Transport & Parking

With extra trains, buses, ferries and light rail services running throughout the 3 day event, the easiest way to get to and from the Coates Hire 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 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 Gates 1a and 1b access is a short walk away.

Parking at Stockton is a gold coin donation – pay on the day.

McDonald Jones Stadium

Fans can park at McDonald Jones (Hunter) Stadium and catch a shuttle bus leaving from Turton Rd outside the stadium to get within walking distance of the circuit.

Shuttle buses start running from as early as 6.30am every 10 to 15 minutes, and return services run until 7pm on Friday, 11.30pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday.

These shuttle buses will drop off and pick up from Honeysuckle Drive in Newcastle.

From there, Gates 1a and 1b 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 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.

The closest station to the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 track is Newcastle Interchange on the Central Coast & 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.

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 stops. Plan your bus trip ahead of time at

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

Ferries will run every 5 to 10 minutes from as early as 5:20am until Midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday.

From Queens Wharf access Gates 1a and 1b are within short working distance.

You can drive and park at Stockton Wharf and continue your trip across to Newcastle by ferry.

Car parks open at 6am each day. A minimum gold coin donation will gain you access to the car park – pay on the day.

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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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