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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2019

Mardi Gras 2019

Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Moore Park

Pre-parade entertainment
19:00
Parade start
19:30
Parade finish
23:30

Important event information

Thousands of spectators will gather to see the annual Mardi Gras Parade travel from Whitlam Square at Hyde Park South through to Moore Park via Oxford St from 7:30pm. Public transport is the best way to get there with major road closures and extensive parking restrictions in place along and surrounding the parade route from 3pm Saturday until 4am the next day.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to plan their trips ahead of time and to have their Opal cards handy. Plenty of extra trains and buses will run to the city as well as additional late night services to help you get home after the celebrations.

Pedestrian access across the parade route will be managed at dedicated crossing points until 7pm. After such time the route will lockdown and no access across Oxford and Flinders Streets will be available until the parade finishes. Make sure you head towards your preferred viewing side of the parade route early. Check out the 2019 parade route map (pdf 1.0MB) for more details.

Stay connected

Keep informed on the night and get real-time updates on transport services, event capacities and road closures:

Opal

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.

Pedestrian access across the parade route will be managed at dedicated crossing points until 7pm. After such time the route will lockdown and no access across Oxford and Flinders Streets will be available until roads reopen.

Make sure you head towards your preferred viewing side of the parade route early.

  • For access to the northern side (Darlinghurst) of the parade route use Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations.
  • For access to the southern side (Surry Hills) of the parade route use Central station.
  • For access to both the northern and southern side of the parade route on Anzac Parade at Moore Park, use Central Station and Devonshire Street.

Check out the 2019 parade route map (pdf 1.0MB) for more details.

Getting there

The closest train stations to the start of the parade are Central, Town Hall, Martin Place and St James. Sydney Trains services will run to a Saturday timetable, with services to the city running around every 5 minutes in the City Circle and every 10 to 15 minutes on most other lines.

NSW TrainLink services from the Blue Mountains, South Coast and Central Coast & Newcastle arriving at Central from 5pm will be built up to 8-car services.

Note: Museum Station will be closed from 5pm on Saturday until 4am Sunday. Trains will not stop at the station during this time due to large crowds, please alight at St James Station instead.

Parade viewing areas:

  • For access to the northern side (Darlinghurst) of the parade route use Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations.
  • For access to the southern side (Surry Hills) of the parade route use Central Station.
  • For access to both the northern and southern side of the parade route on Anzac Parade at Moore Park, use Central Station and Devonshire Street.

Getting home

Additional late night services will run on all lines to help you get home after the parade leaving from Central, Town Hall, St James and Martin Place stations.

  • T1 North Shore Line - go to Town Hall: services run every 10 minutes until 1am, every 15 minutes until 2am then every 30 minutes until 4am
  • T1 Western and T2 Inner West Line (limited stops) - go to Central: Western Line services towards Penrith will run every 15 minutes until 1am and then every 30 minutes until 4am, making additional stops at Newtown, Ashfield, Croydon and Burwood. Change at Parramatta for Richmond Line services, leaving every 30 minutes until 12.30am. There are no T2 Leppington services leaving from Central Station, customer will need to change at Strathfield for connecting services.
  • T1 Northern Line and T2 Inner West Line (all-stops) - go to Central: services to Hornsby via Epping run every 15 minutes until 1am, stopping at all Inner West stations between Redfern and Burwood, except Croydon.
  • T8 Airport & South Line and Bankstown Line - go to St James Station: services leave every 15 minutes until 1am.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra - go to Martin Place: services between Bondi and the city will run as a shuttle service approximately every 15 minutes until 1am then every 30 minutes until around 4am. Services to Cronulla leave every 30 minutes until 1.15am and to Waterfall every 30 minutes until 1am
  • Regional NSW TrainLink services: NSW TrainLink services from the Blue Mountains, South Coast and Central Coast & Newcastle leaving Central until 1am will be built up to 8-car services.
    • Blue Mountains Line: An additional train will leave Central at 00:48, stopping at Strathfield,  Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith, Emu Plains then all stations to Lithgow.
    • South Coast Line: An additional train to Wollongong will leave Central at 23:59, stopping at Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall then all stations to Wollongong. The 22:29 train from Central to Dapto will continue onto Kiama, stopping all stations.
    • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: An additional train will leave Central at 00:15, stopping at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Berowra, Cowan, Hawkesbury River, Woy Woy, then all stations to Broadmeadow. The 00:57 service from Central to Wyong will continue onto Broadmeadow, stopping all stations.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place between 02:00 Saturday 2 March and 02:00 Monday 4 March and may affect how you travel to the event:

