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DRIVE-IN: Plan your visit to the skyline screen in Heddon Greta

The drive-in cinema has seen a resurgence since social distancing was instated.

The very first Australian drive-in opened in Melbourne back in 1954. And while we know you’re not really meant to mention Melbourne at the moment – don’t worry, you don’t have to traipse all the way to Victorica to have your own skyline screen experience.

You can visit a local drive-in, right here in the Lower Hunter Valley.

Heddon Greta Drive-In

Heddon Greta Drive-In is one of a few open-air cinemas remaining in NSW – it originally opened its gates in 1960 and had a short closure from the 90’s but it is absolutely back. And having adopted a COVID safety operating plan is now offering on-line bookings.

Screening movies on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night Heddon Greta Drive-In has also limited its capacity to ensure that there is safe distance between each vehicle in attendance so everyone can have a top night out from just $30 per car, per movie.

Just make sure you book your tickets on-line, through their website – as no tickets will be sold at the gate.

You will need an FM radio in your car, or a portable radio in order to tune in and hear – a battery-powered speaker that can pick up a radio signal would also work. This is a time when a friend with a “fully sick” sound system installed in their car comes in handy.

PRO-TIP: You’ve probably noticed that the nights are pretty chilly at the moment? Well, it can get even cooler overnight in the Hunter so pack blankets and make sure you rug up – you can’t leave your car running while the movie is on so no heaters. Also snacks – pack all the snacks!


Heddon Greta is just over 40 minutes drive from Newcastle – not far out of Maitland, close to Kurri Kurri.

You can take the New England Highway or the Hunter Expressway.

For more information, screening times and to book your tickets you can visit their website and follow along on the Heddon Greta Drive-In Facebook page.