"Good and bad"
Teralba is rural-ish but has a train line going straight through and lots of industrial factories. So it can be noisy and smoggy. Like much of Newcastle though! There is also an open mine a few kms behind it. The new Billy’s Lookout development is beautiful with gorgeous new homes and a real community feel but the rest of teralba is rundown houses and a small depressed half shut shopping village. Main teralba is populated by retirees and the down and out... who mainly come from the long stay caravan park. Hoping to see nice coffee shops etc move in but don’t think that will be likely until the industrial moves on. Most people drive to nearby Warner’s bay.
"Not a great place to live"
There is one good coffee shop - wildflower. And some young couples have moved in and done some beautiful Reno’s of the old mining cottages but there is still an undercurrent of lower socioeconomic problems in the area that are hard to ignore. Before moving here go and hang out at the local shops. It is a fair drive to anything decent such as shopping centres and beaches and not walkable. Dry, arid and lots of old fibro homes. Most born and bread novacastrians will tell you to avoid Wallsend. The crime rate tells it all.