Event Guide

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Make the most of the Thrifty Newcastle 500 using the comprehensive information about the event below. Don't forget to download the Supercars Official App to use on the day so you don't miss a moment of the action.

Event Map

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Opening Hours

General Admission

Gates will open and close to the public at the following times across the weekend:

  • Friday, 10 March: 8.00am*
  • Saturday, 11 March: 8.00am*
  • Sunday, 12 March: 8.00am*

*Supercars 2023 Members will receive early entry 30mins prior to the public gate opening time each day.

The temporary Accreditation Centre will be open from Wednesday 22 February to Sunday 12 March 2023. Residents who work during business hours are encouraged to utilise the weekend opening hours to collect their passes prior to the event.

The Accreditation Centre will be located in a temporary structure at 199 Wharf Road, next to Harry’s Café de Wheels. See below for opening hours (subject to change).  

Day

Date

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Friday

22 – 24 February

10:00am to 5:00pm (open until 8:00pm Thursday 23rd February)

Saturday

25 February

10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday

26 February

CLOSED

Monday

27 February

10:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesday – Friday

28 February – 3 March

9:00am – 6:00pm (open until 8:00pm Thursday 2nd March)

Saturday

4 March

9:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday

5 March

CLOSED

Monday - Thursday

6 – 9 March

9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday

10 March

6:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday - Sunday

11 – 12 March

7:00am – 3:00pm

Transport and Parking

PLAN YOUR TRIP

With extra trains, buses, ferries and light rail services running throughout the 3 day event, the easiest way to get to and from the Newcastle 500 is 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 traveling from Sydney.

More details about transport to the event will be available early in 2023.

PARK AND RIDE NOT AVAILABLE – McDonald Jones Stadium

Unlike the 2019 Newcastle 500, a park and ride option from Broadmeadow (McDonald Jones Stadium) to the circuit will not be available for the 2023 event.

Fans will, however, have a number of options to get to the track without missing a moment of the action.  

FERRY

Fans can park at Stockton Wharf and catch the ferry across the Harbour to Queens Wharf, where Gates 1a and 1b access is a short walk away.

Ferries between Stockton and Newcastle (Queens Wharf) will run frequently throughout the event. 

Parking at Stockton is a gold coin donation – pay on the day. There are almost 2000 car parks at Stockton Wharf and the car park will open at 6am each day.

More details will be available early in 2023.

TRAIN

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

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

From there, catch the light rail to Queens Wharf stop which is a short walk to Gates 1a & 1b or Gate 2 track entrances on Wharf Rd and Hunter St respectively.

More information about extra services will be available early in 2023 on the transportnsw.info website.

BUS

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

More information will be available early in 2023 about service changes associated with the event.

DRIVING

Catching public transport is highly recommended over driving directly into the Newcastle CBD

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.

Motorists from Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter region

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.

Motorists should consider parking at commuter carparks at key stations along the Central Coast and 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 Mid North Coast

Motorists from Maitland, Port Stephens and the Mid-North Coast, should consider utilising the park and 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.

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.

The accessible drop of zone 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.

TAXIS

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. For details of taxi networks servicing the local area, visit Newcastle Taxis or call 133 300.

Accessibility Information

Viewing Facilities

There are dedicated viewing areas which include shaded unreserved wheelchair seating located adjacent to the track. These areas are attended by volunteers throughout the event and allow access to those patrons with a disability plus one companion.

These accessible viewing areas are located:

  1. Outside Turn 1 at The Station (new for 2023)
  2. 2 x areas location along Wharf Road on Pit Straight (drivers right).
  3. On the main oval at turn 12

Passenger Hoist Lifts

Passenger hoist lifts connect to each end of the over-track pedestrian bridge at Gate 1 on Wharf Road and facilitate entry to the infield.

Lift Access to Pit Building

For any corporate clients who have tickets in the Pit Building, there is a lift on the ground floor half-way along the building.

Please refer to the track map for locations.

Amenities

Accessible toilet amenities are located:

  • Inside Gate 1A
  • Viewing arew outside Turn 1, (behind accessible stand S3)
  • Behind Accessible Viewing areas along Wharf Road
  • Main Oval (behind accessible viewing area s13)
  • Eastern end of Pit Building - to Service Pit Building corporate guests only
  • Located behind S6 near Nobbys Beach Surf Life Saving Club
  • Located in permanent toilet block at the end of the tram shed, next to the pond
  • Located at Pacific Park

Please refer to the track map for locations

Accessible Transport

  1. Train – the closest train station is Newcastle Interchange, which is a fully accessible station.
  2. Ferry – Stockton ferry vessels and wharves are fully accessible.
  3. Light Rail – the closest light rail station is Queens Wharf, which is a fully accessible station.

