Getting to the festival

The festival is held in the Civic Precinct, which is close to bus links and the bustling Honeysuckle and Darby Street eatery strips.

Please note, the rail line terminates at the Newcastle Interchange at Wickham and the free 110 bus will take you to the festival site. For updates about track work and for timetable information see

Since last year’s event, the inner-city light rail has been launched. It operates from the Newcastle Interchange and there is a stop adjacent to the festival hub at Civic. You are required to use an Opal card. The festival is also well serviced by buses. If you do drive, allow plenty of time to park, especially on Saturday 6 April, as the Olive Tree Market is on in nearby Civic Park. The Civic West Carpark – entry on Gibson Street – is offering a weekend festival rate of $6.50 a day.

For bus timetables see

Newcastle Taxis bookings can be made by phoning 133 300 or book online at

For more information about where to go and what to do during your stay see

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