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Vivid Sydney 2018

Circular Quay, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Garden, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park

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Lights on
18:00
Lights off
23:00

Important event information

Celebrating its 10th anniversary Vivid Sydney returns to light up the Sydney CBD from 6pm to 11pm for 23 consecutive nights.

With extensive road closures and special event clearway parking restrictions in place in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks and Circular Quay each night the best way to get to the festival is to leave the car at home and catch public transport.

All the precincts are within close distance of major transport hubs and over 6,000 extra services will run to help crowds get around.

Vivid Sydney in the city attracts large crowds each year, especially on Friday nights and weekends, so if you want to avoid the peak crowds or are travelling with families consider visiting on a weeknight instead.

There are hundreds of installations throughout the city so you won’t get to see it all in one night. Plan your Vivid Sydney experience over a few nights instead.

Vivid Sydney will also light up Sydney's iconic Taronga Zoo and Chatswood CBD, for information on transport to these precincts, visit the event pages:

Stay connected

Stay connected and get real-time updates on transport services, event precinct capacities and road closures online:

You need a valid Opal card or an Opal Single Trip ticket to travel on public transport during Vivid Sydney.

Remember to tap on when boarding transport services and then tap off when disembarking services to ensure you are charged the correct fare.

Don't forget to top up your Opal card before you head out to see Vivid as queues at Opal top up machines will be long. Top up ahead of time online through the Opal Travel app or at one of the many Opal retailers.

Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards are available over the counter from over 2,100 Opal retailers. To find one near you, look out for the Opal symbol at nearby stores or locate an Opal retailer.

Vivid Sydney precincts are all within walking distance of major transport hubs. The festival runs for 23 nights so don’t try to see it all at once!

On the busier Friday nights and weekends when large crowds are expected, one-way flow walking routes will be in place and are designed to help you get the most out of your Vivid Sydney experience in a safe and enjoyable way.

The Rocks, Circular Quay & the Royal Botanic Garden:

  • Catch a train to Wynyard or Martin Place and head to The Rocks via George St following the Light Walk towards the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Here, you can make a pit stop at one of the many food trucks before continuing on around the roundabout to the western promenade of Circular Quay where you'll reach the Museum of Contemporary Arts and First Fleet Park near the wharves. Exit out of Circular Quay via Pitt St at Gateway Sydney from here you can head home via Pitt St and Bridge St.
  • If you want to continue on to Customs House and the Sydney Opera House walk via Reiby Place and Loftus Street then continue along the eastern Circular Quay promenade. At the Opera House Forecourt you can access the Royal Botanic Garden through the one-way entrance at Queen Elizabeth II Gates. At the end of the Garden Walk you'll exit at Macquarie St where you can head home via Albert St and Phillip St to get back to your closest transport hub.

Plenty of event staff will be on site as well as directional signage to help guide you through the Light Walk and to transport hubs.

Barangaroo & Darling Harbour:

  • See the lights in Sydney’s buzzing Barangaroo precinct by catching a train to Wynyard and using the underground Wynyard Walk pathway. From there you can head down to Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park via the King Street Wharf promenade where you can see the Australian Maritime Museum projections and a pyrotechnic water fountain and laser display showcased on the water.

Sydney Trains

Trains on most lines to city circle stations run frequently on weekdays and every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends.

Extra services will run on the weekends to help large crowds get to and from the city and between the Vivid Sydney precincts.

On Fridays additional late night trains will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line. On weekends, additional services will run on the T2 Inner West & Leppington Line and the T8 Airport & South Line.

On the long weekend additional services will run on the T1 North Shore & Northern Line, T1 Western Line, T2 Inner West & Leppington Line and T8 Airport & South Line. Also, services that normally start/terminate at Chatswood will extend to Olympic Park between 16:00 and the end of service. Details of the additional services will be available in the Trip Planner.

All Vivid Sydney Light precincts in the CBD are within short walking distance of train stations including:

  • Wynyard for The Rocks, Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Garden as well as Barangaroo South and Darling Harbour precincts.
  • Central or Town Hall for the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park precincts.
  • Kings Cross for the Kings Cross precinct.
  • Milsons Point for the Luna Park precinct (new for 2018).

NOTE: On Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station between 18:00 and 23:00 due to large crowds. Alight the train at nearby Wynyard, Martin Place or St James instead.

