Sydney New Year's Eve 2019
Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour & Milsons Point
- Harbour water displays
- Air displays
- Family fireworks
- Harbour of Light Parade
- Midnight fireworks
Important event information
With thousands of extra transport services, huge crowds and road closures the best way to get to and from New Year's Eve celebrations is by public transport. Remember, moving around the city on New Year's Eve is different to what you might be used.
Plan your night:
- Transport service timetables for NYE will be available in the Trip Planner 14 days out from the event. You can also download a real-time travel app to track your service on the night.
- Getting home from the Sydney CBD? Download and/or print the SydNYE 2019 Getting Home - Sydney CBD flyer (available soon) to see the nearest transport hubs and walking routes to your chosen vantage point.
- Getting home from North Sydney? Download and/or print the SydNYE 2019 Getting Home - North Sydney map (available soon) to see the nearest transport hubs and walking routes to your chosen vantage point.
- Remember, transport services will be busy as everyone leaves after the midnight fireworks. Consider staying out until 1am to avoid the peak crowds. Also, be prepared to walk further than normal between vantage points and transport hubs due to road closures.
- You can use your American Express, MasterCard or Visa card as well as your Opal card, or linked device to tap on and off all public transport services wherever Opal is accepted. If you’re using your Opal card remember to top it up in advance either online via the Opal Travel app or at one of 2,100 Opal retailers as queues at top up machines on NYE will be long.
- View our Interactive SydNYE road closure map for detailed closure and access information.
Get real-time updates on transport services, vantage point capacities and road closures at your fingertips by following these Twitter and Facebook pages.
- Event updates: follow the hashtag #SydNYE and @cityofsydney
- Transport updates: follow @BusesInfo, @FerriesInfo, @SydneyMetro and @TrainsInfo
- Road closures and traffic: follow @LiveTrafficSyd
There are changes to some key vantage points in the Sydney CBD and Lower North Shore this year with some precincts now ticketed and others with reduced capacities. In The Lower North Shore, all major vantage points are ticketed and you won’t be permitted entry to the site without a ticket. Make sure to plan your trip to the fireworks ahead of time as access to your preferred vantage point may not be the same this year. Visit SydNYE 2019 Vantage Points.
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, 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.
After the midnight fireworks, getting back to transport hubs to continue your trip home will be different to the way you arrive. Further roads will have closed and pedestrian fencing will been in place to manage crowd flow entering train stations, bus terminals and ferry wharves.
- From The Rocks head towards Wynyard Station via George St
- From Walsh Bay and Barangaroo head to Wynyard via Hickson Rd, Kent St and King St
- From East Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Botanic Gardens and The Domain head towards Town Hall, Martin Place or St James stations via Macquarie St or Phillip St/Elizabeth St. The walk to Wynyard from these vantage points will be the longest as you will not be able to travel west on Bridge St or Hunter St and will need to travel south down to King St to then access Wynyard via King St and York St
North Sydney and Milsons Point
- From 6pm until midnight trains from the city won't stop at Milsons Point.
- For access to Bradfield Park, Blues Point, Milsons Point, Kirribilli, Lavender Bay and other nearby vantage point areas after 6pm, you'll need to alight the train at North Sydney and walk to your destination. This applies even if you have a ticket to vantage points.
- After midnight, the only entrance to Milsons Point station will be via Ennis Rd off Broughton St. Everyone heading home via Alfred St will be directed to continue walking to North Sydney station.
Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.
Metro services start from the early morning and will run every 10 minutes until 6pm then every 5 minutes until 3am. Services will continue to run every 10 minutes through to the next day.
For access to Sydney CBD vantage points, change at Epping for T9 Northern Line trains to Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations.
For access to Lower North Shore vantage points, change at Chatswood to connect with T1 North Shore Line trains to North Sydney or Milsons Point. Note trains will not stop at Milsons Point after 6pm as nearby precincts will have reached capacity. From 6pm to midnight alight the train at North Sydney and walk instead.
Plenty of extra trains will run on New Year’s Eve to help you get to and from the celebrations. Large crowds are expected so plan to get to your chosen vantage point early. Plan your trip on public transport using the Trip Planner up to two weeks before the event.
Key stations in the Sydney CBD and Lower North Shore will have changed arrangements during New Year’s Eve. Please note the following information carefully when planning your movements on the night:
- Circular Quay: from 5pm until midnight trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station due to large crowds. For access to the harbour foreshore, use Wynyard, Town Hall or Martin Place stations instead.
- Milsons Point: from 6pm until midnight, trains from the city to the north shore will not stop at Milsons Point due to large crowds. Passengers travelling to vantage points or properties can alight at North Sydney Station to continue their trip on foot.
