When you are docked in Newcastle you will be shuttled into town - probably a 10 mins drive. You are not allowed to simply walk off the ship and into the CBD. Shuttles are most times free and continuous. Private cars are not allowed into that docking area.
Map and more information to take along.
It was originally the destination for the worstbehaved convicts. Today it continues to be the largest coal export harbour in the world, but the city is undergoing something of a renaissance. Wharf rejuvenation projects are breathing new life into the harbour.
The city center is bordered by the Hunter River to the north and the ocean to the east. The train station, bus terminal, post office and banks are located at the CBD’s northeastern corner.
The Newcastle Tourist Association is great - all the volunteers were so helpful and they made visiting their city very easy, and very friendly
Take the free government bus (route 555), which makes a half hour loop of the Newcastle surrounding areas.
The Newcastle railway station (about 5 minutes walk from Queens Wharf). The train takes you down to Sydney and also up to Maitland.
The nearest Hire car company to the Port is Europcar at Wickham. It is a short taxi trip from the wharf and the trip costs about $10.
Bus schedules to Port Stephens.
Port Stephens is less than an hour's drive. Port Stephens is an area, not a town, which often confuses people. The stunning sheltered bay incorporates a string of coastal towns populated by welcoming locals with a passion for their local environment. It is famous for its holiday lifestyle and beaches, and for whale and dolphin watching.
Hunter Valley - Australia's oldest wine-producing region; the town of Cessnock, adjacent to the Lower Hunter wine region (including the Pokolbin district) is 50 minutes drive from the Newcastle CBD.
Art & craft market stalls and food & wine tasting stalls on the wharf.
Hunter St runs down the length of the peninsula and is the city’s major shopping street. On the banks of the Hunter River, the wharf area of Honeysuckle Dr is undergoing major development with new restaurants and bars constantly springing up. Running south, colourful Darby St is lined with cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutique shops.
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