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Australia Day 2019 in Parramatta

Australia Day Parra fireworks

Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Aerial Hot Air Balloon displays
06:00
CARnivale
10:00
Big BBQ
10:00
Fireworks finale
21:00

Important event information

In Parramatta, a series of Australia Day events will be hosted outside of the Sydney CBD in Parramatta Park with a variety of events for all ages running between 06:00 and 21:15 on Saturday 26 January.

  • Hot Air Balloon display from 6am to 9am.
  • Live Entertainment and Music on the Crescent Stage from 8am to 9pm.
  • CARnivale show from 10am to 4pm
  • The Big BBQ from 10am to 3.30pm
  • Parravision from 11am to 1pm
  • A 10-minute fireworks display from 9pm to wrap up the days events.

Visit Australia Day in Parramatta - Getting there for an event site map.

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

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) service runs in a continuous loop around Parramatta CBD on weekends and stops within walking distance of the park. See the Shuttle Bus Map.

On Saturday shuttle buses run approximately every 10 minutes from 08:00 until 16:00.

For more details on getting to the park, visit Parramatta Park – Public Transport.

Plenty of regular route bus services also run making stops near Parramatta Park. Use the Trip Planner to plan your bus trip. For service disruptions check travel alerts.

Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Sydney Ferries and services will reach capacity early. Attendees are strongly encouraged to have a backup plan and consider catching a train or bus 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.

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.

Note: Rydalmere Wharf is closed for upgrades until early 2019.

Australia Day in Parramatta Park is a vehicle-free event. The main pedestrian entry point is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.

There is no access for general vehicle traffic, from 1pm on Friday 25 January through until midnight on Sunday 27 January. As well, some areas will be fenced off pedestrian-free zones including Railway Pde between the Macquarie St Gates and the crossing at Park Ave pedestrian gates.

Lane 1 northbound of O’Connell St at George St will be closed from 7pm until 11pm to allow crowds to leave the park safely.

Delays are expected on roads throughout Parramatta CBD and approaching the Park on Australia Day. Motorists should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

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

 

A dedicated Pick-up & Drop-off zone will be located on lanes 1 and 2 on the Western side of Pitt St between Hunter and Macquarie St from 6am to 11pm. The speed limit will also be reduced to 40km/h along this section of Pitt St, Macquarie St and O’Connell St to Victoria Rd.

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

Australia Day in Parramatta Park is a vehicle-free event. There is no access for general vehicle traffic, from 1pm on Friday 25 January through until midnight on Sunday 27 January.

Temporary no-stopping zones will be in effect from 6am to 11pm on both sides of Pitt St from Hunter St to Macquarie St. Limited parking options are available nearby. Visit, Parramatta Park – Parking for more information.

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.

Parking

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.

Transport

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).