Summer holidays

Go on an adventure with Newcastle Transport
these summer holidays
Newcastle Transport can get you there.

There are so many places to discover on Newcastle Transport bus routes and getting there is half the fun– whether it’s hailing the bus driver to get on board, looking out the window, scoring the back seat or ringing the bell.

Plan your adventure with Trip Planner or your favourite travel app.


Win a Summer Prize pack

We would love to hear about your adventures this summer! Tell us your favourite thing about catching the public transport in Newcastle and you could Summer Prize Pack. Prizes will include a $50 Coles Myer voucher, a Newcastle Monopoly board and a Newcastle Transport promo pack. 


  • Take a picture while travelling on the Newcastle Transport network
  • Message the Newcastle Transport Facebook page with your pic or post on your page and tag us
  • And tell us your favourite thing about catching public transport in Newcastle.

Terms and Conditions: Competition dates 26/12/2019 – 29/01/2020. Winners will be chosen at the discretion of Newcastle Transport. Winners will be contacted 8/01/2019 – 29/01/2020. One prize pack per person. Prizes to the value of $50. Four prize packs available with one prize pack given out weekly (8/01/20, 15/01/20, 22/01/20 and 29/01/20). The prize is subject to availability as determined by Newcastle Transport. The prize is valid from 26/12/2019 – 29/01/2020.

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Christchurch Cathedral - Explore Here

Fort Scratchley - Explore Here

Blackbutt Reserve - Explore Here

Hunter Wetlands Centre - Explore Here

Caves Beach - Explore Here

Warners Bay to Speers Point - Explore Here

Newcastle Museum - Explore Here

Enjoy the beach? - Explore Here

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Opal is your key to the city


Make sure you bring your Opal card on your adventure!

Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available at newsagencies, supermarkets and convenience stores where the Opal symbol is displayed and from

If you don’t have an Opal card, you can use your credit or debit card to tap on and off on public transport to get the same fare and travel benefits of an Adult Opal card.

Get the Opal Transfer Discount when transferring between buses or another mode such as ferry, light rail or trains. Adult Opal card holders will get a $2 discount for every transfer and Child/Youth and Concession Opal card holders get a $1 discount for every transfer between modes.

With Opal everyone travels for $2.80 on Sunday.

Children aged three years and under travel free.

Christchurch Cathedral

Climb the narrow, 165-step tower to discover a 360-degree outlook capturing the city, harbour and coast from a unique view. You can also check out the stained-glass windows and bell room as you make your way up.

The route 21 stops right out the front. Jump on the route 21 from Broadmeadow Station, Hamilton, Merewether or the Junction, alternatively you can use the routes 11, 13 and 14 to connect with the route 21 at Customs House.

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Fort Scratchley

Built in late 1880s, you can go on a guided tour through the fort, visit the interactive museum to find out about its 200 years of history and take in the awesome views of across the beaches and to the Hunter River.

Catch the route 21 to Parnell Place – it’s around 250m walk to reach the fort. Jump on the route 21 from Broadmeadow Station, Hamilton, Merewether or the Junction, alternatively you can use the routes 11, 13 and 14 to connect with the route 21 at Customs House.

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Blackbutt Reserve

Explore the nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children’s playgrounds and recreational facilities. Join feeding times, attend a Koala talk and view some of Australia’s favourite native animals. It is the perfect place for a family picnic or to explore the wonders of nature.

Catch the route 25 to Orchardtown Road or the route 26 to Carnley Avenue before Orchardtown Road and take the Tall Trees Walk off Freyberg Street. Catch the route 11, 13 or 26 to Lookout Rd opp Grandview Rd.

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Hunter Wetlands Centre

Explore the native flora and fauna in a canoe, on a Segway or take a stroll along the boardwalks. There is also a playground for the kids and frequent reptile talks.

Catch the route 47 to get there – it’s less than 500m walk from the bus stop on Marton Street to enjoy a few hours in nature.

You can connect with the route 47 at Hunter Street at National Park Street or use the routes 11, 12, 23 or 24 to connect with the route 47 at Jesmond.

Image: Hunter Wetlands Centre

Caves Beach

Kids (and big kids) will love exploring the small cave system and rock pools on a low tide. There is also BBQ facilities and a picnic area to make a day of it. Make sure you check the tides so you don’t miss out!

Catch the route 14 to Caves Beach from the city, Kotara, Charlestown or Belmont. You can use the routes 11, 14, 22, 25 and 28 to connect with the route 14 at Charlestown or the routes 41, 43 and On Demand services to connect with the route 14 at Belmont.

Image: Lake Macquarie City Council

Warners Bay to Speers Point

The path between Warners Bay and Speers Point is perfect for taking a walk, rollerblading and or getting out on your scooter. Hire bikes, enjoy a picnic or recharge at one of the many cafes along the foreshore at Warners Bay. Try your luck at fishing from the Speers Point Jetty or have fun in the adventure playground.

Get to Warners Bay by using the On Demand or routes 44 and 48.

Continue on the route 44 to bus stop at Speers Point Swim Centre on The Esplanade to get to the Swim Centre, Speers Point Jetty and Speers Point Park.

Image: Lake Macquarie City Council

Newcastle Museum

Spend hours exploring the science and historical exhibits at the Newcastle Museum and learn more about Newcastle through the ages. Throughout the month of January, you can also experience Summer Sensory Garden.

Take the light rail to the Civic Stop.

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Enjoy the beach?

There’re so many beaches to choose from with Newcastle Transport

  • Newcastle Beach – NLR
  • Bar Beach – routes 14 and 21
  • Merewether Beach – routes 12 and 21
  • Dudley Beach – On Demand
  • Redhead Beach – On Demand
  • Blacksmiths Beach – Routes 14 and 29
  • Caves Beach – Route 14

Image: City of Newcastle