2020 Conference

Newcastle, 160 km north of Sydney, is the second oldest city in Australia (after Sydney), and the second most populated area in NSW. Together with the Hunter region, it was traditionally occupied by the Awabakal and Worimi Aboriginal People, who called the area Malubimba. In September 1797, Lieutenant John Shortland pursued convicts who had stolen a vessel 100 miles up the coast from Sydney. He failed to find them, but found a "very fine river", which he named Hunter, after the NSW Governor John Hunter.. A settlement formed, and the colonists named it Newcastle.

Located at the mouth of the Hunter River, Newcastle is the jumping-off point for the beautiful wine country of the Hunter Valley and the dolphin and whale-watching paradise of Port Stephens, It is the largest coal exporting harbour in Australia.

Newcastle is warm year-round. Temperature in November range from 17̊C to 23̊C.

There will be something new for Saturday 28th November.



Novotel Newcastle Beach is situated on one of the best surfbreaks in Australia, on the corner of a beachside city block surrounded by renowned Newcastle restaurants, cafes and bars. Shopping precincts, art galleries and picturesque coastal walks are a short walk away.