Getting to and Around Newcastle

By plane

Newcastle has direct flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are indirect flights between Newcastle and Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Darwin. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the Newcastle CBD. Airport transfers can be arranged at the airport or through your preferred accommodation provider. See Newcastle Airport for more information

The Newcastle Airport Information Services Desk can arrange door-to-door transfers. Please phone 02 4928 9822, or email

By car

Newcastle is Australia's eighth largest city but its streets are easily navigated.

Drive into the city along the Pacific Highway, which leads straight into Hunter Street, Newcastle CBD's main drag (the mall, at the far end, allows slow-moving, one-way traffic). Trace Wharf Road east and see Nobbys Lighthouse marking the entrance to Newcastle Harbour. Park in the council's parking station at 92 King Street or a privately operated car park.

Find car rental companies at the airport and throughout the city. Some of the options include EuropcarHertzBudget Car and Truck Rental or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.

Newcastle Taxis has 175 vehicles, 23 of which are wheelchair capable, that cover the whole of the Hunter region. Visit for more info.

Please note, parking in Newcastle might be difficult if you are not staying at a hotel.

By bus

Head to Newcastle on a long-distance bus - Greyhound services leave from Sydney's Central Station, Brisbane's Coach Terminal and Melbourne's Travel Centre. Newcastle's local bus network radiates from the Coach Interchange, behind Railway Station , Wharf Rd. Major bus interchanges are found at the University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale, Warners Bay, Belmont, Charlestown Square, Westfield Kotara and Broadmeadow Station.

Trips taken within a designated area of Newcastle's CBD are free on State Transit-operated bus services.

Opal cards are used on Newcastle's local buses replacing the time-based tickets that are unique to the city.

For more information visit

By train

Sit back and relax by riding the rails to Hamilton or Broadmeadow Stations, with connecting shuttle buses to central Newcastle and beaches until the light rail is installed (watch this space). Catch one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services departing from Central Station, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping or Hornsby to continue north to Broadmeadow or Hamilton (

TrainLink's inter-city services connect Brisbane to Broadmeadow via the regional cities of Casino, Grafton, Wauchope and Taree, before continuing to Sydney. Broadmeadow is a major railway hub: northwestern services from Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Narrabri also arrive here.

Note NSW Trainlink travels directly from Sydney Central to Broadmeadow. There is no shuttle from Broadmeadow, only from Hamilton.

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

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 Fernleigh Track is exceptionally popular for walkers and bike riders, and stretches through bushland from Adamstown in Newcastle through to Belmont in Lake Macquarie. One of the highlights of the Fernleigh Track is the 1890s built Fernleigh Tunnel, once used for transporting coal from the mines in Newcastle.

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