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How to get to Honeysuckle?

Parking at Honeysuckle

There are many public parking options at Honeysuckle.
Care Park manages the Lee Wharf, Wright Lane and Throsby car parks.
Those car parks have the following spaces available:

  • Lee Wharf Car Park – 257 spaces (free parking on weekends)
  • Throsby Car Park – 270 spaces (free parking on weekends)
  • Wright Lane Car Park – 188 spaces

Care Park can be contacted on 03 9926 6662 or enquiries [at] carepark [dot] com [dot] au. Web address: www.carepark.com.au.

Other nearby car parks include the Doran Car Park on Wharf Road and The Store Car Park. All on-street parking is managed by Newcastle City Council.

Parking Fines

For all inquiries regarding parking fines please contact the Office of State Revenue - State Debt Recovery. More information is available at the following page: http://www.sdro.nsw.gov.au/fines/pn/review.php


Travelling by public transport

It’s easy to get to Honeysuckle via public transport. Wickham and Civic railway stations are now closed with services replaced by shuttle buses from Hamilton Station. For more information on these changes visit: http://www.transportnsw.info/sites/en/transport-status/news/2014/newcastle.page

 

Public buses from across greater Newcastle run along Hunter Street, Honeysuckle Drive and Stewart Avenue/Hannell Street.

Visit www.cityrail.info or www.newcastlebuses.info for more information and timetables.

Newcastle Taxis 131 008.

 

How do I access Honeysuckle's Dining Mobile Site?

Discovering a new dining spot on Newcastle’s dynamic harbour has never been easier thanks to the free Honeysuckle dining mobile site.
Whether you’re searching for casual eats, a funky wine bar or the best in fine dining, it’s all here at Honeysuckle.

To download the free mobile site visit dine.honeysuckle.net in your phone’s web browser.

How to download the Mobile Site:

Simply visit dine.honeysuckle.net in your web browser, just hit “+” (or  for newer iPhones) and select “Add to Home Screen”.
Android
On Android phones:
1. Bookmark dine.honeysuckle.net using your phone's web browser
2. Open the browser “bookmarks” screen
3. Long-press the bookmark you want
4. Select “Add to Home Screen”

Where to stay at Honeysuckle?

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Located on the foreshore of the scenic port of Newcastle, Crowne Plaza Newcastle immerses itself in the heart of the beach culture, with magical views of the harbour and village.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle boasts a selection of 175 deluxe suites, each featuring modern amenities, separate living room and a spacious working area with high speed internet access to keep you connected with the business world. With easy access to main transport interchanges, at Crowne Plaza Newcastle, you're only 100 metres from Civic Train Station or a short 25-minute taxi ride from Newcastle Airport.

Indulge in a delicious meal at Crowne Plaza Newcastle’s signature restaurant, Seasalt, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and enjoy fresh-caught seafood and dishes expertly prepared from fresh local produce.

Enjoy complete comfort and exemplary service when you book your stay at Crowne Plaza Newcastle and experience all the history and wonder of this beautiful coastal location.

Reservations: 138 388
Website: www.crowneplazanewcastle.com.au

Chifley Apartments Newcastle

Chifley Apartments offer modern, 4.5 star apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. The apartments are self-contained with spacious living areas and private balconies, but also have  hotel-style services. Features include secure basement parking, an 18-metre outdoor lap pool and pool deck and extensive gym facilities available at Den’s Health and Fitness located in the hotel.

The comprehensive selection of guest services includes 24-hour reception, meeting facilities, bar service, a breakfast lounge, a pantry shopping service, DVD library, dry cleaning, high-speed internet and chargeback services at many of Honeysuckle’s harbourside restaurants.
Ideally positioned for business or pleasure, Chifley Apartments Newcastle is perfect for an overnight or long-term stay.

(02) 4910 4910
www.chifleyhotels.com/newcastle
 

Ibis Hotel

Ibis Hotel Newcastle is the city’s best value 3.5 star international hotel, with rooms priced from only $99. The Ibis has 24-hour reception, complimentary parking, bistro dining, a fantastic team to look after you and is perfectly situated to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

Reservations: (02) 4925 2266
Website - www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-3236-ibis-newcastle/nearby.shtml

Tourism Accommodation

A range of short-term rental accommodation is also available at Honeysuckle.

1.  Newcastle Hunter Tourism and Accommodation Centre
Phone:  4961 2255
Website: www.nhtac.com.au

2.  Newcastle Tourism can also assist with accommodation in Newcastle.
Phone: 1800 654 558
Website: www.visitnewcastle.com.au
3.  Newcastle Executive Apartments

Phone: 02 4955 5888
Website: www.newcastleapartments.com.au

Who is Hunter Development Corporation?

Hunter Development Corporation, formerly Honeysuckle Development Corporation, was established in 1992 and is a NSW State Government organisation responsible for one of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects. It was created to breathe life into 50 hectares of derelict land and buildings along Newcastle Harbour, adjacent to the CBD.

The Honeysuckle project has created a thriving community along the harbour and continues to contribute to the revitalisation of the City of Newcastle by creating jobs, stimulating investment and attracting people to the city.

