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Newcastle Community

Public Transport & Hospitals


John Hunter Hospital is the principal referral centre and a community hospital for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Northern New South Wales. It is the main teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle

Newcastle Private Hospital  is a provider of extensive private hospital services to the region and with 171 beds is the largest private hospital in Newcastle, conveniently located on the campus of the John Hunter Hospital, New Lambton Heights

Lingard Private Hospital  offers a comprehensive range of specialities and on-site medical, surgical, mental health and allied health services, all supported by the latest technology and facilities

The Mater Hospital  has a wide range of district hospital activities including general medical and surgical care,Cancer Services, General and Internal Medicine, Surgery, Palliative Care, Melanoma Unit, BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England, Support Workers, Pastoral Care

Belmont Hospital The $31.5 million redevelopment of Belmont Hospital has been undertaken in three stages and is part of the $360 million Newcastle Strategy – the largest ever investment in the region’s health services.

Warners Bay Private Hospital  provides an extensive range of inpatient services all located on-site for the convenience of our patients.

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital   modern 12 bed Coronary Care Unit specialises in caring for patients before and after interventional and diagnostic procedures. Admissions also include acute chest pain and other cardiac related conditions. The unit provides optimal nursing care supported by 24 hour medical coverage.


Newcastle offers a range of public transport services, including buses, the Stockton Ferry and trains. Most suburbs within Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are serviced by buses provided by Newcastle Buses & Ferries. A number of private bus operators connect the remaining suburbs, as well as towns and regional centres throughout the Lower Hunter, to Newcastle.

Bus Timetables and Route Maps are easily found and provide people with a means to travel around the city and outer suburbs with relative ease on days and times that work in with there lifestyle.

Newcastle’s light rail system provides a convenient and efficient mode of transportation, connecting key areas within the city and making it easier for residents and visitors to navigate Newcastle.

Stockton Ferry: The ferry runs regularly from the terminal on Queens Wharf, located along the Newcastle Foreshore. From Monday to Thursday ferries start from 5.15am and run about every half an hour until 11:00pm. On Friday and Saturday the ferries run until midnight. You buy your tickets on the ferry. The ferry timetable does change. To confirm details go to:

Newcastle is part of the City rail network which provides a fast and comfortable way to travel in the Lower Hunter and to the Sydney Metropolitan Region.

Countrylink trains and coaches provide regular daily travel to the Upper Hunter, North Western and North Coast regions, and connections in Sydney for Canberra, Melbourne, Southern and Western region trains.