AFL: GWS Giants v Essendon Bombers
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
- Gates open
- First bounce
Important event information
Sydney Olympic Park will be busy on Sunday 24 March with the NRL and a concert on at neighbouring venues. If you are planning on driving, allow additional travel time and pre-book parking.
Valid pre-purchased match tickets include travel to and from Sydney Showground Stadium on train services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
Remember to keep your ticket safe for your return journey or you'll need to use your Opal card, as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport. Your match ticket is valid on public transport until 04:00 the following day.
Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your event ticket does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.
The closest station to Sydney Showground Stadium is Olympic Park. Catch a train to Lidcombe for a direct service to Olympic Park from Platform Zero running every 10 minutes until midnight from 1pm.
Trackwork is taking place between Lidcombe and Olympic Park until 1pm, during this time change at Strathfield for an express service to Olympic Park. Express services will also be running between Circular Quay and Olympic Park every 15 minutes, stopping all stations between Central and Homebush, then Olympic Park.
Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 23 March until 02:00 Monday 25 March and may affect how you travel to the event and from the event:
- T1 North Shore Line: From 23:30 Saturday until 02:00 Monday, buses replace trains between Hornsby and Wynyard.
- T1 Northern Line: From 23:30 Saturday until 02:00 Monday, trains run to a changed timetable between Berowra or Hornsby and Central via Strathfield.
- T1 Western Line: From 23:30 Saturday until 02:00 Monday, Penrith trains run to a changed timetable between Penrith and the City Circle, from Central first stop Museum.
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Homebush trains run to the normal timetable between the City and Homebush, then continue to Olympic Park.
- T7 Olympic Park Line: Until 13:00 Sunday, trains will not run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park. Change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
To note: the Epping to Chatswood rail line has been temporarily closed for upgrades ahead of the Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in May 2019. The 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 so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead.
Sydney Ferries services are very popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends. Keep this in mind if you’re planning on catching an F3 Parramatta River service. Plan your trip ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time or consider the alternative public transport options available.
Sydney Showground is approximately 40 minutes walk (3.6km) from Sydney Olympic Park Wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus to the stadium.
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: From Wednesday 3 October, Rydalmere Wharf will be closed for around 5 months for upgrade works. A temporary bus service, Route 535, will run between Parramatta Wharf and Sydney Olympic Park Wharf via Rydalmere Wharf to connect with F3 Parramatta River ferry services. For more information, visit transportnsw.info
Heavy traffic is expected on roads approaching Sydney Olympic Park including the M4, Parramatta Road, Homebush Bay Drive and Concord Road.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority may close some local roads to accommodate increased public transport services and ensure pedestrian safety during events. For road closure details, visit Sydney Olympic Park Authority and check out the interactive map
A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4.
Parking is expected to fill quickly with the NRL and a concert also taking place at neighbouring venues. If you are planning on driving, pre-book parking and allow extra travel time.
Visit Sydney Olympic Park Prebook to pre-book your parking ticket and guarantee yourself a space. Note: Pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before the event. If you haven’t booked, follow the variable message signs within Sydney Olympic Park to best available casual parking. For more information visit parking at Sydney Olympic Park
A distance-based toll applies on the new M4 between Parramatta and Homebush. For details visit westconnex.com.au/newM4 Please note, vehicles exiting P4 car park onto Homebush Bay Drive should ignore the beep. You will not be charged a toll as you did not enter the motorway.
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).