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Anzac Day 2018 Sydney CBD

Anzac Day march

The Cenotaph, Martin Place

Dawn Service
04:30
Anzac Day March
09:00
Commemoration Service
12:30
Sunset Ceremony
17:00

Important event information

Significant closures and widespread parking restrictions will be in place in the CBD centre for various Anzac Day commemorations. Closures and clearways will be in effect for the most part of the day.

Event spectators and participants are strongly encouraged to make use of public transport to avoid the traffic delays.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel through the Sydney CBD as traffic will be heavy while closures are in place for the Anzac Day events. Catch public transport where possible or if you have to drive allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays.

Pedestrian crossing points will be managed at designated points along the march route on Elizabeth St at Park St and underground via Museum Station at Liverpool St.

Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, this also includes their carers; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans.

Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform; or display service medals; or carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation; or present a war widow’s gold card.

This entitlement allows free travel on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations) are entitled to free travel on Wednesday 25 April 2018 only.
  • For NSW TrainLink Regional services and booked Intercity services - Customers will receive discounted travel between Sunday 22 April and Saturday 28 April 2018 inclusive. The entitlement is only available for return travel to the Anzac Day march and commemorative services in Sydney; it is not available for single journeys. Customers are not required to wear their uniform or medals to purchase a ticket. Customers must provide documentation of their status on official letterhead from their local Returned and Services League (RSL) Branch at time of booking and whilst travelling. The fare charged is half the ordinary adult/child return fare. Pensioners using your PTV will not be charged a booking fee for first class fares.
  • Sydney metro, outer metro, Newcastle Transport and rural & regional bus services.
  • Sydney Ferries and Newcastle Ferries.
  • Light rail services.

Note: an additional 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 on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line.

  • If you’re travelling from stations on other lines, catch a train to Town Hall and change for a service to Martin Place leaving from platform 5.
  • You can also get off the train at Wynyard and walk to Martin Place.

The closest stations to the start point of the March that from 09:00 are St James or Town Hall stations.

After the March finishes at 13:00 trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable to get you back home

Sydney Trains

Sydney Trains will run to a Saturday timetable with the following additional early-morning trains to get you to Martin Place for the Dawn Service.

T1 North Shore Line: from Hornsby at 02:50 and 03:02, arriving at Wynyard at 03:31, 03:43 and Town Hall at 03:36, 03:49.

T1 Northern Line: from Berowra at 02:45, arriving at Town Hall at 03:55 and Wynyard 03:58.

T1 Western Line:

  • From Richmond at 02:30, arriving at Town Hall at 03:50 and Wynyard 03:52..  
  • From Emu Plains at 02:26, arriving at Town Hall at 03:38 and Wynyard 03:40.

T2 Inner West & Leppington Line:

  • From Leppington  at 02:40, arriving (via Regents Park) at Town Hall at 03:48 and Wynyard 03:51.
  • From Leppington at 02:45, arriving (via Granville) at Town Hall at 03:57 and Town Hall 04:00.
  • From Lidcombe at 03:04, arriving at Town Hall at 03:40 and Wynyard 03:43.

T3 Bankstown Line: leaving from Lidcombe at 02:50, arriving at Wynyard at 03:50 and Town Hall at 03:54.

T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:

  • From Waterfall at 02:48 arriving at Martin Place, arriving at 03:47.
  • From Cronulla at 02:57, arriving at Martin Place at 04:00
  • Services run from Bondi Junction and Central to Martin Place every 15 minutes from 03:15 until 05:15.

T8 Airport & South Line: leaving from Macarthur at 02:40, arriving Wynyard at 04:00 and Town Hall at 04:06

NSW TrainLink

Blue Mountains Line: leaving from Lithgow at 00:49, arriving at Town Hall at 03:44.

Southern Highlands Line: leaving from Moss Vale at 01:35, arriving at Central at 03:44. Change at Central for services to Martin Place.

South Coast Line: leaving from Kiama at 01:13, arriving at Martin Place at 03:41.

Central Coast & Newcastle Line:

  • Leaving from Newcastle Interchange at 00:35, arriving at Wynyard at 03:31, Town Hall 03:36..
  • Leaving from Gosford at 02:07, arriving at Wynyard at 03:43, Town Hall 03:49.
  • Leaving from Gosford at 03:00 (for Newcastle Dawn Service), arriving at Newcastle Interchange at 04:25. Buses are operating from Newcastle Interchange to Nobbys Beach for the Dawn Service.

Hunter Line: leaving from Telarah at 03:49, arriving at Newcastle Interchange at 04:27.

Trackwork

There is no trackwork scheduled to take place during Anzac Day events. 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 the 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 between 03:00 and 16:00. Some bus services may experience delays while roads are closed so allow extra travel time and 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 as 343, 389 and Metrobus services.
  • Routes 311, 324 and 325 will end and start from College Street near St Mary's Cathedral.

Hillsbus

Hillsbus services will run the following additional early-morning services to the City from Castle Hill and Rouse Hill.

  • Route 607X Rouse Hill: 02:50 and 03:10
  • Route 610X Rouse Hill: 02:45, 06:08 and 07:43
  • Route M61 Castle Hill: 03:35
  • Route 621 Castle Hill: 02:50

Services will run to a Sunday timetable for the remainder of the day.

Sydney Ferries will run to a Sunday timetable. Ferry services to Circular Quay don’t run early in the mornings on Sunday’s. To get to the Dawn Service you will need to catch a train or bus instead.

If you’re going to the city to see the Anzac Day march, ferries start operating from around 08:00.

See ferry timetables and maps for details of the network or use the Trip Planner.

Light Rail services stop at popular CBD and Inner West destinations between Dulwich Hill and Central. The best stops for train and bus connections to Martin Place for Anzac Day events are Central and Capitol Square.

Extra early-morning services will run every 15 minutes from 03:00 to 09:00. From 09:00 to 23:00 services will run every 10 to 15 minutes.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information.

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.

Wheelchair accessible set-down points will be available on:

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

Parking

A number of paid parking facilities are available in the CBD however with extensive road closures in place for the Anzac Day events, spectators and participants are encouraged to catch public transport instead to avoid getting caught up in traffic delays. Some carparks will be inaccessible due to the closures. Once roads are closed you won't be able to move your car until they have reopened.

Special event clearways

Widespread parking restrictions will be in effect with special event clearways affecting most major road in the CBD centre from 05:30 until 16:00. Some clearways will be in effect on roads around Martin Place from as early as 01:00.

Check signs carefully when parking on the day and the night before as clearways come into effect in the early morning. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

Clearways are ‘no parking’ zones even for local resident or mobility scheme parking permit holders. Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel through the Sydney CBD as traffic will be heavy while closures are in place for the Anzac Day events. Catch public transport where possible or if you have to drive allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays.

Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD between 02:30 and 16:00 including:

  • From 02:30: Pitt St, George St and Castlereagh St between Hunter and King Streets.
  • From 06:00: major roads between Hunter and Goulburn Streets including Castlereagh, Elizabeth, Pitt, King, Market, Hunter, Bent, Park, Bathurst & Liverpool streets.

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

Viewing areas

For those with accessibly mobility support requirements, reserved accessible viewing areas will be available from 09:00 until midday at the following locations:

  • St James Road at Elizabeth Street
  • In front of the Sheraton on the Park hotel on Elizabeth Street.

If you wish to register for any of the accessible viewing areas or require further details regarding access at the various Anzac Day commemorations please contact Yasmin Favretti, Event Access and Inclusion, Department of Premier and Cabinet by email at Yasmin.Favretti@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).

Accessible drop off locations

Wheelchair accessible set-down points will be available on:

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