Venue and Travel


Newcastle City Hall

290 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300

Located in the heart of the Cultural Precinct opposite Civic Park and adjacent to the Civic Theatre, Newcastle City Hall is within close proximity to public transport, accommodation, the CBD, Honeysuckle and parking.

Plan your stay on the Visit Newcastle website

Newcastle City Hall

Australia's second-oldest city, bound by a working harbour and glorious surf beaches, was forged from coal, timber and sweat but has moved on from that rough-and-tumble era to embrace a new outlook.

Clever repurposing has transformed heritage buildings. Former railway workshops house Newcastle Museum; a sandstone bank is now a French-inspired bar sparkling with chandeliers; a brewery's 19th-century grain and keg warehouse now showcases craft beers.

City of Newcastle, Australia 

Arts projects, festivals and events have transformed five inner-city precincts. Come and explore Civic, Cooks Hill, East End, West End and the harbourside Honeysuckle development. Their makeovers are all part of a 25-year plan to revitalise Newcastle, shoring up its position as a vibrant regional centre and gateway to Hunter Wine Country.

A top ten city in Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2011', this is where bohemian culture coexists with surf culture; where hip cafés and award-winning restaurants flank an industrial port; where the land meets the sea.

This is Newcastle – a city of contrast, change and endless possibility.


In 1770, Captain Cook noted a distinctive islet – Nobbys Head – on a map as he sailed by, yet it wasn't until 1797 that Lieutenant Shortland, searching for convicts who'd nicked a ship, discovered a "very fine coal river", naming it after Governor Hunter. The fledgling Sydney colony drew on the area's coal and timber resources before using it as a satellite penal settlement for the very worst offenders. At Limeburners Bay on the Stockton peninsula, bone-weary convicts were set to work making lime.

When military rule ended in 1823, a pioneer town blossomed. Throughout the 1900s, Newcastle's fortunes were tied to the steelworks. A deadly earthquake struck in 1989, and the steelworks' closure ten years later also rocked the city to its foundations. But Newcastle's port remains the world's biggest coal export terminal. Today, even as Newcastle embraces its indigenous, colonial, maritime and industrial past, it is busy looking to the future as a regional capital of creativity and cool.


A group rate at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle has been negotiated on behalf of the conference delegates until Wednesday 8 June. This is a short walk from the conference venues located in the Honeysuckle District.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Book here until 8 June for discounted rates

A full accommodation list with booking instructions is available below.

Credit card details must be supplied to secure a hotel booking, but no charge will be made until you arrive at the hotel.

All changes or cancellations must be made in writing to the Conference Secretariat and not directly with the property. Please refer to the cancellation policies for each individual property as noted in the descriptions below.

Please note: rates are only applicable and can only be selected from the 10 July to 14 July (check out date) and are subject to availability. If you wish to stay outside of these dates, please contact the Conference Secretariat after placing your booking.

Properties a short walk to the conference venues

Room price per night

How to book

Crown Plaza Newcastle

Corner of Merewether Street & Wharf Road, Newcastle


Queen City Suite - $199

Queen Harbourside Suite - $229

Direct with the property via this link

Ibis Newcastle

700 Hunter Street, Newcastle


Standard Queen Room - $149

Via conference registration

Travelodge Newcastle

12 Steel Street, Newcastle


Guest Room King - $144

Via conference registration

Quest Apartments

575 Hunter Street, Newcastle


One Bedroom Apartment - $225

Two Bedroom Apartment - $354

Via conference registration

Chifley Apartments Newcastle

Cnr Wright & Settlement Lanes, Newcastle


One Bedroom Apartment - $195

Via conference registration

Properties located close to the beach and a 20 minute walk to the conference venues

Room price per night

How to book

Novotel Newcastle Beach

5 King Street, Newcastle


Superior Studio Room - $249

Harbourview Room - $279

Email the property directly quoting ID: International Environmental Catalysis

Quality Hotel NOAH's On the Beach

Corner Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street, Newcastle


City Side Room - $191 (single) $213 (double)

Harbour View Room - $211 (single) $233 (double)

Price includes breakfast

Email the property directly quoting ID: ICEC Conference


In partnership with local Travel Management Company, Travel Counsellors, we have selected a variety of memorable tour options for those of you with a little time to spend in the Greater Hunter region and those of you who are planning to extend your trip 'down under' to explore Australia.

Please visit the website below for tour information, travel tips, and for contact details for Tracy who can also assist you with your flights.

Visit the ICEC 2016 Pre & Post Tour Website

Special transfer rates for the 9th ICEC conferenceThe Newcastle Airport Information Services team can arrange a transfer to meet any flight in or out of Newcastle or Sydney Airport with options including hire car, limousine, or door-to-door shuttle bus.

Book a transfer to meet your needs and number of passengers:

Newcastle Airport to Newcastle CBD

  • 1 passenger is $45 total, 2 passengers is $50 total and the price per person decreases the more passengers you transfer.

Sydney Airport to Newcastle CBD

  • The team can arrange transfers between Sydney Airport and Newcastle. Book prior to 23 June 2016 to secure your place on the conference transport list. Transfer costs and times will be finalised closer to the conference.

Return transfers to Sydney can be to either the airport or CBD.


Phone (02) 4928 9822


Newcastle Airport


Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. For more information, see the following fact sheets:

If you require an invitation letter as part of the documentation for your visa, please request a letter via email. Letters will only be sent on request.