Christmas Operating Hours

Council Offices - Closed from 12noon Friday 22 December. Normal hours resume Tuesday 2 January.

Customer Contact Centre (phone enquiries) - Closed from 12noon Friday 22 December. Normal hours resume Tuesday 2 January. 
Emergency calls will be answered by Council's after hours service provider. 

Waste Collection - There will be no kerbside collections on Christmas Day. All kerbside waste collection services will take place one day later than usual during the week of Christmas 2017. For more information visit our Waste Collections page.

If your usual day is Your bins will be serviced on
Monday 25 December Tuesday 26 December
Tuesday 26 December Wednesday 27 December
Wednesday 27 December Thursday 28 December
Thursday 28 December Friday 29 December
Friday,29 December Saturday 30 December

 
Residents should present their bins kerbside by 5.30am on the revised collection day.  Collections will resume as usual from Monday, 1 January 2018.

Summerhill Waste Management Centre - Closed on Christmas Day. Summerhill will be open on all other days during the festive period to ensure that the community has access to recycling and waste disposal services. To reduce customer waiting times, Summerhill opening hours will be extended to 4pm on weekends from 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 inclusive.

Festive season landfill operating hours are as follows:

  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • Boxing Day and New Year's Day: 9am-3pm
  • Normal weekdays: 7.30am-5pm
  • Weekends: 9am-3pm (9am-4pm weekends from 23 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 inclusive).

Please note: Last site entry is 15 minutes prior to the above closing times.

Libraries - Most Newcastle Region Library branches will be closed from 12noon Friday 22 December with normal service resuming on Tuesday 2 January. A few branches will have additional opening hours during the holiday period. All branches will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Check the Library's website for details, which will be posted when branch schedules are finalised.  

Newcastle Art Gallery -  Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm and every day during the school holidays. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Newcastle Museum - Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm and every day during the school holidays. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

The Newcastle Shop at Newcastle Museum - Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Civic Digest café - Normal trading hours from 7.30am to 2.30 pm 22 December and then closed for the remainder of December, reopening Tuesday 2 January for normal trade.

Beaches - All beaches patrolled from 7am - 5:30pm except Stockton Beach which is patrolled from 9am to 5.30pm. Beaches are patrolled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays by the Surf Lifesaving Clubs. See more on   beach patrols.

Ocean Baths - As normal. Check here for   cleaning schedules.

Pools - Council manages Beresfield Pool - closed Christmas Day. For more information on other inland pools visit  Lane4 Aquatics.

Blackbutt Reserve - Open as normal.  Picnic facilities open 7am to 7pm. Wildlife exhibits and information kiosk closed Christmas Day.
  Blackbutt operating hours.

Fort Scratchley Historic Site Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open as normal 10am-4pm all other days. Fort closed on Tuesdays.

Mall Parking Station - Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open as normal after that time. Open late until 10.30pm for New Year's Eve celebrations at Queens Wharf precinct.

Beresfield Golf Course - Closed Christmas Day and opening at 10am Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Normal hours all other days.

Stockton Beach Tourist Park - Open as normal.

Council printing service - Closed from 12noon Friday 22 December. Normal hours resume Tuesday 2 January.