Travel Information

Newcastle University is a multicampus university located two hours north of Sydney.  Newcastle can be visited via road or train from Sydney, or by air from a number of Australian major cities and regional centres. See Newcastle Airport’s website to look for travel routes and transport options into the city centre. Please note that Newcastle Airport is located at Williamstown, outside the city centre.

The conference will be held at NUspace in Newcastle City, and other venues in the Civic Precinct. NUspace is located on the corner of Auckland Street and King Street. There are different transport options available to get to the venue listed below.

Parking Information

Civic West Parking does allow casual parking and the rates can be found here:

There are other car parking areas in the CBD, but this is the closest to the conference venue.

Flight information

Flights to Newcastle – please see the attached information with examples of flights to Newcastle, looking at the most direct flights, shortest flight time and cheapest options:


The Hunter train line leaves from Central Station in Sydney and terminates at Newcastle Interchange. This station is a 17 minute easy walk to the conference venue, or a 5 minute drive.

There are also numerous bus routes that service greater Newcastle.

Book Train Tickets from Sydney to Newcastle

For more information about getting to Newcastle city by train and using local buses, visit Transport NSW – trip planner.

Light rail

Newcastle light rail runs from Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the East End. With six convenient stops, including right out the front of NUspace, light rail is a modern way to explore Newcastle’s city centre. The turn-up-and-go service operates from 5am to 1am, seven days a week.

The best light rail stop for NUspace is the Civic stop is directly in front of NUspace.


Newcastle Transport operates the ferry between Stockton and Queens Wharf.

The ferry operates from:

  • Monday to Thursday from 5:00am to 11:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 5:00am to Midnight
  • Sunday from 8:30am to 10:00pm
ANTiDOTE Programme

Key Dates

 Registration Closed 26th May 2023


The Newcastle University has a relationship with some of the local hotels (marked with an *).  When you book you may be able to get a discounted rate, if you mention that you are attending the Drama Australia Conference, hosted by the University of Newcastle.

Please see details by clicking the ACCOMMODATION button.

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