Supercars Newcastle 500

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Supercars Newcastle 500

Event information

Supercars Thrifty Newcastle 500 returns to the Newcastle foreshore for another year of action packed racing and entertainment.

With big crowds expected to attend the three-day event, the best way to get there is by public transport. Newcastle Transport will operate additional light rail services, ferry services and bus services throughout the weekend.

Travel is included in your event ticket, so please remember to keep your ticket safe for your return journey as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport.

Road closures and special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on major roads in Newcastle so attendees are encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport instead to avoid traffic delays. For information regarding ticketing, train services, parking and walking head to transportnsw.info for details.

Download the event map to find your way.

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Bus services

A number of additional bus services will run to get you to and from Newcastle over the three-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.

Buses to and from Newcastle East will be diverting and using alternate stops while changed traffic conditions are in place before, during and after the event.

All services will be relocated to alternate stops on Bolton St from Monday 27 February and additional services on selected routes will run to help you get to and from the event. From Bolton St, Gate 2 on Hunter St and Gate 3 off Watt St are within short walking distance.

Additional regular route services:

Extra services will run on routes 11, 12, 13, and 14 on event days. All services will run to and from Bolton St.

Friday

  • Route 11 – Jesmond – Newcastle
    • Back to Jesmond (Blue Gum Rd, opp Stockland Jesmond): services leave from Bolton St every 15 – 30 minutes from 8.30pm to 10pm.
  • Route 12 – Wallsend – Newcastle
    • Back to Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) : services leave from Bolton St every 15 minutes from 8.45pm to 9.45pm.
  • Route 13 – Glendale – Newcastle
    • Back to Glendale: services leave from Bolton St every 15-20 minutes from 8.40pm to 10.10pm.
  • Route 14 – Swansea Heads – Charlestown – Newcastle
    • Back to Charlestown and Swansea Heads: services leave from Bolton St to Charlestown and Swansea Heads every 15 – 25 minutes between 8.30pm to 10pm. 

Saturday:

  • Route 11 – Jesmond – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: services leave Jesmond (Blue Gum Rd, opp Stockland Jesmond) every 15-20 minutes from 6.40am to 11.10am
    • Back to Jesmond (Blue Gum Rd, opp Stockland Jesmond): services leave Bolton Street every 15 minutes from 4pm to 11pm.
  • Route 12 – Wallsend – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle East: services leave Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) every 30 minutes from 7am to 11am.
    • Back to Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) : services leave Bolton Street every 10 – 20 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.20pm, then every 30 minutes from 6.50pm to 8.20pm. Services will recommence at 9.20pm, operating every 30 minutes then increasing to every 15 minutes from 10pm to 11pm.
  • Route 13 – Glendale – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: services leave Glendale every 15 – 20 minutes from 6am to 11.30am.
    • Back to Glendale: services leave from Bolton St every 15-20 minutes from 4pm to 11pm.
  • Route 14 – Swansea Heads – Charlestown – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: services will leave Charlestown every 10 – 15 minutes from 7am to 11.45am. Services will leave Swansea Heads every 15 – 30 minutes from 6am to 10.45am
    • Back to Charlestown and Swansea Heads: services will leave Bolton Street every 10 – 20 minutes from 4.15pm to 7.15pm, and every 30 minutes from 7.40pm and 9.40pm. Services will then increase to every 15 – 20 minutes until 11.15pm. 

Sunday:

  • Route 11 – Jesmond – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: services will leave Jesmond (Blue Gum Rd, opp Stockland Jesmond) every 15 minutes from 6.40am to 11.10am.
    • Back to Jesmond (Blue Gum Rd, opp Stockland Jesmond): services will leave Bolton Street every 10 – 15 minutes from 4.20pm to 6.20pm
  • Route 12 – Wallsend – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle East: services will leave Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) every 15 minutes from 6.30am to 11.20am.
    • Back to Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) : services will leave Bolton Street every 5 – 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
  • Route 13 – Glendale – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: services will leave Glendale every 15 minutes from 7am to 11.30am.
    • Back to Glendale: services will leave Bolton St every 10 – 15 minutes from 4pm to 6.30pm.
  • Route 14 – Swansea Heads – Charlestown – Newcastle
    • To Newcastle: Services from Swansea Heads will operate every 15 – 20 minutes from 7am to 10.30am.
    • Back to Charlestown and Swansea Heads: Services from Bolton Street will operate every 10 – 15 minutes from 4pm to 6.30pm. 

