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Anzac Day 2019 Sydney CBD

Anzac Day march

The Cenotaph, Martin Place

Dawn Service commences
04:15
Dawn Service concludes
05:30
Anzac Day March
09:00
Commemoration Service at Anzac Memorial
12:30
Commemoration Service concludes
14:30
Sunset Service
17:00
Sunset Service concludes
18:00

Important event information

Significant closures and widespread parking restrictions will be in place throughout the Sydney CBD to accommodate the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service in Martin Place and March on Elizabeth St.

Event spectators and participants are strongly encouraged to make use of public transport as additional early morning trains and buses will run to the city. Pedestrian crossing of the march route will be managed at specified points along Elizabeth including at Park St and underground via Museum Station at Liverpool St.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel through the Sydney CBD as delays are expected on road closure detour routes. Catch public transport where possible or if you have to drive allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays.

Event service information

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Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, this also includes their carers; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans.

Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform; or display service medals; or carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation; or present a war widow’s gold card.

This entitlement allows free travel on Anzac Day Thursday 25 April 2019 on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink* Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
  • Sydney metro, outer metro, Newcastle Transport and rural & regional bus services.
  • Sydney Ferries and Newcastle Ferries.
  • Sydney and Newcastle Light rail services.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to and from Domestic and International Airport stations. The entitlement 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 the Dawn Service is Martin Place on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Catch a train to Town Hall and change for a service to Martin Place leaving from Platform 5. Alternatively catch a train to Wynyard and walk to Martin Place.

The closest stations to the March along Elizabeth St are Martin Place, St James and Town Hall stations . After the March finishes at 1pm, trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable to get you back home.

Sydney Trains

Trains will run every 10 to 15 minutes as per a regular Sunday timetable with the following additional early-morning trains to get you to Martin Place for the Dawn Service.

  • T1 North Shore Line: from Hornsby at 02:57 and 03:02, arriving at Wynyard at 03:41 and 03:47 and Town Hall at 03:46, 03:50.
  • T1 Northern Line: from Berowra at 02:45, arriving at Town Hall at 03:54 and Wynyard at 03:56.
  • T1 Western Line:
    • From Richmond at 02:30, arriving at Town Hall at 03:46 and Wynyard at 03:48.  
    • From Emu Plains at 02:26, arriving at Town Hall at 03:39 and Wynyard at 03:41.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line:
    • From Leppington at 02:40, arriving (via Regents Park) at Wynyard at 03:54.
    • From Leppington at 02:44, arriving (via Granville) at Wynyard at 04:01.
    • From Lidcombe at 03:02, arriving at Town Hall at 03:43 and at Wynyard at 03:47.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: leaving from Lidcombe at 02:50, arriving at Wynyard at 03:55 and Town Hall at 03:58.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:
    • From Waterfall at 02:53, arriving at Martin Place at 03:52.
    • From Cronulla at 02:57, arriving at Martin Place at 04:00.
    • Services run between Central and Bondi Junction stopping at Martin Place every 15 minutes from 3.10am until 5.10am. After such time services run every 15-30 minutes.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: leaving from Macarthur at 02:40, arriving at Town Hall at 04:07 and Wynyard at 04:11.

NSW TrainLink

  • Blue Mountains Line: leaving from Lithgow at 00:49, arriving at Town Hall at 03:54.
  • Southern Highlands Line: leaving from Moss Vale at 01:35, arriving at Central at 03:36. Change at Central for services to Martin Place.
  • South Coast Line: leaving from Kiama at 01:13, arriving at Martin Place at 03:58.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: leaving from Newcastle Interchange at 00:35, arriving at Wynyard at 03:41. Leaving from Gosford at 02:07, arriving at Wynyard at 03:47.
  • Hunter Line: leaving from Telarah at 03:49, arriving at Newcastle Interchange at 04:28.

Trackwork

There is no trackwork scheduled to take place on Anzac Day. However, unplanned trackwork may take place depending on operational requirements on the day. For the latest information, check trackwork service updates or use the Trip Planner.

Buses will run to a Sunday timetable with additional early-morning services starting from 2.30am on key routes into the city from the Northern Beaches, Lower North Shore, Inner West, Lane Cove, Macquarie Park, Eastern Suburbs and Victoria Road.