- Domestic Airport and International Airport: from 12:30am until 4:30am, trains will not stop at Domestic Airport and International Airport stations as Sydney Airport will be closed during this time.
- Central station: from 10pm access to the station will be managed by NSW Police and Sydney Trains station staff so be patient and follow the directions of staff on site as you may need to enter the station through a different entry point to what you are used to.
Sydney Trains services to the city
- T1 North Shore Line: trains will run every 5 minutes from 2pm until midnight.
- T1 Western Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from 2pm until midnight from Penrith and every 30 minutes from Richmond and Schofields.
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from 2pm until midnight from Liverpool and from Leppington.
- T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Campsie and Sydenham. Trains continue to run between the city and stations between Liverpool and Campsie via Lidcombe every 15 minutes from 2pm until midnight. If you’re travelling from stations between Campsie and Sydenham catch a rail replacement bus to the city or to Sydenham then continue your trip by train to the city.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: trains will run every 30 minutes from Waterfall and every 15 minutes from Cronulla, from 2pm until midnight.
- T6 Carlingford Line: trains run every 30 minutes from Carlingford to Clyde. Change at Clyde for one of the frequent services to the City on the T1 Western Line.
- T7 Olympic Park Line: Sprint services between Lidcombe and Olympic Park run every 10 minutes until 10pm.
- T8 Airport & South Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Macarthur and every 15 minutes from Revesby from 2pm until midnight.
- T9 Northern Line: trains will run every 15 minutes between Hornsby and the City, and every 15 minutes between Epping and Central Station from 2pm until midnight.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: services arriving into Central between 1pm and 11pm will be increased to 8-carriages.
Sydney Trains services from the city
- T1 North Shore Line: trains will run every 4 to 5 minutes from the City to the North Shore from midnight until 3:30am then every 6 minutes from 3:30am until xx.
- T1 Western Line: trains will run every 5 minutes from the City to Blacktown, every 15 minutes to Penrith and every 30 minutes to Richmond and Schofields. Additional services to St Marys depart every 15 minutes from platforms 6/7 at Central Station until 3:30am.
- Services to Penrith operate every 15 minutes and to Schofields every 30 minutes from 03:30am until 5:30am.
- T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: trains will run every 15 minutes to Liverpool from midnight until 3:30am and every 30 minutes from 4:00am until 5:30am. Trains to Leppington will run every 15 minutes until 3:30am, then every 30 minutes until 5:30am.
- T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Campsie and Sydenham. Trains continue to run between the city and stations between Liverpool and Campsie via Lidcombe every 30 minutes until 5:30am.
- Customers travelling to stations between Liverpool, Lidcombe and Campsie should catch a T3 Bankstown Line train from Central Station platform 22 entry via Devonshire Street entrance.
- Customers travelling to stations between Sydenham and Campsie should catch a train to Sydenham from Central Station platform 25 entry via Chalmers St and Devonshire St entrances then change for rail replacement buses to Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park and Canterbury leaving from Sydenham.
- Note: A limited bus service will operate between Central and Punchbowl making stops at Belmore, Lakemba and Wiley Park leaving from Pitt St at Central Station.
- T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Central to Waterfall and Cronulla from midnight until 3:30am. From 3:30am until 5:30am trains to Waterfall and Cronulla will run from Bondi Junction every 30 minutes. Services to Bondi Junction run every 5 minutes until 3:30am, then every 8 minutes until 5:30am.
- T6 Carlingford Line: catch one of the frequent T1 Western Line services to Clyde. Late night services to Carlingford leave Clyde at 10:45pm, 11:30pm and 12:15am. From 1am until 5:30am trains will run every hour from Clyde to Carlingford.
- T7 Olympic Park Line: Sprint services between Lidcombe and Olympic Park run every 10 minutes until 10pm and every 20 minutes from 10pm until 5:30am.
- T8 Airport & South Line: trains will run to Macarthur every 15 minutes from midnight until 3:30am and Revesby every 15 minutes until 3:30am, then and every 30 minutes from 3:30am until 5:30am.
- T9 Northern Line: trains will run every 15 minutes from Central to Hornsby via Strathfield from midnight until 5am. Additional services to Epping depart every 15 minutes until 3:30am from platforms 4/5 at Central Station.
Head to Central to catch one of the regular and additional train services running to regional stations to help you get home after the midnight fireworks.
- Blue Mountains Line: additional services to Lithgow leave Central at 00:54, 01:24 and 02:24.
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: additional services to Newcastle Interchange leave Central at 22:18, 00:18, 01:18, 02:18 and 03:18.
- Southern Highlands Line: additional services to Moss Vale leave Central at 01:07 and 01:36.
- South Coast Line: additional services to Kiama leave Central at 01:04, 02:06 and 03:06.
