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Anzac Day - Sydney CBD

The Cenotaph, Martin Place

Dawn Service
04:30
Anzac Day March
09:00
Commemoration Service
12:30

Free travel for veterans and families

Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force in uniform or wearing their medals. NSW TrainLink passengers wearing their uniform or medals will be able to purchase a return ticket for the price of a single fare on the day.

Carers and families also travel free, as do widows and widowers, children and grandchildren of deceased veterans who are carrying an accreditation letter from the RSL or present a war widow’s gold card.

Note: A station access fee applies for travel to and from Domestic and International Airport stations. The entitlement does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

The closest station to the Dawn Service is Martin Place. The closest stations to the March are St James, Museum or Town Hall stations.

If you’re travelling from the west, south or north (via Strathfield), catch a train to Town Hall and change for a service to Martin Place leaving from platform 5.

If you’re travelling from the northern suburbs or the Airport Line get off at Wynyard. Martin Place is a short 3 minute walk away.

Sydney Trains

Extra early-morning trains will run on most lines to get you to the city for the Dawn Service.

  • T1 North Shore Line: leaving from Hornsby at 02:48 and 03:01, arriving at Wynyard at 03:31 and 03:43.
  • T1 Northern Line: leaving from Berowra at 02:44, arriving at Town Hall at 3:52.
  • T1 Western Line:
    • Leaving from Richmond at 02:29, arriving at Town Hall at 03:47.  
    • Leaving from Emu Plains at 02:26, arriving at Town Hall at 03:42
  • T2 Airport Line: leaving from Macarthur at 02:45, arriving at Town Hall at 03:55
  • T2 Inner West & South Line:
    • Leaving from Campbelltown at 02:40, arriving at Town Hall at 03:55
    • Leaving from Leppington at 02:40, arriving at Town Hall at 03:38
    • Leaving from Lidcombe at 03:04, arriving at Town Hall at 03:41
  • T3 Bankstown Line: leaving from Lidcombe at 02:50, arriving at Town Hall at 03:43
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:
    • Leaving from Waterfall at 02:48 arriving at Martin Place, arriving at 03:47.
    • Leaving from Cronulla at 02:58, arriving at Martin Place at 03:59
    • Services run from Bondi Junction and Central to Martin Place every 15 minutes from 03:15 until 05:15.

NSW TrainLink

  • Blue Mountains Line: leaving from Lithgow at 01:06, arriving at Town Hall at 03:55.
  • Southern Highlands Line: leaving from Moss Vale at 01:40, arriving at Central at 03:37. Change at Central for services to Martin Place.
  • South Coast Line: leaving from Kiama at 01:13, arriving at Martin Place at 03:39.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    • Leaving from Hamilton at 00:35, arriving at Wynyard at 03:31.
    • Leaving from Gosford at 02:08, arriving at Town Hall at 03:43.
    • Leaving from Gosford at 02:50 (for Newcastle Dawn Service), arriving at Hamilton at 04:19.
  • Hunter Line: leaving from Telarah at 03:50, arriving at Hamilton at 04:25.

Trackwork

There is no trackwork scheduled to take place on Anzac Day. However, unplanned trackwork may be needed depending on operational requirements. For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip planner.

Sydney Buses

Sydney Buses will run to a Sunday timetable with some extra early morning services starting from as early as 02:39 on key routes into the city from the Northern Beaches, Lower North Shore, Lane Cove, Macquarie Park, Eastern Suburbs, Victoria Road and Inner West. For details of all the additional services, plan your trip using the Trip planner.

Buses will divert from their normal routes and use temporary bus stops while roads are closed. Some bus services may experience delays while roads are closed so allow extra travel time or consider catching a City Circle train instead.

  • From 03:00:
    • Buses that normally start from Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street will start at Macquarie Street near Martin Place.
  • From 05:30:
    • Buses that normally travel on Elizabeth Street will divert via Wentworth Avenue, College Street and Macquarie Street, Victoria Road services will end and start at York Street near the QVB.
    • There will be diversions on cross-city routes including route 343 and Metrobus services M10, M20, M30, M40 and M50.
    • Route 389 will be split into two routes; Pyrmont to the QVB and College Street to North Bondi.
    • Routes 311, 324 and 325 will run to and from Walsh Bay and divert through the CBD via Wynyard.

Hillsbus

Hillsbus services will run additional early-morning services between the City and Castle Hill and and Rouse Hill including:

  • Route 607X will leave Rouse Hill Town Centre at 02:55 and 03:10.
  • Route 610X will leave Rouse Hill Town Centre at 02:30, 02:50 and 06:08. An additional route 610X return service will leave from York Street at the QVB at 05:55.
  • Route M61 will leave Castle Hill Interchange at 03:10
  • Route 621 will leave Castle Hill at 02:30. An additional route 621 return service will leave from Kent Street at 06:00.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay. Martin Place is about 10 minutes walking distance away.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information. From Central, you can change for a train service to Martin Place.

A temporary taxi rank will operate from Wentworth Avenue at Liverpool Street from 06:00 until 15:00. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD between 03:00 and 16:00 including:

  • Existing closure: George Street from Alfred Street, Circular Quay to Rawson Place, Haymarket.
  • 03:00 until 16:00: Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street between Hunter Street and King Street.
  • 06:00 until 16:00: Major sections of Hunter, King, Market, Park, Bathurst, Liverpool, Pitt, Castlereagh and Elizabeth streets.

Traffic may be heavy in the Sydney CBD while roads are closed so expect delays if you have to drive through the area. For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Clearways

Special event clearways will be in place between 01:00 and 16:00 along the parade route and on surrounding roads in the city. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies. Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.

Accessible viewing areas

To assist people with disability and those with mobility support requirements who wish to attend the March, a reserved accessible viewing area will be available from 09:00 until midday at St James Road at Elizabeth Street and in front of the Sheraton on the Park hotel on Elizabeth Street.

If you wish to register for any of the accessible viewing areas require any further access details regarding the Dawn Service, March, Commemoration Service  or the Sunset Service or please contact Lucy Velnic, Event Access and Inclusion, Department of Premier and Cabinet on 9228 5250, mobile 0417 662 050 or email lucy.velnic@dpc.nsw.gov.au.

Transport

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).

Private vehicle / taxi

Wheelchair accessible set-down points will be available on:

  • Macquarie Street near Martin Place.
  • York Street near Barrack Street.
  • Pitt Street near Market Street.