Skip to main content

Sculpture by the Sea 2017

Sculpture by the Sea hero

Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk

to

Important event information

Sculpture by the Sea returns in 2017 for its 21st year along the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors throughout the 18-day exhibition. 

The best way to get to the event is by public transport, buses run regularly on weekends between Bondi Junction and Bondi and Tamarama beaches to get you there and back again. Keep in mind that on weekends these bus services are in very high demand and queues are expected - avoid the delays and walk the 2.7km down to Bondi Beach if you can.

Huge crowds travel to Bondi for the exhibition on weekends so traffic will be heavier than normal around the typically busy Bondi Beach area. Leave the car at home as parking will already be very limited with beachgoers.

The closest station to Bondi Beach is Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Change for a Sydney Buses service leaving from the interchange at Bondi Junction. Additional services will be running to the beach regularly throughout the weekends of the event. 

Trackwork

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.

Getting there:

The best way to get to Sculpture by the Sea is by catching a train to Bondi Junction and then a bus to Bondi Beach or Tamarama Beach. You can start the coastal walk from either location.

Alternatively, you can catch a Route 333 or 380 bus from the City to Bondi Beach or a Route M40 from Chatswood to Bondi Junction.

Extra buses between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction will run on weekends, however keep in mind these services can be extremely popular so expect queues and delays during peak periods.

We strongly encourage attendees to consider visiting on a weekday where possible to avoid the crowds. You can also avoid the bus queues by walking down to the beaches - see the Waverley Council walking route map.

To Bondi Beach or Tamarama Beach from Bondi Junction:

  • Route 333 - to Bondi Beach (PrePay only service)
  • Route 380 - to Bondi Beach
  • Route 381 - to Bondi Beach
  • Route 361 - to Tamarama Beach

Getting home:

Buses will also run back to Bondi Junction and the city from Bondi and Tamarama beaches:

From Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach:

  • 333 - to Circular Quay via Bondi Junction (PrePay Only)
  • 362 - to Coogee Beach via Tamarama & Bronte (weekends only)
  • 380 - to Circular Quay via Bondi Junction
  • 381 - to Bondi Junction

From Tamarama Marine Dr, Tamarama Beach:

  • 361 - to Bondi Junction
  • 362 - to Coogee Beach via Bronte (weekends only)

Don't forget you'll need your Opal card or a valid Opal single ticket to use bus services as some services are PrePay only and won't accept cash payment.

When planning your visit to the exhibition make sure your Opal card is topped up ahead of time to avoid delays as there will be queues at top-up machines in Bondi Junction. You can top up your Opal card via the Opal Travel app or at a number of retailers and ticket machines at select train stations.

For bus service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Traffic will be heavy on roads approaching and around Bondi Beach including Bondi Road and Campbell Parade.

The easiest way to get to the event is public transport. Catch a train to Bondi Junction and take a bus to the beach or considering walking 2.7km along Bondi Road to the beach. 

For the latest traffic information check Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit NSW Taxi Council.

Parking will be in high demand and is expected to reach capacity on weekends at Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction.

Special event clearways will be in place on both sides of Bondi Road on each Saturday and Sunday during the event including 21-22 Oct, 28-29 Oct, and 4-5 Nov:

  • From 07:00 to 14:00 between Oxford Street and Sandridge Street (towards Bondi Beach)
  • From 12:00 (midday) to 20:00 between Sandridge Street and Oxford Street (towards Bondi Junction).

Clearways are strict 'no-parking' zones even for local residents and mobility scheme parking permit holders. Check signs carefully when parking as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

 

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).