TAFE NSW Hunter is located in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, about two hours drive north of Sydney. It has over 62,000 students studying at 15 different locations. International students can study at 12 of these locations.

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Biggest city/town

Newcastle (population: 350,000)

What's it like to live there?

Newcastle is a diverse and exciting City with beautiful beaches, a working harbour and all the dining and leisure facilities a major city provides. It was recently voted ninth in the 2011 Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities in the World guide.

Novocastrian people are friendly and down-to-earth riding on their working class and multicultural background. As a result, Newcastle is passionate about its sporting teams and its diverse arts and cultural community.

With all the amenities of Sydney but without the hustle and bustle, traffic and overcrowding, Newcastle offers sophistication and a relaxed surf culture.

Extending inland, the Hunter Valley is a world-famous wine growing district and a popular tourist destination with five-star resorts, hotels, bed-and-breakfast cottages and excellent restaurants. Along the coast, Port Stephens is a popular coastal holiday retreat with great fishing, dolphin and whale watching and numerous walking trails through protected national parks.

Specialist courses

  • Intensive English and Cambridge CAE, FCE, CPE and TOEFL examination programs
  • Architectural Technology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Children's Services
  • Hospitality
  • Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • Accounting
  • International Business
  • Fine Arts

Student testimonials

"After working as a Mechanical Engineer for 5 years at BHP Billiton, I decided to follow my dreams and study music. I chose Newcastle as it is a small city and I could easily fit in. The music department here has its own identity. The teachers are well experienced – they are musicians and they know the industry. There is a lot of support for international students at TAFE NSW – Hunter. There is an excellent International Student Coordinator. When I arrived my English was very limited and she provided me with one-on-one training just to get me through that period. Without the international student department, I would not have made it. Finishing my Diploma at TAFE NSW has been an inspiring experience."
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Locations and transport links

Locations Address Train Bus Parking
Within Newcastle
Belmont 647 Pacific Highway, Belmont NSW 2280 - blue tick blue tick
Glendale Frederick Street, Glendale NSW 2285 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Hamilton 91 Parry Street, Hamilton NSW 2303 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Hunter Street  590-608 Hunter Street, Newcastle West NSW 2302 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Newcastle* Maitland Road, Tighes Hill NSW 2297 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Outside Newcastle
Cessnock Darwin Street, Cessnock NSW 2325 - blue tick blue tick
Gosford Cnr Henry Parry Drive & Margin Street, Gosford NSW 2250 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Kurri Kurri  Heddon Street, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327 - blue tick blue tick
Maitland Cnr New England Highway & Ferraby Drive, Metford NSW 2320 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Ourimbah Brush Road, Ourimbah NSW 2258 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Scone Cnr Bunnan & Racecourse Roads, Scone NSW 2337 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Wyong Porter Street, Wyong NSW 2259 blue tick blue tick blue tick

*TAFE NSW English Language Centre. Find out more about English courses.


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Newcastle, Maitland Road
Tighes Hill NSW 2297 Australia
Tel: +61 2 4923 7839
Fax: +61 2 4923 7781


English Language Centre 
Newcastle, Maitland Road
Tighes Hill NSW 2297 Australia
Tel: +61 2 4923 7382
Fax: +61 2 4923 7781

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