The University of Newcastle's main campus at Callaghan is only 12 kilometres north-west from pristine beaches and Newcastle CBD. Entrances are located off University Drive, Stannett Street and Wirra Crescent.

Callaghan is well serviced by both bus and train services and has excellent access to the F3 Freeway.

Parking at Callaghan

Monday to Friday (8:00am to 5:30pm) parking is available with a valid permit or by purchasing a parking ticket. At all other times, parking is free. The University's traffic and parking rules apply at all times.

To see all parking areas available, click here for the Callaghan parking map.

Parking permits

Annual and half yearly parking permits are available to staff at Callaghan. Staff can choose to pay upfront or via fortnightly payroll deduction (conditions apply). Click here to find out more.

Ticketed parking

Coin and credit card operated ticket machines are located throughout the campus if you do not wish to purchase a parking permit. Please note that the machines do not give change.

Click here to view the ticket machine locations on campus.

Free parking

Car park 14 has been designated as free parking as it is well sealed, lit and has CCTV coverage over the parking area. The sealed section of car park 16 is also free to park in. To see free parking location, click here.

The NUspace and Callaghan Security Shuttle both stop at car park 14 to assist with campus connectivity. Both of these shuttles can be tracked using the MyUON app.

For University staff and students, Rideshare parking is also free when you have a matched trip with Liftango. To find out more about Rideshare, click here.

Visitor parking

Visitors may only park in General Parking Areas, which you can find on the Callaghan parking map. Visitors can choose to purchase either a daily ticket or a scratch and display permit.

A daily ticket can be purchased via cash or credit card from ticket machines located throughout the campus. Please note that the machines do not give change.

Alternatively, scratch and display day permits are available for advance purchase from the Infrastructure and Facilities Services team. Permits can only be purchased in packs of 10 minimum by individuals and packs of 100 by Faculties, Divisions and Units using EFTPOS only. Permits must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard with the correct month, day and date scratched.

Contractor parking

Contractors with an agreement to complete maintenance based activity for the University may be eligible for a service parking permit for parking in a designated service parking bay. Service parking permits are valid for the calendar year issued.

Click here for more information about parking permits.

Accessible parking

Any person who has been granted a NSW or inter-state Mobility Parking Scheme permit, including an Australian Disability Permit, is able to park in Disabled, Staff and General bays free of charge. Your valid parking scheme permits must be clearly displayed on the passenger side of your front windscreen.. Please note that RTA Mobility Parking Scheme conditions apply.

If you require closer parking due to a temporary medical condition, you can apply for a University disability access permit by contacting the AccessAbility team

Motorcycle parking

Motorcycle parking on Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses is free, and no permit is required. Motorcycles must be parked in a designated motorcycle parking bay only. Motorcycles located in bays other than the designated areas may be subject to a fine.

Click here to view the motorcycle parking locations.

Loading zones

The University has an allocation of loading zones near major buildings and key locations around campus. Time limits for loading zones are for a maximum of 30 minutes unless officially authorised by Infrastructure and Facilities Services for an extended period.

If you are parking for longer periods than 30 minutes you need to use Staff and General parking areas and display a valid paid ticket or valid permit. Vehicles exceeding the time limit and not actively loading/unloading may risk an infringement.

Click here for the Callaghan loading zone map.

Bus and coach parking

If you are planning to bring a bus or a heavy vehicle onto campus, passengers are able to be dropped off at the main bus stops but then moved to either the bus/coach parking areas or moved off campus.  A valid permit must be displayed on all vehicles while on campus.

Click here for the bus and coach parking map.

Heavy vehicle parking

Heavy vehicles can attend site as required but then must be moved to a storage area as arranged with Infrastructure and Facilities Services. There is an open gravel area opposite the Ray Watt Oval which may be used short term.

NRMA meeting places

We have designated NRMA meeting places across Callaghan campus to make it easy for NRMA representatives to find you if you're having car trouble. If you are having trouble and require the services of the NRMA, please call them to report your issue and make your way to the nearest meeting place.

