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Supercars Coates Hire Newcastle 500

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Gates open Friday
07:45
Race start Friday
08:20
Race finish Friday
17:30
Concert start Friday & Saturday
18:00
Concert finish Friday
21:00
Gates open Saturday & Sunday
07:15
Race start Saturday
07:45
Race finish Saturday
18:15
Concert finish Saturday
22:00
Race start Sunday
07:50
Race finish Sunday
17:45

Important event information

Nearly 100 extra trains and over 300 extra buses will run to help crowds get to and from the first ever Newcastle 500 event. Travel on public transport services in Newcastle and between Sydney and Newcastle is covered by valid event tickets.

Heavy traffic and delays are expected on major roads approaching Newcastle CBD particularly on Friday and Saturday as crowds arrive and on Sunday and Monday as crowds leave.

If you have to drive, attendees are strongly encouraged to factor in plenty of additional travel time and leave early. Parking is limited with extensive clearways and closures in place so you won’t be able to park within walking distance of the site – make use of the Park & Ride services instead and pre-book a space.

Attendees travelling from Sydney and the Central Coast can also consider parking at commuter carparks at Wyong, Morisset and Fassifern train stations on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and continue the remainder of the journey up to Newcastle by train.

Valid pre-purchased event tickets to the Supercars Newcastle 500 include travel to and from Newcastle on:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
  • Newcastle metropolitan and outer metropolitan buses
  • Special event shuttle buses.
  • Sydney metropolitan buses.
  • Newcastle Ferries services.

Remember to keep your event ticket safe for your return journey, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport. Your single day event ticket is valid on public transport until 04:00 the following day or your 3-day event ticket is valid until 04:00 on Monday 27 November.

If you don’t already have a ticket to the event, you’ll need to purchase a ticket or use your Opal card to travel on public transport.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your event ticket does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

The closest station to the circuit is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast & Newcastle and Hunter lines.

From there change for a shuttle bus running regularly from the bus terminal on Stewart Avenue to the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct where access to the main Gate 1 entrance is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront on Wharf Road.

Alternatively, as shuttle buses will be in high demand, you can consider walking 2.2km from Newcastle Interchange to the main Gate 1 entrance. Stalls, displays and shops will be located along the waterfront walk.

Getting there

Trains run regularly to Newcastle on the Central Coast & Newcastle and Hunter Lines plus additional services have been scheduled to help fans get to the race and back home again each day of the weekend.

Services on Fridays already run at a high frequency to help regular commuters travel between Sydney and Newcastle however event attendees are reminded that these services will already be busy and to allow for additional travel time.

Friday

  • From Sydney:
    • An additional train will leave Central at 07:58, stopping at Strathfield, Hornsby, Berowra then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
    • An additional train will leave Central at 08:30, stopping at Strathfield, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
  • From the Central Coast:
    • Services to Gosford at 17:29 and services to Wyong at 19:29 will extend up to Newcastle, stopping at all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
  • From the Hunter: for attendees attending the concert being held post-race, an additional train will leave Telarah at 13:23, stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

Saturday

  • From Sydney:
    • Additional trains will leave Central at 05:44, 07:05 and 08:05, stopping at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton and Newcastle Interchange.
  • From the Central Coast:
    • Additional trains will leave Gosford at 06:04, 06:44, 07:54 and 09:16, stopping at Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
    • All services to Newcastle Interchange between 06:30 and 14:00 will be built up to 8-carriages.
  • From the Hunter: additional trains will leave Maitland at 06:39, 07:12, 07:40, 08:07, 08:25, 09:05, 09:39, 10:08, 10:39, 11:09 and 11:39, stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

Sunday

  • From Sydney:
    • Additional trains will leave Central at 05:44, 07:05 and 08:05, stopping at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton then Newcastle Interchange.
  • From the Central Coast:
    • Additional trains will leave Gosford at 06:04, 06:44, 07:54 and 09:16 stopping at Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
    • All services to Newcastle Interchange between 06:30 and 14:00 will be built up to 8-carriages.
  • From the Hunter: additional trains will leave Maitland at 06:28, 06:52, 07:29, 07:50, 08:41, 08:53, 09:31, 09:55, 10:31, 10:55, 11:28 and 11:55, stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

Getting home

Additional trains will run during the event and also later in the evening on Friday and Saturday to help event attendees get home after the concerts.

