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Getting to Surfest

Public transport is the best way to get to Surfest with buses running regularly to Merewether Beach. You can use your Opal card or your credit/debit card or linked device to tap on and off. With your credit/debit card or linked device to get the same fare and travel benefits of an Adult Opal card.
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Light Rail

Newcastle light rail operates frequently through Newcastle’s city centre. Event goers using the light rail can connect with the route 12 at Hunter Street at Florence Street – a short walk from Newcastle Interchange or connect with the route 21 at Customs House, Watt Street – a short walk from the Newcastle Beach stop.


The ferry operates between Stockton and Queens Wharf with services every 15 minutes during peak periods and 20 minutes throughout the day and weekends.

Event goers can connect with the route 21 service at Customs House, Watt Street – a short walk from the Newcastle Beach stop.

Fly direct to Newcastle for the Surfest:

It’s easy to fly direct to Newcastle for Surfest. Leave the driving behind and fly direct to Newcastle Airport from Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and Ballina/ Byron Bay. You can also connect to more than 65 destinations with just one stop.
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Transport to and from Newcastle Airport:

Getting to the beach is easy, Newcastle Airport is an easy 30-minute drive from Merewether Beach. See below for your transport options to get you to and from the Airport. Travel hassle-free and let Newcastle Airport Information Services arrange your door-to-door airport transfers – surf boards no problem!

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Newcastle has a huge range of accommodation options for all budgets. Please use the sites below to find suitable accommodation for your stay in Newcastle.

The Holiday Inn Express, Newcastle is situated in the vibrant harbour city of Newcastle NSW. The hotel features 170 well-designed rooms and is situated in the up-coming western end of Newcastle city, close to Newcastle CBD, Honeysuckle dining and business precinct, Newcastle beach and foreshore and Market Town Shopping Centre. The Holiday Inn Express, Newcastle is easily and quickly accessible from Newcastle Airport in under 25 minutes and is located a short walk from the Newcastle interchange.

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Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Region is the beach side city of Newcastle. A top ten city in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2011′ guide, and the 2012 winner of the IFEA Event and Festival City Award, Newcastle has a rich history, quirky arts culture and a thriving dining and shopping scene.

There are few cities in the world beyond Newcastle that can say their city centre is surrounded by eight beaches. Merewether, Newcastle, Nobbys, and Bar Beach in particular are popular surfing and fishing locations, and are conveniently located close to the city centre.

Take a moment to watch Newcastle’s bustling port in action. Sharing the harbour with coal ships are freight ships, fishing boats, ferries, yachts, kayaks and private vessels, making for a chaotic but exciting scene.

Newcastle is the ideal place to catch some culture, with a cluster of galleries, restaurants and boutiques along
Darby Street, Newcastle East and Cooks Hill.

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Things to do in Newcastle

Bric a brac and antique shopping at some of the city’s Renew Newcastle initiatives. 

Browse the historic heart of Newcastle for a fine dining experience or visit the many small bars catering for all ages and tastes.

Catch some live music in one of the many inner city pubs or sip on a latte in a quirky sidewalk café.

Take a walk through Newcastle’s history at the a new Newcastle Museum or visit Newcastle’s outstanding Art Gallery all within walking distance of the CBD.

Ride the wave of surfing culture that characterises Newcastle and join the locals in the surf or take a dip in our art deco
Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Learn to surf with the professional coaching staff from Surfest Surf School. A licensed Academy of Surf Instructors surf school offering group, private, school sport and corporate surfing lessons. They operate from iconic Nobby’s and Stockton Beaches because they are the safest beaches in Newcastle and offers perfect beach breaks for learning to surf. All ages and abilities are catered for.