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MS Sydney to the Gong 2019

Tempe/Engadine to Wollongong

82km ride start from
06:00
58km ride start from
08:00
Finish
16:00

Important event information

Up to 10,000 cyclists will take part in one of two courses, an 82km ride from Tempe and a 58km ride from Engadine, both finishing at Lang Park in Wollongong. Road and lane closures will be in place along key sections of the course for the safety of the riders however for the majority of the ride, cyclists will be sharing roads with general traffic abiding by regular road rules.

Participants are encouraged to catch public transport with trains being the best mode of transport for those travelling with their bikes. Additional early morning trains will run and, after the ride, dedicated special event trains will run regularly from Wollongong back to Central. Remember to show your pre-purchased wristband to act as your ticket when boarding these event services.

Participants are also reminded that trackwork is taking place during the event and may affect how you travel to and from the event as bikes are not permitted on rail replacement bus services. If you're travelling from trackwork affected lines you will need to allow plenty of extra travel time as you will need to change trains to continue your trip and/or ride to the nearest operating station to connect with services. See below for more details.

Remember, bus drivers, ferry crews and light rail operators reserve the right to refuse bikes on-board services if there is not enough room for bikes to be safely stowed or other general public safety concerns. Learn more about travelling on public transport with bikes.

Stay connected

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

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 head you travel to avoid queues 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.

Trackwork is taking place on the weekend of the event from 2am Saturday 2 November until 2am Monday 4 November with buses replacing Metro services between Tallawong and Chatswood. Bikes are not permitted on-board rail replacement buses due to limited capacity and for safety reasons.

Participants will need to make their way to Olympic Park or stations on the T9 Northern Line to connect with train services towards the start lines. 

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

Getting there

82km ride from Tempe: the closest stations are Tempe and Wolli Creek on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Tempe Recreation Reserve is a 5 minute ride from Tempe via Station St and Princes Hwy and from Wolli Creek via Brodie Spark Dr and Princes Hwy. 

58km ride from Engadine: the closest station is Engadine on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. Cooper Street Reserve is a short 5 min (1.3km) cycle ride away.

NOTE: Participants are reminded that trackwork is taking place during the event and may affect how you travel to and from the event as bikes are not permitted on rail replacement bus services. If you're travelling from trackwork affected lines you will need to allow plenty of extra travel time as you will need to change trains to continue your trip and/or ride to the nearest operating station to connect with services. See below under trackwork for more details.

Additional early morning services will run to help you get to the starting line from Wollongong and from Sydney:

  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: All services will make an additional stop at Wolli Creek and Tempe between 5:30am and 8:30am.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: All services will make an additional stop at Wolli Creek between 5am and 8:30am.
  • South Coast Line:
    • Additional services will leave from Wollongong at 4:26am, 5:06am, 5:38am and 5:52am, stopping all stations to Austinmer, then Stanwell Park, Helensburgh, Engadine, Sutherland, Hurstville, Wolli Creek, Tempe, Sydenham and Central.
    • All services between 9am and 6pm will stop at all stations between Wollongong and Thirroul.
    • The 4:15am Kiama service, 5:31am Wollongong service and the 5:57am Kiama service will make an additional stop at Wolli Creek and Tempe. The 5:57am and 6:59am Kiama services will make an additional stop at Engadine. The 6:15am, 7:13am and 8:13am Bondi Junction services will make an additional stop at Engadine.

Participants are reminded to be considerate when sharing these services with the general public as stations will be busier than normal. Make sure your bicycle is stowed safely with you when travelling on trains and that it isn't obstructing doorways or passageways.

Getting home

The closest station from the finish line at Lang Park, Marine Drive in Wollongong is Wollongong on the South Coast Line.

Special event train services dedicated to participants will run from Wollongong back to Central every 10 to 20 minutes between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Services make stops at Thirroul, Stanwell Park, Otford, Waterfall, Engadine, Sutherland, Hurstville, Wolli Creek, Tempe then Central.

Participants need to show their pre-purchased Special Event Train wristband when boarding services as Opal cards cannot be used on these special event trains. You can also purchase a wristband ticket at the finish line.

Trackwork

Weekend trackwork is taking place 02:00 Saturday 2 November until 02:00 Monday 4 November and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • Metro North West Line: Buses replace Metro Services between Tallawong and Chatswood. 
    • Participants will need to make their way to Epping or Olympic Park to connect with trains to the start lines. 
  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Trains run to a changed timetable between Olympic Park and the City; and between Penrith, Richmond and Parramatta, continuing to Leppington. Until 05:00 Sunday morning, trains start and end at Parramatta. 
    • Participants travelling from stations west of Parramatta will need to change at Glenfield to connect with trains to the start lines. Participants starting their ride at 6am will need to allow for additional travel time and leave early.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Buses replace trains between Merrylands and Olympic Park.
    • Participants travelling from stations south of Merrylands should catch a train to Glenfield and change for a T8 Airport & South Line train to Wolli Creek. Participants travelling from Clyde, Granville and Auburn should make their way to Olympic Park to connect with trains to Redfern to continue their trip to the start line.
  • T6 Carlingford Line: Buses replace trains between Carlingford and Clyde, then continue to Olympic Park.
    • Participants will need to make their way to Epping or Olympic Park due to trackwork to connect with trains to the start lines.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Blacktown and Central.
    • Participants will need to change at Emu Plains for a train to Glenfield to connect with trains to the start lines. 
  • South Coast Line: On Sunday, from 09:00 until 18:00, buses replace trains between Port Kembla and Wollongong to accommodate special event services after the ride.
    • Participants travelling from Port Kembla are encouraged to consider cycling to Wollongong Station to connect with trains to and from the event.