Friday

  • To Sydney/Central Coast:
    • Additional trains will leave Newcastle Interchange at 19:09 19:59, stopping at all stations to Broadmeadow, Morisset, Cardiff, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Strathfield then Central.
    • Additional trains to Gosford will leave Newcastle Interchange at 19:01, 19:41, 20:09, 20:39, 20:57, 22:06 and 23:25.
    • Trains leaving for Gosford at 22:33 and 23:32 will extend to Central stopping at all stations to Berowra, then Hornsby, Strathfield and Central.
  • To the Hunter:
    • An additional train stopping all stations to Telarah will leave Newcastle Interchange at 15:16.
    • Additional trains stopping all stations to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange at 21:02, 21:12, 21:29, 22:36 and 22:56.

Saturday

  • To Sydney:
    • Additional trains express to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:00, 19:00, 19:45 and 21:00, stopping at Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Wyee, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield then Central.
    • Two additional trains stopping all stations to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 22:55 and 00:35.
    • The 21:41 and 23:25 trains to Gosford will extend to Central, stopping at Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield then Central.
  • To the Central Coast:
    • Additional 8-carriage trains stopping all stations to Gosford will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:45, 19:30 and 20:30.
    • All services to Gosford between 17:00 and 01:00 will be built-up to 8-carriages.
  • To the Hunter: additional trains stopping all stations to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange at 17:35, 18:20, 18:41, 19:19 and 19:40 then approximately every 20 minutes from 20:20 until 01:30, stopping all stations to Maitland.

Sunday

  • To Sydney:
    • Additional trains express to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:25, 19:15 and 19:45, stopping at Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Wyee, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Strathfield then Central.
    • Two additional trains stopping all stations to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 22:55 and 00:35.
  • To the Central Coast:
    • Additional 8-carriage trains to Gosford will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:45, 19:25, 20:00 and 20:10, stopping all stations.
    • All services to Gosford between 17:30 and 21:00 will be built-up to 8-carriages.
  • To the Hunter: additional trains stopping all stations to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange at 17:15, every 20 minutes from 18:20 until 21:40, and also at 22:30.

Trackwork

There is no trackwork scheduled to take place while the event is underway between Friday 24 November and Sunday 26 November.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Unplanned trackwork may be required. Trackwork affect how you travel to and from events. For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.

Shuttle buses to and from Newcastle Interchange:

Event shuttle buses will run regularly between Newcastle Interchange and a temporary event bus precinct located on Honeysuckle Drive at Wharf Road. From there, access to the main Gate 1 entrance is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront on Wharf Road.

Shuttle buses will run between 06:00 and 23:00 and are scheduled to meet each train to pick up passengers from Stewart Avenue, directly in front of Newcastle Interchange. Return services back to Newcastle Interchange will leave from the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct.

Please keep in mind these services will be in high demand, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, so consider walking via the foreshore (2.2km) from the station instead.

Stadium Park & Ride event buses

Event parking will be available at McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium in Broadmeadow. A shuttle bus service to Honeysuckle Drive will run every 5 to 10 minutes from 07:00 until 11:30 and around every 20 minutes throughout the rest of the day. Access to the main Gate 1 entrance is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront on Wharf Road.

Towards the end of each day, services back to the stadium will run every 5 to 10 minutes, leaving from Honeysuckle Drive between Settlement Road and Worth Place. Last services leave at 22:30 on Friday, 23:30 Saturday and 19:00 on Sunday.

Attendees that have to drive and are travelling from Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter region should head to the Stadium instead of travelling directly into Newcastle CBD where roads will be closed and traffic will be heavy.

