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2018 Supercars Newcastle 500

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Friday Gates open
08:00
Friday Race start
08:40
Friday Race finish
17:30
Saturday Gates open
08:15
Saturday Race start
08:55
Saturday Race finish
17:50
Saturday Concert gates open
17:00
Saturday Concert acts start from
18:15
Saturday Concert finish
22:00
Sunday Race start
07:50
Sunday Race finish
17:45

Important event information

Supercars Coates Hire 500 returns to Newcastle for its second year of action packed racing and entertainment with a concert on the Saturday night.

Huge crowds of more than 150,000 are expected again this year and with early 120 extra trains and hundreds of extra buses, the best way to get to and from the 3-day event is by public transport.

We encourage all visitors to catch public transport to avoid getting caught in delays as traffic may be heavy getting in and out of Newcastle each day. Road closures and special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in place, so consider swapping the car for walking, riding or public transport instead.

If you have to drive, you’ll need to factor in extra travel time and plan to arrive early. Instead of driving into Newcastle CBD, consider making use of the Park & Ride services that will operate outside of Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow and Stockton ferry wharf.

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

Stay connected

Stay connected and get real-time updates on transport services, event updates and traffic conditions online:

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

  • 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, or you'll need to use your Opal card 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 26 November.

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.

To get to the concert site at No.1 Sportsground on Parry St you can catch a shuttle bus running from Market St Lawn or you can consider the walk through Newcastle.

From Gates 1 and 2 head west on Hunter Street and south on Union Street to enter the park.

Refer to our 'Newcastle 500 Getting home map (pdf 147KB)' for the designated walking routes to the concert and transport services.

The closest station to the Newcastle 500 track is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast & Newcastle and Hunter Lines.

From there, you can catch a shuttle bus from Stewart Avenue to Market St Lawn which is a short walk from either Gate 1 or Gate 2 track entrances on Wharf Rd and on Hunter St.

Alternatively, as shuttle buses will be in high demand, you can consider the 2.5km walk from the station and check out the cafes, shops, stalls and displays along the way to the track.

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

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. Some additional services will run on the Hunter Line.

  • From the Hunter: Additional all-stops services to Newcastle will leave Maitland at 05:33, 06:03, 06:37, 06:59, 08:25, 09:01, 09:31, 10:07 and 10:35, stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

Saturday

From Sydney/Central Coast:

  • Additional limited stop services will leave Central at 04:42, 05:31, 06:18, 06:42 and 07:58, stopping at Strathfield, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton and Newcastle Interchange.
  • Additional service will leave Central at 06:04, stopping at Strathfield, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

From the Hunter:

  • Additional trains will leave Maitland at 05:52, 06:20, 06:38, 06:50, 07:13, 07:42, 07:48, 08:07, 08:16, 08:27, 09:20, 09:37, 10:23, 10:38, 10:46, 10:55 and 11:26, stopping all stations to Newcastle Interchange.
  • All trains between Scone, Dungog and Maitland will be replaced by coaches on Saturday and Sunday. Customers will need to catch a coach to Maitland to connect with trains to Newcastle Interchange.

Sunday

From Sydney/Central Coast:

  • Additional limited stop services will leave Central at 04:42, 05:31, 05:39, 06:31, 06:56, 08:10 and 08:32, stopping at Strathfield, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah, Wyong, Wyee, Morisset, Fassifern, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Hamilton then Newcastle Interchange.
  • An additional limited stop service will leave Central at 06:02, stopping at Strathfield, Epping, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, then all stations to Newcastle Interchange.

From the Hunter:

  • Additional all-stops services to Newcastle Interchange will leave Maitland at 05:52, 06:13, 06:20, 06:39, 07:22, 07:37, 08:45, 08:57, 09:10, 09:22, 09:39, 10:24, 10:34, 10:53, 11:27 and 11:57.
  • All trains between Scone, Dungog and Maitland will be replaced by coaches on Saturday and Sunday. Customers will need to catch a coach to Maitland to connect with trains to Newcastle Interchange.

Getting home

Additional trains will run back to Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter throughout the 3 day event.

Friday

Weekday train services already operate at a high frequency, however some additional services will run to help Students on Track visitors get to and from the venue as well as visitors coming up to Newcastle ahead of the weekend’s race.

To Sydney / Central Coast

  • Additional limited stop services toward Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 19:11 and 20:23, stopping at Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield then Central.
  • An additional all-stops service to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 22:33.

To the Hunter:

  • Additional trains stopping all stations to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange at 15:16, 17:08, 17:39, 18:44, 19:08, 20:05, 21:01, 21:48 and 22:52.

Saturday

Additional services will run back after the race finish and after the concert.

To Sydney / Central Coast:

  • Additional limited stop services toward Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:29, 20:02, 21:17 and 22:33, stopping at Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield then Central.
  • Two additional all-stops services to Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 18:35 and 22:56. 
  • The 23:40 service from Newcastle to Gosford will extend stopping all-stations to Central. 

To the Hunter:

  • Additional all-stops services to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange approximately every 20 minutes from 14:20 until 19:40 then at 20:32, 21:20, 21:42, 22:20, 22:41, 23:00, 00:00, 00:30 and 01:10.
  • All trains between Scone, Dungog and Maitland will be replaced by coaches on Saturday and Sunday. From Maitland customers will need to change for a coach service to continue to Scone or Dungog.

Sunday

Attendees are reminded to be patient and expect delays when leaving Newcastle as demand for transport services will be high after the final race with huge crowds will be leaving at the same time. Consider leaving a little later and enjoying Newcastle’s offerings to avoid the biggest crowds.

To Sydney / Central Coast:

  • Additional limited stop services toward Central will leave Newcastle Interchange at 16:32, 18:08, 18:25, 18:35, 19:08, 19:19, 19:24, 19:45 and 20:07, stopping at Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Cardiff, Fassifern, Morisset, Wyong, Tuggerah, Gosford, Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield then Central.
  • An additional all-stops service will leave Newcastle at 18:41, stopping all stations to Gosford, then Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield then Central.
  • An additional service will leave Newcastle Interchange at 19:02 running express to Wyong then all-stations to Gosford, then Woy Woy, Hornsby, Epping, Strathfield and Central.

To the Hunter:

  • Additional all-stops services to Maitland will leave Newcastle Interchange at 14:29, 16:51, 17:15, 18:13, 18:20, 18:29, 18:38, 18:51, 19:14, 19:32, 19:43, 20:20, 20:41 21:30 and 22:45.
  • All trains between Scone, Dungog and Maitland will be replaced by coaches on Saturday and Sunday. From Maitland customers will need to change for a coach service to continue to Scone or Dungog.

Trackwork

Trackwork is scheduled for the weekend from 02:00 Saturday 24 until 02:00 Monday 26 November on the following lines and may affect your travel to and from Newcastle:

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central. 
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Nowra and Wollongong, and between Waterfall and Central.

To note: As of Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line has temporarily closed for upgrades for around 7 months before Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in 2019. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood. For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.

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.

A number of additional bus services will run to get you to and from Newcastle over the 3-day event. Some bus services will be affected by road closures and will be detouring from their regular routes or using temporary bus stops. Make sure to plan your bus trip ahead of time and check signs at stops as well.

Event Shuttle buses - between Station and Race Track

Shuttle buses will run regularly from Stewart Ave at Newcastle Interchange to Market Street Lawn on Scott St at Wolfe St. From there the Gate 1 and 2 track entrances are a short walk via Wharf Rd or via Hunter St. Return services back to Newcastle Interchange will leave from the same location. On Saturday night, shuttle buses will also run to the concert.

Event shuttle bus times:

  • Friday and Sunday: every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 19:30
  • Saturday: every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 19:30. From 16:30 shuttle buses will make a stop at the concert venue (No.1 Sportsground) before continuing to Newcastle Interchange.
    • From 20:00 until 23:30, shuttle buses will leave from the concert to get you to the Station or Ferry Wharf. Alternatively the station is a short 1km walk away.

On Saturday night, walking routes will be signposted to direct patrons along the 2km walk from the race precinct to the concert ground. Afterwards the walk back to the Newcastle Interchange through City West is only 1km.

Please keep in mind there will be queues for services so allow extra time if you’re planning to connect with a train to get home. If you don’t want to wait, consider the walk back to Newcastle Interchange along the foreshore instead.

McDonald Jones Stadium - Park & Ride

Designated event parking will be available at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow. from 06:00 until 23:00 each day. Parking will fill quickly on the day, so don’t leave it to the last minute and pre-purchase a 1-day or 3-day parking ticket online via Ticketmaster.

From there, catch a shuttle bus to Newcastle leaving from Turton Rd outside the Stadium. Buses will drop off at Honeysuckle Drive outside the former Newcastle Maritime Museum just west of Workshop Way. From there, the Gates 1 and 2 are a 1.1km walk along Wharf Road or via Hunter Street Mall. Return services leave from the same location.