HDC website: http://hunterdevelopmentcorporation.com.au

The Hunter Development Corporation has an important role to play in the ongoing growth of the Hunter region. As a State-Government-owned agency closely aligned with the Department of Planning & Infrastructure, and as a landowner of strategic property assets, the Corporation is uniquely placed to stimulate, guide and facilitate economic growth, investment and urban renewal.

The Corporation adds value to the process of development by removing or addressing constraints that prevent investment by the private sector in the development of strategic sites. The Corporation has been successful in facilitating development on difficult sites that would otherwise remain undeveloped by undertaking remediation, providing essential infrastructure and services, and paving the way for private sector leverage.
Working collaboratively with other agencies and stakeholders, the Corporation has a role in resourcing and facilitating infrastructure planning, broader land-use planning in the Hunter and also planning and delivery of urban renewal in the Newcastle city centre and beyond. These initiatives aim to promote commercial, industrial and residential development, providing jobs and homes and quality public domain for the community to enjoy.

The Corporation strives to ensure that development projects on lands under its control achieve the best possible outcomes for the community.  This means ensuring good urban design, sound environmental and sustainability outcomes, social outcomes and excellent public domain and recreation spaces and facilities for wider public benefit. The Corporation’s Growth Centre encompasses the eleven local government areas that constitute the Hunter region, namely, Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Great Lakes, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.

What are the Honeysuckle Precincts?

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The restored Cowper Street Bridge leads into Carrington, an historic village with a modern vibe. Wander around the famous mangrove boardwalk to Linwood, or picnic in the landscaped foreshore park that features beautiful public art. Taking a stroll along the foreshore Promenade is another way to take in the beauty of Carrington and its harbourside location.

 

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Linwood is a residential community, featuring architect-designed homes set alongside four hectares of foreshore parkland along the water’s edge. Visitors can sit  under the shade of the majestic fig trees and take in The Beacon public art. Stop for casual café food at The Source Café and take the path along Throsby Creek to neighbouring Tighes Hill. Alternatively, take the foreshore promenade east in an attractive, continuous link from Throsby Creek around the harbour to Nobbys Headland.

 

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The Marina Precinct is alive with action and beauty and is the place to start your harbour adventures. The area is a lovely place to sit and soak up the workings of the  busy harbour, or to watch the sun set as the fishing trawlers come in to unload their catch at the end of the day. If you are keen to drop a line in the water, there’s a spot waiting for you on the boardwalk under the bridge. Or enjoy a picnic on the waterfront with some of the freshest seafood from the Fishermans Co-op or local cafes. If you like to be waited on, there are award-winning restaurants with spectacular water views to whet your appetite. The Marina Precinct is also the place to access sailing classes or harbour cruises.

 

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This precinct is a place to take in some of the history of Honeysuckle, with the Tree of Knowledge Park boasting one of the area’s oldest and most historic fig trees, as well as a tribute to Henry Lawson, who spent time at the nearby Wickham School of Arts. In this precinct HDC restored the heritage listed Wickham Public School, created the Tree of Knowledge Park and built affordable housing units.

 

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Cottage Creek is the commercial and residential hub of Honeysuckle. It includes commercial headquarters for Hunter Water, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sparke Helmore, NIB, GHD and more. The creek itself is an urban waterway that creates a visual link between Newcastle’s city-west and the harbour. Here you can take in the view to Nobbys Headland in the distance along Honeysuckle Drive and look out for international cruise ships and navy vessels.

 

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It’s all happening at Honeysuckle, and this precinct is overflowing with things to do and see and places to dine. Restaurants, cafes, public space, live entertainment, cultural activity and the Crowne Plaza Hotel make the Honeysuckle Precinct one of the best places in the city to meet friends and have a good time. 
Harbour Square is an area of wide open space where unique public art and an interactive water feature invite small hands and feet to play.

The Lee Wharf development provides a mixture of lifestyle/retail shops, cafes, restaurants and residential apartments opening on to Worth Place Park and the foreshore promenade. The nearby Lee Wharf 'A' cargo shed features living history in the form of a world-class Maritime Centre while the Lee Wharf 'C' cargo shed now plays host to the Honeysuckle Hotel on the harbour. Whale watching tours leave from the Lee Wharf Pontoon during the whale watching season, and harbour cruises and fishing charters also leave from the pontoon all year round.

Dining is a feature of this precinct and there are many restaurants and cafes along the Promenade featuring great views of the working harbour, many of them located in The Boardwalk and Lee Wharf buildings. They are also strategically placed so you can walk or cycle off that lunch or dinner!

The city’s premier gym, Forum Harbourside, is a fusion of old and new, redefining exercise and wellness. The Centre is run by Newcastle University Sport and is a flagship fitness centre in Newcastle's inner city.

 

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The Honeysuckle project area only takes in a small part of Hunter Street but features the impressive Hunter New England Community Health Centre and a community park next to it. The Honeysuckle project has also delivered The Cove residential apartments, the Ibis Hotel and the Riverwalk commercial building in this part of Hunter Street. The Corporation has also demolished all buildings on the former Empire Hotel site to make way for future redevelopment.

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