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BARDsNet Meeting

University of Newcastle

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 - Fri, 10 Nov 2017

This meeting is for members of the BARDsNet Network only. 

The BARDsNet Autumn Meeting will be held on Thursday, 9-10 November at Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle.

The meeting will be held in the New Space at the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle. NeW Space is a $95 million landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle's CBD, harnessing the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience. NeW Space is supported by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million, and $40 million invested by the University.

Accommodation information – Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Address: Crowne Plaza Newcastle

               Cnr Merewether Street and Wharf Road, Newcastle, NSW, 2300

               Hotel website:

Arrangements for discounted accommodation have been made with the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Guests wishing to book by phone should call through to In-House Reservations on 02 49075062 during business hours, Monday-Friday, and quote booking code "DAZ"   .


Navigating Newcastle

Newcastle is a pretty easy place to navigate. There are two major roads that lead into the city - the M1 and Pacific Highway - and with a regional airport (Newcastle Airport) located just 20 minutes drive from the CBD, and bus, train and taxi services throughout the city, travel in and around Newcastle is stress free. Below are some tools to help you navigate your way, plus some numbers you can call for transport related information.

Transport Options

There are several options for getting to Newcastle from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne – and getting around the place is a breeze.

By car

Newcastle is Australia's eighth largest city but its streets are easily negotiated.

Drive into the city along the Pacific Highway, which leads straight into Hunter Street, Newcastle CBD's main drag (the mall, at the far end, allows slow-moving, one-way traffic). Trace Wharf Road east and see Nobbys Lighthouse marking the entrance to Newcastle Harbour. Park in the council's parking station at 92 King Street or a privately operated car park.

Need wheels? Find car rental companies at the airport and throughout the city. Some of the options include Europcar , Hertz , Budget Car and Truck Rental or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.

Prefer to be driven around? Newcastle Taxis has 175 vehicles, 23 of which are wheelchair capable, that cover the whole of the Hunter region. Visit for more info.

By bus

Head to Newcastle on a long-distance bus - Greyhound services leave from Sydney's Central Station, Brisbane's Coach Terminal and Melbourne's Travel Centre. Newcastle's local bus network radiates from the Coach Interchange, behind Railway Station , Wharf Rd. Major bus interchanges are found at the University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale, Warners Bay, Belmont, Charlestown Square, Westfield Kotara and Broadmeadow Station. Trips taken within a designated area of Newcastle's CBD are free on State Transit-operated bus services. Opal cards are used on Newcastle's local buses replacing the time-based tickets that are unique to the city. For more information visit

By plane

Five airlines service Newcastle Airport at Williamtown (a 25-minute drive north of Newcastle). Jetstar flies from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Virgin Australia flies from Brisbane and Melbourne, QantasLink flies from Brisbane, Rex Airlines flies from Sydney and Fly Pelican flies from Canberra, Sydney, Ballina / Byron Bay, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour. Port Stephens Coaches runs buses between the airport and the bus terminal next in Newcastle. Hunter Valley Buses runs buses from the airport to East Maitland via Raymond Terrace. Or, for those show-offs, why not charter a seaplane from Sydney's Rose Bay and land in Newcastle just 30 minutes later.

The Newcastle Airport Information Services Desk can arrange door-to-door transfers. Please phone 02 4928 9822, or email

By train

Sit back and relax by riding the rails to Hamilton or Broadmeadow Stations, with connecting shuttle buses to central Newcastle and beaches until the light rail is installed (watch this space). Catch one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services departing from Central Station, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping or Hornsby to continue north to Broadmeadow or Hamilton (

TrainLink's inter-city services connect Brisbane to Broadmeadow via the regional cities of Casino, Grafton, Wauchope and Taree, before continuing to Sydney. Broadmeadow is a major railway hub: north-western services from Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Narrabri also arrive here.

Further Information

For more information please contact


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