Whether you are moving with the ride or making Newcastle your base station, none of the drives to the Start Line of a Port to Port stage is more than 50 minutes, and it’s definitely got the scenery to make it a pleasant journey.
Let’s Start at the Beginning
If you are coming from Newcastle Airport to Nelson Bay, your trip will take about 25 minutes. Take a left as soon as you exit the Airport and follow your nose straight along Nelson Bay Road past Bobs Farm and Anna Bay until you reach Nelson Bay.
If you are coming from Sydney to Nelson Bay just shoot north onto the M1 (formally the F3 Freeway).This trip will take about 2.5 hours. At the end of the M1, turn right at the roundabout, following the sign ‘Hexham & Pacific Highway’ (BP service station and Hungry Jacks will be on your next left). The road will veer to the right and merge with the New England Highway, after which you should merge to the left lane taking the sign ‘Taree & Pacific Highway’, which will direct you over the Hexham Bridge. Turn right onto Tomago Road at the traffic lights, follow Tomago Road until you reach a roundabout, and turn left on to Nelson Bay Road.
Once you’re in the Bay
Head straight along Nelson Bay Road past Bobs Farm & Anna Bay until you reach Nelson Bay. Turn left at the1st roundabout at Church & Stockton Street. Continue along Church Street and turn right at the next roundabout into Government Road - this road then becomes Victoria Parade. Here you’ll find the Start Line of Day 1 – If you are coming to register on the Wednesday (between 11am – 7pm) you’ll keep going to the Shoal Bay Holiday Park. Continue along past the Marina and Tourist Information Centre, straight ahead through the roundabout and follow the road around past Wests Nelson Bay which will be on your left. Go straight through the next roundabout and continue along Shoal Bay Road for a few more minutes, you will see Shoal Bay Holiday Park on your right hand side
The drive from Nelson Bay to the Hunter Valley is just over an hour and this is the longest drive of the event. You will set off on Victoria Parade and Church Street then follow the B63 to Cabbage Tree Road in Williamtown. Follow Cabbage Tree road and Tomago Road and then take the A1, John Renshaw Dr and Hunter Expy/M15to Lovedale Rd in Allandale. Take the exit from Hunter Expy/M15. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is on your right at the end of Lovedale Road
To get to the Start Line at Audrey Wilkinson from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley you are a 10 minute drive away. Take a right out of the gates along wine country road, take your first left at Broke Road and then a right at McDonalds Road and a right at De Beyers Road. Our finish Line at Briar Ridge is only a 10 minute drive away, so it's up to you whether you decide to park at the start and take the shuttle or park at the finish and ride to the start line as your warm up!
From the Hunter Valley we venture to Cooranbong, Lake Macquarie follow the B63 to Freemans Drive Cooranbong and continue along, the destination will be on your right, for parking just drive past the park and take your first right and right again into the Church Parking or vacant block for parking.
With the last day finishing in Newcastle we recommend you stay in either Newcastle or Lake Macquarie. From both locations, it's a 30 minute trip to Ungala Road, Blacksmiths. Head along the Pacific Highway past Belmont Golf Course and take a left at Maneela Street, Right at Ungala and follow this up to the Surf club where you’ll see marshals to direct you to parking. The Start Line will be on your left.
Dixon Park is our last port of call situated in Merewether, Newcastle. If you are the support car meeting the riders you’ll have a job to get there before the Elites, this is about a 30-minute drive heading back onto the Pacific Highway until you flow into Scenic Drive Merewether. You won’t be able to turn into John Parade as this will be closed for the riders so take a right at Berner Street which will bring you out to the top of the park.