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.

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

Participants are reminded bikes aren't permitted on-board bus services, so plan ahead and make the most of the extra trains running to get you and your bike to and from the event. Learn more about travelling on public transport with bikes at transportnsw.info.

Bus diversions

Due to road closures, the following bus services will be diverting from their regular routes and using temporary bus stops:

From 6am until 12pm midday:

  • Route 303 - City to Sans Souci: services to Sans Souci will miss stops along The Grand Pde due to lane closures for the event.
  • Route 422 - Central to Kogarah: services to Arncliffe will be diverting via Wickham St and West Botany St. Some stops on West Botany St will be missed due to closures for the event.
  • Routes 478 - Rockdale to Miranda via Ramsgate: services to Ramsgate/Miranda will miss stops on the Grand Pde due to lane closures for the event.
  • Route 947 - Hurstville to Kogarah: services will be diverting via Chuter Ave, Sandringham St and the Grand Pde. Stops will be missed on Malua St, Gannons Ave and Norman Ave. Alternate stops will be made on Chuter Ave and the Grande Pde.

From 6am until 4.30pm:

  • Routes 37, 51, 53, 57 and 65: services will use a temporary bus stop on Auburn St instead of Lowden Sq at Wollongong Train Station. See the MS Sydney to the Gong Wollongong Bus Map (pdf 529KB) to find the temporary bus stop on Auburn St. 
  • Routes 55a and 55c (Gong Shuttle): services through North Wollongong will be diverting via Corrimal St and Kembla St and using alternate stops. Route 55c services will use alternate stops on Kembla St and Corrimal St. Route 55a services will use alternate stops on Corrimal St. 
  • Route 887 - Wollongong to Campbelltown: services to and from Wollongong start and end on Auburn St at Dean St and Burelli St. Services will also be diverting and missing stops on Cliff Rd, Marine Dr and Crown St. The nearest alternative stop will be on Corrimal St.

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

Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around the city, but services are very popular and may reach capacity, especially on weekends.

We don’t recommend travel on ferries to participants with bikes. Crews can refuse to allow a bicycle on board if there is a safety concern or not enough room for it to be safely stowed on board so make sure to have an alternate transport option in mind.

Participants are encouraged to take advantage of one of the additional train services running instead.

For Ferry network information see ferry maps and timetables.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations.

Participants are reminded that light rail staff can refuse bikes on board services if carriages are at capacity or for other safety concerns.

Change at Central for connecting trains to Tempe and Engadine on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line or Wolli Creek on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line and T8 Airport & South Line.

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.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution as there will be large groups of cyclists sharing roads with vehicles along major roads between Sydney and Wollongong throughout the day. Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes while closures are in place around the start and finish areas.

Road and lane closures will be in place around the start lines at Tempe and Engadine in Sydney, along the course through the Royal National Park and around the finish line in Wollongong.

Road and lane closures will be in place along sections of the course. Roads will be progressively re-open:

  • 4am to 10am from Tempe to Taren Point: Sections of West Botany St, Holbeach Ave and Bestic St will be closed. Lane closures on sections of Princes Hwy, The Grande Pde and Captain Cook Bridge. Speed limit reduced to 60km/h on sections of Captain Cook Bridge and Princes Hwy. 
  • 4am to 11:30am from Kirrawee to Waterfall: Lane closures on the Princes Hwy from Kirrawee to Loftus and speed limit reduced to 60km/h from Kirrawee to Waterfall. Long southbound delays on the Princes Hwy are expected during this time. 
  • 5am to 3pm in the Royal National ParkMcKell Ave, Lady Wakehurst Dr, Sir Bertram Stevens Dr and Otford Rd will be closed. Access to the Royal National Park is via Farnell Ave in Loftus only.
  • 6am to 4:30pm in Wollongong: Sections of Endeavour Dr, Bourke St, Cliff Rd, George Hanley Dr and Ellliots Rd will be closed. Speed limit reduced to 40km/h on Lawrence Hargrave Dr from Stanwell Park to Thirroul until 3pm and on Squires Way from Fairy Meadow to Wollongong from 7:15am until 2pm.

Speed limit reductions will be in effect on key roads along the course to 60km from Sans Souci to Waterfall between 4am and 11:30am and down to 40km/h from Stanwell Park to Thirroul between 6am and 3pm, and from Fairy Meadow to Wollongong between 7:15am and 2pm.

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

Parking

Street parking around the start sites is limited however dedicated drop off zones will operate.

  • Tempe drop off zone: a dedicated drop off zone will be located at the Tempe IKEA car park. The start line at Tempe Recreation Reserve for the 82km ride is a short 600m ride via the cycleway. See the Drop Off Zone Map for more information.
  • Engadine drop off zone: a dedicated drop off zone will be located at Cooper St off the Old Princes Highway.

Special Event Clearways

Special event clearways will be in place on sections of major roads along the event course route from Sydney to Wollongong between 4am and 4:30pm including sections of the Princess Hwy, West Botany St, General Holmes Dr, the Grand Pde, Rocky Point Rd, Taren Point Rd, The Kingsway, Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Squires Way, George Hanley Dr and Cliff Rd.

Special event clearways are strict no-parking zones and apply even to local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully 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.

Tempe drop off zone: a dedicated drop off zone will be located at the Tempe IKEA car park. The start line at Tempe Recreation Reserve for the 82km ride is a short 600m ride via the cycleway. See the Drop Off Zone Map for more information.

Engadine drop off zone: a dedicated drop off zone will be located at Cooper St off the Old Princes Highway.

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

For taxi services in Wollongong, visit the Illawarra Taxi Network for details and to book services.

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).