Sydney New Year's Eve 2018
Sydney Harbour Foreshore
- Air displays
- Harbour water displays
- Family fireworks
- Harbour of Light Parade
- Midnight fireworks
Important event information
Remember, moving around the city on New Year's Eve is different to what you might be used so have some travel options in mind. With thousands of extra transport services, huge crowds and road closures the best way to get to and from New Year's Eve celebrations is by public transport.
Plan your night:
- 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.
- View our Interactive SydNYE road closure map for detailed closure and access information.
- Getting home from the Sydney CBD? Download and print the SydNYE 2018 Getting Home - Sydney CBD flyer (pdf 3.7MB) to take with you on the night to find the nearest transport hubs to your chosen vantage point. Note, be prepared to walk further than normal between vantage points and transport hubs due to closures.
- Getting home from North Sydney? There's also a downloadable SydNYE 2018 Getting Home - North Sydney map (pdf 1.4MB).
- It'll be busy leaving the city, so stay out a little later and leave after 1am if you can to avoid the peak crowds.
- 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, vantage point capacities 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
There are changes to some key vantage points in the Sydney CBD and Lower North Shore this year with some precincts now ticketed and others with reduced capacities. Affected precincts include Blues Point Reserve, Campbells Cove and Circular Quay East. Plan your trip to the fireworks ahead of time as access to your preferred vantage point may not be the same this year. Visit SydNYE 2018 Vantage Points.
When travelling by public transport to New Year's Eve celebrations, remember that contactless payments are now available on Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity rail services, as well as light rail services and Sydney Ferries. Bus customers are reminded they will still need to use an Opal card.
If you are catching a train, light rail or ferry you can tap on and tap off using your American Express, Mastercard, Visa card or linked device. You no longer need to have an Opal card or wait in a ticket machine queue, just tap on and tap off to pay your Adult (peak) fare using an accepted contactless payment card.
Your Opal Daily, Weekly and Sunday travel caps are applied, however some other Opal benefits such as Weekly Travel Rewards, Transfer Discounts, Off-peak train fare discounts, Trip Advantage and free access to Opal Park&Ride carparks are not available with contactless payments.
For more info visit transportnsw.info - contactless.
After the midnight fireworks, getting back to transport hubs to continue your trip home will be different to the way you arrive. Further roads will have closed and pedestrian fencing will been in place to manage crowd flow entering train stations, bus terminals and ferry wharves.
- From The Rocks head towards Wynyard Station via George St
- From Walsh Bay and Barangaroo head to Wynyard via Hickson Rd, Kent St and King St
- From East Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain head towards Town Hall, Martin Place or St James stations via Macquarie St or Phillip St/Elizabeth St. The walk to Wynyard from these vantage points will be the longest as you will not be able to travel west on Bridge St or Hunter St and will need to travel south down to King St to then access Wynyard via King St and York St
See the Getting Home Map for Sydney CBD (pdf 217KB)for more walking routes and details.
North Sydney and Milsons Point
- From 6pm until midnight northbound trains won't stop at Milsons Point.
- For access to Bradfield Park, Blues Point, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, Lavender Bay and other nearby vantage point areas after 6pm, you'll need to alight the train at North Sydney and walk to your destination. This applies even if you have a ticket to Blues Point Reserve.
- After midnight, the only entrance to Milsons Point station will be via Ennis Rd off Broughton St. Everyone heading home via Alfred St will be directed to continue walking to North Sydney station.
See the Getting Home Map for North Sydney (pdf 1.4MB) for walking routes and details.
Thousands of extra trains will run on New Year’s Eve to help get you to and from the celebrations. Large crowds are expected so plan to get into the city early to get your spot for the fireworks. You can find all the details by using the Trip Planner up to two weeks before the event.
Some stations will have changed arrangements during New Year’s Eve, please note the following information carefully when planning your movements on the night:
- Circular Quay: from 5pm until midnight trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station due to large crowds. For access to the harbour foreshore, use Wynyard, Town Hall or Martin Place stations instead.
- Milsons Point: from 6pm until midnight, trains from the city to the north shore will not stop at Milsons Point due to large crowds. Passengers travelling to vantage points or properties can alight at North Sydney Station to continue their trip on foot.
- Domestic Airport and International Airport: from 12:30am until 4:30am, trains will not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations as Sydney Airport will be closed during this time.
- T1 North Shore Line: trains will run every 5 minutes to the City from 14:00 until midnight.
- T1 Northern Line: trains will run to the City via Epping from Hornsby and Macquarie Park every 15 minutes from 14:00 until midnight.
- T1 Western Line: trains will run to the City every 15 minutes from Penrith and every 30 minutes from Richmond and Schofields, from 14:00 until midnight.
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Homebush to the City and every 15 minutes from Leppington to the City, from 14:00 until midnight.
- T3 Bankstown Line: trains will run to the City every 30 minutes from Liverpool and every 30 minutes from Lidcombe, from 14:00 until midnight.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: trains will run every 30 minutes to the City from Waterfall and every 15 minutes from Cronulla, from 14:00 until midnight.
- T6 Carlingford Line: trains run every 30 minutes from Carlingford to Clyde. Change at Clyde for one of the frequent services to the City on the T1 Western Line.
- T7 Olympic Park Line: Sprint services between Lidcombe and Olympic Park run every 10 minutes until 22:00.
- T8 Airport & South Line: trains will run to the City every 15 minutes from Macarthur and every 15 minutes from Revesby from 14:00 until midnight.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: services arriving into Central between 13:00 and 23:00 will have extra seats and built up to 8-cars.
- T1 North Shore Line: trains will run every 4 to 5 minutes from the City to the North Shore from midnight until 03:30, every 7-8 minutes from 03:30.
- T1 Northern Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Central to Hornsby via Strathfield from midnight until 05:00
- T1 Western Line: trains will run every 8 minutes from Central to Blacktown, every 30 minutes to Richmond and Schofields and every 15 minutes to St Marys and Penrith until 02:00
- . Trains will run every 15 minutes from Central to Blacktown and Penrith, every 30 minutes to Richmond and Schofields and every 15 minutes to St Marys until 03:30. Services to Penrith operate every 15 minutes and to Schofields every 30 minutes until 05:30.
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from the City to Homebush from midnight until 02:30 and every 30 minutes from 03:30 until 05:30. Trains to Leppington will run every 8 minutes until 03:30, then every 30 minutes until 05:30.
- T3 Bankstown Line: trains will run every 30 minutes from the City to Liverpool and to Lidcombe from midnight until 05:30.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Central to Waterfall and Cronulla via Bondi Junction from midnight until 03:30. From 03:30 until 05:30 trains to Waterfall and Cronulla will run from Bondi Junction every 30 minutes. Services to Bondi Junction run every 6 minutes until 03:30, then every 10 minutes until 05:30.
- T6 Carlingford Line: catch one of the frequent T1 Western Line services to Clyde. Late night services to Carlingford leave Clyde at 22:45, 23:30 and 00:15. From 01:00 until 05:30 trains will run every hour from Clyde to Carlingford.
- T7 Olympic Park Line: Sprint services between Lidcombe and Olympic Park run every 10 minutes until 22:00 and every 20 minutes from 22:00 until 05:30.
- T8 Airport & South Line: trains will run from the City to Macarthur every 15 minutes from midnight until 03:30 and Revesby every 15 minutes until 03:30; then and every 30 minutes from 03:30 until 05:30.
Head to Central to catch one of the regular and additional train services running to regional stations to help you get home after the midnight fireworks.
- Blue Mountains Line: additional services to Lithgow leave Central at 00:54, 01:24 and 02:24.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: additional services to Newcastle Interchange leave Central at 22:18, 00:18, 01:18, 02:18 and 03:18.
- Southern Highlands Line: additional services to Moss Vale leave Central at 01:07 and 01:36.
- South Coast Line: additional services to Kiama leave Central at 01:04, 02:06 and 03:06.
All trains will run for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations. 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 trackwork alerts for alerts or use the Trip Planner to find the latest information before you travel.
Thousands of extra bus services will run to and from the city and outer harbour vantage point areas. Customers are reminded road closures will be in place throughout the Sydney CBD and local council foreshore areas as vantage points reach capacities. Bus routes and stops will be different on NYE in the city, North Shore and outer areas so plan ahead if you're travelling by bus and use the Trip Planner.
B-Line services will operate on a 10 minute frequency.
StationLink buses between Epping and Chatswood will be enhanced during peak times and run frequently throughout the night until morning.
Extra buses will run on all major corridors in and out of the City throughout the day and after the midnight fireworks.
While the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed from 23:00 for the fireworks, buses that would normally travel over the bridge into the Sydney CBD will instead terminate at North Sydney. Customers will need to change for a train to access the city. Trains operate during the fireworks.
Sydney CBD bus service changes
- From 2pm to 6pm buses that normally run to Circular Quay will be relocated to Martin Place as roads north of Bridge St will be closed.
- From 6pm all bus services in the city will be relocated to drop off and pick up from temporary major bus terminals located in Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall while road closures are in place. Services return to regular routes and stops from 4am on New Year's Day.
Temporary bus stop locations and services:
- Southern Suburbs (Mascot/Anzac Parade): go to Elizabeth Street, near Park Street at Hyde Park.
- South Eastern Suburbs (Coogee/Randwick): go to Park Street near Elizabeth Street at Hyde Park.
- Eastern Suburbs (Bondi/New South Head Rd): go to College Street north of Park Street near Hyde Park.
- Lower North Shore (Chatswood/Lane Cove): go to York Street near Wynyard - Note: access to all bus stops near Wynyard is via King Street only between 11pm and 1:30am
- Northern Beaches plus Neutral Bay/Mosman: go to Carrington Street near Wynyard - Note: access to all bus stops near Wynyard is via King Street only between 11pm and 1:30am
- Northern Suburbs (Pyrmont/Balmain/Victoria Road): go to York Street near Druitt Street at the QVB.
- Inner West & South West: go to Castlereagh Street near Hyde Park
- The Hills: go to Clarence Street near Erskine Street near Wynyard
North Sydney bus changes
- From 3pm buses in North Sydney will use temporary stops while road closures are in place on Blue St and surrounding roads.
- As well, while the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed during the fireworks from 11pm to 1.30am, buses to the city will be unable to cross the bridge and will terminate in North Sydney. Services return to regular routes and stops from 3am on New Year's Day.
- No buses will operate down to McMahons or Milsons Point on New Year's Eve due to road closures, services will terminate at North Sydney.
Temporary bus stop locations and services:
- Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches services go to Miller Street near Berry Street
- Eastern Valley Way services go to Miller Street near Monte St Angelo school
- Epping Road, Pacific Highway and Chatswood services go to Pacific Highway near Mount Street
Extra services will run to the city from the afternoon with plenty of additional services operating after the midnight fireworks until around 3am on New Year's Day. From 3pm buses in North Sydney will use temporary stops while road closures are in place on Blue St and surrounding roads. As well, while the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed during the fireworks from 11pm to 1.30am, buses to the city will be unable to cross the bridge and will terminate in North Sydney. Services return to regular routes and stops from 3am on New Year's Day.
- Routes 607X and 610X will run a 24-hour service running every 5 minutes from 16:00 until 19:30 and from 00:30 until 03:00.
- Routes M61 will run a 24-hour service with services running every 5 minutes from 15:30 to 19:30 and from 00:30 until 03:00.
- Additional route 612X services will run to North Sydney every 30 minutes from 16:00 until 20:00 and every 15 minutes to Kellyville from 00:45 until 02:30.
- Additional route 620X services will run to the City every 20 minutes from 15:20 until 19:50 and then every 10 minutes to Cherrybrook from 00:30 until 03:30.
Temporary Hillsbus stop locations and services in the city & North Sydney:
- For buses to Dural and West Pennant Hills from the city go to Clarence Street near Wynyard.
- For buses to Rouse Hill, Bella Vista, Kellyville and Castle Hill from the city go to Clarence Street north of Margaret Street
- For buses to Castle Hill and Kellyville from North Sydney go to Pacific Highway near Berry Street.