  • T1 North Shore Line: Trains run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Strathfield and Central.
  • T1 Northern Line: Trains run to a changed timetable, making extra stops at Burwood, Ashfield, and all stations to Central.
  • T1 Western Line: Richmond trains run between Richmond and Olympic Park only. Penrith trains run to a changed timetable.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Homebush trains will not run. Leppington trains run to a changed timetable between Leppington and Strathfield via Granville only.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Some trains run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Strathfield and Central.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle and Hunter Line: Buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Broadmeadow.
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong.

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.

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 transportnsw.info.

Bus services between the city and eastern suburbs will be affected while roads are closed for the parade. A number of route services will be diverting around the closures, using alternate stops or terminating early. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time on buses and plan to arrive early.

Additional services

Sydney Buses: additional services will run from 3pm on key bus routes to the city from the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Inner West, Victoria Road, Eastern Suburbs and Hills District. Additional late night services will also run until 3am.

Hillsbus: additional services will run to and from the city on Routes 607X, 610X and M61:

  • Route 607X from Rouse Hill to QVB will run to the city every 10 to 15 minutes from 5pm to 8pm. Services back to Rouse Hill will run every 10 to 20 minutes from 8pm until 3:30am.
  • Route 610X from Rouse Hill to QVB via Castle Hill will run every 30 minutes from 1pm to 8pm. Services back will run every 10 to 20 minutes from 9:10pm to 2:10am.
  • Route M61 from Castle Hill to QVB will run every 5 to 10 minutes from 5:20pm to 8:30pm. Services back will run every 10 to 20 minutes from 9pm to 2:40am.

NightRide services: additional NightRide services will run throughout the early morning on Sunday.

  • N90 City (Park St) to Hornsby Station at 01:35, 01:45, 02:15, 02:35, 03:10, 03:35, 04:10 and 04:35.
  • N10 City (Park St) to Sutherland Station at 01:00, 01:30, 02:00, 02:30, 03:00 and 04:00.
  • N11 City (Park St) to Cronulla Station at 01:30, 02:00, 02:30, 03:00, 03:30 and 04:30.

Bus diversions

Bus services between the city and eastern suburbs and within the Sydney CBD will be affected by road closures in place for the event at various times throughout the day.

  • From 3pm: some services to and from the city will detour around the Liverpool St closure and continue along Elizabeth St.
  • From 4.30pm: M40 services between Chatswood and Bondi Junction will be diverting via Darlinghurst and Kings Cross in both directions.
  • From 5pm: Route 333 services between Bondi and Circular Quay will be diverting via Darlinghurst and Kings Cross in both directions. Route 440 will be split into two routes running between Rozelle and Central, and between Kings Cross and Bronte.
  • From 5pm until 4am due to the closure of Oxford St: Routes 339, 373, 374, 376, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 391, 397 and 399  will run via Anzac Pde and Cleveland St. From 8.30pm until 1am further city roads will close and some services will terminate at Central Station at Railway Square and pick up from Eddy Ave.
  • From 8pm: Route 343 will be split into two routes (northern and eastern). Services from Chatswood to the city will terminate Bridge St. Services from Kingsford will terminate at Central. Passengers wanting to connect between the northern and eastern 343 services will need to catch a train between Central and Wynyard.
  • From 8:30pm until 1am: Routes 412, 413, 431, 438, 439, 470, 422, 423, 426, 428 and 461 will be unable to continue to Martin Place from 8.30pm to 1am and will instead terminate at Railway Square, Central and pick up from Pitt St opposite Barlow St.

Catch a ferry to Circular Quay to connect with trains to St James or Central to get within walking distance of the parade.

