Christmas Operating Hours

Council Offices - Closed from 12noon Friday 21 December. Normal hours resume Wednesday 2 January.

Customer Contact Centre (phone enquiries) - Closed from 12noon Friday 21 December. Normal hours resume Wednesday 2 January.  Emergency calls will be answered by our 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 2018. For more information visit our Waste Collections page.

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

 
Residents should present their bins kerbside by 5.30am on the revised collection day.  Collections will resume as usual from Monday 31 December 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. 

Operating hours are as follows:

  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • Boxing Day and New Year's Day: 9am-3pm, last vehicle in by 2:45pm
  • Normal weekdays: 7.30am-5pm, last vehicle in by 4:45pm
  • Weekends and public holidays: 9am-3pm, last vehicle in by 2:45pm.
 

Libraries - Most Newcastle Region Library branches will be closed from 12noon Friday 21 December with normal service resuming on Wednesday 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 Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Newcastle Museum - Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm and every day during the school holidays. Closed 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 cafĂ© - Closed from Saturday 22 December and will reopen Wednesday 2 January trading 8am - 2pm. Then back to normal operating hours week commencing 7 January 7.30am - 3pm. It will also be open for evening trade when a show is on.

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 closed Christmas Day.  The Blackbutt Kiosk will be closed from Monday 24 December to Friday 4 January 2019.
  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, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Open late until 10.30pm for New Year's Eve celebrations at Queens Wharf precinct. Open as normal after that time.

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 21 December. Normal hours resume Wednesday 2 January.