While roads are closed and circuit preparations are underway for the event buses in Newcastle East will be rerouted to alternate bus interchanges.

Hunter Street bus interchange

During the event, from 06:00 to 23:00 on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November, buses that usually run towards Watt Street at the Foreshore will terminate at a bus interchange located on Hunter Street at Auckland Street.

Affected Newcastle Buses services include routes 104, 106, 107, 111, 222, 224, 225, 226, 230, 231, 235, 317, 322, 334 and 349.

For event attendees, access to the Gate 2 entrance is a 1.3km walk via the Hunter Street Mall to the pedestrian bridge crossing over Watt Street.

Accessible city shuttle bus: for customers requiring access further east, a shuttle bus will operate regularly to Bolton Street between 06:00 and 23:00 each day during the event. This service leaves from Hunter Street.

From 23:00 until 06:00 all Newcastle Buses will run to the Bolton Street interchange. Plan your bus trip ahead of time at newcastletransport.info.

Bolton Street bus interchange

From Monday 13 to Thursday 30 November buses that usually run towards Watt Street at the Foreshore will instead temporarily terminate and operate from Bolton Street near Church Street. This is to facilitate the final implementation and also the removal of the circuit infrastructure after the event.

Affected Newcastle Buses services include routes 100, 201, 310, 320, 350 and 363.

Extra services will run on some of the affected routes 100, 350 and 363 throughout the event to assist with resident access during the following times:

  • Friday 24 Nov: services will leave from Bolton Street every 15 minutes from 16:00 until 19:00 and every 10 minutes from 21:00 until 23:00.
  • Saturday 25 Nov: services to Bolton Street will run every 15 minutes from 07:30 until 11:00 and services will leave from Bolton Street every 10 minutes from 14:00 until 19:00 and from 21:00 until 23:30.
  • Sunday 26 Nov: services every 15 minutes from 07:30 until 11:00 and 14:00 until 19:00.

From 23:00 until 06:00 all Newcastle Buses will run to the Bolton Street interchange. Plan your bus trip ahead of time at newcastletransport.info.

Queens Wharf is the closest wharf to the event site. Ferry services will run to a regular weekend timetable with additional services running between Stockton Wharf and Queens Wharf, Newcastle throughout the event:

  • Friday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 23:00.
  • Saturday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 23:00.
  • Sunday: every 5 to 15 minutes between 07:30 and 19:00.

From Queens Wharf access to the main Gate 1 entrance is a short walk along the waterfront via the Foreshore footpath.

A park and ride facility will be in operation at Stockton where attendees can park their vehicles and continue the journey to the event by ferry across the harbour. Attendees considering this transport option are strongly encouraged to pre-book a parking space as it is expected to fill quickly particularly on the weekend.

Customers can pre-book online until 22 November at Hunter Carparks – Stockton Park & Ride. After this time, parking is subject to availability on the day and will be at an increased rate.

Traffic is expected to be heavy on roads approaching Newcastle before, during and after the event on the Pacific Highway, M1 Motorway and main roads leading into Newcastle including Newcastle Road, Griffiths Road and Lambton Road. Attendees are strongly encouraged to consider catching public transport instead to avoid the traffic delays.

Motorists from Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region should anticipate delays on major roads and factor in plenty of additional travel time. Instead of travelling directly into Newcastle, motorists should travel to McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium at Broadmeadow via Newcastle Link Road, Newcastle Road and Griffiths Road to utilise the Park & Ride service into Newcastle East instead.

Attendees travelling from Sydney and the Central Coast can consider parking at commuter carparks at Wyong, Morisset and Fassifern train stations on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and continue the remainder of the journey up to Newcastle by train.

Motorists from Maitland, Port Stephens and Mid North Coast can travel to Stockton Wharf and utilise the Park & Ride service to continue their journey into Newcastle East by ferry. Motorists are strongly encouraged to leave early and carpool where possible as the parking facility at Stockton will be in high demand and is expected to fill quickly so have a backup plan in mind as well. Delays are expected on roads into Newcastle via the Hexham Bridge and Tourle St Bridge so factor in plenty of extra travel time.

