Getting around

Newcastle city centre is still open for business.

With major construction in full swing, it’s never been more important to plan your journey into town.

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Information for road users

Hunter Street is open to traffic between Union and Darby streets, including the new road connection at Worth Place that links Honeysuckle Drive to Hunter Street. Take a look at our animation to see how traffic now flows on this section of Hunter Street. Key traffic arrangements include:

  • No right turn into or out of Worth Place
  • No right turn into Auckland Street from Hunter Street
  • Dedicated right turn lanes on Hunter Street into Merewether Street (when heading west) and Darby Street (when heading east)

From the end of September 2018, major light rail construction will be complete and the section of road between Darby and Pacific streets will reopen to traffic. Take a look at our new animation to see how traffic will flow in this area. Key traffic arrangements will include:

  • A dedicated right turn lane on Hunter Street into Darby Street
  • No right turn into Crown Street
  • No right turn into or out of Wolfe Street
  • The road is mixed running between Newcomen and Pacific streets, which means road users and light rail share the road. This is the only section along the light rail alignment where cars are allowed to drive on the light rail tracks
  • No right turn into or out of Bolton Street
  • No right turn into Watt Street north or Scott Street east
  • Traffic signals control right turns into and out of Watt Street south and Scott Street west

Double yellow lines indicate tramways, and the speed limit around light rail is 40km/h. Get up to speed on the changes to road rules and how to be safe around trams here.

From October 2018 you will begin to see light rail vehicles moving around the city centre as we test the light rail system and train our drivers. This testing phase will ensure the system is fully functional and safe to carry passengers from early 2019. Read more on testing and commissioning here.

During the light rail testing and commissioning phase, temporary road closures may take place to ensure the safety of workers and the community. We will provide information on closures outlining key activities, details on traffic arrangements, what to expect and contact details before work starts in a given area.

When travelling in and around the city centre, consider using alternative routes to help avoid traffic congestion. Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, King Street and roads in from The Hill are still open. 

We will display up to date information, including road closures and detours on electronic message signs along the road. For the latest traffic information, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App. For changes to public transport and the 110 shuttle bus route from Newcastle Interchange, visit newcastletransport.info

Detailed information on current road closures in the city centre can be viewed here.

Parking

Off-street parking

Did you know there’s a range of parking within a 5 minute walk of anywhere in the city centre? There are 19 off-street parking sites in Newcastle city centre and many of them offer all day parking for reasonable fees. View the Newcastle city centre parking guide for detailed information.

On-street parking

Pay and display parking meters are located throughout the city centre. If you are parking on the street in a metered area, please check kerbside signs for hours of operation and prices.

Outside the times indicated on the signs, parking is free and unrestricted; however in some instances other parking conditions may apply. Please always check the information on the kerbside before you park your vehicle.

A vehicle displaying an MPS card with the Australian Disability Parking Permit can park in metred areas at no charge.

Free 15-minute on-street parking

Did you know that you can park for 15 minutes free in Newcastle’s city centre? If parking in a 1P, 2P or 4P ticketed and on-street car space, the ticket machine offers an option to choose a free 15-minute parking ticket.

Press the minus button to print your free 15-minute parking ticket, and make sure you display it on your vehicle dashboard.

Information for pedestrians

Footpaths remain open so you can still get to businesses and residences along the light rail alignment. While temporary road closures are in place, pedestrians can cross from north to south at the following locations:

  • Stewart Avenue
  • Steel Street
  • Worth Place
  • Auckland Street
  • Wheeler Place and Civic Station 
  • Merewether Street
  • Darby Street
  • Argyle Street
  • Perkins Street
  • Market Street
  • Watt Street
  • Telford Street

Travel choices

Driving your car isn’t the only way to get around Newcastle city centre. Why not rethink your journey and consider one of the alternative travel choices below?

  • Cycling - Take advantage of the on road and off road bike paths and the mostly flat terrain by riding to your destination in the city centre. Riding your bike is a more sustainable option that driving your car and you will also be increasing your fitness.

  • Walking - Why not leave the car at home and walk to work? If you don’t live within walking distance of the city centre, combine a walk with another travel choice such as public transport.

  • Car-pooling – Car-pooling is a great way to commute into the city centre. Share the responsibility of driving amongst your friends and colleagues, and decrease the parking and fuel you pay for each week.

  • Public transport – There are good public transport links to the city centre from most suburbs. Newcastle Transport’s new bus and ferry network was launched on 14 January, introducing more than one thousand extra services per week across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. The new network includes frequent bus services on core routes, more regular ferry services, new bus routes and better connections between modes. To plan your journey, view network maps and route timetables, visit newcastletransport.info

  • Fare free bus zone – If you don’t have easy access to a bus stop from home, why not park just outside of the city centre and take advantage of the fare free bus zone which extends from Selma Street in the west, north to the Tree of Knowledge corner (Hannell street Wickham) and east to Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach. Find out more on the Newcastle City Council website.

  • Newcastle InterchangeNewcastle Interchange is a new, fully accessible, multi-modal transport interchange located at Wickham, west of Stewart Avenue. Catch a train to Newcastle Interchange and choose a travel option from there – you could walk, cycle or catch a bus to your desired destination. The free 110 shuttle bus runs from the interchange and does a loop of the city centre with stops on Honeysuckle Drive, Wharf Road, Watt Street and King Street.

  • Park-and-ride - Newcastle City Council offers an affordable park and ride service from McDonald Jones Stadium to the city centre for $2.20 per day. Buses run every 15 minutes on weekdays from 7am to 9am, dropping off at five convenient destinations in the city centre. Buses make the return trip from the city centre to the stadium every 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Find out more at newcastle.nsw.gov.au/parkandride