For NSW or interstate visitors, Newcastle has direct flights from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane and is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Qantas, Aeropelican, Brindabella Airlines and Norfolk Air. Newcastle Airport is located at Williamtown, which is approximately 30 minute drive from Newcastle. More details can be found at: http://www.newcastleairport.com.au/page345/Home.aspx.
Taxis from the airport into Newcastle cost approximately $50 depending on traffic. There are also public buses that travel between Newcastle airport and Newcastle train station: http://www.pscoaches.com.au/airport.php
International visitors will need to fly into Sydney first and change planes for the leg to Newcastle.
An alternate to flying from Sydney is to catch the train from Central to Newcastle on the Newcastle and Central Coast line. The trip takes between 2.5 hours and 3 hours depending on whether you catch an express train or not. It is a scenic trip passing through the Hawkesbury River area. More details can be found at: http://www.cityrail.info/
Noahs on the Beach are offering a discounted rate for conference attendees. It is located 500 metres from the conference venue and 3km from the workshop venue and overlooks Newcastle Beach. To access the conference rate, enter the following code when you make your booking: 287830 http://www.noahsonthebeach.com.au/page3102/Newcastle-Accommodation.aspx
Alternate accommodation options are: Crowne Plaza Hotel: 1.5kms to the conference venue and 1.5 kms to the workshop venue http://www.crowneplaza.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/ntlwr?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/hotelsearchresults
Hotel Novocastrian: 800 metres to the conference venue and 3km to the workshop venue http://novocastrian.com.au/
Bimet Executive Lodge: 2.5 kms to the conference venue and 5 metres to the workshop venue! http://www.bimetexecutivelodge.com/index.html
Backpackers by the Beach: 500 metres to the conference venue and 3km from the workshop venue http://www.backpackersbythebeach.com.au/
Youth Hostels Australia - Newcastle: 400 metres to the conference venue and 3km to the workshop venue http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/hunter/newcastle-beach/
Newcastle in general
December is usually a lovely time of year in Newcastle when the water is warm enough to swim in.
There are many restaurants in the Newcastle area and more information about these will be provided to conference delegates when they arrive at the conference.
If you are interested in taking a break before or after the conference, Newcastle is close to some popular holiday destinations including Nelson Bay and the Hunter Valley area.
More details about Newcastle in general, can be found at: http://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/