Visiting Newcastle for the 2018 Newcastle 500? Don’t miss these top spots for motoring enthusiasts.
So, you’re coming to Newcastle to see off Lowndesy and watch the deciding race in this year’s Supercars Championship at the 2018 Newcastle 500. Well, of course you are, there’s no way you’re going to miss it!
While there are three days of world-class racing on offer at the 2018 Newcastle 500, that may not be enough for you. Why not take advantage of the quality short term accommodation available in Newcastle and extend your stay to explore the top spots for motoring enthusiasts in and around the city?
Luckily, Newcastle and its surrounds are home to a variety of attractions that will appeal to your interests. If you are serious about cars, make sure you plan ahead so you don’t miss your chance to see these top spots when you visit for the 2018 Newcastle 500!
5 Top Spots for Motoring Enthusiasts Around Newcastle
Head an hour south of the city and you’ll discover Gosford Classic Cars. Home to over 300 classic cars and motorcycles, feast your eyes over the largest collection of classic vehicles in the Southern Hemisphere. Valued at over $70 million, the collection features over 30 Ferraris on display, vintage Holdens from 1948 – 1978 and over 20 cars from the communist era, sure to capture your interest. You can even purchase a classic car of your very own!
A family-friendly destination, only a short walk to the Supercars action, Newcastle Museum is home to several classic vehicles, trains and trams. The free permanent exhibition, A Newcastle Story, features a Model T Ford and a refurbished tram. Another free permanent exhibition, The Link Gallery, holds the highly significant 1870 J&A Brown Locomotive No 4 (The Buck) plus a collection of model transportation vehicles, including a full-size carriage.
For something a little different, travel 20 minutes north to Williamtown, to experience the high octane action of Fighter World. Featuring famous aircraft such as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor and the mighty F-111, you can also watch RAAF aircraft in action from the Observation Deck. Don’t miss the chance to sit in the cockpit of a Mirage interceptor and experience first-hand what it’s like to be one of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots.
If watching the race make you want to get out there yourself, try go-karting at Go-Karts-Go Cameron Park. Located 25 minutes west of the CBD, it’s Newcastle’s biggest, fastest and most exciting two stroke track. While you won’t achieve Supercar speeds, you can still feel the rush of adrenalin as you reach speeds of up to 100 km/h on this specially designed circuit. The challenging 1.2km track is sure to test your driving mettle!
If your interests run to military vehicles, travel an hour north to Singleton to check out the Australian Army Infantry Museum. The museum is the custodian of Infantry Corps history, spanning from pre-federation forays right through to modern conflicts. Home to an impressive display of weapons, uniforms and artefacts, the museum also features military vehicles, such as a helicopter, tanks, mobile artillery guns and armoured vehicles.
If you’re keen to check out these motoring top spots, make sure you extend your stay at the 2018 Newcastle 500. Check out the varied short term accommodation options available through NHTAC before you book anything else.