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Navigating Newcastle

 

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.

 

GETTING HERE BY PLANE

The closest airports to the conference are Newcastle Airport at Williamtown (a 25-minute drive north of Newcastle) or Sydney Airport. 
 

If you are landing at Newcastle Airport

Or you could call a taxi or hire an Uber

  • Newcastle Taxis. Call 132227 or visit www.newcastletaxis.com.au                          
  • Uber is available in Newcastle, if you haven’t already, download the app.
     

If you are landing at Sydney Airport

  • Pre-book airport shuttle transfers at www.happycabby.com
  • Rent a car to make your way into the city, from Sydney an easy 2.5 hour drive You will find car rental companies at both airports and throughout the city. Some of the options include EuropcarHertz , Budget Car and Truck RentalVroom Vroom Vroom or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.
  • By train, sit back and relax by riding the rails to the Wickham interchange (at the edge of the CDB), with connecting shuttle buses to central Newcastle and beaches. From Sydney, catch one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services departing from Central Station. State of NSW uses a pre-paid Opal card system for Newcastle's local buses. These cards are free and you just pre-load credit onto them. Visit www.transportnsw.info. BEWARE! Track work is going on 8 January to 12 January so patches of track are shut down requiring bus transfers around work areas. Plan for delays.

 

IF YOU ARE ALREADY IN TOWN AND JUST NEED TO GET AROUND

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 conference venue, you might like to think about your transport options

By Car                    

  • Newcastle Taxis - Call 132227 or visit www.newcastletaxis.com.au                          
  • Uber is available in Newcastle, if you haven’t already, download the app.

 

By Bus

NeW Space is located on the bus route and has a bus stop located nearby on King Street. Trips taken within a designated area of Newcastle's CBD are free on State Transit-operated bus services. Should you have to pay the State of NSW uses a pre-paid Opal card system for Newcastle's local buses, these cards are free and you just pre-load credit onto them.  For more information visit www.newcastlebuses.info

 

By Bike

  • 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 Spinway 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 more information on Spinway bicycle hire visit www.interbike.com.au.
  • 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.

 

On Foot

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 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

 

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