Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Sydney Olympic Park
- Events start daily (approx)
- Closing Ceremony start - Sat 27 Oct
- Closing Ceremony finish
Important event information
The Opening Ceremony, reserved for competitors with their families and friends, will be held at the Sydney Opera House forecourt on Saturday 20 October. Tickets to the ceremony are not available to the public.
The ceremony will be broadcasted live on ABC 1 for general public viewing. The general public are encouraged to support the competitors through attending games during the week or at the Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena in Olympic Park on Saturday 27 October instead. Tickets are available for the general public to purchase. Visit Invictus Games 2018 for more event details and to purchase tickets.
The competition kicks off in Sydney Harbour on the opening weekend with the following free events
- Saturday 20 October - Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island from 09:30 until 14:00 (registered ticketholders only)
- Sunday 21 October - Road Cycling trial event in The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens from 09:30 until 12:30, followed by a Sailing race in nearby Farm Cove from 11:30 until 17:00, finishing with the Road Cycling final race from 13:00 to 18:00.
From Monday 22 October through to Saturday 27 October, a series of competition games will be hosted in various venues within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, including the Aquatic Centre, Athletics Centre, Netball Centre and the Sports Centre.
Tickets to these competitions including wheelchair rugby, swimming, wheelchair basketball and many more are available for general public sale. For the full event program details, see the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 - competition schedule.
There is no entitlement for general spectators, if you've got a ticket to an event you'll need to use your Opal card.
For competitors and supporters
Travel on public transport services is covered for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competing athletes, servicemen and servicewomen past and present participating in the Games, event volunteers and athlete’s supporters who hold Accreditation Passes. Supporters includes but is not limited to the following:
- Family members of the Athlete.
- Carers of the Athlete.
- Medical personnel.
- Note: There is a limit of two supporters per Athlete.
Accreditation holders are entitled to travel on the following public transport services between 18 October and 29 October 2018 only:
- Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
- Metropolitan and outer-metropolitan regular bus services
- Harbour City 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.
Sydney Harbour events Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
The closest station to the 4WD event on Cockatoo Island on Saturday 20 October is Circular Quay.
The closest stations to the cycling and sailing events around The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens and Farm Cove on Sunday 21 October are Edgecliff, Martin Place, St James or Town Hall.
Trains run to the city every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends across most lines.
An express train service between Circular Quay and Olympic Park will run every 30 minutes from 08:00 until 23:00 on weekends, stopping at Town Hall and Central.
Olympic Park events Monday 22 - Saturday 27 October
The closest station to the games and the Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena is Olympic Park.
On weekdays, express trains between Central and Olympic Park will run every 30 minutes from 08:00 until 19:30. From 20:00 to 23:00, services will run between Circular Quay and Olympic Park every 30 minutes, stopping at Central and Town Hall.
For the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 27 October, express trains between Central and Olympic Park will run every 30 minutes until 17:00 and then around every 15 minutes until 19:00.
After the Ceremony, return services from Olympic Park back to Central will run every 15 minutes from 21:30 until 23:30.
Alternatively you can catch a train to Lidcombe Station then head to Platform Zero for a direct service to Olympic Park, running every 10 minutes until 00:30 on Saturday and Sunday and until midnight on weeknights
Trackwork is scheduled for both weekends and may affect how you travel to and from various Invictus Games events:
From 02:00 Saturday 20 October until 02:00 Monday 22 October trackwork is scheduled on the following lines:
- T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and North Sydney via Gordon.
From 02:00 Saturday 27 October until 02:00 Monday 29 October trackwork is scheduled on the following lines:
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: from 08:30 until 12:30 on Saturday 27 October, buses will replace the all-stations trains between Central and Ashfield.
- T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Bankstown.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Buses replace trains between Wyong and Hornsby.
To note: As of Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line has temporarily closed for upgrades for around 7 months before Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in 2019. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood. For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.
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 travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.
To get to Sydney Harbour events on the opening weekend, plenty of regular route buses run to and from the city on weekends, plan your bus trip using Trip Planner.
Some bus services through the Sydney CBD will be diverting from their regular routes and terminating early due to road closures and changed traffic conditions in place for the event:
- On Saturday 20 October, from 17:00 until 22:00 buses that usually travel to and from Circular Quay will instead drop off and pick up from Elizabeth Street at Martin Place. The following services will be affected - routes 301, 302, 303, 333, 373, 374, 377, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, L94, 507, 515, 518, 520 and M52.
- On Sunday 21 October, Route 441 buses that usually travel through The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens will terminate and leave from York St Stand A, QVB due to road closures in the precinct. These diversions will be in effect from 23:00, Saturday 20 October through until 21:00, Sunday 21 October.
To get to events in Olympic Park, the following Sydney Buses services run to the precinct:
- Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.
