Venue, Accommodation and Travel
The conference will take place at Isabella's Restaurant and conference venue on the Callaghan campus of the University of Newcastle. (SH, E-4, campus map, opposite the Drama Theatre). Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch for delegates will be served. There are also numerous food outlets in the immediate campus vicinity.
Newcastle has a wide range of accommodation options from backpackers and pubs to boutique properties and 5 Star resorts. Click here to see the full list of options. A special conference bus will collect delegates from the Newcastle CBD each morning of the conference and return delegates at the end of each day. Hotels and hostelries close to the CBD include the Crowne Plaza Newcastle, Quest Apartments, Travelodge Newcastle, Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach, Newcastle Beach YHA, and Backpackers by the Beach. Regular bus and train services also run to the Callaghan campus from the city centre.
For those delegates that are coming from interstate and overseas we suggest you extend your stay in the region for a few days as Newcastle is close to the popular holiday destinations of Port Stephens, the Central Coast, and is the gateway to the picturesque and historic Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s premier winegrowing districts.
International Delegates: Please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for Visa and travel information to Australia.
Getting to Newcastle
Newcastle is situated 165 kilometres north of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. If you are travelling by road from Sydney the journey is a comfortable 2 hours drive on the F3. For driving directions, visit www.whereis.com.
Newcastle Airport at Williamtown is located 30 minutes from Newcastle city centre and handles direct flights from Sydney (30 minutes), Melbourne, Brisbane, Norfolk Island, the Gold Coast and Canberra. For current flight timetable information visit the Newcastle Airport website.
Transfer services from Newcastle Airport to the CBD include taxis, shuttles, and a regular scheduled coach service. A one-way taxi fare will cost approximately $40 (Cabcharge accepted). Port Stephens Coaches operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day. A door-to-door shuttle service is also is also available from the airport to anywhere in the greater Newcastle area (bookings essential).
For a really picturesque journey from Sydney to Newcastle you might like to take a seaplane. Sydney Seaplanes operate 8 flights per day (4 in each direction) between Sydney Harbour and Newcastle Harbour. The flight time is just under 30 minutes and fares start at $99 per person one way.
Newcastle is part of the New South Wales City Rail network. There are frequent return services daily from Sydney and the journey is relaxing and picturesque. For timetables and fares visit the Cityrail website or call 13 15 00.
CountryLink trains and coach network connect Newcastle via Broadmeadow station to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and other NSW country centres. For timetables, fares and online bookings visit the Countrylink website or call 13 22 32.
Newcastle is serviced by coach companies throughout Australia with regular connections to and from various locations. For further information visit the Greyhound website.
During the Conference
Bus transport to the Conference each day, to and from the centre of Newcastle City:
A conference bus will collect delegates from the Newcastle CBD at 8.00 – 8.15 am on the mornings of Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June for transport to the University’s Callaghan Campus (Main campus). Delegates will be transported back to the centre of Newcastle City at the close of each day’s proceedings starting on Wednesday, June 12.
The pickup and drop down points will be determined in the fortnight leading up to the conference. Please advise the organisers once you have established your accommodation during the conference (Gillian.Arrighi@newcastle.edu.au and Victor.Emeljanow@newcastle.edu.au)
Aside from the myriad of tourist, sightseeing, and culinary opportunities within our local regions of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and the Central Coast, here are some links that may be of interest: