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  • Can I get the train there?
    Trains are running during the weekend from the Newcastle Interchange to High Street Station, South Maitland, on the Hunter Train Line. Trip takes 35 minutes. There is also a daily train service from Scone to Maitland, and one from Dungog to Maitland, where you can change trains for High Street Station (the next station east), or walk east on the New England Highway to the Maitland Showground. High Street Station is right next to the Maitland Showground - it's a very short, level 400m walk to the front gate of the Plant Fair. High Street Station, South Maitland is on the Hunter Line. Trains run regularly to and from High Street Station all weekend, and there is one return service to Scone, and to Dungog in the evening. Plan your trip here>>
  • Can I buy a ticket at the gate? What's the deal with online tickets?
    We absolutely recommend buying an online ticket - they are cheaper and it's quicker to scan your phone at the entry points. Gate Ticket Sales will open at 8am both days. If you need to buy a ticket at the gate, you'll still need to join the back of the admission queue after purchasing the ticket. A few things to remember about online tickets: 1. Online tickets are purchased through the tickets tab on the Collectors' website, and are processed and emailed to you by our ticketing service provider, Trybooking. 2. If you do not see your online ticket in your email inbox, check your JUNK folder! It will be there. 3. We can scan the QR code directly from your phone, or print out your ticket and have that scanned. 5. The QR code can only be scanned once (unless it's a Weekend Ticket).
  • How do I book a Group or Coach Ticket?
    Coach & Group Bookings! Group discounts are available for groups of 10+. 1. Decide how many are coming in your group! 2. Click our tickets link. 3. Select your preferred time slot (either Sat 11am, Sun 9am or Weekend Pass). Coaches can arrive from 10am Sat. 4. Select 'Coach Group'. Add the number in your group. Pay and automatically receive 10% discount. 5. Save your tickets. Please note: We automatically know the groups who have paid and have a copy in our manifest. Our CPF Groups Manager will meet you at the coach entrance for VIP entry. She will count you in and organise your pick-up time and location. A sign with 'Coach Drop-Off' is clearly marked at the fair.
  • How do I get there by car?
    Maitland Showground is in South Maitland, 33km northwest of Newcastle. From Sydney or Southern Highlands take the M1 to the Hunter Expressway (M15) exit. Head Northwest and take the George Booth Drive exit. Turn right and head along George Booth Drive and take a left at Louth Park Road. Continue to South Maitland, then turn right at New England Highway, then right at Anzac Street to the Fairground Entry. From Newcastle and the Mid North Coast, head west on the New England Highway to South Maitland, and turn left on Anzac Street to the Fairground Entry. From the Upper Hunter, head southeast on the New England Highway to South Maitland, and turn right on Anzac Street to the Fairground Entry.
  • Is there an ATM?
    Yes! There is an ATM at the ticket booth just outside the front gate. Also , most nurseries these days have EFTPOS facilities available.
  • Is there an area for disabled parking?
    Disabled Parking is available near our front entrance. Please make our friendly parking attendants aware of your Disabled Sticker and they will get you parked safely and quickly. Please note: Disabled parking spaces are available on a first-in-first-served basis. While we endeavour to provide ample disability-accessible services, such as parking, it is impossible to accurately assess demand. We promise to do our best! Find disabled toilet facilities located on site map, which will be released no later than one month from the event.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Any unsocial dog or dog owner will be asked to leave.
  • What are the opening hours of the Plant Fair?
    Hours are: Saturday gates open at 8am, close at 4pm. Sunday gates open at 9am, close at 4pm.
  • Can my child come in free?
    Children under 15 years old are welcome free of charge.
  • Is there a place to hold my plants while I shop?
    We have a wonderful Plant Creche (Stand 100 on the Site Map) where we mind your plants while you shop, then pick them up directly into your car on the way out. All at a very reasonable price!
  • What time does is open?
    Gates will open from 8am Sat and 9am Sun. Tickets can be scanned from your phone. To purchase a ticket at the event - the ticket counter will be open from 8am. You will need to line up to buy a ticket and then line up again to get it scanned. Gates close both days at 4pm sharp.
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