Transport & Parking

With nearly 120 extra trains and hundreds of extra buses, the easiest way to get to and from the 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 to plan your trip to the event.


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.


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. Click here to book a space.

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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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In addition to the regular timetable nearly 120 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 Coates Hire 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.


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

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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

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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.

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

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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 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

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 Mid North Coast

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.

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.

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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.

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