Transport & Parking

With nearly 100 extra trains and over 300 extra buses, the easiest way to get to and from the first ever Coates Hire Newcastle 500 will be by public transport.

Valid pre-purchased event tickets (single day or package types) include travel to and from Newcastle on public transport, even if you’re travelling from Sydney.

Read the information below and visit transportnsw.info to plan your trip to the event.

PARK AND RIDE

Two park & ride facilities will operate to help you get to the circuit from Stockton and Broadmeadow. There are almost 900 spaces available at McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium and up to 2,000 at Stockton Wharf.

Stockton

Fans can park at Stockton Wharf and catch the ferry across the Harbour to Queens Wharf, where Gate 1 access is a short walk away. You can pre-book a space at Stockton carpark 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. Click here to book a space.

McDonald Jones Stadium

Fans can park at McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium and catch a shuttle bus to get to the circuit. These shuttle buses will drop off and pick up from the interchange located on Honeysuckle Drive. From there, Gate 1 access is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront on Wharf Road. Click here to pre-book a space at the McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium Park & Ride.


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TRAIN

In addition to the regular timetable nearly 100 extra trains will run to help move crowds to and from Newcastle over the 3 days of the event, particularly in the early morning in time for race start and later in the evening to help fans get home.

Closest Station & Circuit Shuttles

The closest station to the circuit is Newcastle Interchange. At the station, change for a shuttle buses which will be running regularly from the bus terminal on Stewart Avenue to the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct. Shuttle buses will run between 06:00 and 23:00 and are scheduled to meet each train. Access to the main Gate 1 entrance is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront on Wharf Road from the Honeysuckle bus precinct.

Return services back to Newcastle Interchange will leave from the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct. Please keep in mind all services will be in high demand, particularly on Saturday and Sunday, so consider walking as well.

Alternatively you can consider walking 2.5km from Newcastle Interchange to the main Gate 1 entrance. Stalls, displays and shops will be located along the waterfront walk.

Timetables

Full lists of train times, including the extra services are available on the transportnsw.info website.

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BUS

While roads are closed and circuit preparations are underway for the event buses in Newcastle East will be rerouted to alternate bus interchanges. Plan your bus trip ahead of time at newcastletransport.info.

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 precinct 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 1.4km 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.

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.
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FERRY

Queens Wharf is the closest wharf to the event site. Ferries between Stockton Wharf and Queens Wharf, Newcastle will run regularly 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 5 minute walk along the waterfront to the pedestrian bridge at Wharf Road.

A park and ride service will be in operation at Stockton. Read more and pre-book a ticket here

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DRIVING

Catching public transport is highly recommended over driving

If you are looking to drive AVIS is the recommended hire car of Supercars.

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.

Motorists from Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region

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

These motorists 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.

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.

  • Most 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.
  • Sections of Wharf road will be closed for the entire duration of the event.
  • Northbound closure of Stewart Avenue from Hunter Street on Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 to 22:00 to assist the increased bus movements from Newcastle Interchange to the Honeysuckle Drive bus precinct.
  • Local residents and businesses within the circuit footprint will have limited vehicle outside of event hours. Access will be maintained between 19:00 and 07:00 via King Street (entry) and via Scott Street (exit).

An accessible drop off zone will be located on 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 access pedestrian bridge at Gate 2 on Hunter Street 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.
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TAXIS

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.

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AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Operating from Thursday 23 November to Monday 27 November, Skybus shuttle will run between Newcastle Airport and Stockton Ferry terminal, which provides direct access track side to Queen's Wharf in Newcastle's CBD. Pre-purchase your shuttle ticket now. Phone Newcastle airport on 02 4928 9822 or visit their website.

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