Pre-event road closures and changed traffic conditions from Mon 13 November:

Some road closures, lane closures, changed traffic conditions and special event clearways will be in place between Monday 13 and Thursday 30 November. Sections of Wharf Road, Nobbys Road and Hunter Street will be closed from as early as 07:00. Further closures will be in place from 07:00 Sunday 19 November on King Street, Scott Street, Wharf Road and Watt Street. Clearways will be in place on sections of Bolton St and Church St from 07:00 Monday 13 November through until 19:00 Thursday 30 November.

Road closure and changed traffic conditions during the event:

Major roads in Newcastle CBD and Newcastle East will be closed for the duration of the event. Local roads within and surrounding the event circuit will also close during the event.

  • Roads east of Bolton Street in Newcastle East will be closed daily from 07:00 until 19:00 on Friday, 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. Some roads remain closed until2 3:00 and midnight.
  • Sections of Wharf road will be closed for the entire duration of the event.
  • Northbound lanes of Stewart Avenue between Hunter Street and Honeysuckle Drive will be closed from 06:00 to 22:00 on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 to facilitate an increase in bus movements from Newcastle Interchange.
  • Other local roads will also be closed during the event.

Vehicle access for local residents and businesses within the circuit will be maintained outside of event hours from 19:00 until 07:00 via King Street (entry) and via Scott Street (exit). Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

For maps and all the road closure and changed traffic conditions details, visit Live Traffic NSW.

Park & Ride facilities

‘Park and Ride’ facilities will be in operation at McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium in Broadmeadow and at Stockton Wharf. Attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-book at either location.

Stockton: you can pre-book a space online until 22 November at Hunter Carparks – Stockton Park & Ride. After this time, parking is subject to availability on the day and will be at an increased rate.

McDonald Jones Stadium: you can pre-purchase a parking ticket via Ticketmaster.

Other parking options are available in the CBD however motorists are reminded to have a back up plan as parking will be in high demand

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on most roads around the race circuit in Newcastle East from 20:00 Thursday 23 November through until 23:00 Sunday 26 November. Clearways will be in effect on roads within the circuit from 06:00 until 18:00 Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November.

At the Park & Ride locations at Stockton and Broadmeadow clearways will also be in effect to support the bus operations from 04:00 Friday 24 November through until 20:00 Sunday 26 November.

Pre-event parking restrictions will also be in effect as some clearways will be implemented as early as 07:00 on Monday 13 November around Bolton Street and Church Street and will remain in place until 19:00 on Thursday 30 November.

Special event clearways are strict ‘no-parking’ zones and apply even to local residents or mobility scheme permit holders. These clearways are strategically placed to increase lane capacity as there will be a large number of additional buses travelling on key roads through Newcastle moving crowds between the event site and the transport interchange.

Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed you can call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 to find its new location. For maps and details of the clearways, visit Live Traffic NSW.

Accessible drop off zone:

An accessible drop off zone will be located on both sides of Scott Street between Wolfe Street and Perkins Street, from there attendees with accessibility needs can best access the event via the accessible lifts at the main Gate 1 entrance on Wharf Road at Watt Street.

You can access this drop off zone via the following roads:

  • From the South: via Darby Street, King Street, and Wolfe/Newcomen streets, or via Memorial Drive, High Street, Reserve Road and Wolfe/Newcomen streets;
  • From the West: via King and Wolfe/Newcomen streets;
  • From the North & North West: via Industrial Drive, Hannell Street, Stewart Avenue, King Street and Wolfe/Newcomen streets.

Taxi rank:

A temporary Taxi rank will be located on the western side of Perkins Street between King Street and Hunter Street mall for the duration of the event. For details of taxi networks servicing the local area, visit Newcastle Taxis or call 133 300.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon.  You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).