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Sydney Running Festival 2019

Sydney Running Festival 2018

Milsons Point, Sydney CBD, Pyrmont & Moore Park

Half Marathon start
06:00
Marathon (wheelchair) start
07:00
Marathon start
07:05
Bridge Run start
08:00
Family Fun Run start
09:00
Events finish
13:00

Important event information

More than 35,000 people are expected to participate in Sydney’s most iconic running events on Sunday 15 September.

Significant road closures will be in place along the course from 4am including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Western Distributor as well major roads throughout the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Milsons Point, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst and Moore Park.

Travel on public transport is covered for event participants and volunteers so all entrants are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home as extra transport services will run.

Sydney Running Festival consists of 4 events, all runs start at Bradfield Park in Milsons Point:

  • Full marathon - 42km
  • Half Marathon - 21km
  • Bridge Run - 10km
  • Family Fun Run - 3.5km

For maps of the course routes - visit Sydney Running Festival Race info.

Stay connected

Stay connected and get real-time updates on the event, transport services, traffic and road closures:

Sydney Running Festival 2019 event participants and volunteers are entitled to travel to and from the event on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains & NSW TrainLink services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations)
  • Sydney Metro services
  • Regular bus services
  • Sydney Ferry and Newcastle Ferry services
  • Sydney Light Rail and Newcastle Light Rail services

Remember to keep your race bib, finishers medal or volunteer t-shirt safe for your return journey home, as these are also your ticket to travel on public transport or you'll need to use a valid Opal card. Your entitlement is valid on public transport services until 4am the next day.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations and is not covered by 2019 Sydney Running Festival travel entitlements. If you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

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

Metro services start running from as early as 4am and run every 10 minutes until late. Change at Chatswood to connect with train services to Milsons Point.

Alternatively you can catch a Hillsbus service to North Sydney.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services.

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

Getting there

The start line for all races is at Bradfield Park in Milsons Point. The closest station is Milsons Point on the T1 North Shore Line.

Trains on the T1 North Shore Line run every 5 to 10 minutes and trains to the city run every 10 to 15 minutes on most lines from as early as 4am.

From Central Station (Platform 16) additional early-morning services will run to Milsons Point every 5 minutes from 5am until 9am.

Trackwork is taking place on the weekend of the event and may affect how you travel to the start line so allow extra travel time in the morning on the following lines:

  • T8 Airport & South Line: Participants travelling from stations between Glenfield and Sydenham will need to catch a rail replacement bus to Sydenham to connect with trains to Central then change for a service to Milsons Point. Trains continue to run between Turrella and the City.
  • T2 Leppington Line & T5 Cumberland Line: Participants travelling from Leppington will need to catch a rail replacement to Glenfield to connect with T2 Inner West Line trains to the city.

After the event, the closest stations to the finish areas are Circular Quay, Wynyard and Martin Place.

Getting home

The closest station to the finish areas is Circular Quay.

  • The Family Fun Run will finish at the Conservatorium of Music in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • The Half Marathon, the full 42km marathon and the Bridge Run will finish at the Sydney Opera House.

Trains run regularly from Circular Quay to Wynyard and Town Hall stations, where you can change for services to other lines. For access to T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line trains, walk to Martin Place.

Use the Trip Planner to plan your trip home after the event.

Trackwork

Trackwork is scheduled to take place on the weekend of the event from 02:00 Saturday 14 September until 02:00 Monday 16 September and may affect how you get to and from the event.

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line & T5 Cumberland Line: Buses replace trains between Leppington and Glenfield.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: Buses replace trains between Glenfield and Sydenham. Trains continue to run between Turrella and the City. Participants travelling from these stations will need to catch a rail replacement bus to Sydenham to connect with trains to Central then change for a service to Milsons Point.

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. Check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

The closest bus stops to the start line are at North Sydney station due to early morning road closures in Milsons Point for the event.

Additional early morning services will run from as early as 4.30am on popular routes to North Sydney and the city from the North Shore, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West and South East.

From the city or North Sydney change for a train to Milsons Point to get to the start line at Bradfield Park.

Make sure to plan ahead using the Trip Planner and give yourself plenty of extra travel time so you don’t miss your start time.

Bus diversions

With significant bus diversions in place bus customers are strongly encouraged to plan their trip using the Trip Planner before heading out for the day.

