Newcastle Visitor Information Centre Opens.
Housed in the repurposed Civic Railway Station, Newcastle’s new Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located in the city’s emerging tourist hub, near five-star Kingsley Hotel, Civic Theatre, Civic Park, City Hall, and the Museum.
The June long weekend saw many travellers take advantage of the relaxed restrictions in what was the first opportunity to hit the open road in months,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
The establishment of the Visitor Information Centre is another very visible step in the maturity of our city as a tourist destination. Pre-COVID-19 figures showed about five million tourists visit Newcastle each year, which is a rise of about 60% over the past five years. The value of the Newcastle tourism economy increased 57.6% to $1.127 billion in the 12 months to March 2019 alone.
And with two five-star hotels now under construction and Newcastle Airport offering seasonal flights to New Zealand, the number of visitors is set to surge even further. More than 1.2 million passengers passed through the airport in the 2018-19 financial year.”
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Declan Clausen outside the Visitor Information Centre.
Following the site’s exterior renovation by Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation, City of Newcastle undertook a full fit-out of the new centre, including a hand-painted mural, incorporating a Welcome to Country in both Awabakal and Worimi languages, and a map of Newcastle printed on the vinyl floor.
The Visitor Information Centre is located at the Civic light rail stop at 430 Hunter Street.
It will initially operate from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Sunday operation will start as demand increases and restrictions further ease.