- Route 526 runs from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf to Olympic Park.
- Route X25 runs regularly to Sydney Olympic Park from Strathfield Station during the afternoon peak period on weekdays.
Sydney Harbour events - Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October
Circular Quay is the closest wharf to the free Sydney Harbour events on the opening weekend.
On Saturday 20 October, the Land Rover Driving Challenge 4WD event will be hosted on Cockatoo Island from 09:30 until 14:00. Due to capacity restrictions, only event ticketholders will be permitted to board ferries to and from Cockatoo Island from the first service in the morning until 15:15 in the afternoon.
On Sunday 21 October a cycling event will be held in The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens and a sailing event at nearby Farm Cove. Vantage viewing areas will be available at Mrs Macquaries Chair and The Domain/Royal Botanic Gardens. Circular Quay wharf is within a reasonable walking distance
Olympic Park events - Monday 22 to Saturday 27 October
The closest wharf to the games venues is Sydney Olympic Park Wharf on the F3 Parramatta River ferry line. Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city but services can be popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends.
The precinct is approximately 40 minutes walk (3.6km) from the wharf or there is a connecting route 526 bus that will operate regularly during key arrival and departure times.
Sydney Ferries services are very popular and may reach capacity especially on weekends. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on catching an F3 Parramatta River service. Use the Trip Planner and consider the alternative public transport options available.
Please note: due to low tide some ferry services to and from Parramatta wharf may be replaced by buses. See the low tide replacement bus calendar for affected services.
Note: From Wednesday 3 October, Rydalmere Wharf will be closed for around 5 months for upgrade works. A temporary bus service, Route 535, will run between Parramatta Wharf and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf via Rydalmere Wharf to connect with F3 Parramatta River ferry services. For more information, visit transportnsw.info.
Light rail services run between popular CBD and Inner West destinations between Central and Dulwich Hill. Change at Central to connect with trains or buses to get to events near The Domain and Royal Botanic Garden.
The best stop for connections to Olympic Park is also Central. From there change for a T1 Western Line service towards Lidcombe to connect by shuttle train to Olympic Park.
From 00:30, Saturday 27 October until 06:00, Monday 29 October, buses will replace Light rail services between Central and Dulwich Hill in both directions to allow for essential trackwork. For more information, visit transportnsw.info.
Due to access constraints, buses are unable to safely stop or pick up at Capitol Square, Exhibition Centre (running towards Dulwich Hill) and Pyrmont Bay light rail stops. Customers needing to access these stops will need to do so by foot, the nearest stops are within short walking distance. For more details, see trackwork service alerts.
Road closures and special event clearways will be in place in the city on the opening weekend only (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October) as Sydney hosts the 2018 Invictus Games for the first time. Motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time on roads around Circular Quay on Saturday evening as guests arrive for the Opening Ceremony.
From 23:00 on Saturday 20 October until 21:00 Sunday 21 October, Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd will be closed through The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens to accommodate an on-road cycling event. Special event clearways will also be in effect on these roads at these times.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority may close some local roads to accommodate increased public transport services and ensure pedestrian safety during events. For road closure details, visit Sydney Olympic Park Authority and check out the interactive map.
A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4.
Parking in the city is limited on weekends and special event clearways will be in effect making street parking limited also so check signs carefully and catch public transport where possible.
Visit Sydney Olympic Park Prebook to pre-book your parking ticket and guarantee yourself a space. Note: Pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before the event. If you haven’t booked, follow the variable message signs within Sydney Olympic Park to best available casual parking. For more information visit parking at Sydney Olympic Park.
A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4. Please note, vehicles exiting P4 car park onto Homebush Bay Drive should ignore the beep. You will not be charged a toll as you did not enter the motorway.
Special event clearways
Special event clearways will be in effect on roads in the Sydney CBD on the opening weekend of the event - Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October:
- Saturday 20 October: from 16:00 until 22:00 including sections of Albert St, Bent St, Bligh St, Bridge St, Castlereagh St, Elizabeth St, Macquarie St, O’Connell St, Phillip St, Pitt St and Spring St.
- Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 October: from 23:00 Saturday night until 21:00 Sunday night, clearways will be in effect on Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd. These roads will also be closed through The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens at these times to accommodate an on-road cycling event.
Clearways are strict no-parking zones, even for local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies so check signs carefully. Visit Live Traffic NSW for clearway location details and maps.
Most train stations, bus services and light rail stops are accessible. A number of wheelchair friendly buses will also operate a dedicated shuttle service throughout the Sydney Olympic Park precinct to transport competitors between venues during the event.
Please be advised that Wynyard Station is not fully accessible while the station undergoes redevelopment. See the station's accessibility provisions here. The best station for access to Sydney Harbour events is Town Hall.
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).