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Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018

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Event information

The annual Boxing Day Sydney Hobart Yacht race kicks off from Circular Quay and travels through Sydney Harbour exiting between North and South Heads to continue on the long journey down to Tasmania via the Tasman Sea and across Bass Strait. There are several popular vantage points between Circular Quay and North and South Heads to see the yachts sail out to sea including Manly, Mosman, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay.


You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

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 train station to the start of the race at Sydney Harbour is Circular Quay.


Trackwork is taking place on Wednesday 26 December and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield.
  • T6 Carlingford Line: From 23:30, buses replace trains between Carlingford and Clyde.
  • T7 Olympic Park Line: Trains run between Olympic Park and Lidcombe/Leppington or Penrith.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Blacktown and Central.

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

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 so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead. For train service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Additional buses between the city and Manly will run as ferries are unable to operate while the race is underway.

Additional buses will also run between the city and Watsons Bay.

More details on bus service times and routes will be available closer to the event date.

NSW Police may implement closures on local roads as popular vantage points become crowded. Some bus services may be required to use alternate stops and / or terminate early while roads are closed.

For bus service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Ferry services will be impacted on Boxing Day while events on the harbour take place with some services not operating at all or for temporary periods of time.

Keep in mind ferries will be very popular and are likely to reach capacity early, so be prepared for queues, allow plenty of extra travel time and consider the alternate public transport options available.

Ferry service changes on Boxing Day

  • A Harbour Exclusion Zone will be in effect from 12pm to 2.20pm to facilitate the yacht race and harbour events.
  • F1 Manly ferries will not run during the exclusion zone period. Additional services will run in the morning and afternoon.
  • F4 Cross Harbour ferries will not run during the exclusion zone period
  • F7 Double Bay ferries will not operate at all on Boxing Day.
  • All other Sydney Ferries will run as normal and to a public holiday timetable.
  • Some Manly Fast Ferry services will be affected.

Sydney Ferries will run to a Summer Holiday Timetable.

For service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central for a train to Circular Quay to get to the start of the race. For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information.

Traffic will be heavier than normal on roads around the Harbour Foreshore as crowds gather to see the race. Some local roads will close near vantage points including North Head in Manly and around Watsons Bay to manage the large crowds. NSW Police may implement additional closures on local roads as popular vantage points become crowded.

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

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

Parking is limited at vantage points around the harbour and street parking restrictions will be in place.

Special event clearways will be in place on roads in Mosman, Edgecliff and Watsons Bay including:

Mosman from 9am to 6pm on Military Road between Mandolong Road and Spit Road (southern side)

Edgecliff and Watsons Bay from 9am to 6pm on

  • New South Head Road between Darling Pt Road and Unit 286 garage driveway (start of parking bay) (northern side)
  • Old South Head Road between Robertson Place and Salisbury Street (eastern side)
  • Military Road between Robertson Place and bus turning circle (north of Gap Road) (both sides)

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a towing 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).