SAY G’DAY TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT THIS AUSTRALIA DAY
22 January, 2019

With more than 60,000 people expected around Circular Quay for the Australia Day  celebrations, we encourage you to leave your  car at home and plan ahead as the city will be busy and parking spaces limited.

Events in the city begin at 7:45am with a traditional Indigenous ceremony at Barangaroo followed by the 30th year of the Oz Day10k Wheelchair Race through The Rocks. The Ferrython starts at 10:45am.

Evening entertainment starts at 6:30pm with the Australia Day Live concert at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, then the official finale fireworks at Circular Quay closes out the night from 9:15pm.

“With events in the city and around Sydney Harbour in walking distance to major public transport hubs and plenty of additional services running, public transport is the best travel option on Australia Day”, a Transport Management Centre spokesperson said.

Trains will run to the city around every five minutes on the City Circle and every 10 to 15 minutes on most other lines.

Extra buses to the city will run on major corridors from the Northern Beaches, Inner West and Eastern Suburbs. Buses will be diverting while roads are closed.

“Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year on ferries so services will reach capacity early. There are also changes to services on Sydney Harbour, so have a back-up plan and consider catching one of the many extra trains or buses running”, the spokesperson said.

Ferries will stop running to or from Circular Quay between 11:45am and 12:30pm and from 7pm until 10pm while exclusion zones are in place for events on the harbour. Ferries will use alternate wharves or stop operating entirely during this time.

“Roads start closing in the Sydney CBD from 4am including parts of George Street, with further closures from 7am throughout The Rocks and Milsons Point”.

All roads north of Bridge Street in the CBD will be closed from 3pm. From 7:30pm until 10:30pm, the Cahill Expressway including the Circular Quay overpass and lane four of the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed. From 8:30pm, roads north of Hunter Street and Macquarie Street (north of Bent Street) will be closed.

A reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 8pm until 9:30pm during the fireworks.

All roads will reopen in the CBD at midnight while closures in Milsons Point will be lifted by 10pm.

Special event clearways will be in place on roads around Circular Quay and The Rocks from 3am, with additional clearways in place from 1pm on most major roads in the Sydney CBD until midnight. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

There will also be a number of Australia Day events happening at Parramatta Park and the closest train stations are Westmead and Parramatta. Route 900 shuttle buses will run around the Parramatta CBD frequently throughout the day.

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

GETTING TO AND FROM EVENTS IN THE SYDNEY CBD:

Train

  • Trains will run on most lines to the city every 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Wynyard and Martin Place are the best stations to view harbour events from The Rocks and the western side of Circular Quay.
  • Circular Quay, Martin Place, and St James are the best train stations to view harbour events at East Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.
  • Circular Quay is expected to be very busy throughout the day, particularly at the end of the night as large crowds head home following the fireworks, so consider using the other stations.
  • Town Hall and Central are the best train stations for Darling Harbour events.

Bus

  • Extra buses will run on major routes into the city from the Northern Beaches, Inner West and Eastern Suburbs.
  • Extra Route 170 buses will run between Manly and Wynyard while F1 Manly ferry services are unable to run to Circular Quay during an exclusion zone on the harbour.
  • Due to road closures, buses will be diverting from their regular routes and using alternate stops.
  • In Milsons Point from 7am until 10pm, Route 230 buses will end and start their trips from North Sydney Station due to closures on Olympic Drive. Anyone heading to Milsons Point will need to change for a train at North Sydney.
  • From 3pm until midnight, buses that usually run to Circular Quay will be relocated to alternate stops on Elizabeth Street at Martin Place.
  • From 3pm until midnight, routes 202, 207, 208 and 263 will drop off passengers at York Street, Wynyard and pick up passengers from Stand R on Clarence Street.
  • Special Event Vintage Buses will run between the Sydney Opera House and Milsons Point with return trips via North Sydney every 15 minutes from 10:30am until 5pm. These buses are expected to be very popular and travel is by gold coin donation.

Ferry

  • Ferries will be very busy and will reach capacity early so have a back-up plan and consider catching a train or bus instead.
  • Delays are expected while events take place on the Harbour so allow extra travel time.
  • While exclusion zones are in place on Sydney Harbour between 11:45am and 12:30pm services will not operate into and out of Circular Quay. Between 7pm and 10pm, most ferries will not run. River services will run but will commence and terminate at Barangaroo.
  • Ferry service frequencies:
    • F1 Manly services will run every 20 to 30 minutes throughout the day. No services will run between 11am and 12:40pm and between 6pm and 10pm. Extra Route 170 buses will run between Manly and Wynyard while F1 Manly ferry services are unable to run to Circular Quay.
    • F2 Taronga Zoo services will run every 20 minutes. Services to Circular Quay will not run between 11:40am and 12:20pm and services to the Zoo will not run between 11:40am and 12:40pm. The last service in either direction leaves at around 6:30pm.
    • F3 Parramatta River services will run every 30 minutes to an hour. While the exclusion zones are in place, services to Circular Quay will end and start trips from Barangaroo. Access to Circular Quay is via Wynyard Walk and George Street.
    • F4 Cross Harbour services will run every 30 minutes until 11:15am then every 15 minutes until around 6pm between Pyrmont and Circular Quay only – there will be no services to Rose Bay or Watsons Bay. Services from Pyrmont between 11:15am and 12pm will end at Milsons Point and no services will run from 6:15pm until 10:45pm. Services to Pyrmont between 11:45am and 12:45pm will leave from Milsons Point and no services will run from 5:45pm until 10:15pm.
    • F5 Neutral Bay services will run every hour. Services from Kirribilli will not run between 6:32pm and 10:32pm and services from Circular Quay will not run between 6:25pm and 10:25pm.
    • F6 Mosman Bay services will run every hour. Services from Mosman will not run between 6:25pm and 10pm. Services from Circular Quay will not run between 6pm and 10pm.
    • F7 Double Bay ferries will operate this year. Services will run every hour throughout the day. Services from Double Bay will not run between 6:20pm and 10:20pm and services from Circular Quay will not run between 6pm and 10pm.
    • F8 Cockatoo Island ferries will run every hour, with some services ending and starting trips from Barangaroo instead of Circular Quay. No services will run to Circular Quay between 6:19pm and 10:19pm, while no services will run to Cockatoo Island between 5:45pm and 10:15pm.

Light Rail

  • Light Rail services will run every 10 minutes from 9am until the last service.

GETTING TO AND FROM PARRAMATTA PARK:

Train

  • The closest train stations to the park are Parramatta and Westmead which are within walking distance.

Bus

  • Free Route 900 shuttle buses will run in a continuous loop around Parramatta every 10 minutes from 8am until 4pm.

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