Newcastle Supercars 2018 with kids: The ultimate guide for your family to enjoy Supercars

If your family loves Supercars, take them to Coates Hire Newcastle Supercars 500. It’s back again in 2018 running from Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November down at Newcastle’s East End. Enjoy all the the noise, action and excitement of Supercars with your kids. Here’s some tips to have a super day out with your family at Supercars.

How much does it cost for kids at Newcastle Supercars 500?

Kids 12 and under receive free Trackside admission with a paying adult.

What’s the best way to get to Newcastle Supercars 500?

  • Use public transportation to get to the race. There will be lots of extra services to manage the crowds. Your Supercars ticket includes free travel on public transport. Buses, ferries and trains heading into Newcastle are free for ticket holders across all 3 days. That even includes return trains from Sydney. A train will get you to Newcastle Interchange. 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.

2018 Newcastle 500 Supercars

Newcastle 500 Supercars

What should our family bring to Newcastle Supercars 500?

  • 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 the Supercars are loud. It’s sure to get your heart pumping. (Use kids-sized ear protection for kids. Make sure they fit properly and are comfortable so that they keep them on. We saw plenty of kids last year wearing earmuffs).

  • 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 a reusable plastic or steel bottle (not glass)

Hunter Water will be providing free water at their bottle refill stations inside the Supercars precinct.

  • Bring your swimmers

Yes, that’s right. You can watch the Supercars races and then go for a swim at Newcastle Beach. You’ll just have to go through the pedestrian tunnel by Newcastle Beach to exit. Remember to bring your tickets so you can get back in.

2018 Newcastle 500 Supercars

Where’s the best spot for families at Newcastle Supercars 500?

Two options: Find a spot trackside to see the cars winding around Newcastle city, foreshore and beaches. Or if it’s too crowded and kids can’t see, find a spot near one of the big screens to see all of the action up close.

Situate yourself in close distance to toilets or portatoilets if your kids have a small bladder.

2018 Newcastle 500 Supercars

What kids activities will there be at Newcastle Supercars 500?

This year, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has announced a new partnership with international toy giant, LEGO. At selected Supercars event including Newcastle Supercars, there will be a LEGO Play Zone, featuring products from the LEGO Speed Champions sets.

 

Activities will include pit crew challenges, where teams will build a LEGO car and run it down a racetrack, competitions on distance ramps and a creative play featuring a Cityscape Build. Entry to the LEGO Play Zone is complimentary with Supercars admission.

What other activities are on in conjunction with Newcastle Supercars 500?

Entertain Newcastle is on for four days of festivities from Thursday 22 November to Sunday 25 November.  It features a Supercars driver signing in Gregson Park, an early Christmas on Darby Street and a The Disney Pixar Cars Truck Tour in Civic Park to spread the excitement of this year’s Newcastle 500. Entertain Newcastle will take the high-octane atmosphere and expand it beyond the race precinct, with  activities planned for Cooks Hill, Hamilton, Hunter Street Mall and Civic Park.

Thursday 22 November – Hamilton Super Start-Up

Where:  Gregson Park and Beaumont Street
From 4:30pm head to Gregson Park for a signing session with all 26 Newcastle 500 Supercars drivers. Then cruise with them down Beaumont’s eat street.
4:30pm to 5.30pm: Supercars Trackside Program Live Broadcast
5pm to 6pm: Driver Signing Session
6pm: Drivers cruise down Beaumont Street

Friday 23 November – Darby Street Turns It On

Where: Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Time: 5pm onwards
Get some friends together and celebrate Friday night at the city’s popular dining destination.
Darby Street will Turn It On with live music kicking off from 5pm, early Christmas lights illuminating the street from 8pm for the first time this year, plus great food and late-night trading.

Saturday 24 November

Newcastle 500 Concert presented by KOFM

Where: No.1 Sportsground
Time: 6pm – 10pm
International megastars Simple Minds will headline the Supercars Newcastle 500 Concert alongside Australian rock legends Birds of Tokyo at the new concert venue, No 1 Sportsground. Make the easy 2km walk through the City to eat, drink, and enjoy everything Newcastle has to offer before finishing off your night with some amazing live entertainment.

Sunday 25 November

Super Sunday Session
Where: Newcastle
When: Midday onwards

Top off a great weekend in Newcastle’s City East pubs and restaurants with a range of Sunday Session Super deals.
Local venues will offer entertainment to host the final night party after the chequered flag drops.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Newy Super Breakfast
Where: Market Street and Hunter Street Mall
When: 7am to 10am

Fuel up with a delicious breakfast prepared by local cafes.

Newcastle Now Family Fun Zone
Where : Civic Park
When : 8am to 4pm

The Disney Pixar Cars Truck Tour rolls into Newcastle’s Civic Park for three days. Every child can be a winner and strike a victory pose on the Champions Podium with the big red man himself Mack the Transporter. Plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, including a Cars inflatable obstacle course and slide. On Sunday only, don’t miss the special entertainment including a Hoola Hoop Workshop and some great local entertainers.

Newcastle Innovation Showcase
Where: Hunter Street Mall
When: 8am to 4pm

Take in a special showcase featuring the latest electric vehicles, prototype race cars, a race simulator, and even watch a dynamic game of robotic soccer. See an Augmented Reality art exhibition and find out what the City of Newcastle’s Smart City team are doing to create a smarter and more innovative Newcastle. On Saturday, there will be Sprung Stilt walking and juggling from 10am to 1pm.

 

For more information about Supercars, visit the Supercars website.

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If your family loves Supercars, take them to Coates Hire Newcastle Supercars. It's back again in 2018 running from Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November down at Newcastle's East End. Here's some tips to make your day out at Supercars, the best it can be.