Key bus changes:

  • From 4am to 11am services from the north that usually travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the city will terminate at North Sydney. Services from the south that usually travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the north will terminate in the city at Martin Place or Town Hall.
  • Services that usually travel to and from Circular Quay will be relocated to Elizabeth St at Martin Place and/or St James.
  • Cross-city routes will be split into northern and southern or eastern legs terminating either side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge while its closed from 4am to 11am.
  • Services between the city and the Eastern Suburbs that usually travel via Oxford St will divert via Darlinghurst Rd & Victoria St in Kings Cross and/or Cleveland St & Foveaux St in Moore Park.

Affected routes:

  • Route B1 B-Line: from 4am to 11am services will start and end in North Sydney while the Harbour Bridge is closed. Services end at Blue St, Stand E and start from Blue St, Stand D.
  • Routes 194, 270 and 271 (Forest Coachlines): from 4am to 11am services to and from the city will travel via the Sydney Harbour Tunnel while the Harbour Bridge is closed. Services start and end at Clarence St near Market St, Town Hall, missing stops at Wynyard.
  • Routes 169, 178, 180, L90, 230, 243, 244, 245 and 247: from 4am to 11am services terminate at Miller St near Pacific Hwy and start from Blue St North Sydney, Stand D.
  • Routes 202, 207 and 208: from 4am to 11.30am services end at Miller St at Pacific Hwy North Sydney and start from Blue St North Sydney, Stand C.
  • Routes 252, 288, 290 and 292: from 4am to 12pm midday services end at Miller St at Pacific Hwy North Sydney and start from Blue St North Sydney, Stand B.
  • Routes 254 and 291: services continue to run to and from McMahons Point
  • Route 304: from 4am to 1pm services will end at Martin Place, Stand D and start from Elizabeth St at Park St, Stand A, due to closures at Circular Quay.
  • Route 311:
    • From 4am to 11am services will run between Hyde Park and Kings Cross only, missing stops in Millers Point, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. Services to Kings Cross start from York St QVB, Stand A and end at Darlinghurst Rd near Bayswater Rd. Services to the city start from Kings Cross Station, Darlinghurst Rd, Stand A and end at Park St, Town Hall, Stand J.
    • From 11am to 1.30pm services will run between between Hyde Park and Central via Woolloomooloo only, missing stops in Miller Point. Services towards Central start from York St QVB, Stand A and end at Railway Square Stand J. Services from Central run as normal but terminate at Park St, Town Hall Stand J.
  • Routes 324 and 325: from 4am to 1:30pm services will start and end at Town Hall due to closures in Millers Point. Services to the city will end at Park St, Town Hall, Stand J. Services to Watsons Bay will start from York St, QVB, Stand A.
  • Routes 333: from 4am to 1pm services to and from the city will be diverting via Darlinghurst Rd/Victoria St and William St in Kings Cross due to closures on Oxford St, missing stops on Liverpool St and Oxford St. As well, due to closures in Circular Quay services to the city will end at Elizabeth St, Martin Place, Stand D and services to Bondi will start from Elizabeth St near St James Station opposite Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park.
  • Routes 339 and 374: from 4am to 1pm services will end at Elizabeth St, Martin Place, Stand D and start from Elizabeth St near St James Station due to closures in Circular Quay. Services to Clovelly/Coogee will divert via Cleveland St, missing stops on Flinders St and Anzac Pde.
  • Route 340 (split into two separate routes – northern & eastern legs)
    • Northern: from 4am to 11am will run between Chatswood and North Sydney only. Services will end at Miller St at Pacific Hwy and start from Blue St Stand A. First service to cross the Harbour Bridge leaves Chatswood at 10.57am.
