Hire a venue at Callaghan campus

About Callaghan campus

The University of Newcastle’s main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres from beaches and the heart of Newcastle. Our campus is a wonderful mix of award winning, architecturally designed buildings and world-class infrastructure scattered over 140 hectares of natural bushland. We have a reputation for having one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in Australia.

We are focused on building strong regional communities and offer many of our state-of-the-art facilities to the public for hire. These facilities range from large auditoriums catering over 1,200 people for presentations, graduations, concerts and dance performances, to function rooms for events and smaller rooms for meetings. On our Callaghan campus we also have sporting facilities including an aquatic centre, multi-purpose courts and ovals.

Please click here to view further information regarding hiring a venue at our Callaghan campus.


Booking application process

For all enquires and bookings please complete this form and our Venues and Events team will get back to you. Alternatively you can contact the Venues and Events team on (02) 4985 4906 or via email at venuesandevents@newcastle.edu.au.


Our venues

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The Great Hall was officially opened in 1973 and is the venue of many UON’s prestigious events including University graduations, Alumni awards, Orientation and conferences with a large open Foyer space that is perfect for registrations, exhibitions or catering.

The University of Newcastle’s Great Hall features a stepped auditorium, is fully air-conditioned and provides a large stage that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra. The total seating capacity of the Great Hall is 1,231 which includes 448 tiered seats and 783 removable auditorium seating which means we are flexible with the set up arrangement of your event. The Great Hall can be set up for many types of events, seated dinner, dance shows and even expos.

Griffith Duncan Theatre

Griffith Duncan Theatre

The highly acclaimed Griffith Duncan Theatre is one of the University of Newcastle’s prime performance spaces and hosts a wide range of lectures, concerts, musicals, plays and dance events. The Griffith Duncan Theatre has been impressing audiences since its re-opening in 2015 as one of the most up to date theatres in Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle created its own niche by being an intimate yet fully serviced proscenium arch theatre equipped with a fly tower and orchestra pit. The fully teared seating accommodates an 813 people audience and has dedicated spaces available to persons with limited mobility.

Lecture theatres and classrooms

Lecture theatres and classrooms

The University of Newcastle has a great variety of lecture theatre and classrooms available for hire. Many of the rooms have the very latest technology and have been refurbished. We have spaces available that range in capacity from 20 persons to 813 persons available for your hire.

Bar on the Hill

Bar on the Hill

The Bar on the Hill is the centre of entertainment at the University of Newcastle and is available for hire for a range of functions from gigs, weddings, trivia nights, music nights, school discos or any other amazing event you come up with.

The Forum

The Forum

NUsport manages a range of world-class sporting facilities for hire at Callaghan campus.The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre offers an eight lane 50 meter indoor heated pool with seating for 400 spectators. Also available are two multipurpose courts for activities such as basketball, volleyball, netball and badminton, Five sporting ovals with high quality surfaces are available at this campus.

For all enquires and bookings please contact the venue on (02) 4921 7001 or info@theforum.org.au