Arrival and customs
Once you have booked your flights to Australia, you can arrange your transfer from Sydney International Airport to Newcastle. We recommend local operator Central Coast Express Shuttle.
You should book this at least 3 days before you leave. We recommend you arrive 5-7 days before your study commencement date to give you time to settle in to your new home and attend orientation.
Travel times from Sydney International Airport
- Sydney campus is 40 minutes by train
- Central Coast campus is 2.5 hours by train
- Newcastle campus is 3.5 hours by train
Travel time from Newcastle Airport
- Newcastle campus is 40 minutes by bus
If you are studying at our Callaghan campus or with our Newcastle Business School in the Newcastle city precinct, you will need to make your way up the coast to Newcastle.
A direct pick-up and transfer service is available between Sydney Airport and Newcastle with local operator Central Coast Express Shuttle. Visit their website to make a booking online. You will be contacted via email to confirm your booking details and payment options.
Bookings must be made at least 3 business days prior to the arrival date.
For students using this service to travel to Newcastle, please enter the discount code UON1 in the "Additional Requirements" section, along with your UON Student Number (located on your Letter of Offer).
The journey between Sydney and Newcastle is around 3 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.
There are regular trains from Sydney International Airport to Sydney Central train station where you can change trains for Newcastle.
It takes around 3 hours to Newcastle depending on how many stops the train makes.
You can plan your trip with Transport Sydney Trains.
Warabrook Station (on the Hunter line) is the closest station to the university's Callaghan campus.
Pick up from Central Coast and Newcastle Line or Hunter Line train stations
UON Global offers a complimentary pickup service for commencing international students from any train station between Fassifern or Warabrook and Newcastle Interchange inclusive. This service is from our third party provider Waratah Hire Cars which can transport you to your accommodation in Newcastle. Access the booking form here and ensure that you tick 'Other' and provide your Student Number (located in your Letter of Offer) in the 'Additional Comments' box.
If you are studying at our Central Coast campus in Ourimbah you will need to make your way up the coast.
Free pick up and transfer
A free pick-up and transfer service is available for new international students travelling from Sydney Airport to the Central Coast. This service is available to newly arrived UON international students only. All accompanying family members and friends will be charged a transfer service fee. Central Coast Shuttle Express will contact you by email with a quote for additional passenger's airport transfer charges. This quote will include instructions for online payment using credit card. Please note all confirmed airport transfers payments are non-refundable.
Bookings can be made online and must be made at least 3 days prior to the arrival date.
For students using this service to travel to the Central Coast, please enter your UON Student Number (located on your Letter of Offer) in your Enquiry form.
The journey between Sydney and the Central Coast is around 2 hours depending on the number of stops the bus makes en route.
If you are arriving at Sydney Airport and studying at our Sydney campus, you have several options to go to and from the airport.
Newcastle Airport at Williamtown is around 40 minutes drive from our Callaghan campus and from Newcastle's city centre, where our Newcastle Business School is located.
UON Global offers a free pickup service to new international students landing at Newcastle Airport. This service is provided by our third party booking agent Waratah Hire Cars. Access the booking form here. Please ensure you tick the 'Other' box and provide your Student Number (located in your Letter of Offer) in the 'Additional Comments' box.
Customs and quarantine
When you arrive at Sydney Airport you must complete an incoming passenger card and clear customs.
Australia has some of the most stringent customs and quarantine regulations in the world – it is important that you know which items you cannot bring into Australia and which items you must declare to as there are severe fines and penalties if you do not follow the rules.
Prohibited items are not allowed into Australia. This includes weapons and firearms and illegal drugs.
Restricted items must be declared to a customs official. These include large amounts of currency over AU$10,000.00, prescription medication, food containing animal or plant products, plant items or wooden items.
For more information see the Arriving travellers section of the Australian Government's Australian Customs and Border Protection Service site.
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.