NSW TrainLink

Additional late night NSW TrainLink intercity services will run to help get you home. You can find all the details of extra services in the Trip Planner. Regular timetabled services will run Monday through Thursdays.

Fridays:

  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    • The 17:34 service from Newcastle to Gosford will extend to Central, arriving at 20:26.
    • An additional service will leave Gosford at 18:03, arriving at Central at 19:41.
    • Two additional services to Newcastle will leave Central at 22:17 and 23:17.
    • Trains to and from Central between 20:00 and 01:00 will be built up to 8-cars.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line:
    • Services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 21:00 and midnight.

Weekends (excluding the long weekend):

  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line:
    • Additional services will run to Newcastle leaving Central at 22:16 and 23:16 and also at 00:16 on Saturdays only.
    • The 19:57 Wyong to Gosford service will extend to Central, arriving at 21:55 .
    • Wyong to Central services between 17:40 and 20:40 will extend to run from Newcastle Interchange instead.
    • The 19:46 and 20:46 Sydney to Gosford/Wyong services will extend to Newcastle Interchange.
    • Trains to and from Central between 16:00 an 01:00 on Saturdays and between 18:40 and 00:45 on Sundays will be built up to 8 cars.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line:
    • Services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 16:00 and 01:00.
    • On Sundays an additional all-stops service to Moss Vale will leave Campbelltown at 00:50.

Long weekend:

  • Due to trackwork buses and coaches replace trains on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line and the Hunter Line.
  • Blue Mountains Line and South Coast Line: services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages between 16:00 and 01:00.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place during Vivid Sydney and may affect how you travel.

Extra rail replacement buses will be on standby during weekends to help visitors get to and from Vivid Sydney events.

From 02:00 Saturday 26 until 02:00 Monday 28 May:

  • Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central
  • South Coast Line: buses replace trains between Waterfall and Central.

From 02:00 Saturday 9 until 02:00 Tuesday 12 June (long weekend):

  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: buses replace trains between Central and Newcastle Interchange.
  • Hunter Line: buses replace trains between Scone, Dungog, Telarah and Newcastle Interchange.

From 22:20 Saturday 9 until 02:00 Tuesday 12 June:

  • T1 North Shore Line: buses replace trains between Berowra and Hornsby.

From 02:00 Sunday 10 until 02:00 Tuesday 12 June (long weekend):

  • T1 Northern Line: buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield via Eastwood.

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.

Sydney Buses

Sydney Buses will run extra services on major corridors to get you to the city from 15:30 and from the City from around 20:00 during Vivid Sydney.

Many buses will be diverted until approximately midnight and use temporary stops due to road closures. Bus services that usually travel to and from Circular Quay will instead terminate and start from Martin Place at Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street. Make sure to check signage at bus stops and use the Trip Planner before you travel.

While roads are closed from 18:00 on Fridays and from 17:00 on weekends until midnight the following bus services will be impacted:

  • Routes 202, 207, 208 and 263: On Saturday nights and Sunday 10 June from 17:00 until midnight, services will be terminating at York St Wynyard and departing from Stand R at Clarence St, Wynyard.
  • Routes m52, 500 (Sat/Sun nights only) 507, 515 and 518: On Friday nights from 18:00 and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 June from 17:00 until midnight services will operate from Stand E at Martin Place and terminate at Castlereagh St, Martin Place.
  • Routes 301, 302 (Sat/Sun nights only), 303, 333, 343, 373, 374, 377, 380, 392, 394, L9A, X94 (Fri nights only), 396, 397 and 399: On Friday nights from 18:00 and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 June from 17:00 until midnight services will operate from Stand F at Martin Place and terminate at Castlereagh St, Martin Place.
  • Route 308 and 339:
  • Route 343: On Saturday nights and Sunday 10 June from 17:00 until midnight, services will travel via Martin Place stopping at Stand F before resuming regular routes. Services leaving the city will travel via Clarence St stopping at Stand R before continuing regular routes.

For details on Bus changes in the city during Vivid including diverted routes and temporary stops, see the Vivid Sydney CBD Bus map (pdf 146KB).

Don't forget to top up your Opal card ahead of time and remember to tap on and off when using bus services.

Hillsbus

CDC Hillsbus will run additional services on Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends to help you get to and from the city on routes 607X, 610X, 620X and M61.

Thursdays and Fridays: services to the city run every 15 minutes, services leaving the city run every 10 minutes from 20:00. Additional late night route 607X services will run from the city back to Rouse Hill.

