The Great Hall

Officially opened in 1973, the Great Hall is the venue of many the University of Newcastle’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 1,245 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 dinners, dance shows and even expos. Please get in contact with our Venue and Events team to see how the Great Hall can work for your event.

Essential Information

  • Total seating of 1,231 (448 tiered seats and 783 removable seats)
  • Full in-house Audio and lighting System
  • Grand Piano and Organ
  • Foyer Area
  • Two Dressing Rooms
  • Two breakout rooms
  • Kitchenette Facility

Main Hall capacity

Cabaret: 240
Dining: 300
Cocktail: 750
Theatre: 1,230

Purdue Room capacity

Boardroom: 30
U-Shape: 35
Cabaret: 64
Dining: 80
Cocktail: 80
Theatre: 80

COVID-19 restrictions may apply

Main Hall: 720 m²
Purdue Room: 135 m²

Lighting plot
AV Guide
Provided equipment


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.