Forest Coach Lines
Extra route 270 services from Frenchs Forest will run to Town Hall every half hour between 14:53 and 18:53 to get you to the city.
After 8pm no services run to the city and after 9pm no Forest services leave the city. All late-night services will leave from Chatswood / Gordon stations instead, customers will need to connect with these services by train from the city:
- Gordon to Terrey Hills/St Ives (Route 195/196): buses leave Gordon every hour from 8pm until midnight and then every half hour from midnight to 3am.
- Chatswood to Terrey Hills (Route 282): buses leave Chatswood for Frenchs Forest, Davidson, Belrose and Terrey Hills every 15 minutes approximately from midnight until 2am then every 30 minutes from 2am to 5am.
As well, while the Sydney Harbour Bridge is closed during the fireworks from 11pm to 1.30am, buses to the city will be unable to cross the bridge and will terminate in North Sydney. Services return to regular routes and stops from 3am on New Year's Day.
Limited Night Ride services will operate on New Year’s Day.
- Routes N90, N91, N10, N11, N61 and N81 services will not operate.
- Routes N20, N30, N40, N50, N60, N70, N71 and N80 services will operate to/from Railway Square at Central
Temporary bus terminal locations & services
Sydney CBD from 6pm to 4am
For bus services to
Elizabeth St near Park St
Anzac Parade, Bunnerong Road, Crown Street and M20 towards Botany services
Park St east of Elizabeth St
Randwick Junction, Clovelly and Gardeners Road
College St north of Park St
Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, New South Head Rd, Elizabeth Bay, Paddington and M40 southbound services
Castlereagh St near Park St
Inner West and South West services
York St near Park St
Pyrmont, Balmain and Victoria Road services
York St near Wynyard
Chatswood, Eastern Valley Way, Route 263, Pacific Highway, Lane Cove, Epping Rd, M20 and M40 northbound services
Carrington St at Wynyard
Lower North Shore & Northern Beaches (includes B-Line)
Clarence St near Wynyard
M30 northbound services
Clarence St north of Margaret St
Hills District services including Rouse Hill, Bella Vista, Dural, West Pennant Hills, Kellyville and Castle Hill.
Note: Forest Coachline buses towards Terrey Hills & St Ives after 9pm will operate from Chatswood & Gordon Stations
North Sydney from 3pm until 3am
Temporary stop location
For bus services to
Miller St near Berry St
Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches services
Miller St near Pacific Highway
Eastern Valley Way services
Epping Road, Pacific Highway and Chatswood services
Pacific Highway near Berry St
Castle Hill and Kellyville services
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 to the city instead. Also, keep in mind only a limited number of ferry services run after the midnight fireworks.
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. Ferries will not operate during this time.
Ferry services changes:
- Ferries will not stop at McMahons Point wharf after 10am.
- Ferries will not stop at Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
- At some wharves the last ferries to the city leave at 4:25pm.
- Ferries will not stop at Circular Quay after 5pm.
- Harbour exclusion zone in effect from 8pm until 12:45am - no ferries will operate during this time. See the Sydney Harbour Exclusion Zone map (pdf 543KB) for details.
- Limited ferries operate after the midnight fireworks - have a back up plan as these services will be in very high demand.
- Check last service details for the Sydney Fast Ferry, Manly Fast Ferry and Eco Hopper.
- Note: Rydalmere Wharf is closed for upgrades until early 2019.
There are no services on the F3 Parramatta River, F4 Cross Harbour Bay or F7 Double Bay ferry routes after the midnight fireworks. These ferry lines will follow a regular timetable and resume running from first service in the morning on New Year's Day.
Last ferry services before and after harbour fireworks.
Last services before and after fireworks
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Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour precincts with a number of stops within a short walking distance including Pyrmont Bay, Convention, The Star and Exhibition Centre.
Services between Dulwich Hill and Central will run regularly through until 10pm.
From 10:30pm until 2am services will not operate between Exhibition Centre and Central including stops at Paddy’s Markets and Capitol Square.
- Customers arriving into the city after 10:30pm will be dropped off at Convention.