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 travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.
Thousands of extra services will run on all major routes from the Northern Beaches, the Hills, North Western Suburbs, Victoria Rd, Eastern Suburbs and Inner West to the city and to the north shore from around 3pm on New Year’s Eve. Additional services will also run from around 8pm and after the midnight fireworks to help you get home. Most services will continuing to run until as late as 3am approx.
Remember, buses will be affected by road closures in the Sydney CBD and local council foreshore areas as vantage points reach capacities so you may need to walk further than normal to reach your chosen vantage point. Plan your bus trip using the Trip Planner for service times, alternate routes and stops.
Sydney CBD service changes
- From 2pm to 6pm: buses that usually run to and from Circular Quay will be relocated to stops at Martin Place.
- From 6pm to 4am: all bus services to and from the city will operate from temporary bus interchanges at Hyde Park, Wynyard and Town Hall while major road closures are in place.
- From 11pm to 1.30am: the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed for the midnight fireworks. Buses that usually travel over the bridge to and from the city will instead terminate at North Sydney or in the city. Customers will need to change for a train to cross the bridge during this time.
- NightRide: Limited Night Ride services will operate on New Year’s Day.
- Routes N90, N91, N10, N11, N61 and N81 services will not operate.
- Routes N20, N30, N40, N50, N60, N70, N71 and N80 services will operate to/from Railway Square at Central only.
Temporary Bus Interchanges (in operation 6pm to 4am)
- Hyde Park Interchange: Eastern, South Eastern, Inner West and South West services
- Terminal 1 - Elizabeth St at Park St opposite the Sheraton Hotel: services towards Mascot and Botany including Anzac Parade, Bunnerong Road, Crown Street and M20 towards Botany services.
- Terminal 2 - Park St between Elizabeth St and College St: services towards the South Eastern Suburbs including Randwick Junction, Coogee, Clovelly and Gardeners Road
- Terminal 3 - College St north of Park St near St Marys Cathedral: services towards the Eastern Suburbs including Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, New South Head Rd, Elizabeth Bay, Paddington and 340 southbound services.
- Terminal 4 - Castlereagh St between Market St and Park St: services towards Inner West and South Western suburbs.
- Town Hall Interchange: Pyrmont and Victoria Road
- Terminal 5 - York St near Druitt St at the QVB: services towards Pyrmont, Balmain and Victoria Road.
- Terminal 5 - York St near Druitt St at the QVB: services towards Pyrmont, Balmain and Victoria Road.
- Wynyard Interchange (access via King St only): North Shore & Hills services. Note from 11pm to 1.30am the Harbour Bridge will be closed to all traffic. Catch a train from Wynyard Station to cross the bridge during this time.
- Terminal 6 - York St at Wynyard Park: services to Chatswood, Eastern Valley Way, Route 263, Pacific Highway, Lane Cove, Epping Rd, M20 and 340 northbound services.
- Terminal 7 - Carrington St at Wynyard Park: services towards the Northern Beaches, Military Road, Mosman and Lower North Shore.
- Terminal 8 - Clarence St at Erskine St and Margaret St for services to the Hills District, St Ives Chase and M30 Northbound
- Note: Forest Coachlines buses do not run to/from the city after 9pm. Catch a train to Chatswood for Route 282 services to Frenchs Forest, Davidson, Belrose and Terrey Hills. Catch the train to Gordon for Route 195 and 196 services to St Ives and Terrey Hills.
North Shore bus changes
- From 3pm to 3am: buses to and from North Sydney will use temporary stops on Pacific Hwy due to closures around the station on Blue St.
- Temporary stops:
- Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches services: Miller Street near Berry Street
- Eastern Valley Way services: Miller Street near Pacific Highway and near Monte Saint Angelo College at McLaren Street.
- Epping Road, Pacific Highway and Chatswood services: Pacific Highway near Mount Street
- Castle Hill and Kellyville Hillsbus services: Pacific Highway near Berry Street
- Forest coachline services: from 8pm/9pm Forest buses will stop running to the city. From 9pm all forest coachline services will leave from Chatswood / Gordon stations instead of the city. Customers will need to connect with these services by catching a train from the city.
- From 11pm to 1.30am: the Sydney Harbour Bridge will close from 11pm while the midnight fireworks take place. During this time buses that usually travel over the bridge to and from the city will instead terminate at North Sydney or in the city. Customers will need to change for a train to cross the bridge during this time.
- No buses will operate to or from McMahons and Milsons Point (routes 265) on New Year's Eve due to early road closures, services will run to and from North Sydney instead
- Routes 607X and 610X will run a 24-hour service running every 10 minutes from 4pm to 7.30pm then from 12.45am to 3am.