Weekends: services to and from the city run every 10 minutes on most routes. Additional services on routes to the city will start running from around 15:00 and additional return services will start running from the city around 20:00 until late.

Visit CDC Hillsbus for details on the Hillsbus network.

    Forest Coachlines

    Additional Route 271 services between Terrey Hills/Belrose and the city will run on Sunday nights during Vivid.

    To City: additional services will leave Terrey Hills every 30 minutes from 18:00 until 23:20.

    From City: additional services will run every 30 minutes from 18:30 until 23:30 first departing from Clarence St at Market St, Town Hall and stopping at Wynyard 5 minutes after.

    Harbour Ferries

    Anyone planning to attend Vivid Sydney by ferry should expect delays and large queues at wharves as services are very popular and will start to fill from the early afternoon. Plan ahead and have a few transport options in mind. Look for signs directing you to your nearest bus or train option.

    Due to the high demand, customers will be required to exit the ferry once they reach their destination. You will not be able to stay on the ferry and take the return trip. This is to make sure that everyone gets the chance to access ferry services.

    Ferry services during Vivid Sydney:

    Ferry route Additional services
    to or from Circular Quay
    Last service departs Circular Quay
    F1 Manly

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 3:

    • Monday to Thursdays at 23:45
    • Fridays at 00:20
    • Saturdays at 00:20
    • Sundays/Public Holidays at 23:00
    F3 Parramatta River

    Monday to Fridays

    To: extra services will run every half an hour from 18:04 until 22:38.

    From: Additional ferries will run back to Sydney Olympic Park at 21:07 and 22:07.

    From Wharf 4:

    • Monday to Fridays at 23:37
    • Saturdays at 23:37
    • Sundays/Public Holidays at 22:07 to Olympic Park.
    F4 Cross Harbour

    Mondays to Fridays,

    To: extra services will run every 15 minutes from 19:15 until 23:15.

    From: Additional ferries will run back to Pyrmont Bay at 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:17, 21:33, 22:03 and 22:17.

    From Wharves 4 and 5

    • Monday to Thursdays: at 22:47 to Pyrmont Bay and at 23:47 to Barangaroo
    • Fridays: at 22:47 to Rose Bay, at 22:47 to Watsons Bay and at 23:47 to Barangaroo
    • Saturdays: at 22:47 to Pyrmont Bay, at 22:47 to Watsons Bay and 23:47 to Barangaroo.
    • Sundays/Public Holidays at 22:17 to Pyrmont Bay and at 23:47 to Barangaroo

    F5 Neutral Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4:

    • Monday to Fridays at 23:25
    • Saturdays at 23:25
    • Sundays at 20:25

    F6 Mosman Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Fridays at midnight
    • Saturdays at midnight
    • Sundays at 21:00

    F7 Double Bay

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Thursday at 20:57
    • Fridays at 22:57
    • Saturdays at 22:57
    • Sundays at 20:57

    F8 Cockatoo Island/Woolwich

    Nil, regular timetables will operate

    From Wharf 4

    • Monday to Fridays 23:45
    • Saturdays at 23:45
    • Sundays at 20:45

    For up-to-date service information plan your trip ahead of time using the Trip Planner. Please note: there are no free ferry services during Vivid Sydney.

    Ferries for Vivid Sydney ticketed events at Taronga Zoo

    While extra services will run between Circular Quay at the Zoo these will be in high demand and long queues are expected. Consider the alternate transport options and plan to arrive early ahead of your session start time. For more information on transport to the Zoo see the Vivid Sydney in Taronga Zoo event page.

    Other Maritime arrangements

    Restrictions will be in place on recreational and commercial vessels in the Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2018. Visit RMS - Maritime for details on private wharf closures, access restrictions and viewing areas.

    Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong precinct. The closest stops are Exhibition Centre, Convention and Pyrmont Bay.

    Additional services will run during Vivid Sydney from 19:00 on Friday nights and from 09:00 on weekends (including the public holiday Monday) with services running every 10 to 12 minutes until midnight.

    Services between Central and Pyrmont Bay will be busy, particularly on the weekends, as large crowds travel to the Vivid Darling Harbour precincts so consider the alternate options and plan your trip.

    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.

    Significant road closures and extensive parking restrictions will be in effect on most major roads in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD throughout the 23-day festival.

