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Winter Magic Festival 2019

Katoomba, Blue Mountains



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.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel to avoid waiting in line at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

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.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains, which can quickly take you between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station on the North West Line. Trackwork is taking place during the event, with buses replacing services. Change at Epping to connect with train services towards the Blue Mountains.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services. You will need to use your Opal card on North West Night Bus services.


Metro North West Line: Buses replace Metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood. Buses also replace T1 North Shore Line trains between Hornsby, Chatswood and Wynyard.

If you are travelling to or from the City change at Epping, not Chatswood, for direct trains on the T9 Northern Line.

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner. For more information and to plan your trip, see Sydney Metro.

The closest station to the festival is Katoomba on the Blue Mountains Line. The festival site is a short walk from the station.

To help you get to and from the event, an additional hourly train will run between Katoomba and Penrith from 7am until 23:00.


Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 22 June until 02:00 Monday 24 June and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • Metro North West Line: Buses replace Metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood.
  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Wynyard.
  • T1 Western line: Penrith trains run to a changed timetable between Emu Plains or Penrith and the City Circle.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Sydenham via Bankstown.
  • T9 Northern Line: Trains run to a changed timetable between Berowra or Hornsby and the City Circle via Strathfield.

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 extra travel time and plan ahead. For train service disruption information, check travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

A number of regular bus services make stops within walking distance of the event site including routes 685, 686, 690K, 695, 697 and 698.

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

Traffic is expected to be busy on approaches to the festival including the Great Western Hwy. If you are planning on driving, allow additional travel time or consider the public transport options.

Katoomba St between Main St and Waratah St will be closed during the event from 6am until 10pm.

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

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

There is no parking available at the festival site. If you have to drive, you can park at nearby areas Mt Victoria, Blackheath, and Medlow Bath or Woodford, Hazelbrook, Lawson, Bullaburra, Wentworth Falls & Leura.

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).