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Newcastle Entertainment Centre is a multi-purpose arena opened in 1992 and located in the Newcastle Showground. The Newcastle Showground itself has been in existence since 1902 hosting the annual Newcastle Show.

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What are the opening hours?
The Box Office will open from 9am daily with the first session commencing at 9:30am Monday to Sunday. Exhibition entry normally closes at 4pm with the exhibition closing at 5pm, but closing times may vary so please check Ticketek for open hours information and any updates to sessions.

What are your COVID-19 precautions?
The exhibition will have a strict audience limit per session and tickets will only be accepted for the named session to avoid any crowding and enable social distancing within the exhibition. There will be physical distancing measures in queues, however advance bookings online are strongly recommended. Sanitiser stations will be located onsite; and due to COVID-19 protocols, the exhibition will no longer have playtables available. However our find-a-minifig hunt competition is still running and visitors will have lots of fun trying to find the hidden Mr & Mrs Awesome figures!

Parking is easy at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre with over 1,500 on site car parks. The car park area is located in the Newcastle Showground with entry from Griffiths Road. Parking will be $4.00 per vehicle. Patrons can also be dropped off and collected at the Brown Road entry for most events. Click here for direction map.

What are the transport options?
Train  – Broadmeadow Station is the nearest to the Centre and is approximately 200 metres walking distance top the entry. For train timetables please visit City Rail.

Bus – Newcastle Buses operate a bus service to and from Broadmeadow Station. For bus timetables, please visit Newcastle Buses.

Taxi – A dedicated taxi rank is located on Brown Road directly outside the Centre.

What is the price for tickets?

Regular Prices:
Adults = $22.50
Junior = $17.50
Concession = $17.50
Family of 4 = $62.50

All prices include GST and any additional fees

Session times – how long can we stay in session?
We recommend 30-50 minutes to experience the exhibition although you’re welcome to stay and admire for as long as you’d like. However if numbers within the exhibition ever exceed the limits we may have to begin asking visitors to move to comply with social distancing regulations.

Group Bookings
For 11 or more tickets call Ticketek’s  group/premium  products team

Can you buy tickets at the door?

Yes, tickets will be available however we strongly encourage you to buy tickets before you arrive so ensure you can secure tickets for your preferred session time. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available for all sessions at the door.


Are we able to take photographs?
Most definitely, although we would ask for no commercial photography.

Will Ryan be at the event?
Unfortunately Ryan’s busy schedule filming LEGO Masters as well as the current COVID quarantines means Ryan will not be able to attend the exhibition.

I purchased tickets online – do I need a copy of the paper ticket to gain entry?
Please have a version of your e ticket on your phone or a hardcopy on arrival.

From what age will children be charged for entry?
4 and above.

If I buy a family pass can it be used for 1 adult and 3 children?

Do senior cards qualify for discounts?
Yes. Seniors are admitted at Concession prices

Do you accept companion cards?
Yes we do

What is the age limit for children’s tickets?
16 and under. Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult within the exhibition.

Is food and drinks allowed?
Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibition.

Is there an area to leave personal belongings?
Not inside the venue sorry! The NEC only cloaks prohibited or confiscated items.

Are there ATM’s nearby?
ATM located in the foyer of Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Eftpos facilities are availabe at most catering outlets.

Is there wheelchair and pram access?
The Newcastle Entertainment Centre aims to be accessible and welcoming to all.  Specific provisions have been made available for patrons with disabilities including:

  • Easily accessed seating areas available for every event.
  • Tickets for patrons and carers are placed on hold and can be purchased on 4921 2121.
  • Disabled rest rooms are located throughout the Centre.
  • The closest drop off point for patrons with disabilities is Brown Road.
  • Accessible parking is available on site and car park attendants will direct pass holders to closest available space.








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