Additional services will run on the following routes:

  • Route 178 between Dee Why and Wynyard
  • Route 183 between Narrabeen / Pittwater and Wynyard
  • Route 207 between East Lindfield and Wynyard
  • Route 247 between Mosman and Wynyard
  • Route 288 between Epping and Sussex St, Sydney CBD
  • Route 292 between Lane Cove / Marsfield and the city
  • Route 333 between Bondi and the city
  • Route 343 between Chatswood / Kingsford and Martin Place
  • Routes 394 and 396 between Little Bay/Maroubra and Martin Place
  • Route L90 between Mona Vale/Newport and the city
  • Route 423 between Kingsgrove and Martin Place
  • Route 428 between Canterbury and Martin Place
  • Route 431 between Glebe Point and Martin Place
  • Route 433 between Birchgrove/Abbotsford and the city
  • Route 461 between Burwood and the city
  • Route 470 between Lilyfield and Martin Place
  • Routes 500 and 520 between Parramatta/Ryde and Circular Quay
  • Route M52 between Parramatta and the city

For details of all the additional services, plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Bus diversions

Buses will divert from their normal routes and use temporary bus stops while roads are closed between 2am and 4pm. Some bus services may experience delays while roads are closed so allow extra travel time and consider catching a City Circle train instead.

See the Anzac Day Getting Home map (pdf 172KB) for more info on relocated bus services.

From 2am to 4pm:

  • Route 412, 413, 431, 438, 439, 470, 423, 426 and 428 services to and from the city will travel via Wentworth Ave, College St and Macquarie St due to closures on Castlereagh St.
  • Services that usually start and end their trips on Elizabeth St at Martin Place will use alternate stops on Macquarie St at Martin Place instead.

From 5.30am to 4pm:

  • Buses that normally travel along Elizabeth St will divert around the closures via Wentworth Ave and/or College St and Macquarie St.
    • Affected routes: 304, 311, 324, 325, 333N, 333, 339, 343, 373, 374, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 397, 399, 440, 461 and Metrobus Routes M10, M20, M30 and M40.
    • Route M50 services to and from Drummoyne will detour around city south closures via Haymarket and Pyrmont.
  • Route 202, 207, 208 and 263 services to the city will travel via the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead of the Cahill Expressway and terminate on York St at Wynyard instead of Bridge St. Services leaving the city will depart from York St at Wynyard.
  • Route 389 will be split into two routes - eastern and southern.
    • Eastern: services to the city will terminate at St Marys Rd. Services leaving the city will depart from College St near William St.
    • Southern: services to the city will terminate and pick up from Market St before York St. Services leaving the city will depart from York St near Druitt St.
  • Route 441 services will start and end their trips on York St at the QVB instead of continuing to The Domain.
  • Route 500, 504, 506, 507, 515, 518, 520 and M52 services to the city will travel via the Western Distributor King St off-ramp and terminate on York St near Market St instead of Druitt St. Services leaving the city will depart from York St near Druitt St.

Hillsbus

Hillsbus services will run the following additional early-morning services to the City from Rouse Hill and Castle Hill.

  • Route 607X from Rouse Hill: 02:50 and 03:10
  • Route 610X from Rouse Hill: 02:45, 06:08 and 07:43
  • Route M61 from Castle Hill: 03:35
  • Route 621 from Castle Hill: 02:45

Services will run to a Sunday timetable for the remainder of the day.

Sydney Ferries will run to a public holiday timetable. Ferry services to Circular Quay don’t run early in the mornings on Sunday’s. To get to the Dawn Service you will need to catch a train or bus instead.

If you’re going to the city to see the Anzac Day march, ferries start operating from around 8am.

See ferry timetables and maps for details of the network or use the Trip Planner.

Light rail services stop at popular CBD and Inner West destinations between Dulwich Hill and Central. The best stops for connections to Martin Place are Central and Capitol Square. From there you can catch a bus or a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line train to Martin Place.

Alternatively, as large crowds are expected walking from Central to Martin Place might be your quickest option.