Service changes:

Routes 11, 13, 14, 21, 23 and 55N

  • From Monday 27 February: services will run to and from Bolton St stops between Church St and King St. The two bus stops on the corner of King St and Watt St will be missed, along with stops on Watt St. Route 21 will leave from Bolton St before Church St.
  • Saturday 18 March: all services return to regular routes and stops.

Route 12

  • From Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March: additional route 12 services will operate between Wallsend (Wallsend District Library, Bunn St) and Newcastle East (Bolton St). Normal timetables services will continue to operate to Newcastle West.

Route 55N

55N Night Owl Service will commence from Bolton St before King St. Services will return to normal on Saturday 18 March.

School services

  • From Monday 27 February: school routes 719, 732, 815 & 818 will run to and from a temporary bus stop on Newcomen St near Scott St.
  • From Monday 20 March: services will return to regular routes and stops

Information for coaches

Drop-off & Pick-up:

Schools on Track – Friday 10 March: The designated Coach drop off & pick up location is on Honeysuckle Drive near Worth Place or Bolton St near Church St. A map will be available closer to the time.

Event weekend Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March: The designated Coach drop off & pick up location is on Honeysuckle Drive near Worth Place. A map will be available closer to the time.

From there, access to the circuit via Gate 1A or 1B is a 1.1km walk along the waterfront.

Coaches will not be permitted to park, layover or wait at the pick-up location for more than 10 minutes.

Coach / private bus layover area:

A designated layover area will be available on Darling Street near Newcastle Racecourse in Broadmeadow for coaches and private buses that require space to layover from Friday to Sunday during the event.

A map will be available closer to the time.

Coaches and/or school mini buses will not be permitted to layover at Honeysuckle Drive. Coaches will be towed from the area and a towing fee will apply.

More details

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

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Ferry services

Ferries run regularly between Stockton and Queens Wharf in Newcastle. You can drive and park at Stockton Wharf and continue your trip across to Newcastle by ferry. Gate 1 is a short walk from Queens Wharf along the waterfront via the Foreshore footpath.

Ferries between Stockton and Queens Wharf operating times:

  • Friday: Services operate every 5 minutes in peak periods. Services operate every 20 minutes throughout the other times of the day as per the regular timetable.
  • Saturday: Services operate every 5 minutes in peak periods. Services operate every 20 minutes throughout the other times of the day as per the regular timetable.
  • Sunday: Services operate every 5 minutes in peak periods. Services operate every 20 minutes throughout the other times of the day as per the regular timetable.

More details

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

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Light rail services

Newcastle Light Rail runs regularly between Newcastle Interchange and Newcastle Beach making stops at Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown St and Queens Wharf along the way.

From 1am Thursday 9 March until 5am Tuesday 14 March services will start and end at Queens Wharf instead of Newcastle Beach while race track infrastructure is in place.

Services between Newcastle Interchange and Queens Wharf will run frequently during the event from the early morning until after midnight. From Queens Wharf, access to the event precinct via Gate 1 is a short walk away along the foreshore.

Additional services

Friday 10 March

Light rail services will run every 7-8 minutes between 7am and midnight, with higher frequency during peak periods.

Saturday 11 March

Light rail services will run every 7-8 minutes between 7am and midnight, with higher frequency during peak periods.

Sunday 12 March

Light rail services will run every 7-8 minutes between 7am and 8pm, and every 15 minutes until 1am.

Service changes:

Light rail service changes

  • From 1am Thursday 9 March until 5am Tuesday 14 March: services will start and end at Queens Wharf instead of Newcastle Beach from Thursday 9 March until Tuesday 14 March while race track infrastructure is in place.
  • From 5.30pm to 8pm on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March: Crown Street light rail stop will be closed during event bump out for crowd safety. The light rail will stop to charge, however customers will not be able to alight or board.

More details

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

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Concert information

Fans will be treated to two nights of entertainment at the Newcastle 500 on Friday 10th March and  Saturday 11th March.

The concert will be held at Foreshore Park within the precinct. For more details on the concerts head to supercars.com

Accessing public transport from the concert is easy:

Bus

Regular bus services will run to and from Bolton Street, a short 15-minute walk from the concert venue.

Light rail

Light rail services will run frequently to and from Queens Wharf light rail stop which is a short walk along the waterfront via the Foreshore footpath.

Ferry

Regular ferry services will operate between Queens Wharf and Stockton. The concert is a short walk along waterfront via the Foreshore footpath from the wharf.

Questions and travel assistance

The Newcastle Transport team is committed to providing the best possible experience throughout your public transport journey.

If you need assistance with planning your bus, ferry or light rail journey to the Newcastle 500, get in touch with the team by email, social media or face-to-face at the Newcastle Interchange.