Getting There

Situated 160 kilometers north of Sydney, the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley region offers a huge selection of world-class wineries, beaches, ocean baths, arts, culture, gourmet food and boutique accommodation making it the perfect destination for a romantic weekend or short break.

Flying High

If you are travelling from interstate or overseas you have two options:

  1. Fly into Sydney International Airport and make your way by car, bus, train to the Hunter Region, OR
  2. Fly into Newcastle Domestic Airport from connecting airports Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Gold Coast, Ballina, Taree and Dubbo.

Newcastle Airport is located 30 minutes from Newcastle city center and 45 minutes from Hunter Valley; and is the fastest growing regional airport. For a current flight timetable visit www.newcastleairport.com.au

The Newcastle Airport Information Services desk is your one stop shop to book your airport and bike transfer, including shuttle, hire car and limousine services. They can also help with accomodation and local tourist information. Get in touch by phoning 4928 9822 or email direct on nais@newcastleairport.com.au

Railroading

Newcastle is part of the Sydney Trains Rail network. There are frequent return services daily from Sydney and the trip takes about 3 and a quarter hours and is very affordable. For timetables and fares visit www.sydneytrains.info  or call 13 15 00.

CountryLink trains and coach network connect Newcastle via Broadmeadow station to Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and other NSW country centres. For timetables, fares and online bookings visit the Regional Trains and Coaches website  or call 131 500.

Travel Map

Road Tripping

Newcastle is a 2 hour drive north of Sydney and is accessible from the following major Highways: Sydney-Newcastle Freeway M1, Pacific Highway A1 & A43, New England Highway A15 and the Golden Highway B84. For driving directions to Newcastle visit www.whereis.com. For the latest road and traffic conditions check out the RTA's website or phone 13 27 01.

If you’d like someone else to do the driving, Newcastle Taxis services all of Newcastle 24 hours a day seven days a week, including Newcastle Airport. Bookings can be made by calling 13CABS, 13 22 27 or on-line at newcastle taxis' website. Newcastle is also serviced by coach companies throughout Australia with regular connections to and from various locations. For further information visit the Greyhound website at www.greyhound.com.au.

If you’re interested in cruising north or south of Newcastle on your way to or from Port to Port check out these cool road trips like The Legendary Pacific Coast drive.

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If you book your four wheel ride through Europcar, you'll get a sweet 10% discount off your car hire. Check it out here!

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Parking

With a different location each day, the parking situation changes as we move through each stage. Check the details below for info on each day.

Stage 1 – Audrey Wilkinson Winery, 750 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Free parking is available onsite. Follow the signage to the designated parking areas at the rear entrance of the vineyard.

Stage 2 - Sugar Valley Golf Course, West Wallsend
Parking available at Johnson Park. 800m from the start line.

Stage 3 – Cooranbong Park, Freemans Drive Cooranbong
Parking will be available at the Local Church for a small donation. Please note cars are NOT PERMITTED to park on Freemans Drive

Stage 4 – Dixon Park, Merewether
Free Parking will be available at the top car park, enter via Ocean Street, Additional free parking is available at the car park located on John Parade. Due to road closures enter via Helen Street.

P2P Travel Ideas

Here’s how we’d do it, if we were you! We recommend basing yourself in the world-class Hunter Valley for two nights before moving on to enjoy beach vibes and good times in Newcastle for 2-3 nights.

Wednesday 22nd May & Thursday 23rd May

Arrive at your accommodation in the Hunter Valley on Wednesday and make your way to race check in at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Check in opens at 3pm and festivities kick on into the early evening. Come have a cold one with elites and fellow riders at the Lovedale Brewery, where the old hands will be happy to share a few tips.

Enjoy your second night in the Hunter Valley after your Stage 1 finish at Audrey Wilkinson Wines Thursday afternoon. Treat yourself to the local brews & wines, delicious eats and spectacular scenery after you conquer your first day of riding.

Friday 24th May, Saturday 25th May & Sunday 26th May

Check out Friday morning before you arrive at Stage 2 in Killingworth and after you roll across the finish line, make your way to Newcastle for the rest of your stay. Enjoy the many great restaurants, pubs and bars on offer and you’re also in prime location to celebrate and share your war stories at the Eats, Beats & Bikes Festival after you race over the Stage 4 finish line.

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in the region to meet absolutely any budget, head over to our Accommodation page for more info!

Travel Times

Stages Hunter Valley Newcastle
Stage 1 - Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard 10 mins 45 mins
Stage 2 - Sugar Valley Golf Course 36 mins 30 mins
Stage 3 - Cooranbong Park 40 mins 45 mins
Stage 4 Start - Ungala Rd, Blacksmiths Beach 58 mins 37 mins

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