Welcome to Newcastle

Newcastle is a city in the midst of change, but its heart remains the same. Australia’s seventh largest city, our beloved ‘Newy’ is home to spectacular beaches, superb coffee and dining, and a thriving cultural scene.

This is Not Art (TiNA) and Newcastle are so intertwined in its audiences’ minds as to be inseparable. People come as much to enjoy the city as to enjoy the art. For visitor information and all your Newcastle trip planning needs, go to www.visitnewcastle.com.au

Getting here

BY PLANE: Newcastle Airport is your gateway to TiNA with direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ballina/Byron Bay, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Located approximately a 25-minute drive north of Newcastle, you can get to the city by car, shuttle bus, public bus, taxi, rental car, and hire car/limousine. For more info on transport between Newcastle Airport and the CBD, head to www.newcastleairport.com.au.

BY TRAIN: If you’re coming from Sydney, jump on one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services, which will get you here from Central Station in a matter of hours. Plan your trip at www.transport.nsw.info. If you’re visiting us from up north, Trainlink services run from Brisbane and the Northwest stopping at Broadmeadow. Don’t forget, trains terminate at Hamilton, so you’ll need to jump on a bus to get to the city from there.

BY BUS: Hitch a ride on a Greyhound and make the trek to Newcastle by bus from Sydney’s Central Station, Brisbane’s Coach Terminal and Melbourne’s Travel Centre (www.greyhound.com.au). Once in Newy buses are a breeze, with free travel across the CBD – check Newcastle Transport for timetables and more information.

Getting around

TWO WHEELS: Newcastle is mostly flat and the venues are pretty close together so you’ll have no problem moving around the festival precinct.

Look out for new electric bike station locations across Newcastle: corner of Glebe Rd and Watkins St The Junction, Bar Beach Pavilion, Station St, Wickham, Wickham Interchange, Birdwood Park in Newcastle West, Kuwami in Newcastle West, Marketown, Honeysuckle Hotel, the University of Newcastle NewSpace campus, Wheeler Place, Newcastle Library, Darby St near corner of King St, Headphones Park on Darby St, Nobbys Beach, Queens Wharf, Hunter St Mall, Telford St and Customs House.

BY TRAIN: If using rail note that trains terminate at Hamilton and no longer run to Wickham, Civic or Newcastle Stations. For timetable information visit www.transport.nsw.info and then search Central Coast and Newcastle line. From Hamilton you will need to catch a bus into town.

LOCAL BUS SERVICES: For a full timetable of local bus services beyond the free CBD zone, call 131 500 or go to Newcastle Transport.

FREE CBD BUSES: Jump on Newcastle buses between 7.30am and 6pm and travel free in the CBD. The Fare Free Zone is indicated by signs on the bus stops, but extends from Newcastle Station to just on the edge of Hamilton. Travel is covered from the beaches, up Darby Street, right along Hunter Street to the backpackers both in Hamilton and Newcastle East.

For full timetable of local bus services beyond the free CBD zone, call 131 500 or go to Newcastle Transport.

What else to do?

Beaches: Novocastrians pride themselves on the abundance of amazing beaches that surround our city, with many of them just a stone’s throw away from the CBD. The festival is located near Newcastle East, meaning both Newcastle and Nobbys Beaches are just minutes away on foot.

Newcastle Memorial Walk: Newcastle is a town known for its breathtaking scenery, and what better way to soak it all in then a stroll along the brand new Memorial Walk. Built to commemorate the ANZAC centenary, the walk is part of the Bathers Way, which connects Nobbys Beach in the CBD to Merewether. Providing a 360-degree view of the coast and city, this is one pathway you don’t want to miss.

Looking for more arts and cultural things to do whilst in Newcastle? Check out Culture Hunter, the only free online arts portal servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter region. Why not extend your stay and enjoy more of what the region has to offer?

Image: Newcastle aerial view. Photo: One Stop Productions 2018