Park & Ride shuttle bus times:

  • Friday and Sunday: every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 19:30 to Newcastle. Return services back to the Stadium run from 13:00 until 19:30.
  • Saturday: every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 19:30. From 20:00 until 23:30, shuttle buses will run from the concert venue (National Park No.1 Sportsground) to get you back to the Stadium.
  • Sunday: every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 19:30.

Newcastle Buses

From Monday 5 November, due to event infrastructure, Newcastle Buses routes 11, 13, 14, 21 and 110 will be unable to access the Customs House (Watt St) bus stop and will be relocated to stops on Bolton St between King St and Church St. From Bolton St, the track is a short walk away via Gate 2 on Hunter St or Gate 3 off Watt St in Fletcher Park.

From Monday 12 November,  the Customs House bus stop will be closed to all buses including coach services (except Hunter Valley) until last service on 30 November.

Buses will resume running to and from Customs House Watt St terminal from first service on Saturday 1 December. For more details on route service changes and maps visit, newcastletransport.info.

Additional regular route services during the event

Extra services will run on routes 11, 12, 13 and 14 on Saturday and Sunday during the event. All services will run to and from Bolton St or Marketown.

Saturday 24 November:

  • Route 11 – Jesmond – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Jesmond every 10 minutes from 06:20 until 10:00 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Jesmond: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:00 until 19:00 and then every 10 minutes from 21:30 until 22:50.
  • Route 12 – Wallsend – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Wallsend every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 10:00 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Wallsend: services leave from Marketown every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:40 until 19:10 and then every 10 minutes from 21:20 until 23:20.
    • Due to the closure of Parry St from midday until midnight on Saturday, Route 12 services will not stop on Steel St and will instead stop at Marketown travelling via King St and Union St.
  • Route 13 – Glendale - Newcastle:
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from the Glendale Centre every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 09:20 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Glendale: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:30 until 19:00 and then every 10 minutes from 21:30 until 22:50.
  • Route 14 – Swansea Heads – Newcastle:
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Swansea Heads every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 09:30 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Swansea Heads: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:30 until 19:15 and then every 10 minutes from 21:30 until 23:15.

Sunday 25 November:

  • Route 11 – Jesmond – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Jesmond every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 09:20 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Jesmond: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 17:00 until 19:20 and then every hour thereafter until 23:15.
  • Route 12 – Wallsend – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Wallsend every 10 minutes from 06:30 until 09:30 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Wallsend: services leave from Steel St at Parry St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 17:00 until 18:40 and then every hour thereafter until 23:00.
  • Route 13 – Glendale - Newcastle:
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from the Glendale Centre every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 09:30 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Glendale: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:20 until 19:20 and then every hour thereafter until 23:00.
  • Route 14 – Swansea Heads – Newcastle:
    • To Newcastle: additional services will run from Swansea Heads every 10 minutes from 06:00 until 09:00 and then every 30 minutes thereafter as per normal timetable.
    • Back to Swansea Heads: services leave from Bolton St every 30 minutes with additional services running every 10 minutes from 16:15 until 19:15 and then every hour thereafter until 23:45.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Rover Coaches / Port Stephens Coaches / Busways

From 12 November, bus and coach services will be unable to travel along Wharf Rd due to event infrastructure. Services will be relocated to operate to and from stops on Bolton St between King St and Church St instead. Services will return to their normal routes on 30 November.

Affected services include:

  • Route 130 – Fingal Bay (Port Stephens)
  • Route 131 – Fingal Bay (Port Stephens)
  • Route 150 – Taree (Busways)
  • Route 151 – Taree (Busways)
  • Route 152 – Hawks Nest (Busways
  • Route 160 – Cessnock (Rover Coaches)

Hunter Valley services

From 18 November, Hunter Valley Coach services will be unable to travel along Wharf Rd due to event infrastructure.

Services will terminate at Hunter St after Bellevue St and pick up from Hunter st after National Park St during this time. Customers can change for a route 11 or 13 bus to continue their trip further east.

Affected services include:

  • Route 138 – Lemon Tree Passage via Airport (Hunter Valley Coaches)
  • Route 140 – Raymond Terrace (Hunter Valley Coaches)
  • Route 266 – Wallsend (Hunter Valley Coaches)

Queens Wharf in Newcastle is the closest wharf to the track. Queens Wharf in Newcastle is a short walk from Gates 1 and 2. You can drive and park at Stockton Wharf and continue your trip across to Newcastle by ferry. Car parks open at 06:00 each day. Pre-purchase a 3-day parking ticket via Ticketek to secure a space at Stockton.

