Accessibility and inclusion support

We want everyone to experience the magic of Australia Day. Events with accessibility and inclusion considerations are identified on this website with a wheelchair icon (the International Symbol of Access).

International Symbol of Access

Many events around Sydney on Australia Day have accessibility and inclusion services for people with disability and limited mobility. This provides an opportunity for as many people as possible to enjoy the day.

Designated accessible viewing areas

Note: The below accessible viewing areas are now booked out. For more information, or to join the waitlist, please contact us (see 'General enquiries' below).

People with disability or limited mobility are eligible to register with their family and friends for space at the following accessible viewing areas:

  • WugulOra, Barangaroo (7.45–8.30am) BOOKED OUT
  • Overseas Passenger Terminal (6.30–10.00pm) BOOKED OUT
  • Sydney Opera House, Western Boardwalk (6.30–10.00pm) BOOKED OUT
  • Sydney Opera House Concert (6.30–10.00pm) BOOKED OUT

Changing Places

Logo for identifying the location of a Changing Places amenity (depicting change table, hoist and person using a wheelchair, on a blue background)

A Changing Places amenity is available at the Sydney Opera House. The amenity includes an adult-sized adjustable change table, ceiling hoists and space for up to two assistants.

Getting there

Public transport is the best way to get around on Australia Day. Note that to support the day’s activities, road closures are in place.

Accessible drop-off and pick-up zones

If you are travelling to and from the CBD via car, accessible drop-off and pick-up zones are available. However, you are NOT able to park at these zones. 

The following are designated accessible drop-off and pick-up zones for guests with limited mobility on Australia Day:

  • North Sydney: Fitzroy Street, western end, southern side – first two parking bays (all day)
  • The Rocks: Harrington Street, western side, out the front of Clocktower Square (all day)
  • City: Young Street, Farrer Place, western side, near the intersection of Bridge Street (all day)
  • Circular Quay: 1 Macquarie Street, western side, outside Aria Restaurant (before 8.30pm and after 10.30pm).

Accessible routes

Download a map of accessible routes and drop-off/pick-up points, or contact us for more information (see 'General enquiries' below).

Taxis

For information on wheelchair-accessible taxis, see the Transport for NSW website

Zero200 is a centralised booking service for wheelchair-accessible taxis in Sydney (phone +61 2 8332 0200).

Resources

For information on accessible transport, facilities and accommodation:

Follow the links below for access maps of Australia Day in Sydney event areas:

General enquiries

For any general inquiries relating to Australia Day 2020 accessibility, please contact Karen Wade (Event Support Officer at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet) on 02 9228 4613 or at [email protected]

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