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Getting Around Newcastle and Tourism

Getting Around

Generally speaking, conventioneers are responsible for their own transport arrangements to/from the convention centre and also to/from social functions. However the following notes may assist, noting that differing situations occur for daytime getting to/from the Convention centre , and nightime to/from Social functions.

Daytime
Parking – All streets in the Newcastle CBD area have parking fees applicable at least during weekdays and Saturday mornings, but some also applicable on Sundays as well. Most CBD street paid parking is limited to 2 hours.

  • There are some nearby multi-level parking stations, but their fees on weekdays are generally higher for casual all-day parking.
    • Civic West Parking Station, located at Gibson St. A 5 minute walk to the Civic (02 4926 4990).
  • There is a free-parking area at Bar Beach, and the COC has arranged a shuttle bus service on Friday through Monday from there to the Convention (8-10am) & returning after the afternoon business sessions.

Public Transport – Conventioneers staying within the Newcastle CBD area city Free-fare Zone (see accommodation list and map) may travel for free by any StateTransit public bus to/from the Civic (Convention centre) during the daytime only (7:30am to 6pm). After that time, and outside that zone, normal bus fares apply, although those conventioneers who hold a NSW or interstate Seniors card are entitled to use that to obtain a $2.50 (allday/all zones) fare for use on regular scheduled public transport.

Those conventioneers staying at the Stockton Caravan Park can make the short walk from the City-side ferry terminal, across the railway crossing to the freezone bus in Scott St to get to the Civic (Convention Centre)

  • Timetables for Newcastle Buses and the Stockton (passenger) Ferry available online at www.newcastlebuses.info
  • Two local taxi companies are Newcastle Taxis (131 008) and Newcastle Hire Cars (02 4960 1800)

Night Time (re Social Functions)

Thursday night:

  • Conventioneers make their own travel arrangements to attend social functions
  • Except that those attending Club Hospitality will be picked up by their host Lions Club (to be advised at registration)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights:

  • Those conventioneers staying within the Newcastle CBD may pre-purchase (via their Registration form) a 3-night Social Function Transport Ticket which will cover chartered bus transport from regular city bus-stops within the nominated zone, to (& return from) the various official social functions on all three nights. Refer to the accommodation list.
  • Conventioneers not opting for this transport ticket, (or staying outside the pickup zone) need to find their own way to/from the functions. Parking is available near each venue. [Racecourse ; Wests; HarnessRacing; Panthers]

Tourism
Situated in the heart of the Hunter Region and bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches is the City of Newcastle. A top ten city in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2011’ guide, Newcastle is a city of rich history, eclectic culture and exquisite scenery. Newcastle Visitor Centre website includes lists of things to see and do, and “Must-do” experiences, as well as notes about the various Newcastle “precincts” with their various cultural, dining and sightseeing features. The special “Newcastle Famous Tram” will divert to cater for conventioneers on a Newcastle sightseeing/history tour. Nearby adjoining areas to Newcastle worth spending time to visit before or after convention include the Port Stephens area (water activities, dolphin/whalewatch cruises), Hunter Valley Vineyard area (renowned wineries, HV Gardens, numerous golf courses and a wide variety of dining & food choices) and historical areas around Maitland, while Lake Macquarie area surrounds one of the largest coastal saltwater lakes in the southern hemisphere with all associated activities.
An official convention day tour has been arranged to Hunter Valley Gardens and a winery (book via convention registration form).

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