Newcastle Buses and Ferries is the local public transport operator. Newcastle Buses operates more than 20 bus routes in the Newcastle area. These routes
connect major centres such as Newcastle city, Hamilton, Jesmond, Kotara and Charlestown. Services typically operate approximately hourly or half-hourly.
In addition to its many bus services, Newcastle Buses and Ferries operate the Stockton Ferry, which connects Newcastle city with Stockton on the other side of the harbour. The wharf and ferry are accessible for wheelchairs and prams, and bikes are welcome with racks provided on the ferry for safe passage of you and your bike across the harbour.
On the Newcastle side, the ferry departs from Queens Wharf. The trip across the harbour takes approximately 5 minutes with the ferry departing each wharf at 20 to 30-minute intervals. The service operates between 5:30am and midnight Monday to Saturday and 8:30am to 10pm Sundays.
For a trip planner, timetables, route maps, and other information visit the Newcastle Buses and Ferries website.
Riding a bike is one of the best ways to get around inner city Newcastle as many attractions are located within minutes of each other. The city has both on road and off road bike tracks and is a mixture of flat and hilly terrain. Newcastle is one of the first cities in NSW to have bike sharing program, called Spinway it is located at 3 Honeysucke Drive. Bikes can also be hired from Newcastle Electric Bikes, Newcastle Bike Hire and Metro Cycles. Click here to view a map of their locations.
One of the easiest physical activities is walking and there are some unique and beautiful walking tracks and trails within Newcastle city centre. Visit our maps web page for a selection of interesting and unique walking tours including a Newcastle on Foot Touring map beautifully illustrated by local artist Liz Anelli. There is also a series of walking tours designed by Newcastle City Council that showcase some of our City's historical, architectural and artistic hidden gems.