Get ready for 2018 Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Supercars
The Newcastle V8s returns to Newcastle in 2018 following the successful inaugural event in 2017. Enjoy the action and excitement of Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Supercars. Here’s ticket & event information plus transport & accommodation tips for the 2018 Newcastle 500.
When is the race?
The race is will run over three days from Friday, November 23, to Sunday, November 25. The two main 250km races are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Where is the race being held?
The Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Supercars is being held in the East End of Newcastle, NSW
What does the race track look like?
Here’s the circuit map
What tickets are still available?
Last year, Grandstand and Pit Lane Walk tickets sold out. They’re still available along side General Admission trackside tickets so get in quick if you want them. Kids 12 and under receive free Trackside admission with a paying adult. Click here to purchase your tickets from Ticketek.
How much are Supercars tickets?
Grandstand: 3 day ticket: Adult- $315 Concession $395
3 day ticket: Adult- $120 Concession- $100
2 day ticket Sat/Sun: Adult- $115 Concession- $95
Friday only: Adult- $50 Concession- $35
Saturday only: Adult- $90 Concession- $65
Sunday only: Adult- $80 Concession- $65
Kids 12 years and under receive free track-side admission with a paying adult.
Pit Lane Walk:
Get closer to the action than you ever have before – in Pit Lane! Take a behind the scenes look through the epicentre of all the action in pit lane at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. Witness teams and drivers in preparation for the gruelling 500km of racing. Single Walk – $30
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek online. Prices listed do not include a transaction fee. Concession price applies to full time students, seniors, pensioners and patrons with disability cards. Kids 12 years and under receive free track-side admission with a paying adult.
How do I get to Newcastle?
Drive, fly or take the train. Newcastle is a 2 hour drive from Sydney on the M1. You can also fly into Newcastle from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ballina, Dubbo, Canberra and most recently Auckland in New Zealand. As one of the sponsors, Virgin Australia has created special flight and accommodation packages for those wishing to travel to Newcastle to enjoy the Coates Hire Newcastle 500. Enjoy exclusive benefits with every Supercars travel package. Click here for more information.
You can also take the train north from Sydney or south from Brisbane or Armidale. Check out the CountryLink website for more details.
Where should I stay in Newcastle?
Depends on what you want and your budget. There’s a variety of accommodation available including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and self contained accommodation. The closer to the track, the more you’ll pay.
What’s the best way to get to Newcastle Supercars 500?
Supercars tickets (single day or package types) include travel to and from Newcastle race precinct on public transport. Plan your public transport journey with the Transport NSW Journey Planner available from the Transport NSW website or by calling TransLink on 131 500. The best way to travel to the 2018 Newcastle Supercars event is by public transport as parking is limited in areas surrounding the event.
To get to the CBD, use trains, buses or the Stockton ferry. There will be lots of extra services to manage the crowds over the three days. If you’re coming by train, you’ll arrive at Newcastle Interchange in Wickham. You can then hop on to a bus to get to Supercars. The Stockton ferry goes from Stockton to Queens Wharf. From there, it’s a short walk to the race precinct.
Should I bring the family?
Kids 12 and under receive free Trackside admission with a paying adult so yes, bring them along. Check out this Newy with Kids article for tips on taking kids to Newcastle Supercars.
What should I bring to Newcastle Supercars?
- If you have trackside tickets, bring something to sit on. Chairs, blankets and strollers are allowed at Newcastle Supercars.
- Pack noise protection. You’ll notice the noise as soon as you get there as those V8s are loud. It’s sure to get your heart pumping.
- Bring hats and sunscreen. Wear hats and sunscreen and try to find shade where you can. Trackside is pretty exposed so there’s not too much shade.
- Bring your own food and drinks. Save money and time by bringing your own snacks and drinks. Just note, that you can’t bring in glass bottles. Although you can buy food and drinks at Supercars, the lines can be long and last year, a few places did run out of food and drinks. Pack lots of water or buy from kiosks to stay hydrated. Late November can be hot in Newcastle. If you do need to do a shop, you can visit the Food Works on Scott Street just immediately outside of the Supercars area. However, note that their food stocks can run low. Rumour has it, that they sold out of ice cream during last Supercars.
- Bring your swimmers. Yeah, that’s right. You can watch Supercars and then go for a swim at Newcastle Beach to cool off. You’ll just have to through the pedestrian tunnel by Newcastle Beach to exit. Remember to bring your tickets so you can get back in.
Where are the best spots to see the race?
The best places are in the grandstands or in a corporate box! But if you’ve only got Trackside tickets, you can get still get great views of all the action. A Supercar fan who attended last year rates the area by the turns. He suggests hanging out at Turn 3 (top of Shortland Esplanade), Turn 6 (Pacific Park at Newcastle Beach near the pedestrian underpass) or Turn 11 (Nobbys Beach.
What entertainment will there be?
If the format follows last year, there will be concerts in Foreshore Park on the Friday and Saturday night after racing concludes. Concert acts haven’t been announced yet. Access to the concerts is via wristband which you’ll need to pick up at information booths at the Supercars circuit. Wristbands can only be collected on the day for that night’s performance.
For more information about Supercars, visit the Supercars website.