Local Connections

Local Connections is the University’s latest casual all-day dining restaurant.

Nestled in the lush bushland setting of our Callaghan campus, Local Connections aims to highlight the connection between the University and the local community. In line with the University's Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025, Local Connections is committed to being eco-friendly through recycling, remaining plastic-free and reducing food waste.

Run by the University, the venue delivers fresh, seasonal, delicious dishes at student and staff-friendly prices. All food and drinks have been sourced from local vendors across the Hunter region to give diners a unique, authentic Newcastle experience.

Our newly recruited team of food and beverage attendants and kitchen attendants are all current University of Newcastle students, and keen to show you the venue!


Hold your next event at Local Connections! Using market-fresh and locally sourced food, our chefs will design a personalised, seasonal menu for your event. Take a look at our event packages and email venuesandevents@newcastle.edu.au to book your next event.

Opening hours

  • 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Private events available from 6pm


    We are located in the Shortland Building, in the old GT Bar, next door to the Brennan Room (US209).


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