Australia Day Celebrations Sydney CBD

Sunday 26 January
Sydney Harbour Foreshore, Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour

Events start:
GIO oz Day 10k Wheelchair Race:
Australia Day CARnivale:
Darling Harbour Australia Day:
Harbour Concert Series:
Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular:

Transport details

Event website: Australia Day

Use the Trip planner to plan your trip with up-to-date train, bus, ferry and light rail information.

Special information

  • Many events are taking place across Sydney as part of the Australia Day celebrations. Large crowds are expected so allow plenty of time to travel to venues and events.
  • Avoid travelling at peak times if possible and buy a return ticket to avoid the queues on your way home.
  • Remember, it is an offence to drink alcohol on public transport, including train stations and ferry wharves. Intoxicated people are not permitted to travel on Sydney Trains, Sydney Buses or Sydney Ferries services.


  • The closest train stations are Town Hall, Wynyard and Circular Quay depending on which event you are attending.
  • Sydney Trains are running to a special Australia Day timetable with extra services to help get you to and from the celebrations.
  • For train information visit Sydney Trains timetables.


Trackwork may be taking place during the event. For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip planner.


  • Sydney Buses services are running to a weekend timetable with extra buses on major corridors in and out of the city.
  • Some bus services have different start and finish locations due to road closures in the city:

    • Alfred St, Circular Quay will be closed between Loftus St and Pitt St from 4am until 1pm. Services will start and end at a temporary terminal south of Bridge Street.
    • Route 461, 480 and 483 services will start and end at York St, QVB due to expected traffic congestion around the Domain.

    • Route 441 services will end at Market and York streets and start from Stand B, QVB York St due to expected traffic congestion around the Art Gallery.

  • Hillsbus are also running extra services on the 607X, 610X, 620X and 621 routes to and from the city for the festivities.


  • Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Sydney Ferries. Services are expected to reach capacity, so please plan ahead and consider the alternative public transport options available.
  • Sydney Ferries services are running to a weekend timetable with the following exceptions:
    • F1 Manly services operate to a special summer timetable until 27 January.
    • F7 Eastern Suburbs services will not operate due to the Ferrython.
    • Garden Island Wharf is closed on Australia Day.
  • Services may experience delays due to events taking place on the Harbour.

Light rail

Light rail last service times are extended and a special event ticket is available. Last service departs:

  • Central to Lilyfield: 02:00 (27 January)
  • Lilyfield to Central: 02:24 (27 January)
  • Central to The Star: 24 hours


  • Roads will begin closing from 04:00 in the Sydney CBD and The Rocks with all roads reopened by 23:00
  • Roads in Darling Harbour will be closed from 20:00 until 23:00 while the fireworks spectacular takes place.
  • Special event clearways will be in place in the Sydney CBD and surrounding areas from 03:00 to 23:00. Please check signs before parking as vehicles parked in special event clearways will be towed and a towing fee applies.
  • Detailed information on road closures and clearways as well as current traffic conditions can be found at Live Traffic NSW.
  • You can also download the free iPhone, iPad or Android app or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.


  • Demand for taxi services is high on Australia Day so be prepared for delays and queues at taxi ranks.
  • For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit Taxis NSW.


Accessible transport options can be found on the Trip planner by checking ‘Mobility options’. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel in NSW.

Sydney Trains

Central, Strathfield, Granville, Blacktown, Lidcombe, and Olympic Park stations are all wheelchair accessible. See accessible trains and stations.

Sydney Buses

Nearly all of Sydney Buses’ services are wheelchair accessible. Features of wheelchair accessible buses include wider doors and aisles, and space for two mobility aids such as wheelchairs, some ride-on scooters and prams or strollers. See travel on accessible buses.

Sydney Ferries

The entire Sydney Ferries fleet is wheelchair accessible via wheelchair accessible ferry wharves (pending tidal and safety conditions). See accessible ferries and wharves.

Liverpool Parramatta T-way buses

All T-way bus services are low floor wheelchair accessible.