As the Soccer star David Beckham joins LA Galaxy team mates for an exhibition match against local football team in Australia's Newcastle on Saturday, the city's tourism division is looking forward to showcasing everything that's Newcastle.

The beach city located about two hours’ drive away from Sydney was recently named among the top 10 must-see destinations in the world in Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2011' book. The city receives over 100,000 visitors a year.

Beckham’s visit is a way for city’s authorities to show Aussie hospitality to the world, highlight the city’s famous spots and put international spotlight on Newcastle. We have a number of activities on offer for the LA Galaxy visit, including surfing at Merewether Beach and a visit to meet the koalas at a local wildlife sanctuary, Blackbutt Reserve, Jodi McKay, New South Wales Minister for Tourism said.

We also hope to take them for an unforgettable meal and wine tasting in our famous Hunter Valley, sand boarding at the incredible Stockton Beach sand dunes and jet boating on Lake Macquarie – which is four times the size of Sydney Harbour, she added.

Newcastle enjoys favorable weather condition round the year and boasts of a laid-back surf culture. Outdoor festivals and events featuring music, activities and food and wine make the city a happening tourism hotspot.