Road closures and clearways

To help everyone move around the Sydney CBD safely, road closures and clearways will be in place in the city on Australia Day.

Road closures

  • 4am to midnight: George St from Essex St to Lower Fort St, Hickson Rd from George St to Pottinger St and sections of Essex St and Circular Quay West.
  • 7am to 10am: Hickson Rd from Napoleon St to Pottinger St, Towns Pl from Dalgety Rd to Hickson Rd, and Barton St (for Oz Day 10K wheelchair race).
  • 10:30am to 1pm: Milsons Point/Kirribilli including Olympic Drive between Broughton St and Alfred St.
  • 7.30pm to 10.30pm: Cahill Expressway lanes 7 & 8 and Overpass at Circular Quay including the High St, Mount St and Domain Tunnel on-ramps and lane 4 on the Harbour Bridge. Roads in Circular Quay north of Bridge St including sections of Albert St, Alfred St, Circular Quay East, Dalley St, Essex St, George St, Loftus St, Pitt St, Philip St, Macquarie St, Reiby Place, Underwood St and Young St. 

Attendees and local residents are reminded that vehicles parked inside road closures, in private and commercial carparks or driveways, are not permitted to exit or drive onto closed roads until they are safely reopened by NSW Police. Familiarise yourself with the road closure locations and times and plan your movements ahead of time.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on various roads in the Sydney CBD, around Circular Quay and The Rocks between 3am and midnight.

In Milsons Point, clearways will be in effect on Olympic Drive from 9:30am to 1pm.

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to local residents and businesses with parking permits and TfNSW Mobility Scheme permit holders. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed, you can search your vehicle registration at the Find My Car website to find its new location, or alternatively call 132 701 to speak to an operator .For a full list of clearway locations and times, visit or see the .

Real-time information

For real-time information about road closures and current traffic conditions:


Australia Day in NSW Partners