Newcastle is an easy place to navigate. There are two major roads that lead into the city - the M1 and Pacific Highway - and with a regional airport (Newcastle Airport) located just 20 minutes drive from the CBD, and bus, train and taxi services throughout the city, travel in and around Newcastle is stress free. Below are some tools to help you navigate your way, plus some numbers you can call for transport related information.
The closest airports to the workshop are Newcastle Airport at Williamtown (a 25-minute drive north of Newcastle) or Sydney Airport.
If you are landing at Newcastle Airport
Port Stephens Coaches runs buses between the airport and the bus terminal in Newcastle. The Newcastle Airport Information Services Desk can arrange door-to-door transfers; please phone 02 4928 9822, or visit this website.
Alternatively, you could call a taxi with an estimated taxi fare from Newcastle Airport to the workshop venue of $60-$90. Call 132227 or visit Newcastle Taxis. Uber is also available in Newcastle, if you haven’t already, download the app.
For more information, refer to the official Newcastle Airport page.
If you are landing at Sydney Airport
You might like to hire a car from Sydney (and easy 2.5 hour drive) or Newcastle Airport (25 min drive) to make your way into the city. You will find car rental companies at both airports and throughout the city. Some of the options include Europcar, Hertz , Budget Car and Truck Rental, Vroom Vroom Vroom or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.
If you are landing in Sydney Airport one way to make your way to Newcastle is by train. Sit back and relax by riding the rails to the Newcastle interchange (at the edge of the CDB), with connecting shuttle buses to central Newcastle and beaches until the light rail is installed (watch this space). From Sydney Airport, take a train to the Central Station (in Sydney) and change (within the station) to the Central Coast & Newcastle Line to Newcastle Interchange. The State of NSW uses a pre-paid Opal card system for transportation services. These cards are free and you just pre-load credit onto them. Visit Transport NSW for more info.
Getting around Newcastle
Newcastle is Australia’s eighth largest city but its streets are easily negotiated, and while just about everything in the CBD is easy walking distance from the workshop venue, you might like to think about your transport options.
The workshop venue (Newcastle Conservatorium) is located near multiple bus stops. Trips taken within a designated area of Newcastle’s CBD are free on State Transit-operated bus services. Should you have to pay, a pre-paid Opal card system is required for Newcastle’s local buses, these cards are free and you just pre-load credit onto them. For more information visit Newcastle Buses
Bike hire is easy in Newcastle and is a pleasant, enjoyable and convenient way to explore the city. Visit The Maritime Centre (3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle) or Crowne Plaza Newcastle (Corner of Merewether Street and Wharf Road, Newcastle) to hire a bicycle for up to 24 hours. Bikes can be hired through the electronic kiosk at the bicycle bay via credit card payment, and helmets can be collected or returned through staff at The Maritime Centre or Crowne Plaza Newcastle.
For an alternative (and peddle free) option try an electric bike. Newcastle Electric Bikes offer single or tandem electric bike hire for up to 5 days and can even provide guided tours if desired.
Newcastle is a very walkable city, with a range of scenic walking tracks in the city centre and suburbs of Newcastle. Some of the more popular walks include Bathers Way, stretching along the coastline from Newcastle Harbour to Merewether Beach.
The Newcastle East Heritage Walk takes visitors on an inner city jaunt to many of Newcastle’s earliest buildings, including Christchurch Cathedral, Custom House, the Convict Lumberyard and Newcastle Ocean Baths.
Useful websites and phone numbers
- For bus and ferry timetables, ticket and fare information contact Newcastle Buses and Ferries: 131 500
- For taxi bookings and enquiries contact Newcastle Taxis: 132 227
- For train timetables and service information contact Transport NSW: 131 500
- For flight and airport transfer information contact Newcastle Airport: (02) 4928 9800
Websites for more information on Newcastle