Extra early-morning services will run every 15 minutes:

  • From 2.52am to 9am from Dulwich Hill to Central
  • From 3am to 9am from Central to Dulwich Hill

From 9am until 11pm services will run every 10 to 15 minutes as per normal public holiday timetable. After such time overnight services run every 30 minute between Central and The Star in Pyrmont.

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

A temporary taxi rank will operate from Wentworth Avenue at Liverpool Street from 6am until 3pm. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

Wheelchair accessible set-down points will be available on:

  • Macquarie Street near Martin Place.
  • York Street near Barrack Street.
  • Pitt Street near Market Street.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel through the Sydney CBD as traffic will be heavy while closures are in place for the Anzac Day events. Catch public transport where possible or if you have to drive allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays.

Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD between 2am and 4pm including:

  • From 2am: roads around Martin Place including sections of Pitt St, George St and Castlereagh St between Hunter and King Streets.
  • From 6am: major roads along and surrounding the March route between Hunter and Goulburn Streets including sections of Castlereagh, Elizabeth, Pitt, King, Market, Hunter, Bent, Park, Bathurst and Liverpool streets.

NOTE: Strict restrictions on vehicles leaving or entering private or commercial driveways and car parks will be enforced by NSW Police for public safety. Barriers will be placed along various driveways within the road closure footprint to restrict vehicle movements. It is an offence to drive on or through a road closure point or exit a driveway onto a closed road unless directed otherwise by NSW Police or authorised personnel on-site.

There will be no managed vehicle access arrangement in place due to heightened security requirements. Access to all properties within the closure area will need to be done on foot. Discretion will be practiced for vehicle pick up and drop offs on roads in the vicinity of the closure points to assist with access.

For detailed road closure information including maps as well real-time updates on traffic conditions, visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

If you're planing on driving and parking in the CBD for the Dawn Service, keep in mind that most secure car parks do not open early on public holidays.

If you're driving and parking for the March, remember that extensive road closures will be in place making many carparks in the city centre inaccessible by vehicle. You may need to consider a car park outside of the immediate vicinity of the March and continue by foot.

It is an offence to drive on or exit a driveway onto a closed road. Once roads are closed you won't be able to move your car until they have reopened.

Car park & Driveway Restrictions

Strict restrictions on vehicles leaving or entering private or commercial driveways and car parks will be enforced by NSW Police for public safety. Barriers will be placed along various driveways within the road closure footprint to restrict vehicle movements. It is an offence to drive on or through a road closure point or or exit a driveway onto a closed road unless directed otherwise by NSW Police or authorised personnel on-site.

There will be no managed vehicle access arrangement in place due to heightened security requirements. Access to all properties within the closure area will need to be done on foot. Discretion will be practiced for vehicle pick up and drop offs on roads in the vicinity of the closure points to assist with access.

Special event clearways

Widespread street parking restrictions will be in effect with special event clearways affecting most major road in the CBD centre from 5.30am until 4pm. Some clearways will be in effect on roads around Martin Place from as early as 1am.

Widespread special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect between 1am and 4pm:

  • From 1am to 4pm on sections of Castlereagh St, Clarence St and Pitt St.
  • From 5:30am to 4pm on major roads between Bridge St and Goulburn St.

Check signs carefully when parking on the day and the night before as clearways come into effect in the early morning. Clearways are strict no-parking zones even for local resident or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies, if your vehicle is towed call 132 701 to find its new location.

Visit Live Traffic NSW for a detailed list of special event clearways including maps.

Viewing areas

For those with accessibly mobility support requirements, reserved accessible viewing areas will be available from 9am until midday at the following locations:

  • St James Road at Elizabeth Street (eastern side)
  • In front of the Sheraton on the Park hotel on Elizabeth Street.

Space is limited to 70 people. On the day, there will be ushers on hand to assist with seating. To book please contact Karen Wade at the Department of Premier and Cabinet at karen.wade@dpc.nsw.gov.au or 0407 237 864.

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).

Accessible drop off locations

Wheelchair accessible set-down points will be available on:

  • Macquarie Street near Martin Place.
  • York Street near Barrack Street.
  • Pitt Street near Market Street.