Thanks for coming to our party! by Kian West

Friday night was amazing!
Thank you to everyone that made the effort to come to our Birthday party at The Edwards and to everyone that sent us a message in the week leading up to it with well wishes.

It means the world to us to know that so many people support our crazy little idea.

There are photos from the evening up on our Facebook page.

Special Thanks to Zombie Junk who donated her time on the night with a pop-up shop and to sell our stuff so we could enjoy the party. You should check out their amazing designs. 

Thanks to Murrays Craft Brewery who hooked us up with some beer so we could do a sweet price (and we got a nice little kick-back from The Edwards for every sale so it was a Win Win).

To Palm & Pine Party Co. for the incredible balloon displays! Thanks Andrea for being such a beautiful human and the fantastic work that you are doing. If you have a party coming up, think about balloons, biodegradable, so you don't have to get worried about all that either. 

And to The Edwards for helping us so much with making the event a reality, especially Alan who made it so easy, we love that space and the people there make it amazing. 


Sitting there thinking 'why isn't there a cool party I can go to that is guaranteed to have some fun straight-up Hip-Hop & Rap music all night' well I have just the solution for you. The Cambridge Hotel have just finished renovating the Cambo Courtyard and now it is time to throw down. An intimate event to turn up at. The kids said something about "Getting LIT" but I still don't know what that means? Anyways here are the details. 

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Need NYE plans? We've got a Bomb-ay option for you! by Brooke Tunbridge

Still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve? The Landing Bar & Kitchen are launching their new Bombay Sapphire Harbourside Cocktail Club NYE and you’re invited.

All images by Brooke Tunbridge

All images by Brooke Tunbridge

The Landing will host a three-course dinner with a selection of Bombay Sapphire curated cocktails, entertainment provided by DJ Timmy Coffey. The concept, new to the Hunter, will run throughout Summer at The Landing.

The NYE launch kicks off at 6pm at The Landing Bar & Kitchen, costing $120p/p. For more information, keep an eye on The Landing’s socials.

intro...December by Kian West


It’s a Christmas Bonanza! As fierce Novocastrian supporters we urge all our fellow loyal citizens to support the locals this Christmas and on into 2015 whenever possible. Support the local makers, support the local retailers, and support the local brands because when you support them they can support the community and then we all win.


We have a special Christmas Party event happening December 13th at the Commons Café, If you are an avid writer of blogs or otherwise, check out the Blog Meet that is happening 3-5pm or come to The Commons Café from 5pm for a Murray’s Craft Beer tasting and some live music. Tickets are just $10 and cover the costs of room hire, CRAFTernoon activities and make sure that the event will be top notch!


Lastly, we are having a bit of a break for January, but in true Mirage style we are going to be releasing a special SUPER Limited Calendar for 2015 just for our subscribers. So if you are reading this and already saying to yourself “I want a 2015 Newcastle Mirage Calendar!” well then you better jump on the Internet and purchase a subscription! My personal recommendation is the 12 month version.

Thanks for all your support this year, have a wonderful holiday period!





School Holidays By Alex Morris

We could splash the baths, swim and build castles. My vote's eat ice cream; watch ships.

Newcastle has lots of blogging going on... by Kian West


You may have spotted out post on Facebook a little while ago asking Who has a Blog & Who would be keen to attend a Blog Meet. Well it was pretty astounding the level of feedback we achieved and has taken us a bit of time to check out so many amazing blogs that were posted onto the conversation thread. We thought we had a duty to share all of those links with you... so in no particular order here are all of them:

The Rebel Rabbit

Victory Gardens

Morris Bear

A Wonderful Life

Balance in Wonderland

Poppy Bevan


Funktacular Fotography

Never Ending Bookshelf

Cupcakes Yummy Things

The Naughty Corner of Social niceties

Melisa H May

Chris Does It

Linda Swinfield

Sunday Girl, In Newie

My Ideas Man

The Daft Knight

A Little Bit Crinkled

The Little Lioness

Peachy Keen Muma

Beautifully Organised

Enfants Prudente

Polka Dots & Frocks

I Heart Tuesdays

Meadowlake Street

Money Perry

My Home Truths

Smarter Happier

Reading Upside Down

For This Way

(if you aren't on this list and want to be added shoot us an email:

We are pretty certain this is just the beginning of a list and there are so many other places to find local creative talent in Newcastle such as the Newcastle Writes page that have a kick-arse list of Blogs and inspiring local websites to visit!

A Date has been Selected for a Blog meet and will also form the basis for the Newcastle Mirage Christmas Shindig! on December 13th at The Commons Cafe on Beaumont St. with a kick-off around 3pm for afternoon tea, networking games and some crafternooning before some music and a couple of beverages. Fun huh?

Tickets will be available soon at a small cost.