Sleeping in Airports

Newcastle Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Newcastle Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Unfortunately you can’t sleep here as they close from 10 PM to 4:30 AM.
– a traveller (2016)

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Newcastle Airport.

What to Expect

The recently-renovated terminal at Newcastle Airport primarily handles domestic routes. Facilities are limited to a few eateries, one shop, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

We have no sleep-related reviews, but a traveller review reports the airport closes night 10:00PM until 4:30AM. Have a backup plan if you’re camping out. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is in walking distance and offers free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Newcastle Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Mercure Newcastle Airport – Located 300m from the airport. Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Newcastle Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Newcastle Airport. Connect to the “Newcastle Airport Wireless” network.

If you are not travelling with a mobile device, there are two internet kiosks. One is located on the retail concourse (landside) beside the ATMs. The other is located in the departure area (airside). The fee to use the kiosks is $2 for 20 minutes.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside, just past security check point • Landside, in the Arrivals area.

Baby Care Facilities – Parent’s room is located Airside, opposite Gate 2. The room is equipped with a nursing chair and diaper change facilities. Baby change facilities are also available in all disabled toilets.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport. Rate: $5. Upon return, you will receive a $1 refund.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available and there is only one shop, News Travels, located Airside.Hours: Opens one hour before the 1st flight and closes after the last flight.

Family Services – A parent’s room is located opposite Gate 2 and baby changing facilities can be found in 5 washrooms throughout the airport.

Food & Drinks – There are no 24-hour food concessions. There are 5 restaurant options to choose from, most open 1 hour before the first flight and close shortly after the last departure.

Information Desk – Yes, located in the Arrivals Hall.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader (April 2019) mentioned that thanks to the recent renovations, there are outlets and USB ports built in to the seating in the departure areas (every 5-10 seats). At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability Landside. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Areas – Smoking is not permitted in or near the terminal. There is a designated smoking area within the Short Stay Car Park adjacent to the departures end of the terminal.

Airport Hours

According to a traveller review in June 2016, the airport is closed 10 PM to 4:30 AM. It is not possible to stay here overnight.

Airlines

As of January 2019 Newcastle airport is served by the following airlines: Fly Pelican • Jetstar • Qantas • Regional Express • Virgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Hunter Valley Buses link the airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton. Port Stephens Coaches offer frequent service to and from Newcastle train station, and additional service to Nelson Bay. Cash and Opal cards are accepted (Opal cards are not sold at the airport) NOTE: A reader (April 2019) mentioned that the buses do not offer frequent service to the airport. Be prepared to wait a while or be sure to plan your transportation in advance so there are no surprises.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite in the Arrivals area: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Taxi

Taxis are available at the taxi rank outside of the Arrivals area, and can also be contacted by using the dedicated taxi phone in the Arrivals lobby.

Last updated: 2019-01-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.