NYE 2018 in Parramatta
Parramatta Park, Parramatta
Important event information
With thousands of extra transport services, large crowds and road closures the best way to get to and from New Year's Eve celebrations is by public transport.
Plan your night:
- Plan your trip to and from the event before you head out to celebrate. Detailed service information will be available in the Trip Planner 14 days out from the event. You can also download a real-time travel app to track your service on the night.
- Contactless payment is now available on most transport services so if you're catching a train, light rail or Sydney Ferries service you can tap on and off using your American Express, MasterCard or Visa card, or linked device. Bus customers are reminded they will still need to use their Opal cards.
- Remember to top up your Opal card in advance as queues at Opal top up machines will be long on NYE. Top up online using the Opal Travel app or visit one of 2,100 Opal retailers.
Get real-time updates on transport services and road closures at your fingertips by following these Twitter and Facebook pages.
- Event updates: follow the hashtag #SydNYE and @cityofsydney
- Transport updates: follow @BusesInfo, @FerriesInfo and @TrainsInfo
- Road closures and traffic: follow @LiveTrafficSyd
More ways to pay
If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Keep in mind if you’re travelling by bus you still need to use an Opal card. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.
Summer Holiday timetable
During the summer holidays including Christmas and New Year, Sydney trains, buses, ferries and light rail services will run to a changed timetable. Some services will run to weekend timetables on weekdays and other services, including those to major events, beaches and shopping centres, will run more frequently. Check out all the Summer Holiday timetable details and plan your trip before you travel.
The closest stations to Parramatta Park are Westmead and Parramatta.
- From Westmead Station, the park is a short 5 minute walk away. If you're coming from the western suburbs alight at Westmead.
- From Parramatta Station, you can change for a shuttle bus to the park. Alternatively it’s a about a 15 minute walk away. If you're coming from the east alight at Parramatta.
The main entry point to the Park is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.
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. Check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.
A free shuttle bus (Route 900) runs in a continuous loop around Parramatta CBD making stops near Parramatta Park including Macquarie St (Stop 3), O’Connell St (Stop 4) and Leagues Club on O’Connell St (Stop 5). Services on weekdays run every 10 minutes from 07:00 until 18:30.
Ferries are extremely popular and will be in very high demand on New Year's Eve. Ferries typically start reaching capacity from the early afternoon so make sure to get there early and have a backup plan in mind as long queues are expected at wharves. Consider taking one of the frequent trains or buses instead.
The closest wharf stop to Parramatta Park is Parramatta Wharf. From the wharf you can catch a regular Sydney Buses service to get you the park, alternatively you can walk there in about 20 minutes. Check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.
Ferries will stop running to and from Circular Quay from around 17:00 as the vantage point will be near capacity by this time. A Harbour Exclusion Zone comes into effect from 20:00 until 00:45 while boat and fireworks displays are underway in the city and ferries will not operate during this time.
Note: Rydalmere Wharf is closed for upgrades until early 2019.
Due to low tide some ferry services to and from Parramatta wharf may be replaced by buses. See Parramatta Ferry low tide for the full calendar of ferry replacement services.
- From 4pm to 10pm - Westmead: Railway Pde east of Ashley Lane, Central Ave, Alfred St, Park Ave between Queens Rd and Railway Pde, Managed access will be in place for residents only, with delays expected between 8pm and 10pm.
- From 7pm to 10pm - Parramatta: Macquarie St between Pitt St and O'Connell St (vehicles will be able to exit from Hunter St carpark under traffic control), Pitt St between Argyle St and Macquarie St.
- From 8pm to 10pm - Parramatta: O 'Connell St between Macquarie St and Victoria Rd, Macquarie St between Pitt St and Church St. (Marsden St will remain open). Pitt St between Argyle St and Macquarie St, Hunter St at O'Connell St (vehicles will be able to exit from Hunter St carpark onto Pitt Street and O'Connell Street via Macquarie St under traffic control)
- From 8pm to 10pm - Westmead: sections of Railway Pde, Queens Rd, Caroline St and Park Ave between Caroline St and Railway Pde will be closed due to pedestrian activity. Local access will be managed for residents
The Parramatta River cycleway between O’Connell Street Bridge and the Parramatta Park weir will be closed from all public access from 8pm to 10pm.
Cyclists are advised there will be changed traffic conditions inside the park from 27 December to 3 January.
Please note, Parramatta Park will be a pedestrian zone on from 1pm on NYE with no access for general vehicle traffic.
On-street parking restrictions will also be in effect on roads around Parramatta Park and in Parramatta CBD so check signs carefully before leaving your vehicle. Day and there will be no parking, vehicle or cyclist access permitted inside the Park on the day.
Public transport is the best way to get to the park with Westmead and Parramatta stations within walking distance. The main entry point is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.
Limited parking options are available nearby. Visit, Parramatta Park – Parking for more information.
On-street disabled parking is available across the CBD and in Council’s multilevel car parks. People with a Mobility Parking Permit can also park all day in any space with a time limit of one hour and over.
There is limited parking on site at Parramatta Park for people with a Mobility Parking Permit.
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).