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

Ferries between Stockton and Queens Wharf run times:

  • Friday: every 10 minutes between 05:20 and midnight.
  • Saturday: every 10 minutes between 05:20 and midnight.
  • Sunday: every 10minutes between 05:30 and 22:00.

Newcastle Transport operates the ferry between Stockton and Queens Wharf.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Newcastle Light Rail is currently in testing and commissioning, with services expected to run from early 2019. Light rail will not be operational for the 2018 Supercars Coats Hire Newcastle 500. For information on Light rail services and project updates, visit revitalisingnewcastle.nsw.gov.au.

Traffic is expected to be heavy on the Pacific Highway, M1 Motorway, Newcastle Road, Griffiths Road and Lambton Road approaching Newcastle before, during and after the event.

Event attendees are encouraged to catch public transport and leave the car at home where possible to avoid delays. If you have to drive, plan to arrive early, factor in plenty of extra travel time on the roads and carpool where possible.

Motorists from Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region, should consider utilising the Park & Ride service at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow instead of travelling directly into Newcastle CBD. Access the stadium via Newcastle Link Road, Newcastle Road and Griffiths Road, park your vehicle at the stadium then continue your trip to Newcastle via shuttle bus.

Motorists can also consider parking at commuter carparks at key stations along the Central Coast & Newcastle Line including Wyong, Morisset and Fassifern then continue the remainder of the journey up to Newcastle by train.

Motorists from Maitland, Port Stephens and the Mid-North Coast, should consider utilising the park & ride facility at Stockton Wharf and continue the trip to Newcastle via Ferry. Delays are expected on roads into Newcastle via the Hexham Bridge and Tourle St Bridge so factor in plenty of extra travel time as well.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Pre-event changed traffic conditions

Temporary infrastructure works between 15 October and 22 November underway to prepare for the Supercars Newcastle 500 on 23-25 November. Changed traffic conditions in effect until mid-December while infrastructure is removed.Traffic control and signage will be in place to redirect traffic. Access is maintained for authorised vehicles only.

  • 15 October:closure of Wharf Rd east of Watt St until 14 Dec
  • 22 October:temporary block closures on sections of Church St, Shortland Espl, Scott St and Nobbys Rd to facilitate fencing and infrastructure installation.
  • 29 October: Horseshoe Beach Rd and carpark will closed until 14 Dec. Pedestrian access to Horseshoe Beach is maintained. Special event clearway parking restrictions in effect on sections of Shortland Espl, Scott St, Zaara St, Parnell Pl and Nobbys Rd.
  • 5 November: concrete barrier installation commences on Watt St from Wharf Rd to Church St. Block closures from 7am to 6pm on 5 and 7 November. Traffic controllers on-site. Traffic delays expected
  • 18 November: roads within the track circuit east of Watt St to operate under one-way traffic flow.
  • 21 November:closure of Wharf Rd east of Argyle St until 26 November

Details on the various changed traffic conditions are available through weekly Build Notices delivered to affected businesses and residents as well as online via supercars.com/newcastle/community website and on livetraffic.com.

Event day road closures - Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November

Roads east of Bolton St, north of King St and east of Darby St will be closed during the 3-day event. Sections of Wharf road will also be closed for the entire duration of the event.

See our Newcastle 500 Road Closure map (pdf 260KB)for locations.

Key road closures:

  • 07:00 to 19:00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday: all roads east of Bolton St within the track will be closed.
    • Local access will be maintained before and event these hours via King Street (entry) and via Scott Street (exit). No access within track during closure times.
  • 06:00 to 20:00 on Friday & Sunday and 06:00 to 23:00 on Saturday: Hunter St / Scott St east of Darby St and surrounding local roads will be closed.
  • 06:00 to 23:00 on Saturday and 06:00 to 20:00 on Sunday: northbound lanes of Stewart Ave will close from Hunter St to Honeysuckle Dr to assist with bus movements between the interchange and Market Street Lawn. Eastbound lanes of Honeysuckle Dr will also be closed at various times over the weekend. Access to the Honeysuckle Precinct is via Worth Place during this time.
  • 12:00 midday to 00:00 midnight on Saturday: roads around the concert venue at No.1 Sportsground will be closed including sections of Arnott St, Parry St and Ravenshaw St.
  • 15:00 to 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday: to assist with bus movements sections of Bolton St, Church St and King St will be closed.