    • Eastern: from 4am to 10.30am services will run between Bondi Junction and Wynyard only. Services will end at Clarence St Wynyard Stand R and start from York St Wynyard Stand H. First service to cross the Harbour Bridge leaves Bondi Junction at 10.39am.
  • Route 343 (split into two separate routes - northern & eastern legs):
    • Northern: from 4am to 11am services will run between Chatswood and North Sydney only, services will end at Miller St at Pacific Hwy and start from Blue St Stand A. First service to cross the Harbour Bridge leaves Chatswood at 10.40am.
    • Eastern: from 4am to 1pm services will run between Kingsford and the city only. Services will end at Elizabeth St, Martin Place Stand D and start from Elizabeth St, Stand A. First service to cross the Harbour Bridge leaves Kingsford at 10.32am.
  • Routes 352 and 355: from 4am to 11am services to and from Bondi Junction will be diverting via York Rd, Darley Rd and Alison Rd due to closures on Oxford St. All stops on Crown St, Oxford St, Cook Rd and Lang Rd through Darlinghurst, Paddington & Moore Park will be missed. 
  • Routes 373, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 397 and 399: from 4am to 1pm services to and from the city will be diverting via Central due to closures on Oxford St and relocate to Martin Place due to closures in Circular Quay. All stops on Flinders St and Oxford St will be missed. Services will also miss stops at CircServices to the city will travel via Fitzroy St and Foveaux St and end at Elizabeth St, Martin Place, Stand D. Services to Anzac Parade will start from Elizabeth St near St James Station and travel via Elizabeth St and Cleveland St.
  • Route 389: from 4am to 12.30pm services will start and end on Miller St near Harris St, missing stops on Pirrama Rd due to closures in Pyrmont.
  • Routes 412, 413, 423, 426, 428, 431, 438, 439 and 470: from 4am to 12.30pm services will use alternate stops on Castlereagh St at Martin Place, starting from Stands G and H and ending at Stand H. No stops will be missed.
  • Route 440: from 4am to 11.30am services to and from Bondi Junction will be diverting via Darlinghurst Rd/Victoria St and William St in Kings Cross due to closures on Oxford St. Stops on Liverpool St and Oxford St will be missed.
  • Route 441 and 442: from 4am to 12.30pm services will end at Market St, Town Hall, Stand F and start from York St, QVB, Stand B. Services will not run between the Domain and QVB.
  • Route 504: from 4am to 11.30am services to Chiswick will start from York St, QVB, Stand C and services to the city will end at York St, QVB, Stand E. Services will not run to or from the Domain.
  • Routes 506, 507, 515, 518, 520, 506 and M52: from 4am to 1pm citybound services will end at York St, QVB, Stand E and start from York St, QVB, Stand C due to closures in Circular Quay.
  • Route M10: from 4am to 12.30pm services to and from the city will be diverting via Central via Cleveland St/Foveaux St and Elizabeth St due to closures on Oxford St.
  • Route M20 (split into two separate routes - northern & southern legs)
    • Northern: from 4am to 11am services will run between St Leonards and North Sydney only. Services will end at Miller St near Pacific Hwy and start from Blue St, Stand B.
    • Southern: from 4am to 12.30pm services will run between Botany and the city only. Services will end at Clarence St, Wynyard, Stand R and start from York St, Wynyard, Stand H.
  • Route M30 (split into two separate routes - northern & southern legs)
    • Northern: from 4am to 11am services will run between Taronga Zoo and North Sydney only. Services will end at Miller St near Pacific Hwy and start from Blue St, Stand B.
    • Southern: from 4am to 11am services will run between Sydenham and the city only. Services will end at Clarence St Wynyard Stand T and start from York St, Wynyard, Stand H.
  • Route 610X, 607X, 607N, 610N and 620N: from 4am to 11am services will run to and from North Sydney only while the Harbour Bridge is closed. Services will start and end at Pacific Hwy near Miller St.