Visit transportnsw.info for more details on accessible travel and to plan your trip

Accessible Track Access

Gate 1 provides accessible entry to the track and the accessible viewing areas.

Track Crossings

There are dedicated times within the race program where racing will cease and patrons with disabilities will be able to cross the circuit to access or exit the infield. The track crossings are located:

  1. Under the bridge on Hunter Street
  2. Opposite Nobbys Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Track crossing times will be displayed at the crossing locations and will available on the Supercars website closer to the event.

Please note that scheduled track crossing times may vary due to unforeseen on-track activity.

Accessible Parking

There are a limited number of accessible car parks allocated along Wharf Road. A mobility parking scheme permit will be required to gain access to these car parks.

Companion Cards

Companion Cards are accepted at this event for general admission tickets and access to the accessible platforms. If a Companion Card ticket is required, then the Companion Card must be presented at the time of booking and also carried with the person when attending the event. To book Companion Card tickets please call 132 849 or visit any Ticketek outlet.

Travel and Accommodation

All holiday makers (including hotel guests, serviced apartments, Airbnb, short term leases etc.) staying within the 2023 Newcastle 500 event precinct* must have a valid event ticket to access the event precinct during the event hours (TBC).

Outside of event hours, holidaymakers will require an Accommodation Access Pass (in conjunction with their valid event ticket) to enter the event precinct.

You will be able to request Accommodation Access Passes from 10am (AEDT) 14 December 2022. Please click here to complete your Accommodation Access Pass Application.

Official Charity

Supercars is proud to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter as our Official Charity for the Thrifty Newcastle 500.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service provides lifesaving aeromedical response to communities across Northern NSW, from the Hawkesbury in the south to the Queensland border and throughout the New England North West. Flying in excess of 1500 missions each year, every primary mission carries a NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic and NSW Health Doctor and as needed, specialised nursing staff, on board a state of the art AW139 ‘flying ICU’ helicopter.

Medical Services

St Johns will be located throughout the precinct to offer Medical and First Aid assistance if required.

First Aid stations will be located at:

Gate 1A

Outside Turn 4

Inside the Pacific Park Family Zone

Behind the Pit Lane Complex near the Food Court

Behind S9

Officials and Volunteers

Get in on the action and become a Supercars Official!

We have loads of volunteer positions within the event and of course close to the action on our Race Officials team.

This is your opportunity to get involved in the sport and experience the thrill of being on a team like no other!

No experience is necessary, training will be provided and you will be welcomed by our great team of dedicated and passionate officials.

CLICK HERE to register today.

Conditions of Entry

2023 Conditions of Entry to Supercars Events

Entry to this Supercars event (the Event) by any person (Patron) is subject to the following conditions:

  1. The term ‘Patron’ in these Conditions of Entry includes any person who, at any time, holds or purchases or otherwise acquires a ticket, pass, credential or other authorisation sold or granted by V8 Supercars Australia Pty Ltd (SCA) allowing entry to the Event (Ticket).
  2. Every Patron’s Ticket, or entry to, and presence at the Event is subject to:
    1. these Conditions of Entry, which are at the discretion of SCA to change from time to time (and are available for viewing at the Event entrances, on SCA’s website being www.supercars.com or by contacting SCA directly);
    2. any relevant State Legislation and Regulations made under that Legislation (collectively, the Legislation); and
    3. any reasonable directions issued by SCA, which includes its representatives and any person appointed as an authorised person under the Legislation (Authorised Person) (collectively, the Event Rules).
  3. By entering the Event or holding a Ticket, Patrons accept and understand as binding the Event Rules and any accompanying risks, obligations and responsibilities, regardless if the Patron is based in the main Event precinct, the Paddock area or any camping ground that may be available. It is each Patron’s responsibility to inform him or herself of all the Event Rules.
  4. Any Patron in breach of any Event Rules may be refused entry or directed to leave the Event by SCA or may be otherwise liable at law, including to a penalty issued under the Legislation.
  5. WARNING – MOTOR SPORT ACTIVITES, THE EVENT AND ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVENT ARE INHERENTLY DANGEROUS AND ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN. THERE IS SIGNIFICANT RISK OF AN ACCIDENT CAUSING INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE OR ECONOMIC LOSS.
  6. Upon entering the Event, each Patron provides this release to SCA and the Associated Entities*:

SCA and the Associated Entities are not liable to me or to any person with me for (regardless of how or when the liability is caused, or by whom it is caused and regardless of whether such liability or claims are for negligence (excluding gross negligence), breach of contract, breach of statutory duty or any other liability or claim recognised at law):

  1. my death, injury to me or the injury or death of anybody else with me;
  2. damage to, destruction of, theft of or unauthorised delivery up of any of my property or equipment, whether authorised or not; or
  3. damage to, destruction of, theft of or delivery up of any of my clothing or other personal items;

And, in respect of all of the subject matter referred to in each of 6(a), 6(b) and 6(c), I release SCA and the other Associated Entities from any liability or claim, which I do or might, or which anybody with me does or might have or in the future might or would have against SCA or any other Associated Entities.

