Cooks Hill

Cooks Hill is both an entertainment and residential district.


Cooks Hill grew from coal mines in the area. Land sales developed from Brooks Street onto Darby Street to create the commercial centre there today. Darby Street was originally known as Lake Macquarie road and was one of the few public access roads through AA Company Coal Mine land.

The Newcastle Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 Maps

To understand the Newcastle LEP 2012 both the written document and maps that make up the LEP must be reviewed. Links to the maps, relating to this suburb, can be found on the right hand side of this web page. The maps are also available on the official NSW legislation website in connection with the Newcastle LEP 2012. This information is also available by purchasing a S149 Planning Certificate for the parcel of land.

Sport and Recreation Facilities

Cooks Hill is home to National Park netball courts and sporting ovals. Centennial Park and Nesca Park provide recreational areas with play equipment available. Howzat Fitness Centre is located on Brooks Street.


City Library, the largest in Newcastle, is easily accessible for residents of Cooks Hill. Visit the library for more information about libraries in Newcastle.


The area is home to Newcastle High School, and a part of Newcastle Grammar School.

Transport Options

Cooks Hill is well situated for public transport with main roads providing access points, although the public bus service is irregular along Darby Street.

Go to The Newcastle and Hunter Bus Timetable for times.

Commercial Centre

Darby Street is a lively area full of mixed businesses, cafes and restaurants. Cooks Hill is also well located for access to The Junction shops and the CBD. The Newcastle Art Gallery is located in Cooks Hill adding to the suburb’s cultural dimensions.