Everyday students from all over the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and beyond travel to school at HVGS. 

We are in Ashtonfield (East Maitland). We are two hours north of Sydney, 30 minutes drive from Newcastle, 45 minutes drive from Port Stephens, 45 minutes drive from northern Central Coast, 1km from Green Hills Shopping Centre and 3km from Victoria Street train station in East Maitland. 

Public School Bus Services 

The School Opal Card gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel on public transport between home and school on trains, buses, ferries and light rail in the Opal network. Click here to apply for an Opal Card.  

There are four public bus operators that provide services to HVGS school students:

  • Hunter Valley Buses (Maitland, Singleton, Morisset, Lake Macquarie and Western Newcastle areas) 
    P: 4935 7200 
  • Port Stephens Coaches (Port Stephens area) 
    P: 4982 2940 
  • Rover Coaches (Cessnock, the Vineyards and surrounds) 
    P: 4990 1699 
  • Busways (Karuah and Hawks Nest) 
    P: 4983 1560 



Travelling from Newcastle 

HVGS operates a free express bus service for students travelling from Newcastle to HVGS during term time. To access this service students must reside in Newcastle, attend HVGS and have obtained a HVGS bus pass from the School. Casual use of the service is not available at this time. 

Coming to HVGS: 

  • Depart Newcastle: 7.45am, Union Street bus stop
  • Arrive: 8.25am    

Going from HVGS to home: 

  • Depart: 3.15pm 
  • Arrive Newcastle:  4:00pm, Union Street bus stop 

bus positioned by the ocean


Travelling from the Upper Hunter 

HVGS is trialing a new private bus service for students travelling from Gresford, Vacy and Paterson to School. Students who catch this bus to and from School must reside in these areas and attend HVGS. 

Coming to HVGS: 

  • Departs Gresford at 7.20 am, with two stops at Vacy and Paterson

Going from HVGS to home: 

  • Departs: 3.05 pm and stops at Paterson, Vacy and Gresford 


HVGS after-school Victoria Street station bus 

Our cocurricular program is a defining quality of a HVGS education. 

To help students to take full advantage of after-school activities, we offer a dedicated bus service to Victoria Street station so students can access the rail network.  

  • The service runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during term time. 
  • The bus departs the School at 4:30pm sharp. 

Check train timetables for rail links.