    Key road closure timings:

    • Monday to Thursday nights: minor closures from 19:00 in The Rocks and West Circular Quay
    • Friday nights: moderate closures from 18:00 on roads north of Bridge St in The Rocks and Circular Quay
    • Sunday nights (plus Mon 11 Jun): moderate closures from 17:00 on roads north of Bridge St in The Rocks and Circular Quay
    • Saturday nights: major closures from 17:00 on roads north of Hunter St in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD
    • Long weekend Saturday and Sunday nights: significant closures from 17:00 on roads north of Hunter St in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD including the closure of Cahill Expressway exit to Macquarie St, Bridge St and Macquarie St from Bent St to the Opera House.

    Visit Getting to Vivid Sydney for interactive maps showing road closure and clearway dates, times and locations.

    For detailed information on the road closures, clearways and real-time updates on traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play

    A number of taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay and The Rocks will be relocated due to road closures.

    On Friday nights and weekends Secure taxi ranks on Alfred St at Circular Quay and on George St outside the Four Seasons Hotel will not operate due to road closures. On the long weekend there will be no access for taxis down Macquarie St to the Sydney Opera House taxi rank.

    Taxi ranks will operate from different locations depending on the extent of the road closures:

    Monday to Thursday nights: taxi ranks will operate as normal.

    Fridays from 18:00 and Sunday nights from 17:00:

    • Sydney CBD: Bridge St between Pitt and Loftus Streets
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    Saturday nights from 17:00:

    • Sydney CBD: Loftus St between Bridge and Bent Streets outside the Sofitel Wentworth.
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    Long weekend from 17:00:

    • Sydney CBD: Phillip St between Hunter and Bent Streets outside the Sofitel Wentworth.
    • The Rocks: Harrington St between Essex and Grosvenor Streets

    For details of secure taxi rank operating hours see Secure taxi ranks.

    Demand for taxis will be high and queues will be long so please be patient and considerate of others. To avoid the queues, consider catching a train or bus service out of the Sydney CBD before looking for a taxi.

    Accessible taxis

    Wheelchair Accessible Taxis set down and pick up points:

    • Dawes Point: Hickson Road at Pottinger Street
    • Sydney CBD: No.1 Macquarie Street near Sydney Opera House. There will be managed taxi access to the Sydney Opera House.

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

    Car parks

    Parking in the city will be very limited during Vivid Sydney, particularly on the Friday nights and weekends as large crowds are expected to visit. As well with road closures in place each night access to some car parks will be restricted.

    Special event clearways

    Parking restrictions will be in place with special event clearways affecting most major roads in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD each night during the 23-day festival from 15:00 until midnight.

    Special event clearways are strict no parking zones even for local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Parking Permit holders. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

    If your vehicle is towed you can call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 to find its new location.

    For detailed information on the road closures, clearways and real-time updates on traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play

    Volunteers working at Vivid Sydney 2018 are entitled to free travel on public transport for the duration of the event by showing their 'Volunteers Free Travel Pass' to transport staff when boarding services.

    Travel is covered on the following transport services from Friday 25 May through until 04:00 on Sunday 17 June 2018:

    • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
    • Buses (Sydney metro services and NightRide)
    • Sydney Ferries
    • Sydney Light Rail

    Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your event ticket does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

    Many of Vivid Sydney events are accessible, visit Vivid Sydney Access and Inclusion for more information.

    Viewing areas

    • Western boardwalk at the Sydney Opera House from 18:00 each night
    • Overseas Passenger Terminal
    • Darling Harbour - Tumbalong Park is a dedicated accessible precinct for this years Vivid Light program. Visit the Vivid Sydney website for details on accessibility at this precinct.

    Parking and pick up and drop off zones

    Patrons with accessibility needs are encouraged to visit Vivid Sydney on weeknights, when crowds are typically smaller.

    Limited accessible parking will be available in Walsh Bay, on Hickson Road north of Pottinger Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Accessible set-down and pick-up points will be located at:

    • Macquarie Street near Sydney Opera House, East Circular Quay.
    • Hickson Road at Pottinger Street, Dawes Point.

    Vehicles will not be permitted to park in these locations and wait for patrons to return.

    A valid Australian Disability Parking Permit or NSW Mobility Parking Scheme Permit must be displayed in the windscreen to gain access to accessible parking and accessible set-down and pick-up points.

    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).