Travel and Stay


There are many accommodation choices available ranging from inexpensive hotels, motels and backpackers accommodation to fancy high flying luxury hotels.

If you are after walking distance or an easy bike ride, look for accommodation in the following suburbs:

  • Newcastle
  • Newcastle East
  • Newcastle West
  • Cooks Hill
  • The Hill
  • Wickham


If you will have a bike or a car, or want to use public buses then check out these areas:

  • Carrington
  • Hamilton
  • Islington
  • Bar Beach
  • The Junction
  • Adamstown
  • Mayfield
  • Merewether
  • Tighes Hill


Head over to transport to find out how to get around or orient yourself with Newcastle via this map.


To get help finding somewhere to stay, contact:

Newcastle City Council tourist info:
P (02 ) 4974 2999
3 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle (within the Maritime Centre) (Open 9.30am-4.30pm Tues – Sun)

To view Newcastle accommodation options visit Newcastle tourist and information services.


Getting to Newcastle

By car

If road-tripping from the north, take either the New England or Pacific Highways:

From Brisbane: 780km, just under 10 hours
From Byron Bay: 620km, about 8 hours
From Armidale: 330km, just over 4 hours

If road-tripping from the south, the multi-lane, high-speed, get-you-there-quick-smart Sydney-Newcastle Freeway (F3) will drop you right at our doorstep. But if sleepy coastal towns are more your thing, consider jumping off the F3 at Swansea and coming in on the Pacific Highway. Just be sure to leave time for a bit of frolicking at Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay!

From Sydney:  160km, just over 2 hours 
From Wollongong: 230km, just over 3 hours
From Canberra: 437hm, just under 5 hours
From Melbourne: 1000km, about 11.5 hours
From Adelaide: 1,500km, about 17.5 hours


By train

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley are serviced by both Countrylink and CityRail services.

Please note that the train line in Newcastle has recently been truncated to end at Wickham station. Shuttle bus services have been arranged if you’d rather not walk the final leg of the journey. More info on the new interchange can be found here.

From the Upper Hunter & North Coast, alight from your Countrylink service at either Broadmeadow or Maitland and then jump on a suburban train to Wickham.


By plane

Newcastle Airport is located at Williamtown, which is about 20km from the Newcastle CBD. It’s an easy airport to navigate and offers a number of transport solutions, including:

From the airport via shuttle – Visit Newcastle airport for information and other providers. Standard rate: $35.00 per person from Airport to Newcastle CBD.

PLEASE NOTE: BOOK SHUTTLES BEFORE FLIGHT- shuttles do not have regular timetables so if you don’t book providing information of arrival they may not be there to pick you up

From the airport via bus – Port Stephens Coaches offers an affordable rate. Make sure you check their timetables for services that match your arrival and departure time…. or be prepared to spend a bit time becoming familiar with the local environs of the Newcastle airport and surrounds

Port Stephens Coaches
P: 02 4982 2940

  • The trip takes about 35mins between Newcastle Airport and Newcastle Station.
  • You can asked to be dropped at any bus stop along the route and you can hail the bus from any bus stop along the route.
  • Full fare $5.00 / $2.50 concession [NSW Transport Concession or Australian Pensioner Concession]
  • Please phone Port Stephens Coaches to confirm timetable.


From airport via taxi/hire car

Taxi – Approximately $50 – $70 for the trip into town. Recommended if you’re sharing the ride with friends or other travellers, otherwise the bus or shuttle’s probably more cost-effective. (Call to confirm pricing details.)

Newcastle Taxi

P: 133 300

Hire Car – Approximately $49.50 for whole car (with driver) (call to confirm pricing details). Treat them like a cab service, though you can book ahead of time. But you pay a flat fee, so its good for drop-offs all over town.

Newcastle Hire Cars

P: 02 4960 1800

Car Rental Companies

No recommendation is being made by listing these companies. We’re just making it easier for you to locate what you need to make it here.

  • Avis – 13 63 33
  • Europcar – 13 13 90
  • Hertz – 13 30 39
  • Budget – 1300 362 848
  • Thrifty – 1300 367 227

Getting Around Newcastle

Free CBD buses

Jump on Newcastle Buses (the blue and white State Transit ones only) between 7.30am and 6.00pm and travel free in the CBD. So, if you are dragging your feet and it just seems too far, you could travel on the bus for one or two stops up and down Hunter St for FREE.

The Fare Free Zone is indicated by signs on the bus stops, but extends from Newcastle Station to just on the edge of Hamilton. So travel is covered from the beaches, up Darby St, right along Hunter St to the backpackers both in Hamilton and Newcastle East.

Most of our venues this year are in walking distance (2 or 3 city blocks). However there are a few events that have popped up in locations further West. So, to help you get around Newcastle during TiNA we have put all of our venues online for you – so you’ll never get lost on your way to an event.


Two wheels

Newcastle is flat and the venues are pretty close together so you’ll have fun riding around the streets with all the kids in your new bike gang. Bring your own pushie. Plus helmet, lights, safety vest & amp; chain if you do that sort of thing. And a flag. Make a pretty flag to fly off the handlebars. Then everyone in town will know you are a This is Not Art friend!

Don’t have a bike? Then hire one.


Local bus services

For full timetable of local bus services beyond the free CBD zone, call 131 500 or go to the State Transit website