An accommodation block booking has been made at the Ramada Resort, Shoal Bay. Further information on how to book this accommodation will be available on the website shortly.

Ramada Shoal Bay

35-45 Shoal Bay Road,
Shoal Bay NSW 2315

Alternative accommodation

Alternative accommodation can be booked through Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre. For information on where to stay and what to do, call or email: Ph 1800 808 900 free call E: W:


Self Drive

It is approximately 2½ hours drive north of Sydney along the M1 Motorway. Click here for Google maps directions

By Air

Four airlines service Newcastle Airport at Williamtown (a 25 minute drive). Jetstar flies from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Virgin Australia flies from Brisbane and Melbourne, QantasLink flies from Brisbane, and Rex Airlines flies from Sydney and Ballina. For a current flight timetable visit

Airport Transfers

The Newcastle Airport Information Services desk is your one stop shop to book your airport transfer, including shuttle and hire car and limousine services. Please call 02 4928 9822 or email direct on Please mention the NSW Coastal Conference when making your booking.


Port Stephens Coaches depart daily from Sydney via Chatswood, Pymble, Hornsby and Raymond Terrace to Port Stephens (including Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay). Phone 1800 045 949 or visit


TrainLink provides services in and out of Hamilton Station, Newcastle from all over New South Wales. Phone 131 500.

Port Stephens Coaches provide a pick up from Hamilton Railway Station and Newcastle Airport to Port Stephens on a regular basis. Phone 1800 045 949 or visit