* Associated Entities means the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd (Motorsport Australia), Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), V8 Supercars Australia Pty Limited; Touring Car Entrants Group Australia Pty Ltd, promoters, sponsor organisations, land owners and lessees, organisers of Events, their respective servants, officials, representatives and agents, and all other persons involved in the conduct, promotion and organisation of the Event including officials, marshals, rescue and medical staff, competitors and drivers.

  1. SCA and any Associated Entities do not make any warranty that the Event or any services connected with the Event will be provided with due care and skill or that any materials or equipment provided in connection with the services will be fit for the purposes for which they are supplied. Patrons acknowledge that, to the extent that any warranty is implied by law it is excluded to the full extent permitted by law.

FOREGOING RIGHTS UNDER THE COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 (CTH)

Under the Australian Consumer Law (which is part of the Competition and Consumer Legislation 2010 (Cth)), several guarantees are implied into contracts for the supply of certain goods and services.  You agree that the application of all or any of these provisions (i.e. guarantees relating to the supply of services), any liability of SCA and the other Associated Entities for a failure to comply with any such guarantees, are excluded.  This exclusion does not apply to significant personal injury suffered by the reckless conduct of SCA and the other Associated Entities.

  1. Patrons are responsible for the safety and security of their own personal property and hereby release SCA from any liability for loss or damage to any personal property brought into any area of the Event.
  2. The Event takes place outdoors, so conditions may vary (including access, seating, and protection from weather, terrain and available facilities). Some areas at the Event are exposed to direct sunlight and heat.  Patrons are to take appropriate care for their own wellbeing at the Event including but not limited to hydration and sun protection.
  3. SCA may direct any Patron at any time at the Event to produce a valid Ticket.
  4. At all times, Tickets remain the property of SCA. Tickets may not be sold, on-sold, exchanged for fee or reward or other valuable consideration or otherwise commercially dealt with (including for advertising or other promotional purposes such as prizes, contests or sweepstakes) without the prior written consent of SCA (acting in their absolute discretion).  If such consent is granted, SCA may attach additional conditions to any Tickets as SCA sees fit.  If a Ticket has been dealt with in contravention of this Condition of Entry, the bearer of the Ticket may be refused entry or directed to leave the Event.
  5. In relation to Tickets issued on the basis that the Patron is a child of, or under a certain age:
    1. SCA or its representatives may require evidence of the child Patron’s age;
    2. the Patron’s age shall be determined as at the date the Ticket is presented for entry to the Event (not the date of purchase) and if SCA (or its representative) assesses any Patron bearing a Children’s Ticket to be older than the age applicable to the Ticket, SCA may:
      1. refuse entry or direct the Patron to leave the Event without refund; or
      2. direct the person to purchase a Ticket that is available to persons of that age.
    3. Each child Patron must be accompanied by an adult Patron (that is 18 years or older) at all times at the Event and are responsible for the care, conduct and supervision of those children and must keep those children within sight at all times. Children may not be permitted to enter certain areas at the Event for safety or responsible service of alcohol reasons as determined or advised by SCA in its absolute discretion.
    4. SCA reserves the right to close the Paddock area and restrict access to the Paddock area at any time.
    5. SCA reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute any drivers, performers or activities including any concerts or other entertainment associated with the Event, vary programs, other conveniences and attractions and audience capacity from time to time.
    6. SCA will not be liable to any Patron for any loss or damage (including indirect or consequential loss or damage) suffered as a result of or arising from or in any way connected to cancellation, postponement or change to the Event (or any part thereof).
    7. Maps of the Event area published by SCA are approximate only. Natural or other obstructions may impede viewing in some areas and no reliance should be placed on maps when purchasing Tickets. Locations and size of seating, viewing areas and other conveniences and attractions may vary.  SCA reserves the right to determine the actual and final location of seating, viewing areas and other conveniences and attractions without notice.
    8. Tickets will not be refunded under any circumstances. For example, refunds will not be issued for:
      1. the non-appearance of any particular person, group or personality such as a team, driver, performer or band (whether advertised or not);
      2. any variation to the on-track Event program, conveniences and attractions such as postponement or cancellation of any part of the Supercars program by race stewards;
      3. any variation to the off-track Event program, conveniences and attractions such as postponement or cancellation of any entertainment, amusements or interactive display;
      4. any adverse weather conditions; or
      5. any other circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the SCA.
    9. In respect of a Ticket for which no monetary consideration has been paid to SCA, no refund or other costs will be paid or payable to the holder of such Ticket in the event of cancellation, postponement or change to the Event, or for any other reason whatsoever.
    10. Nothing in the Event Rules affects Patrons’ rights under Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Legislation 2010 (Cth) or similar legislation regarding consumer guarantees, implied conditions and warranties to the extent that such consumer guarantees, implied conditions or warranties cannot be excluded by law.
    11. To ensure compliance with the Conditions of Entry and clause 23, SCA may, at any time, require a Patron to open for inspection any vehicle, bag, basket or other receptacle, or turn out their pockets. Patrons who fail to comply with such a request may be refused entry or directed to leave the Event.