Post event traffic changes

Some special event clearways, closures and access restrictions will be in effect while event infrastructure is removed. Wharf Rd will remain closed east of Merewether St to Watt St and will reopen at 18:00, Monday 26 November. Wharf Rd east of Watt St will remain closed until approximately 14 December. Bus services will return to their regular routes and stops by Saturday 1 December.

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

Park & Ride

McDonald Jones Stadium: park at the stadium and continue your trip to Newcastle by catching one of the many shuttle buses. You can pre-purchase one of 900 parking spaces. Plan ahead and buy a 1-day or 3-day parking ticket ahead of time via Ticketmaster.

Stockton: park at the wharf and continue your trip to Newcastle by ferry. You can pre-purchase a 3-day parking ticket to secure yourself a space via Ticketek.

Parking in Newcastle

Limited all day parking options are available in Newcastle CBD. City of Newcastle off-road car parks are closed for the event.

No.2 Sportsground is the closest public all-day off street parking area. Other commercial off street parking areas are available in Newcastle.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on most roads around the race track, within the race track, around the concert venue, Stockton Wharf, Broadmeadow and along major bus routes to help keep transport moving.

See our for locations.

Key special event clearways times and locations:

  • Pre-event clearways: will be in effect on sections of Bolton St and Church St from 06:00 Mon 5 Nov until 07:00 Fri 30 Nov. Clearways will also be in effect on Watt St from 06:00 Thu 22 Nov until 18:00 Tue 27 Nov.
  • Outside the race track: clearways will be in place over the 3-day event consecutively from 01:00 Friday 23 November until 20:00 Sunday 25 November. Affected roads include Bolton St, Church St, Darby St, Honeysuckle Dr, Hunter St, King St, Newcomen St, Scott St, Stewart Ave, Settlement Lane, Watt St, Wharf Rd, Wolfe St as well as other surrounding local roads.
  • Within the race track: clearways will be in place from 23 to 25 November from 06:00 until 18:00 daily on roads east of Watt St inside the race track. Affected roads include Bond St, Hunter St, Pacific St, Telford St, Ocean St, Scott St and King St.
  • Concert venue: clearways will be in place on Saturday 24 November around No.1 Sportsground from 12:00 midday until 00:00 midnight on sections of Parry St and Union St.
  • Stockton: clearways will be in place over the 3-day event consecutively from 01:00 Friday 23 November until 20:00 Sunday 25 November on Mitchell St south of Hunter Street.
  • Broadmeadow: clearways will be in place over the 3-day event consecutively from 04:00 Friday 23 November until 20:00 Sunday 25 November on Curley Rd and Turton Rd.

Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Clearways are in place to provide extra lane capacity for traffic or for bus operations. Look for the high-visibility signage and check them before parking as vehicles left in clearways will be towed to the nearest legal parking space and a fee will apply.

If your vehicle is towed, call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 for its new location For maps and details of the clearways, visit Live Traffic NSW.

The event Taxi rank will be located on the southern side of Hunter Street between Perkins Street and Brown Street each day. Access via Wolfe St.

Newcastle Taxis operate services in the area. For more details and to book, visit Newcastle Taxis or call 13 33 00.

Accessible pick-up & drop-off points

An accessible drop off point is located on Wolfe St between Hunter St and Scott St. From there access the track via the accessible lifts at Gate 1 entrance on Wharf Road. Access to Wolfe Street is provided via King Street. 

An accessible pick-up point from the concert venue is located on Hall St at Ravenshaw St.

Note: these areas are not for all-day parking, vehicles left in these zones will be towed.

Accessible viewing areas

There are dedicated viewing areas available for patrons with accessibility requirements, Visit the Accessibility page for up to date information.

Accessible Track Access

Gate 1 is the recommend entry gate for patrons requiring accessible access. Gate 1 is located on Wharf Road past Queens Wharf and there are accessible lifts providing entry to the track and the accessible viewing areas.

Parking

There are a limited number of accessible car parks located along Wharf Road. An RMS Mobility Scheme Parking permit will be required to gain access to these car parks.

Transport

Train: the closest train station is Newcastle Interchange, which is a fully accessible station.

Bus: shuttle buses will operate between Newcastle Interchange and Market St Lawn, between McDonald Jones Stadium event parking and Newcastle. Buses will also run to and from the concert venue at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday evening. Most buses are wheelchair accessible.

Ferry: ferry vessels between Stockton and Queens Wharf including the wharves are fully accessible.

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).