Get to Australia Day celebrations in the Sydney CBD on public transport
20 January, 2020

Public transport is the best way to get to the Sydney CBD for Australia Day celebrations on Sunday 26 January, with more than 60,000 people expected to attend events in the city.

Festivities start with the OzDay 10k wheelchair race through The Rocks at 8:45am and continue with the ferrython and harbour events from 10:45am. Then it is the Australia Day Live! concert and show at the Opera House and in Circular Quay from 6.30pm, wrapping up around 9.30pm.

There will be road closures in the Sydney CBD and Milsons Point to make way for these and other events, including parts of George Street, Hickson Road, roads north of Bridge Street and some lanes on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, including the Cahill Expressway.

Roads start closing in The Rocks at 4am followed by closures in Millers Point and Barangaroo from 7am. Roads in Circular Quay north of Bridge Street close from 4pm and the Cahill Expressway lanes and overpass will close at 7:30pm along with sections of Bridge, Grosvenor and Macquarie streets from 8:30pm.

Parts of Hickson Road reopen between 10am and 11am, but most other roads won’t open again until 10:30pm and midnight, which is just another reason to give the car the day off and take transport instead.

Special event clearways will also be in place on most major roads in the CBD, Circular Quay and The Rocks between 3am and midnight. Vehicles left in the clearways will be towed and fees apply.

Town Hall and Central station are close to Darling Harbour; Circular Quay, Wynyard and Martin Place are close to events around the harbour, and Milsons Point is close to Bradfield Park events.

Trains to and from the city run about every five minutes on the City Circle and T1 North Shore Line, and around every 10-15 minutes on most other lines.

Extra trains will run on some lines and some trains on the Central Coast & Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast lines will have extra carriages.

There will also be extra buses to and from the city on key routes from the Northern Beaches, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and Hills area, but buses will be diverting and using different stops in the city while roads are closed, especially from 4pm.

Some extra ferries will be running, but Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for ferries, and there will be changes to services while events take place on the harbour, so if you’re planning to catch one, have a back-up option in case services fill up.

Ferries will not run between Rose Bay, Watsons Bay and Circular Quay for the day because of the various harbour events, and exclusion zones will be in place on the harbour between 11:45am and 12:30pm and between 6:30pm and 9:45pm. During these times, F1 Manly ferries will not be running and other ferries will use different wharves outside of Circular Quay.

Light rail services will start and end at Town Hall from 4pm due to road closures.

Australia Day events will also be held at Parramatta Park, starting with a hot air balloon and aerial displays from 6am. The park is close to Parramatta Interchange and will be vehicle-free for the day

Plan ahead at www.transportnsw.info and visit www.livetraffic.com for traffic information.

GETTING TO AND FROM SYDNEY CBD EVENTS:

Train:

  • Town Hall and Central are close to Darling Harbour events; Circular Quay, Wynyard and Martin Place are close to The Rocks and Circular Quay events; and Milsons Point is close to Bradfield Park events
  •  Extra trains will run on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:
    • Every 10 minutes between Bondi Junction and Central from 9:30pm until 12:30am
    • Every 15 minutes between Cronulla and Sutherland from 10pm until 1am
    • An extra train will leave from Martin Place for Hurstville at 11:07pm
  • Extra trains will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line:
    • Every 15 minutes between Circular Quay and Ashfield and Homebush from 5pm until midnight
    • Every 15 minutes between Circular Quay and Leppington from 10pm until midnight
  • Some trains on the Central Coast & Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast lines will have extra carriages on services in the morning and afternoon

 

Bus:

  • Extra buses will run to and from the city on key routes from the Northern Beaches, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and Hills area, including routes B1, 170, 309, 324, 333, 339, 343, 372, 373, 374, 377, 392, 394, 396, 423, 428, 431, 438, 461, 470, 607X and 610X
  • Buses will divert and use different stops in the Sydney CBD while roads are closed

Ferry:

  • Ferries will be very busy and there may be long queues – anyone planning to take the ferry should have a back-up plan
  • There are exclusion zones on the harbour between 11:45am and 12:30pm and 6:30pm and 9:45pm
    • F1 Manly ferries cannot run during these times. Passengers can catch a route 170 bus between Manly and Circular Quay instead – there will be more running during the later exclusion zone
  • F1: Ferries will run every 30 minutes during the day and around every 20 minutes in the evening
  • F2: Ferries will run directly between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay every 20 minutes
  • F3: Ferries will run every 30-60 minutes throughout the day. Services will run between Parramatta and Barangaroo (instead of Circular Quay) while exclusion zones are in place
  • F4: Ferries will run between Pyrmont Bay and Circular Quay only. Services will be affected during the day due to harbour events and will not run during the evening exclusion zone
  • F5, F6, F7 and F8: Ferries run hourly between Circular Quay and Kirribilli, between Mosman Bay and Circular Quay, between Circular Quay and Double Bay, and between Circular Quay and Cockatoo Island

Light Rail:

  • L1: Convention and Exhibition Centre stops are close to Darling Harbour. Anyone going to events around the harbour can change at Central for a L2 service to Circular Quay running until 4pm only
  • L2: Services will run between Central and Circular Quay every 10 minutes until 4pm, after 4pm, services will only run between Randwick and Town Hall due to road closures

GETTING TO AND FROM PARRAMATTA PARK EVENTS:

Train:

  • Westmead and Parramatta are the closest stations. Trains run to both stations every 10-15 minutes. Anyone coming from the east should use Parramatta Station and anyone coming from the west should use Westmead

Bus:

  • The free Parramatta CBD shuttle bus (Route 900) will run around every 10 minutes between 6am and 4pm and stop outside the park on O’Connell Street/George Street
  • Many regular buses also stop at nearby Parramatta Interchange

Ferry:

  • Ferries will be very busy and there may be long queues – anyone planning to take the ferry should have a back-up plan
  • Ferries between Circular Quay and Parramatta run every 30-60 minutes during the day
  • There are exclusion zones on the harbour between 11:45am and 12:30pm and 6:30pm and 9:45pm
    • Services will run between Parramatta and Barangaroo while these zones are in place

 

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