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Sculpture by the Sea 2019

Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk

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Important event information

Up to 500,000 people are expected to visit the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition returning for its 23rd year along the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk.

With large crowds and limited parking, the best way to get to and from the event is by public transport. Buses run regularly between the city and Bondi Junction and between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach.

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 American Express, Mastercard or Visa 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 all public transport in the Opal network, 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 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.

Alternatively you can catch a Route 333 bus from Elizabeth St at St James Station.

Planned weekend trackwork is taking place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November with buses replacing Metro Services between Tallawong and Chatswood. Customers can catch a rail replacement bus to Epping and change for train services towards Bondi Junction or the City.

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.

From Bondi Junction you can catch one of the many regular route buses running to and from the beach.

Alternatively, avoid the crowds at Bondi Junction interchange and catch a Route 333 bus from the city that runs all the way to Bondi Beach.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place during the event and may affect how you travel so plan ahead.

Weekend trackwork

From 2am Saturday 26 October to 2am Monday 28 October:

  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace trains between Berowra and Gordon.
  • T9 Northern Line: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Central.
  • Hunter Line: Buses replace trains between Scone, Dungog and Newcastle Interchange.

From 2am Saturday 2 November to 2am Monday 4 November:

  • Metro North West Line: Buses replace Metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood.
  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Parramatta and Olympic Park.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Buses replace trains between Merrylands and Olympic Park.
  • T6 Carlingford Line: Buses replace trains between Carlingford and Clyde, then continue to Olympic Park.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Blacktown and Central.

From 2am Saturday 9 November to 2am Monday 11 November:

  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Cabramatta, Lidcombe and Sydenham.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown. Bathurst trains are placed by buses between Bathurst and Central.

Weeknight trackwork

From Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October (late night)

  • T3 Bankstown Line: from the late evening, buses replace trains between Bankstown and Sydenham. 

From Monday 4 to Friday 8 November (major weekday): 

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run to a changed timetable. Each day between 9:30am and 5:30pm buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba. 
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: buses replace trains between Sutherland and Hurstville. 

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 to and from events. For the latest information, check trackwork updates and travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Visitors are reminded that Bondi Beach is typically busy on weekends during the warmer months. If you're travelling to see the sculptures remember to be patient and expect delays during peak periods. If you want to avoid the largest crowds consider visiting on a weekday instead.

Getting there

From Bondi Junction Interchange to Bondi Beach / Tamarama Beach:

  • Route 333 services run from Stand A every 5 minutes during peak times and around every 10 minutes outside of peak times. Additional services will run on weekdays and on weekends throughout the event.
  • Route 380 services run from Stand B every 15 minutes from 9:30am until 4:30pm on weekends. On weekdays additional services will also run back to Bondi Beach.
  • Route 381 services to Tamarama run from Stand B every 15 minutes from 9:20am until 7:40pm on weekends.

From the City to Bondi Beach:

  • Route 333: avoid the crowds at Bondi Junction and catch a Route 333 service from the City Circular Quay to Bondi Beach making stops along Elizabeth St at Martin Place, St James and Museum stations before continuing via Oxford St to Bondi Junction. Additional services will run on weekdays and on weekends throughout the event.

From the North Shore to Bondi Junction:

  • Route 340 services run from Chatswood to Bondi Junction via the City and Oxford St.

From the Eastern Suburbs to Bondi Beach / Junction:

  • Route 380 from Watsons Bay to Bondi Beach via Military Rd. Services will run every 15 minutes from 9:30am until 2:30pm on weekends.
  • Route 360 services run from Clovelly to Bondi Junction via Bronte.
  • Route 362 (weekends only) services run from Coogee to Bondi Beach via Bronte and Tamarama. Additional services will run to Bondi Beach and Coogee during the day between 10am and 7pm.

Getting home

Buses back to Bondi Junction and to the city will run regularly from Bondi and Tamarama beaches:

From Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach to the Junction / City:

  • Route 333 services back to the City Circular Quay and Bondi Junction run frequently on weekdays. On weekends services run every 5 minutes from 9am until 7:20pm then around every 10 minutes thereafter. Additional services will run on weekdays and on weekends throughout the event.
  • Route 380 services to Bondi Junction / Watsons Bay run regularly on weekdays. On weekends, services will run every 15 minutes between 2pm and 7pm. On weekdays additional services will run back to Bondi Junction.

From Tamarama Marine Dr at Tamarama Beach to Bondi Junction / Coogee:

  • Route 381 services back to Bondi Junction will run every 15 minutes until 7:40pm on weekends.
  • Route 362 (weekends only) services to Coogee Beach via Bronte.

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, 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 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. From Central, catch a train to Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line leaving from Platform 24.

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

Significant delays are expected during the weekends on Bondi Road, Old South Head Road and Syd Einfeld Drive approaching Bondi Beach. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area or allow extra travel time and prepare for lengthy delays. 

Some local roads will be closed around Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi during the event and some one-way temporary roads will be in place.

Road closures

Local roads around Bondi and Tamarama will be closed each day during the event to manage crowds along the coastal walk. Access will be maintained for local residents during the event.

The following roads will be closed each day from 07:30 until 18:30 from 24 October until 10 November:

  • Notts Ave, Birrell St, Fletcher St, Marks Ln, Kenneth St, Bayview St, Wolaroi Cr, Ashley St, Turner St, Cross St, Birrell St, Darling St, Silva St, Carlisle St, Rowland Ave and Wilga St.

Changed traffic conditions

The following roads will become one-way only roads for the duration of the event:

From 9am, Thursday 24 October until 10am, Monday 11 November

  • Mirimar Ave from Hewlett St to Thompson St (northbound only)
  • Thompson St from Mirimar Ave to Ashley St (westbound only)
  • Ashley St from Darling St to Turner St (northbound only)
  • Turner St from Ashley St to Cross St (westbound only)
  • Cross St from Turner St to Birrell St (northbound only)
  • Birrell St from Cross St to Tamarama St (westbound only)
  • Marks Ln from Fletcher St to Kenneth St (southbound only)

From 10am, Thursday 24 October until 10am, Monday 11 November

  • Gaerloch Ave from Alexander St to Dellview St (southbound only)
  • Dellview St from Pacific Ave to Fletcher St (northbound only)

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

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

Parking

Parking at Bondi Beach will be in high demand and is expected to reach capacity early on weekends. Special event clearways are also in place so street parking will be particularly limited on weekends as well. Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and catch public transport instead.

Special event clearways

To accommodate the hundreds of additional bus movements special event clearways will be in effect each weekend during the event (including Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November & Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November) at the following locations and times:

  • From 7am to 2pm on Bondi Rd from Old South Head Rd at Bondi Junction to Sandridge St at Bondi Beach (eastbound).
  • From 12pm to 7pm on Bondi Rd from Sandridge St at Bondi Beach to Oxford St at Bondi Junction (westbound).

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, and also apply to residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs when parking as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

Visit Live Traffic NSW to see the locations of special event clearways.

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).