Arrival and customs
Once you have booked your flights to Australia, you can arrange your transfer from Sydney International Airport to Newcastle. We recommend local operator Happy Cabby.
You should book this at least 3 days before you leave. We recommend you arrive 5-7 days before your study commencement date to give you time to settle in to your new home and attend orientation.
Travel times from Sydney International Airport
- Sydney campus is 40 minutes by train
- Central Coast campus is 2.5 hours by train
- Newcastle campus is 3.5 hours by train
Travel time from Newcastle Airport
- Newcastle campus is 40 minutes by bus
If you are studying at our Callaghan campus or with our Newcastle Business School in the Newcastle city precinct, you will need to make your way up the coast to Newcastle.
A direct pick-up and transfer service is available between Sydney Airport and Newcastle with local operator Happy Cabby.
Special discount rate
University of Newcastle students are offered a special rate, simply provide your student number (found on the top of your Offer letter or Confirmation of Enrolment letter) when you book online.
On arrival at Sydney International Airport, make your way to the Happy Cabby meeting point at the McDonald's restaurant in the International Arrivals Hall. The bus driver will meet you there.
The journey between Sydney and Newcastle is around 3 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.
There are regular trains from Sydney International Airport to Sydney Central train station where you can change trains for Newcastle.
It takes around 3.5 hours to Newcastle depending on how many stops the train makes.
You can plan your trip with Transport Sydney Trains.
Pick up from Broadmeadow station
You can fly from Sydney to Newcastle in about 30 minutes. You should book this domestic flight at the same time as your international one.
Flights leave from the Qantas Domestic Terminal at Sydney Airport. Tansfers between airport terminals are possible by train, taxi or bus and take around 20 minutes.
Pick up from Newcastle Airport
We have a free pick up service for new international students who arrive at Newcastle Airport.
If you are studying at our Central Coast campus in Ourimbah you will need to make your way up the coast.
Free pick up and transfer
A free pick-up and transfer service is available for new international students travelling from Sydney Airport to the Central Coast.
You can book online using our Central Coast Airport Shuttle Booking Form.
Please complete your arrival information and be sure to include these details in the comments field:
- Student ID (located on your Offer letter or Confirmation of Enrolment letter)
- Please indicate that you are a new University of Newcastle, Central Coast student
When you arrive at Newcastle Airport go to the meeting point at the Information Desk near the baggage carousel. The driver will meet you there and take you directly to your accommodation or the University.
The journey between Sydney and the Central Coast is around 2 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.
If you are arriving at Sydney Airport and studying at our Sydney campus, you have several options to go to and from the airport.
Newcastle Airport at Williamtown is around 40 minutes drive from our Callaghan campus and from Newcastle's city centre, where our Newcastle Business School is.
Customs and quarantine
When you arrive at Sydney Airport you must complete an incoming passenger card and clear customs.
Australia has some of the most stringent customs and quarantine regulations in the world – it is important that you know which items you cannot bring into Australia and which items you must declare to as there are severe fines and penalties if you do not follow the rules.
Prohibited items are not allowed into Australia. This includes weapons and firearms and illegal drugs.
Restricted items must be declared to a customs official. These include large amounts of currency over AU$10,000.00, prescription medication, food containing animal or plant products, plant items or wooden items.
For more information see the Arriving travellers section of the Australian Government's Australian Customs and Border Protection Service site.