Public transport

Public Transport

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Australia Day and the best way to get to and from events is by public transport with extra trains and buses running throughout the day.

Australia Day event precincts are all within short walking distance of train stations including:

  • Circular Quay, Wynyard or Martin Place for events at Circular Quay and The Rocks.
  • Town Hall or Central for events at Darling Harbour.

Keep in mind that some transport services including buses and light rail will be affected by road closures, and ferry services will be affected by exclusion zones on the harbour in the daytime and evening.

Buses will run to and from Martin Place instead of Circular Quay from 7:30pm until 10:30pm while roads are closed. Other bus routes will be affected in the early morning for other events.

Light rail services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall from 7:30pm to 10:30pm to allow crowds to safely leave the harbour after the Australia Day Live concert. Catch trains during this time instead. Keep in mind that Circular Quay station will be busy after the show, be patient and follow directions of staff on site, for a faster trip continue on foot to Wynyard or Martin Place stations instead.

Ferries will not run to or from Circular Quay while events take place on the harbour around midday and in the evening. Some ferries will continue to run to and from Barangaroo during this time. If you’re planning to catch a ferry on Australia Day, allow plenty of extra travel time as long queues and delays are expected at wharves, so have a backup travel option in mind.

Visit for more details on service changes and to plan ahead.

Visit for the full list of road closures, clearways, and real-time traffic conditions.

Real-time information

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