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Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds hero

Bondi Beach, Bondi

Start
11:00
Finish
16:00

Important event information

With almost 70,000 people expected to visit the 41st annual Festival of the Winds traffic will be very heavy on roads within and approaching Bondi Beach.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to catch public transport and leave the car at home as parking is extremely limited in the area and clearways will be in effect.

Additional bus services will run between the city, Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach but allow plenty of extra travel time as services will be in very high demand and long queues are expected.

If you can, plan to arrive before the event starts and leave later in the evening to avoid the peak crowds.

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 $2.80 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 a contactless-enabled debit or credit card or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on metro, train, light rail and ferry services, and coming soon to bus services, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start running from the early morning. Change at Epping to connect with trains to Central where you can change for a T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line train to Bondi Junction or catch a Route 333 bus from Elizabeth St at St James Station.

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

The closest station to Bondi Beach is Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line.

Trains between Central and Bondi Junction will run every 7 minutes throughout the day. From Bondi Junction, catch a bus from the Interchange to Bondi Beach.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 7 September until 02:00 Monday 9 September and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • City Circle Line: Trains run around the City Circle in one direction only, from Central first stop Museum. Buses replace trains from Town Hall to Wynyard and Circular Quay, in that direction only.
  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown. Trains run between Schofields or Blacktown and the City, some to a changed timetable.
  • T2 Inner West and Leppington: Leppington trains run to a changed timetable between Leppington and the City Circle, from Central first stop Museum.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Trains run between Liverpool or Lidcombe and Sydenham only, some to a changed timetable.  
  • T8 Airport & South Line: Trains run from Macarthur or Revesby to the City via the airport, in that direction only. Trains from the City to Revesby or Macarthur run via Sydenham. Buses replace trains in one direction only from Central to Green Square and Mascot, and from Green Square to Wolli Creek, continuing to Sydenham.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown. Bathurst trains are replaced by buses between Bathurst and Central.

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 the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Bus services run regularly from the City and the Eastern Suburbs to Bondi Junction and between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach.

Plenty of services run from the North, South East, East and Inner West suburbs to Bondi Junction including routes 313, 316, 317, 333, 340, 352, 353, 355, 357, 360, 379, 380, 386, 387, 389, 400 and 440. Only a limited number of services run directly to Bondi Beach including routes 333, 379 and 380.

Additional services will run throughout the day to help you get to and from the event. Keep in mind that services will be in very high demand and long queues are expected, especially at Bondi Junction. Allow plenty of extra travel time and plan to arrive before the event starts and leave later in the evening to avoid the peak crowds.

Getting there

From the city: Route 333 services run from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach via Elizabeth St and Oxford St every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day.

From Bondi Junction:

  • Route X81 express shuttle buses to the beach will leave from Grafton St every 5 minutes from 10am to 7pm. 
  • Route 333 services will leave from Stand A at Bondi Junction Interchange every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day, making stops along Bondi Rd to the beach.
  • Route 380 services between Bondi Junction Interchange and Bondi Beach will run every 7 minutes from 10am to 5pm.

Getting home

To the city: Route 333 services leave from Campbell Pde opp Hall St every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day.

To Bondi Junction:

  • Route X81 express shuttle buses will run direct to Bondi Junction from Campbell Pde at Hall St every 5 minutes from 10am until 7pm.
  • Route 333 services to Bondi Junction leave from Campbell Pde at Hall St every 5 to 10 minutes throughout the day.
  • Route 379 services run every 20 minutes between North Bondi and Tamarama via Bondi Junction.
  • Route 380 services between Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction will run every 7 minutes from 2pm to 7pm.
  • Route 381 services run between Tamarama, Bondi and Bondi Junction making stops along Bondi Rd.

You will need to use your Opal card when boarding bus services. For bus service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city but services can be popular and may reach capacity early, especially on weekends so allow extra travel time and consider the alternate transport options.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for a Route 333 bus to Bondi Beach. Alternatively you can catch a train to Bondi Junction then change for a bus to the beach.

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.

Change at Central for T4 Eastern Suburb & Illawarra Line trains to Bondi Junction. Alternatively you can catch a Route 333 to Bondi Beach from Elizabeth St at St James Station.

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.

Significant delays are expected on roads approaching, and around, Bondi Beach including Bondi Rd, Old South Head Rd, Military Rd and Campbell Pde.

Event goers are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport.

Roads around Bondi Junction Interchange will close from 11am to 6pm including sections of Grafton St, Grosvenor St, Oxford St and Grosvenor Lane. 

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

Parking

Street and paid parking at Bondi Beach is very limited and Bondi Junction car park is expected to fill early.

Both Park Drive and Queen Elizabeth Drive car parks at Bondi Beach will be managed access only between 5am to 7pm for the event.

Special event clearway parking restrictions will also be in place on roads at the beach. Event goers are strongly encouraged to catch public transport.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect at Bondi Beach from 7am until 7pm on the following roads:

  • Bondi Rd between Old South Head Rd and Sandridge Street (both sides)
  • Campbell Pde between Queen Elizabeth Dr and Roscoe St (both sides)
  • Sections of Hall St and Curlewis St.

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to residents with local council parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a towing fee applies.

Visit Live Traffic NSW for more details on the special event clearways.

A permanent taxi rank is located at Bondi Junction. For taxi rank locations see the Waverley Council taxi rank map. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

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).