Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk
Important event information
Up to 500,000 people are expected to visit the 18-day Sculpture by the Sea exhibition returning for its 22nd year along the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk.
With large crowds and limited parking, the best way to get to and from the event is by public transport. Buses run regularly between the city and Bondi Junction and between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach.
Visitors are reminded that weekends at Bondi are extremely busy during the event and buses may experience delays due to heavy traffic and large crowds. Avoid the largest crowds by visiting on a weekday, or alternatively consider walking from Bondi Junction down to the beach instead.
The closest station to Bondi Beach is Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. From Bondi Junction you can catch one of the many regular route buses running to and from the beach.
Alternatively, avoids the crowds at Bondi Junction interchange and catch a train a Route 333 bus from the city that runs all the way to Bondi Beach.
Trackwork is scheduled during each weekend of Sculpture by the Sea and may affect how you get to the event.
From 02:00 Saturday 20 October until 02:00 Monday 22 October:
- 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:
- T3 Bankstown Line - Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Bankstown.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line - Buses replace trains between Wyong and Hornsby.
- 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.
From 02:00 Saturday 3 November until 02:00 Monday 5 November:
- T1 North Shore Line - Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Wynyard.
- T7 Olympic Park Line - Buses replace trains between Olympic Park and Lidcombe.
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 trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.
From Bondi Junction: Additional Route 333 (from stand A) and Route 380 ( from stand B) bus services will run down to Bondi Beach. Alternatively catch a route 381 (from stand B) to Tamarama to start the walk from there.
From the city, you can catch a Route 333 service to Bondi Beach and avoid the crowds at Bondi Junction Interchange. Route 333 buses leave from Circular Quay and make stops along Elizabeth St and Oxford St.
From the North Shore, you can catch a Route M40 to Bondi Junction from Chatswood via the city and Oxford St.
From the Eastern Suburbs:
- Route 380 from Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach via Military Rd.
- Route 360 from Clovelly to Bondi via Bronte.
- Route 362 (weekends only) from Coogee to Bondi Beach via Bronte and Tamarama.
Bondi is extremely busy on weekends, visitors are reminded to be patient and expect delays during peak periods. Avoid the largest crowds by visiting the sculptures on a weekday instead.
Buses back to Bondi Junction and to the city will run regularly from Bondi and Tamarama beaches:
From Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach:
- Route 333 - to Circular Quay and Bondi Junction
- Route 380 - to Bondi Junction
From Tamarama Marine Dr, Tamarama Beach:
- 381 - To Bondi Junction
- 362 - to Coogee Beach via Bronte (weekends only)
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. Top up your Opal card by downloading the Opal Travel app, online at opal.com.au, at a top up machine or at one of 2,100 Opal retailers.
Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and catch a train to Central. At Central, head to Platform 24 for a service to Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.
Alternatively you can catch a Route 333 bus from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach.
Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. From Central, catch a train to Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line leaving from Platform 24.
From 00:30, Saturday 27 October through 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.
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.
Significant delays are expected during the weekends on Bondi Road, Old South Head Road and Syd Einfeld Drive approaching Bondi Beach. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area or allow extra travel time and prepare for lengthy delays.
Some local roads will be closed around Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi during the event and some one-way temporary roads will be in place.
Local roads around Bondi and Tamarama will be closed each day during the event to manage crowds along the coastal walk. Access will be maintained for local residents during the event.
The following roads will be closed each day from 07:30 until 18:00 from 18 October until 4 November:
- Notts Ave, Fletcher St, Marks Ln, Kenneth St, Bayview St, Wolaroi Cr, Ashley St, Turner St, Cross St, Birrell St, Darling St, Silva St, Carlisle St, Rowland Ave and Wilga St.
One-way roads (18 Oct – 5 Nov)
The following roads will become one-way only roads for the duration of the event:
From 09:00, Thursday 18 October until 10:00, Monday 5 November
- Mirimar Ave from Hewlett St to Thompson St (northbound only)
- Thompson St from Mirimar Ave to Ashley St (westbound only)
- Ashley St from Darling St to Turner St (northbound only)
- Turner St from Ashley St to Cross St (westbound only)
- Cross St from Turner St to Birrell St (northbound only)
- Birrell St from Cross St to Tamarama St (westbound only)
- Marks Ln from Fletcher St to Kenneth St (southbound only)
From 10:00, Thursday 18 October until 10:00, Monday 5 November
- Gaerloch Ave from Alexander St to Pacific Ave (southbound only)
- Dellview St from Pacific Ave to Fletcher St (northbound only)
Parking at Bondi Beach will be in high demand and is expected to reach capacity early on weekends. Special event clearways are also in place so street parking will be particularly limited on weekends as well. Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home catch public transport instead.
Special event clearways
Street parking will be particularly limited on weekends with special event clearway parking restrictions in place on Bondi Rd to accommodate the additional bus movements by increasing road capacity.
Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October, Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 October and Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 November clearway times and locations:
- 07:00 to 14:00: Bondi Road between Oxford Street and Sandridge Street (eastbound only)
- 12:00 to 20:00: Bondi Road between Sandridge Street and Oxford Street (citybound only)
Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones and apply even to local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully when parking as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.
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).