Address: Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex, Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah, NT 0828, Australia
PH: +61 8 8947 1471
Circuit type: Permanent road course
The mutli-use facility at Hidden Valley has existed in one form or another since 1986 but it was not until 1998 that is truly came of age, when the small scale dust-bowl was transformed with the completion of the CAMS and Motorcycling Australia-licensed circuit.
Located just a few minutes drive from downtown Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, Hidden Valley is a popular stop-off each year for the V8 Supercar circus. It is one of the largest sporting events in the state and, as such, has become an important showcase for the Northern Territory Government, which owns the motorsport complex.
The complex and its various tracks include a number of bar and food kiosks, kitchen facilities, VIP lounge/bar, 30 lockable pit garages, control towers, fully sealed open area for car exhibitions/parking, conference facilities and plenty of amphitheatre style seating around the tracks on grassed terraces.
The 94-hectare facility also includes a 1km ANDRA drag strip, which sits alongside the main straight of the racing circuit; a clay oval speedway, known as Northline Speedway; and a kart circuit.
Overall, this is a fast and flowing circuit that needs to be treated with respect but also with aggression to be fast. The circuit asks a lot of the brake package and tyre degradation can be an issue.
Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex is located within a few minutes drive from Darwin city and Darwin airport on Tiger Brennan Drive, which links Darwin with neighbouring Palmerston. Parking is available at the circuit, with shuttle bus facilities operating during the V8 Supercars event to ensure easy access to all spectator areas.