- Customers heading home towards Dulwich Hill after 10:30pm from the city will need to catch services from Exhibition Centre only (no pick-up from Convention)
Customers should consider walking to Central to connect with train and bus services home as light rail services from Exhibition Centre are expected to be in very high demand and will be busy.
Services will return to normal operating between Central and Dulwich Hill every 10 minutes from 2am to 4am. From 4am, normal overnight services will run between Central and The Star every 30 minutes until 6am.
For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.
Road closures, clearways and restricted access will be in place as large crowds attend New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the Sydney Harbour Foreshore and various vantage points.
The city is no place for cars on NYE with major roads closing from 2pm and the majority of the city closed by 7pm. Further closures will be in place from 11pm to help the large crowds move around after the midnight fireworks. Most roads remain closed until 4am on New Year's Day.
View our Interactive SydNYE road closure map for detailed closure and access information.
Key road closure timings:
- 11am: Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass
- 1pm: Cahill Expressway lanes 7 and 8 on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- 2pm: roads north of Alfred St in The Rocks and north of Bridge St in Circular Quay
- 5pm: roads in North Sydney and Milsons Point including sections of Miller St, Lavender St, Pacific Hwy southbound, Blues Point Rd and Alfred St South.
- 7pm: major roads north of Liverpool St in the city and key roads in Pyrmont
- 8.30pm to 9.30pm and 11.30pm to 1.30am: Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor (citybound direction only)
- 11pm: city is locked down, with all roads closed north of Goulburn Street from Haymarket through to Walsh Bay.
- 11pm to 1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge closed in both directions
For the latest traffic conditions and the full event closure details including clearway locations and maps at Live Traffic NSW. For traffic conditions download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.
Demand for taxis will be very high on New Year's Eve, so please be patient while in queues at taxi ranks.Taxi pick-up and drop-off may be restricted in some areas due to road closures.
Temporary event taxi ranks will operate from 9pm on NYE until 4am on New Year's Day (except Lime St) at the following locations:
- Sussex St between King St and Market St (western side)
- Liverpool St between Wentworth Ave and Elizabeth St (southern side)
- Lime St at Erskine St from 9pm to 11pm then from 1.30am to 4am only
- Pyrmont Bridge Rd between Edward St and Pirrama Rd (western side)
A designated wheelchair accessible taxi rank and pick-up & drop-off point will be located at Shakespeare Place.
For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.
The city is no place for cars on New Year's Eve with carparks expected to fill early and extensive restrictions on street parking, its best to leave the car at home and take advantage of the additional public transport services running through the night.
Special event clearways
Special event clearway parking restrictions are strict no parking zones and apply even to local residents and businesses with parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme permit holders.
- Sydney CBD/Pyrmont: special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on roads throughout the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Pyrmont from 06:00 on New Year's Eve until 04:00 on New Year's Day.
- North Sydney: special event clearways will be in effect on roads in Crows Nest, Mosman, Neutral Bay and Cremorne between 08:00 on New Year's Eve and 03:00 on New Year's Day.
- Local councils: clearways will also be in place on various roads in the Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Balmain Peninsula, Hunters Hill Peninsula and Brighton Le Sands.
Check livetraffic.com for full clearway listings in various council areas.
Look for the bright yellow signs and read it carefully before leaving your vehicle on New Year's Eve and the night before as some clearways come into effect very early in the morning. Vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your car is towed you can call 132 701 to find its new location.
Many Sydney New Year's Eve vantage points are accessible and have designated accessible viewing areas including Barangaroo Reserve, Cahill Expressway, Mary Booth Reserve, Mrs Macquaries Point, Pirrama Park and the Sydney Opera House.
For planning tools and information for people with access requirements, including details of accessible vantage points, visit the Sydney New Year's Eve Accessibility Page.
Accessible Pick up and Drops off zones
Patrons with accessibility needs are encouraged to arrive early and leave after 1am to avoid the peak crowd arrival and departures.
A designated wheelchair accessible taxi rank and pick-up and drop-off point will be located at Shakespeare Place.
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.
Accessible Transport services
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).