Click here for the locations of the NRMA meeting places.


There are local bus stops outside:

  • Design Building and the Mathematics Building on campus
  • University Drive just outside campus.

Visit Transport NSW for all timetable information.

Active Travel Guides will give you a snapshot of bus choices from major suburb areas to Callaghan campus.


Warabrook Station is located on the edge of the Callaghan campus. You can choose to walk to work from the station or catch the Safety and Security shuttle that has a stop right outside.

Visit Transport NSW for all timetable information.

Travel concessions

If you are 16 years of age and over, you need to pay adult fares unless you are eligible for a concession fare.

You can use an Opal card on all modes of public transport within the Opal network. Adult Opal cards are for everyone aged 16 years and over who normally pays an adult fare.

You can also use your contactless credit or debit card or mobile device to pay an Adult Opal fare.

For more information, visit Transport NSW.

Callaghan has free shuttle services for students and staff to get you to and from – or around – campus.

NUspace shuttle

With many staff members splitting time between Callaghan and NUspace, the University is offering a free express service that makes six stops within Callaghan campus before stopping at King Street outside of University House at NUspace. Please ensure you show the driver your staff ID when boarding the bus.

  • Peak hours: Departing every 30 minutes, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:50pm.
  • Off peak hours: Departing every hour, the service will commence at 7:15am, with the last service arriving at Callaghan at 10:05pm.
  • The shuttle does not operate during the uni shutdown period or on public holidays.

Station security shuttle

Connecting the train station with Callaghan campus this service operates Monday to Friday during semester between 8 to 10am and 4 to 6pm. The service operates on a continuous loop stopping at Warabrook Train Station (carpark 16) and Shortland Union building (carpark 5).

Security shuttle

Between the Express Station shuttle times the shuttle bus will operate on a continuous loop around Callaghan campus between 10am to 4pm. If you miss the NUspace shuttle you could catch the Security Shuttle.

Track the Security shuttle in real time on the myUON app.

Security night shuttle

From 6pm up until 1am you can call the security shuttle to arrange a pick up. The security night shuttle takes passengers to locations on-campus and also nearby suburbs including Jesmond, Shortland, Birmingham Gardens and Waratah West.

For the after hours shuttle service you can arrange a pick-up by calling 0407 951 470. You can also use any internal phone by calling extension 27114.

Download the myUON app to keep an eye on where the security shuttle is.

The University of Newcastle has partnered with Liftango, an exclusive ridesharing app, to make your trip to and from campus as hassle-free as possible.

Drivers get free parking on campus when they use the Liftango app to rideshare to campus. For all the rideshare parking locations on campus, click here.

Click here for more Rideshare information

Other rideshare services

Cycling is a great way to get to and around Callaghan campus. Numerous on road and off road bike paths connect the campus to Newcastle and surrounds.

Our Active Travel Guides will give you a snapshot of your walking, cycling, and bus choices from a range of major suburbs to Callaghan Campus. The guides show you the time, distance, and health benefits of walking, cycling or taking public transport to campus. We tested many of the walking and cycling routes to find the safest most direct options available and created live Google maps with directions to help you.

Bike Hubs

Secure Bike Hubs with end of trip facilities and a range of bike racks are available across campus.

The hubs are undercover, secure bike storage spaces with end of trip facilities and bike repair equipment.

You need to swipe your staff card to gain entry to the hubs.

Traffic and parking rules apply at all of our campuses. Students, staff and visitors to the University park their vehicle on campus at their own risk. Non-university owned vehicles are not covered by the University's insurance.

Parking signs

A range of parking signs are used to highlight the traffic and parking rules for a particular area. See our signs outline (PDF 107KB) for more detailed information.

Parking infringements

Revenue NSW processes parking infringements issued on the University campus on behalf of the University. The penalties applied are those provided for under the NSW Motor Traffic Regulations.

For further information please contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118 or visit their website at Revenue NSW

Got a question about parking?

Contact the Infrastructure and Facilities customer service team on (02) 4921 6500 or at

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.