    12. At the Event, Patrons must not, without the prior consent of SCA:
  6. enter the racetrack;
  7. remain at the Event outside the published closing times of the Event or leave the Event other than through a designated exit;
  8. remove any glass object from a reserved area;
  9. enter any fenced or cordoned off area, or interfere with any activity undertaken by SCA in any fenced or cordoned off area;
  10. erect any structure (Authorised Persons will clear all such materials used and it will be deemed forfeited to SCA without any responsibility for them to account to Patron for such property);
  11. climb or remain on any tree or structure;
  12. post, stick or place any poster, placard, bill, banner, print, paper or any advertising material on any building, structure, fence or tree;
  13. distribute any printed or visual matter;
  14. promote any advertising or promotional material, samples of goods or services or any other matter or thing or otherwise engage in ambush marketing;
  15. distribute, hawk, sell, offer or expose for sale any goods or services or collect money or orders from Patrons for goods and services;
  16. conduct public surveys or opinion polls, solicit money, donations or subscriptions from members of the public;
  17. block any thoroughfare;
  18. litter;
  19. throw or kick any stone, bottle or other projectile;
  20. disrupt, interrupt or behave in any manner that may disrupt or interrupt any official or employee or contractor of SCA, or any race, Event or activity;
  21. act or conduct oneself in such a way as to hinder, obstruct or interfere with a driver of any vehicle taking part in a race or to adversely affect the safety of the public;
  22. deliberately obstruct the view of any Patron seated in a seat in the immediate vicinity, or cause unreasonable inconvenience to any Patron, official or employee or contractor of SCA, or interfere with the comfort of any Patron or their enjoyment of the Event;
  23. use racist, indecent or obscene language or threatening or insulting words or otherwise behave in a threatening, abusive, riotous, indecent or insulting manner;
  24. interfere with, obstruct or hinder SCA or an Authorised Person in the exercise of his or her powers, functions or duties;
  25. operate or use a loud hailer, public address system or other device which may interfere with electronic or radio communications being used by SCA;
  26. engage in conduct that might corrupt a betting outcome of a betting event or contingency;
  27. ignite any flare or firework, explosive of smoke bomb;
  28. busk or conduct similar entertainment;
  29. become intoxicated or use banned drugs, or supply alcohol to minors;
  30. refuse to follow any reasonable direction issued by SCA; or
  31. smoke or vape anywhere except in a Nominated Outdoor Smoking Place (NOSP).
  32. Patrons must not, without the prior consent of SCA, have in their possession at the Event, or bring into the Event any:
  33. alcoholic beverage (unless purchased at the Event);
  34. glass bottle or glass container (unless purchased at the Event);
  35. beverage container with the manufacturer’s seal broken (unless purchased at the Event);
  36. chair, lounge, bench or stool, other than a folding chair or folding stool;
  37. clothing bearing any racist, indecent or obscene language or images;
  38. prohibited or controlled weapon, firearm, or any dangerous goods;
  39. animal, other than an assistance dog;
  40. whistle, loud hailer, horn or bugle;
  41. flare, firework, laser pointer, or distress signal;
  42. public address system, electronic equipment, broadcast equipment or similar device which may interfere with broadcast equipment or similar device being used by SCA or other persons authorised by SCA in connection with the Event;
  43. drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
  44. vehicle including any golf buggy, bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, roller blades or scooter;
  45. item the possession of which does not have an ordinary and reasonable use by a Patron at the Event and which may be used to damage or deface property, buildings or any part of the area used for the Event (including without limitation any spray paint), disrupt or interrupt the Event, hinder, obstruct or interfere with any driver taking part in the Event, adversely affect public safety, excavate any part of the area used for the Event or erect any structure;
  46. item in such quantity that a reasonable person could infer that the item is to be used for commercial purposes;
  47. goods or tickets for the purpose of sale or commercial distribution to Patrons;
  48. camera lenses with a physical length greater than 400mm or any other item which might reasonably obstructs the view of any other Patron;
  49. barbeques including, but not limited to, kettle barbeques, grills, smokers or portable barbeques; or
  50. photographic, video or audio recording equipment SCA reasonably considers may be used in breach of clause 25, which may include (without limitation) audio recorders, camera tripods, selfie sticks, monopods or any digital recording equipment.
  51. Any consent to any item brought into the Event given by SCA may be revoked by SCA at any time. If such consent is withdrawn, the Patron must immediately relinquish the prohibited item to SCA or leave the Event immediately.
  52. Without limiting any action available to SCA pursuant to the Legislation or any amendment thereof, it is a condition of entry to the Event that Patrons must not make, create, store, record, transmit, reproduce or use any kind of sound recording, visual footage or audio-visual footage (Recording), and any image, including photographic images and any still pictures derived or capable of being derived from a Recording (Image) of the Event, or store, record, transmit, reproduce or use any information or other data, including official timing, results, performance, telemetry, weather or race control data (Data) of, at, or in relation to the Event for any form of public advertisement, transmission, display or for profit or commercial gain or for any other purpose, without the prior written consent of SCA – except for the private enjoyment of the person making the Recording, Data or Image. In any event, Patrons must not post any Recording on any social media platform that exceeds 15 seconds in length (even if the posting of such Recording is intended for private enjoyment).

