Australia Day Celebrations 2017
Important event information
- There are plenty of ways to celebrate Australia Day with events and festivities on throughout the day at various locations.
- Large crowds are expected, particularly for events in the Sydney CBD and Harbour Foreshore including:
- Don't forget to tap your Opal Card on and off when travelling on public transport services.
- Use the Trip planner to plan your trip with up-to-date train, bus, ferry and light rail information.
- Sydney Trains will run to a Saturday timetable with extra trains running on a
number of Lines to help get you to and from the celebrations:
- T1 North Shore Line: Services run to and from the city regularly on a Saturday timetable.
- T1 Northern Line: Services that usually terminate at Chatswood will extend to Epping via Strathfield between 10:00 and midnight.
- T1 Western Line: Extra services will run between North Sydney and Penrith every 10 minutes from 10:00 until midnight.
- T2 South Line: Services to Leppington will continue running every half an hour until 00:30.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Services between Cronulla and Sutherland will run every 15 minutes from 22:00 until 01:00.
- Hunter Line: An additional service will run from Hamilton to Telarah at 01:00, stopping all stations.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Services to Gosford leaving Central and 18:45 and 19:45 will extend to Wyong.
- Sydney Trains services will run to a Saturday timetable. See train timetables and maps. For information on train station facilities, safe travel tips and more, see Travelling with us.
- Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing
basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network.
- Trackwork may affect how you travel to and from events.
- For the latest information check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.
- Sydney Buses will run to a Sunday timetable with extra buses running on major corridors in the northern beaches and eastern suburbs to and from the city.
- Some bus services in the CBD and North Sydney will terminate earlier than their
regular routes and use alternate bus stops while roads are closed:
- CBD: from 06:30 until 12:30 routes 311, 324 and 325 will terminate at Park Street. Return services will run from Park Street between Pitt and Castlereagh streets.
- North Sydney: from 10:00 until 13:00 routes 227 and 230 will terminate at Miller Street at Pacific Highway. Return services will run from Blue Street.
- Plan your bus trip ahead of time using the Trip Planner. See bus timetables and maps.
- Hillsbus will run extra bus services to get you to the city for the celebrations:
- From Rouse Hill to city additional 607X services will leave at 08:06, 08:36, 09:32, 10:02, 10:32 and 11:02.
- From Rouse Hill to city additional 610X services will leave at
08:37, 09:37, 10:37 and 11:37.
- From Castle Hill additional 610X services will leave at 8:20, 9:35, 9:45, 9:55, 10:05, 10:25, 10:35, 10:55 and 11:45.
- From Dural additional 620X services will leave at 08:15, 09:15, 10:15,11:15 and 12:15.
- To help you get home, additional services will also run back to Rouse Hill, Castle
Hill and Dural.
- To Rouse Hill additional services will leave from York Street at the QVB at 15:48, 16:18, 18:33, 21:11 and 21:41
- To Castle Hill additional services will leave from York Street at the QVB at 14:35, 15:35, 15:55, 16:15, 16:25, 16:35, 16:45, 17:35, 18:35, 19:20, 19:40, 20:25, 20:55, 21:50, 22:00, 22:25, 23:50 and 00:50.
- To Dural additional services will leave from Kent Street at 19:30, 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30.
- See Hillsbus timetables and maps for route information.
Ferries services will run to a Saturday timetable with the following exceptions:
- F1 Manly services are running to a Summer Holiday timetable at a 20 minute frequency throughout the day. Services from 11:20 to 12:20 won't operate while the ferrython and other harbour events take place.
- F7 Eastern Suburbs services will not operate due to various events in the harbour.
- Garden Island wharf will be closed.
- Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Sydney Ferries and services are expected to reach capacity early.
- The closest stop to get to events in Darling Harbour is Exhibition or Convention.
- Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at
popular CBD and Inner West destinations.
- Light rail services will run
to a Saturday timetable. For maps and service frequencies see light
rail service information.
- Light rail services will run to a Saturday timetable. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.
- Major roads will be closed for the Australia Day celebrations to help manage the large crowds and ensure the safe movement of pedestrians.
- Closures will be in place in:
- Milsons Point - between 07:00 and 17:00 on Olympic Drive and Burton Street.
- The Rocks – between 04:00 and 22:00 on George Street, Alfred Street and Hickson Road.
- Millers Point / Dawes Point/ Barangaroo – between 07:00 and 11:00 on Hickson Road and Towns Place.
- Darling Harbour – between 19:00 and 23:00 on Darling Drive, Bathurst Street, Cross City Tunnel (Harbour Street exit), Day Street, Harbour Street, Pier Street and Sussex Street.
- For detailed road closure information, visit Live Traffic NSW, download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play, or call 132 701.
- Special event clearways will be in place in the Sydney CBD and surrounding areas
between 03:00 and 23:00.
- Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.
- Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a towing fee applies.
- Demand for taxis will be very high on Australia Day, so please be patient while
in queues at taxi ranks.
- Taxi pick-up and drop-off may be restricted in some areas due to road closures.
- The Special Event Taxi Ranks will be located at Macquarie Street, Circular Quay (near Sydney Opera House) as well as The International Convention Centre, Zollner Circuit, Darling Harbour.
- For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.
Accessible transport options can also 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 or view our Accessibility apps.