Newcastle 500 FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Supercars will return to the city in 2022 when Newcastle hosts the season opener of the Supercars Championship series with a three-day event in March.

The major motorsport event is held on the Newcastle East street circuit, and returns after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19. It has shifted to become the season opener, following successful finale events held in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Supercars Australia delivers the annual Supercars Championship series at a range of venues around Australia.  In partnership with Destination NSW and City of Newcastle, the Newcastle 500 is one event scheduled in the national series.

Destination NSW, City of Newcastle and Supercars Australia have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (available on the Newcastle 500 Documents page), setting out each entity's distinct responsibilities for funding, administering, presenting, and authorising the race in Newcastle in accordance with relevant local, state and federal planning controls and legislation.

The flagship event was rescheduled from the final event of the season to the first race of the 2022 season, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The five-year agreement to host the Newcastle 500 concludes with the 2022 event. You can read about Council decisions and announcements regarding the race on the Event Information page.

Event organisers will work with NSW Health to deliver a robust COVID-Safe event that adheres to Public Health Orders and ensure the safety of our community.  Our recent experience working collaboratively with all Agencies to deliver the COVID-Safe World Surfing League event in April 2021 is testament to region's capacity to plan, attend and support major events despite challenging circumstances. 

The NSW Government's successful roadmap to resuming COVID normal activities in 2021, provides a positive outlook to the Newcastle 500 maintaining a safe event that can attract significant local and out of region visitors in 2022.

The Newcastle 500 event program will run from Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March 2022. Activity generally commences around 8am through to about 6pm each day of the event. The schedule is set by Supercars Australia and will be released closer to the event dates. All updates will be provided via the Supercars Australia website (content for the Newcastle 500 event in 2022 is due to be published in late October). 

As part of the Newcastle 500 there is expected to be a range of entertainment activations, including a concert event on the Saturday night. City of Newcastle will also be activating the city with a range of community events to promote and showcase Newcastle over the weekend.