  53. If a Patron makes, creates, records, transmits, reproduces or uses any Recording or Image of, at or in relation to the Event or any part of it with or without the consent of SCA, the Patron must:
    1. on request by SCA assign, in writing, all copyright and all other intellectual property in any such Image or Recording to SCA or its assignees or nominees as directed by SCA; and
    2. consent to use by SCA and any third parties authorised by them from time to time for the purposes of or in connection with any publication, exhibition or broadcast (including any advertising or promotional material) in any media worldwide of any such Recording or Image taken at the Event which includes any images of Patrons and Patrons waive any and all of their personality and privacy rights to the extent necessary to permit such use.
  54. Patrons acknowledge that SCA and third parties authorised by SCA may make, create, store, record, transmit, reproduce or use Recordings and Images or any likenesses at or in relation to the Event (including, without limitation, of Patrons). Unless the Patron otherwise reaches an agreement with SCA, each Patron hereby grants SCA and third parties authorised by them permission to use Recordings or Images, or other images or likenesses of the Patron including sound recordings, in any media and for any purpose without identification, compensation or payment of any kind.
  55. SCA collects personal information (within the meaning of Australian privacy legislation) about Patrons which is necessary for it to operate the Event and to help promote the Event and subsequent Supercars Events and related and similar events.
  56. Patrons have certain rights to access their personal information held by SCA and can request access, or to read the policy in full, by contacting SCA: events@supercars.com.
  57. Under the Legislation, SCA controls the Event area during the Event. At all times SCA or its representatives, including any Authorised Person, may with reasonable cause refuse entry to any Patron or direct any Patron to leave the Event.  In particular, any person who does not comply with the Event Rules may be refused entry or directed to leave the Event.
  58. Patrons acknowledge and agree that any part or parts of these Conditions of Entry which contravene law are not enforceable (or part or parts thereof) are severable to the extent any are not enforceable and this does not invalidate the remaining Conditions of Entry.
  59. Patrons agree to indemnify SCA for any loss, damage, claim or demand suffered by any person or property as a result (directly or indirectly) for a Patron’s non-compliance with these Conditions of Entry.
  60. Patrons agree to compensate SCA for any damage, loss, liability or injury they may suffer as a result of Patron’s wilful, reckless or negligent acts or omissions at the Event venue.
  61. If requested to do so, any personal information provided by the Patron may be provided to the Government for COVID-19 purposes including, but not limited to, contact tracing or health messaging. We understand the importance of protecting the personal information of individuals and are committed to ensuring that we conduct our business in compliance with Australian privacy laws, including the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and Supercars’ Privacy Policy (https://www.supercars.com/privacy-policy/).
  62. These Conditions of Entry are governed by the laws of New South Wales.
  63. Any enquiry in relation to the Conditions of Entry should be made by forwarding an email to: events@supercars.com