Keep in mind that ferries are expected to be busy and services may reach capacity early so have a back up plan in mind and consider the alternate transport options available.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations.

The closest stop is Central, from there you can walk to the southern side of the parade route via Albion Street.

Services run every 10 to 15 minutes on Saturday until 11.15pm. After such time regular overnight services run between Central and Pyrmont only.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park during the parade between 3pm Saturday 2 March and 4am Sunday 3 March.

ROAD CLOSURES

  • From 3pm to 4am: Liverpool St between Elizabeth St and College St and Yurong Pkwy will close.
  • From 4pm to 4am: Albion St between Bourke St and Flinders St will close. From 4.45pm College St southbound at St Mary's Cathedral will close. 
  • From 5pm to 4am: key roads along the parade route will close including College St between William St and Liverpool St, Oxford St from College St to Taylor Square / Flinders St, Flinders St from Oxford St to Moore Park Rd and Anzac Pde southbound from Moore Park Rd to Lang Rd including the Eastern Distributor Randwick Anzac Pde off-ramp. Sections of Wentworth Ave, Goulburn St, Crown St, Bourke St and various local roads off Oxford St will also close.
  • From 6:30pm to 4am: Anzac Pde northbound from Lang Rd to Fitzroy St including the Eastern Distributor Anzac Pde On-ramp, sections of Moore Park Rd at Flinders St and Driver Ave will close.
  • From 9pm to 1am: sections of Elizabeth St, Castlereagh St and Pitt St between Market and Goulburn streets will close to allow crowds to safely leave the CBD. 

Motorists are advised to avoid unecessary travel through the CBD or to expect delays as traffic will be heavy on detour routes. Motorists travelling between the city and eastern suburbs will be diverted via Cleveland St in the south or via William St and Darlinghurst Rd in the north.  

Please note: vehicles are not permitted to drive on, enter or exit a closed road from a driveway or car park. Access to your property and/or parking may be restricted due to closures and clearways, so please familiarise yourself with the road closure and clearway information when planning your movements on the day.

For full closure and clearway details with maps, visit Live Traffic NSW, or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

With carparks in the city expected to fill early and extensive restrictions on street parking in place, it's best to leave the car at home and take advantage of the additional public transport services running to get you to and from Mardi Gras celebrations.

If you have to drive and park your vehicle be aware that roads may close around your parked location. Vehicles are not permitted to drive on closed roads or exit car park driveways onto closed roads at any time unless at the direction of NSW Police.

For parking options in the Sydney CBD visit City of Sydney - Parking.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place from 6am Saturday 2 March through until 4am Sunday 3 March on most roads throughout the southern end of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park.

Look for the bright yellow signs and read them carefully when parking your vehicle on the day or the night before as some clearways come into effect early in the morning.

Clearways are 'no parking' zones, even for residents and businesses with parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme permits. Vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your car is towed, call 132 701 to find its new location.

For the latest traffic conditions, listed clearway locations and maps visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

Taxi

Taxis will be in very high demand and ranks within the closure areas will not operate until roads reopen. Spectators are strongly encouraged to consider the public transport options to avoid traffic delays.

The closest taxi rank outside of the closure areas is located on the eastern side of Chalmers St south of Devonshire St.

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

Ride-share

Customers are encouraged to choose a pick up point well outside of the vicinity of the road closures as access will be difficult for ride share vehicles. There is no designated pick up up or drop off location.

Viewing areas

New for 2019 - all previous accessible viewing areas have merged into one premium location at Flinders Street between Patterson Lane and Linden Lane. All guests with accessibility requirements need to register for the accessible viewing area. All patrons who register should catch the train to Central to access the free accessible event Shuttle Bus leaving from Foveaux Street. Visit Mardi Gras Accessible Viewing for details.

Accessible Taxis & Drop-Off Zone

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) bookings can be made via Zero200. Bookings must be made prior to the Mardi Gras Parade night through Zero200.

An accessible taxi drop-off and pick-up zone will be available on the corner of Albion and Bourke Streets, Surry Hills.

Transport

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can check '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 (check the 'Accessibility' filter).