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How do I get to Newcastle?

There are so many ways and options to get you to Newcastle.

  • From/to Newcastle airport
    • Bus – Port Stephens Coaches:

Port Stephens Coaches operates a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day, as well as a service to the Nelson Bay area. For further information and timetables go to:

Opal cards are not sold at Newcastle Airport, passengers do not require an Opal card to get to/from the airport. Port Stephens buses will accept cash payment or Opal cards for all routes.

  • From/to Sydney airport

If you are not driving, then catching a train is the easiest way to get to Newcastle


    1. Go to Sydney Airport Domestic or Sydney Airport International Train Station.
    2. Purchase a ticket to Newcastle
    3. Catch the train to Central Station and change to the Newcastle Line from the Country Platforms (1-13) at Central Station.
    4. Travel time is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.

All trains and buses from the two airports terminate at the Newcastle interchange. Depending where your accommodation is situated you can walk or catch the light rail (tram) through the city centre. To find out what best suits you visit:


Accessibility at the ANC?

Will ANC have Auslan Interpreters?

Yes! Auslan-English interpreters will be provided throughout the whole conference.

The program will commence on Friday 10th September with ‘Opening Up Diverse Communities’ workshops this will be followed by the ASLIA National Conference starting on the evening of Friday 10th September and continuing on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September; and finishing with the Interpreter Trainers’ Network Symposium (ITNS) on Monday 13th September 2021.

Interpreters will be engaged to work at: 

  • JW Flynn Oration
  • Conference evening events: Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Conference plenary, concurrent and panel sessions
  • ITNS
  • ‘Opening up Diverse Communities’ workshops

Expressions of Interest (EOI)are sought from Auslan-English interpreters interested in working at the 2021 ASLIA National Conference and associated events to be held in Newcastle.

Click on the image below to complete your EOI now:



Will ANC be wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both venues are wheelchair accessible. The ANC2020 committee has also arranged for a ramp to the main stage for any presenters, or delegates, who need to access the stage.

City Hall

Accessibility access is available at the eastern and western end, ground floor entrance of Newcastle City Hall via Wheeler Place. Newcastle City Hall has a limited capacity person lift, not a goods lift. The dimensions of the lift are depth: 1200mm – width: 830mm – height: 2000mm. The lifting capacity of the lift is 680kg. The accessible amenities are located on the first floor of the building, lift access is available to all levels in the building.

Fort Scratchley

Accessibility access is available to Fort Scratchley Function Centre. Accessible amenities are located in both Fort Scratchley Function Centre and within the Fort Scratchley Grounds (near the Barracks). Currently there is no ramp access into the Barracks itself but the venue is investigating whether it can fix this.


I need to cancel my ANC registration; Can I do this?

Here is the ASLIA cancellations policy –


What can I do in Newcastle?

Here are just a few things you can do in Newcastle.

Extend your time away and explore what NSW has to offer:

    • Walking Beside Harbourside Park
    • Queens Wharf
    • Customs House
    • Maritime Centre
    • Newcastle Museum
    • The Great North Walk and the Newcastle Memorial Walk
    • Nobby Lighthouse
    • Nobbys Beach
    • The Ocean Baths
    • Newcastle Beach
    • Bogey Hole
    • King Edward Park
    • Strzelecki Lookout

This website has a lot more information for you to consider exploring what Newcastle has to offer:

Also there is always the Newcastle City Tourism website for you to gather more information: