Getting here

Newcastle is located two-hours drive north of Sydney on the east coast of NSW. Newcastle Airport is a 25-minute drive from the CBD of Newcastle. Regular flights service the major cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

By Plane

Newcastle Airport is the fastest growing regional airport in Australia and offers direct daily flights to and from major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, The Gold Coast and Ballina.

Five airlines service Newcastle Airport (15 kilometres north of Newcastle). Jetstar flies from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Virgin Australia flies from Brisbane and Melbourne, QantasLink flies from Brisbane, Rex Airlines flies from Sydney and Fly Pelican flies from Canberra, Sydney, Ballina / Byron Bay, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour. Port Stephens Coaches runs buses between the airport and the bus terminal in Newcastle’s CBD. Hunter Valley Buses runs buses from the airport to East Maitland via Raymond Terrace. The Newcastle Airport Information Services Desk can arrange door-to-door transfers. Please phone 02 4928 9822, or email nais@newcastleairport.com.au.

By Train

Catch one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services departing from Sydney’s Central Station, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping or Hornsby to continue north to the Newcastle suburbs of Broadmeadow or Hamilton (www.transportnsw.infowww.sydneytrains.info).

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.

By Car

Newcastle is a two-hour drive north of Sydney. Car rental companies at available the airport and throughout the city. Some of the options include EuropcarHertzBudget Car and Truck Rental or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.

By 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 the Railway Station, Wharf Rd in the CBD. 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 www.newcastlebuses.info

Visit Newcastle

The coastal city of Newcastle is the heart of Australia’s famous Hunter Region. Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest and second oldest city. Newcastle was recently identified by National Geographic Traveller Magazine as an emerging global smart city excelling in the challenges of the twenty first century. Newcastle has been recognised by Tourism Australia as Australia’s Coolest Coastal Town and by Lonely Planet as a Top Ten Global City. Newcastle has been four times named a world-class festival and events city by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Newcastle is surrounded by eight spectacular beaches and is home to a vibrant university culture, thriving arts scene and an emerging innovation ecosystem. Located only 160 kilometres north of Sydney, Newcastle is easily accessible by car or train from Sydney, or through direct flights to Newcastle Airport from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For more information check out Visit Newcastle.