station but it is located approximately 2km from the commercial centre making it difficult to access.
Kotara has a large commercial district containing two main sections. Westfield Kotara provides supermarkets and other retailers whilst the Homemakers Centre provides a number of lifestyle stores such as Domayne, The Good Guys and JB Hi-Fi. Kotara’s shopping area is one of the largest in Newcastle.