The Station Newcastle
The former Newcastle Railway Station is the cities most unique event space with a huge outdoor platform and piazza that can be used for a variety of small and large pop-up events.
Mt Penang Parklands
Offering expansive lawns surrounded by leafy trees, native plants and flowers - Mt Penang spans over 8 hectares of versatile space, ideal for corporate and community events of all sizes.
The Harbour Square Pontoons in Honeysuckle Newcastle are available for boat mooring for short-term stays. The pontoons have capacity to take vessels of 18m to 26m in length.
The former Newcastle Railway Station, 'The Station', is the city’s most unique destination with a large outdoor platform and piazza space for a variety of small and large events.
Located on the corner of Scott and Watt Streets in Newcastle East, The Station has capacity to host large events, and holds an event liquor licence for appropriate activations.
We are currently welcoming proposals for regular and one-off event bookings. Previous events include outdoor yoga and fitness classes, food truck nights and markets, and wine, comedy and music festivals.
The Station's temporary activation is all about trying new things and having fun with new activities, events and opportunities.
The Station is a beautiful example if Victorian Italianate architecture, and recognised as a significant state heritage listed building located in Newcastle’s east end.
After the heavy rail line was truncated in 2014, important heritage restoration works were completed to bring new life to the 1858 building. This included restoring and opening the ground floor spaces, providing improved pedestrian access to the site, and filling in the former railway platforms to create a grand outdoor piazza space that the community can enjoy.
Now a vibrant destination where anything can happen!
During the sites temporary activation, the ground floor spaces have been transformed into a creative mix of businesses including artistic and innovative retail spaces, a pilates studio, and an eclectic bookshop and lending library. With a public scooter track and kids corner on the platform, a cafe, and a variety of events week to week, The Station is becoming known as a welcoming inner-city destination where there's always something happening.
Surrounded by leafy trees, native plants and flowers, the Central Coast's Mt Penang Parklands offer expansive lawns ideal for corporate and community events including major outdoor festivals.
Spanning over 8 hectares of versatile space, amidst 156 hectares of grassed outdoor parklands, tree lined avenues, heritage buildings and extensive bushland - this multipurpose site is ideal for a huge range of functions.
Whether you seek to hold a festival, motor show, cinema, obstacle course, carnival, cycle tour, expo or rock concert - you'll find a perfect space in a one of a kind setting at Mt Penang.
Major events and festivals held at the site include Mountain Sounds Festival, Girrakool Blues Festival and BBQ, The Food and Wine Festival and Street Paws. Regular community events include Mt Penang Parkrun and Central Coast Cars and Coffee.
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Mt Penang Parklands offer:
- Five beautiful hectares for major events and festivals
Spread across green, flat and open space, Mt Penang Parklands can accommodate up to 25,000 people.
- 12 themed gardens with an amphitheatre, rolling lawns and garden nooks for smaller occasions
The grassed area at Mt Penang Gardens is surrounded by leafy trees, native plants and flowers. The gardens can host smaller exhibitions, markets, concerts, weddings and other intimate outdoor functions. During the twilight hours, the gardens come alive with heady fragrance of flowering plants.
- Professional amenities
High quality electrical services, sewerage and water
- Easy access
Located adjacent to the M1 halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, and just 2 minutes from Gosford, the site is also well serviced by public transport.
- Ample parking
There is enough space to hold up to 900 vehicles behind the Event Park.
Additional parking is also available for hire.
- Endless opportunities
This multipurpose site is a great idea for a huge range of outdoor functions, from festivals, motor shows, cinemas, corporate functions, markets, obstacle courses, carnivals, cycle tours, expos, music concerts to a grand gala under the stars. The possibilities are endless.
Mt Penang is located at Kariong, just 80km from both Newcastle and Sydney
- The parklands are 1 hour north of Sydney, and two minutes from the Gosford exit off the M1.
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Directions by car
- From Sydney
Driving on the M1 Pacific Motorway, take the first Gosford exit - this will bring you onto the Central Coast Highway. Turn left at the third set of traffic lights, onto The Avenue.
- From Newcastle
Driving on the M1 Pacific Motorway, take the second Gosford exit (at the Kariong Interchange sign), and turn left into Wiseman's Ferry Road. Then turn left again onto the Central Coast Highway. Turn left again at the second set of traffic lights onto The Avenue.
Getting there by public transport
- Take the train to Gosford Station
Outside the station, go to the bus exchange. Take bus 34 (Gosford - Kariong - Gosford). Ask the bus driver to drop you off near the Shell service station. The walk to the Mt Penang Gardens’ entry is about eight minutes, with level footpaths and pedestrian crossings along the way.
To view the bus timetable, visit the Busways website, or call (02) 4368 2277.
Free on site parking
- Convenient free parking is available on site in front of the Gardens entryway.
HCCDC manages the harbourside infrastructure at Lee Wharf and Harbour Square. We have availability at Harbour Square pontoon for you to berth your vessel and encourage you to visit and use the foreshore.
Our pontoons connect vessels from the waterway to the Newcastle public domain area and Newcastle’s Museum Park.
Pontoons are available for mooring your boat for a short-term stay at Harbour Square and have the capacity to take vessels of 18m to 26m in length.
City of Newcastle now manages all event enquiries for Honeysuckle's public spaces.
The Honeysuckle waterfront precinct is a spectacular urban space showcasing Newcastle's revitalised working harbour to the world. Connected by a harbourside promenade, Honeysuckle is an attractive residential, commercial, retail and dining destination. It is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, and a key recreational tourism destination.
Honeysuckle has become one of Newcastle's leading community event precincts, with multiple distinct spaces for outdoor events. The spaces are available for individual hire, as well as concurrently for larger events to be staged across multiple locations at the precinct. Events have included New Year's Eve celebrations, the Winter Heat Festival, Running Festivals and the Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk.
- Event enquiries - [email protected]
City of Newcastle now manages all event enquiries for Market Street Lawn.
Directly connected with The Station in Newcastle in the heart of the city, and adjacent to the Queens Wharf harbour, this community space on the repurposed former heavy rail corridor, provides access between the city and the waterfront and is a perfect location for small to medium events and activations. The space has been fully landscaped to include seating, open green lawns, shady trees and an illuminated kid-friendly water feature. The lawn has hosted Street Feasts, India Day, Game Changer events and Oakvale Farm's petting zoo.
The Lawn is ideal for small and medium sized events and has many in-built features to assist in the delivery of events, including dedicated sites for food trucks to drive in and trade, and multiple power outlets. Located in direct proximity to public transport, it provides connections between Scott Street, Perkins Street and the waterfront along Wharf Road - and is also the destination for the new Queens Wharf Light Rail stop.
The historic Signal Box building has also been transformed into a popular dining destination in the heart of the lawn, bringing added vibrancy to this inner city community space.
- Event enquiries - [email protected]