Check travel alerts for more information and make sure to plan your trip before heading out to check if your bus is affected.

Other services will run to a regular Sunday timetable. For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts.

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

The closest wharf to the start area is Milsons Point however ferries to the wharf do not operate early enough on Sunday morning to get you directly to the start line on time. Dependant on your race start, limited early morning ferries run to Circular Quay where you can catch a train to Milsons Point from Wynyard.

From the finish areas at Sydney Opera House or the Royal Botanic Garden you can catch one of the many services from nearby Circular Quay wharf.

For ferry service disruption information check travel alerts or use 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 frequent T1 North Shore Line trains to Milsons Point leaving from Platform 16.

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 roads including the Sydney Harbour Bridge along and surrounding the course from Milsons Point to Moore Park will be closed from 4am prior to Sydney Running Festival events starting from 6am.

Events start from Bradfield Park in Milsons Point, finishing at the Opera House or Botanic Gardens. The full 42km marathon travels from Milsons Point to the city along the Harbour Foreshore to Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Moore Park, Centennial Park and return.

Check our Interactive Road Closure Map to easily view road closure and special event clearway locations along the route. 

MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES:

  • 4am to 11am - Sydney Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point & Darlinghurst: full closure of the Harbour Bridge including the Cahill Expressway and all on-ramps. Southbound traffic will be diverted via the Harbour Tunnel. In Milsons Point, Alfred St South, Lavender St, Middlemiss St, Broughton St and Olympic Dr will close. In Darlinghurst, Oxford St and Flinders St will be closed.
  • 4am to 11.30am - Sydney CBD & Circular Quay: George St, Bridge St, College St, Macquarie St, Hunter St, Phillip St and Young St. Macquarie St north of Bridge St remains closed until 12pm.
  • 4am to 12pm - Western Distributor Pyrmont to CBD: all citybound traffic on the Anzac Bridge will be diverted into the city via the Bathurst St off-ramp. No direct access between the Anzac Bridge and Sydney Harbour Bridge until 12pm. The Pyrmont St on-ramp will remain closed until 12:30pm. Sections of Sussex St will also close. 
  • 4am to 12.30pm - Pyrmont: Pirrama Rd, Murray St, Bowman St, Union St and local roads. The northern end of Pirrama Rd will be closed from 1am.
  • 4am to 1.30pm - The Rocks, Millers Point & Barangaroo: Hickson Rd from George St to Napoleon St, Circular Quay West and Loftus St.
  • 5.30am to 11am - Moore ParkLang Rd, Moore Park Rd and sections of South Dowling St. No access to the Entertainment Quarter via Anzac Pde, access via Oxford St only. Eastern Distributor Bondi exit will be closed 7am to 9am. Centennial Park will be closed to all vehicles and cyclists from 4am to 11am.

For a detailed list of the road closure locations including downloadable maps and real-time traffic conditions, visit Live Traffic NSW.

Parking

Street and paid parking around the start line in Milsons Point is very limited and special event clearways will be in place throughout the area.

Participants are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and take advantage of the extra public transport services running to the start line that is included in your race entry.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect on major roads along and surrounding the course from 1am in Milsons Point, the city and Pyrmont and from 4am in Darlinghurst and Moore Park.

  • Milsons Point & Kirribilli: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 11:30am on Alfred St South, Middlemiss St, Olympic Dr, Broughton St. Clearways in be in effect on sections of the Pacific Hwy at North Sydney from 4am to 11am.
  • Sydney CBD, Circular Quay & The Rocks: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 11:30am on most major roads in the city including George St, Elizabeth St, Castlereagh St, Park St, Goulburn St, Clarence St, Macquarie St and College St.
  • Dawes Point, Millers Point & Barangaroo: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 1.30pm on Hickson Rd from George St to Napoleon St, and sections of Sussex St, Loftus St and roads in Barangaroo.
  • Pyrmont & Ultimo: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 12.30pm on sections of Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont St, Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Bowman St, Harris St and Wattle St.
  • Moore Park & Darlinghurst: clearways will be in effect from 4am to 11am on sections of Oxford St, Flinders St, Moore Park Rd, Cleveland St, Fitzroy St, Foveaux St and Driver Ave.

Clearways are strict no-parking zones and apply even to residents with local parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully on the day and the night before as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

For a detailed list of the special event clearway locations including downloadable maps and real-time traffic conditions, visit Live Traffic NSW.

The taxi ranks in the Sydney CBD on Macquarie St and Phillip St will not operate until after midday due to event road closures. A temporary taxi rank will be located on Bligh St between Bent St and Hunter St.

If you are getting dropped off at the start line be aware that road closures will restrict direct vehicle access to Milsons Point after 4am. The closest areas you'll be able to be dropped off will be around Lavender Bay or Kirribilli.

From the finish areas in the city keep in mind that roads will still be closed between 11.30am and 12pm midday around Circular Quay so if you are being picked up or booking a ride-share vehicle prior to this time you will need to walk outside of the closure area south of Bridge St.

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

Milsons Point Station is a fully accessible station however there is only a single lift so participants requiring lift access should plan to arrive early ahead of their run start time as there will be queues.

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).