Accommodation & Travel


There is another event on in Newcastle during the AESC which will mean accommodation will be extremely hard to come by. The Secretariat has block bookings in place at a number of hotels however all unsold rooms must be released back to the hotels 30 days prior to the convention. We highly recommend you book your accommodation sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Special accommodation rates have been negotiated for convention delegates at a number of hotels in Newcastle. To receive the special accommodation rates, bookings must be made via the online registration options or by contacting the convention secretariat and not with the hotels directly. Accommodation is only available for the convention dates, but can be organised outside these dates on an as requested basis only.

Details of Accommodation options and pricing will be provided during the online registration and included in the Registration Brochure. Visit the Registration page:


Detailed travel & general information will be provided in the Registration Brochure (coming soon).

Getting to Newcastle couldn’t be easier. With options for Road, Rail, Coach or Air.

Newcastle is 2 hours drive north of Sydney and is accessible from the following major Highways: F3, Pacific Highway, New England Highway and the Golden Highway. For driving directions to Newcastle visit For the latest road and traffic conditions check out the RTA's website or phone 13 27 01.

Newcastle Taxis services all of Newcastle 24 hours a day seven days a week, including Newcastle Airport. Choose from a sedan, station wagon, wheelchair taxi, or maxi taxi to carry up to 11 people at a time. Bookings can be made by calling 133 300 or on-line at newcastle taxis' website.

Newcastle is part of the New South Wales City Rail network. There are frequent return services daily from Sydney. For timetables and fares visit or call 131 500.

CountryLink trains and coach network connect Newcastle via Broadmeadow station to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and other NSW country centres. For timetables, fares and online bookings visit or call 13 22 32.

Newcastle Airport is located 30 minutes from Newcastle city centre and is the fastest growing regional airport in Australia with direct flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, the Gold Coast and Ballina. For a current flight timetable visit

For direct transfers, the Newcastle Airport Information Services desk is your one stop shop to book your airport transfer, including shuttle and hire car and limousine services. Please call 4928 9822 or email direct on

Newcastle is serviced by coach companies throughout Australia with regular connections to and from various locations. For further information visit the Greyhound website at

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