- Additional route 612X services will run every 15 minutes to Castle Hill from 12.45am to 2am
- Additional route 620X services will run to the City every 20 minutes from 3.20pm to 7.50pm then every 10 minutes to Cherrybrook from 12.45am until 3.30am.
Forest Coach Lines
- Extra route 270 services from Frenchs Forest will run to Town Hall every half hour between 14:53 and 18:53 to get you to the city.
- Gordon to Terrey Hills/St Ives (Route 195/196): buses leave Gordon every hour from 8pm until midnight and then every half hour from midnight to 3am.
- Chatswood to Terrey Hills (Route 282): buses leave Chatswood for every 15 minutes approximately from midnight until 2am then every 30 minutes from 2am to 5am.
If you’re planning on catching a ferry to the city or lower north shore keep in mind that ferries are extremely popular on New Year's Eve and will start reaching capacity from the early afternoon.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to have an alternative transport option in mind as long queues are expected. As well, some ferries stop operating from the early evening due to events taking place in Sydney Harbour and limited services will run after the midnight fireworks.
Ferry services changes:
- Ferries will not stop at McMahons Point wharf after 10am.
- Ferries will not stop at Milsons Point wharf after 3pm.
- Some ferries stop running to the city as early as 4:25pm.
- Ferries will not run to or from Circular Quay after 5pm. Some services will use alternate wharves including Barangaroo until 8pm.
- All ferries will stop operating from 8pm to 12:45am while an Exclusion Zone is in effect on the harbour.
- Limited ferries operate after the midnight fireworks to Manly and Lower North Shore wharves only.
- No services on the F3 Parramatta River, F4 Cross Harbour Bay or F7 Double Bay after 8pm.
- Check last service details for the Sydney Fast Ferry, Manly Fast Ferry and Eco Hopper.
Last ferry services before and after harbour fireworks.
Last services before and after fireworks
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L1 Dulwich Hill Line - between Central Grand Concourse and Dulwich Hill via Darling Harbour
Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour precincts with a number of stops within short walking distance including Capitol Square, Paddy’s Markets, Exhibition Centre, Convention, Pyrmont Bay and The Star. If you’re heading to Circular Quay or the harbour foreshore, change at Central Grand Concourse to connect with Sydney Trains to get to your vantage point.
On New Year’s Eve, light rail services will run every 10 minutes from 6am until 10.30pm between Central Grand Concourse and Dulwich Hill in both directions.
From 10:30pm Tuesday 31 December to 2am Wednesday 1 January
- Light rail services will not run between Central Grand Concourse and Exhibition Centre, including Capitol Square, Paddy’s Markets, Convention and Exhibition Centre for pedestrian safety as crowds leave the city.
- Services from Dulwich Hill to the city will end at Convention Light Rail stop (the last stop).
- Services from the city towards Dulwich Hill will leave from Pyrmont Bay only (no pick up or boarding at Convention or Exhibition Centre stops).
- Customers should consider catching trains and buses during this time walking to Central Grand Concourse between 10.30pm and 2am to connect with trains and buses instead as services will not run between Darling Harbour and Central station.
From 2am to 4am Wednesday 1 January: services will resume running between Central Grand Concourse and Dulwich Hill every 10 minutes in both directions.
From 4am to 6am Wednesday 1 January: normal overnight services run between Central Grand Concourse and The Star every 30 minutes until 6am in both directions.
L2 Randwick Line - between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Chalmers St
The Sydney CBD and South East light rail line operates between Circular Quay and Randwick via Chalmers Street at Central Station.
Light rail services will run regularly from 5am until 2pm to Circular Quay and until 4am to Randwick.
- From 2pm on New Year’s Eve services will stop running between Circular Quay and Central Chalmers Street for pedestrian safety as crowds arrive and leave the city.
- If you’re heading to Circular Quay harbour foreshore after 2pm, change at Central Chalmers Street to connect with Sydney Trains services to get to your vantage point.
- Services will continue to run between Central Chalmers Street and Randwick throughout the night every 10 minutes, and will be extended until 4am.
- From 10pm: there will be changes to entry points at Central Station. For return trips to Randwick, access the Central Chalmers Street light rail stop on-foot via Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
Services resume as normal from 5am Wednesday 1 January. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.
Road closures, clearways and restricted access will be in place as hundreds of thousands of people attend New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the Sydney Harbour Foreshore at various vantage points.
The city is no place for cars on NYE with key roads closing from 2pm and the majority of the city closed by 7pm. Further closures will be in place including the Harbour Bridge from 11pm to help the large crowds move around after the midnight fireworks. Most roads remain closed until 4am on New Year's Day.
View our Interactive SydNYE road closure map for detailed closure and access information.
- 10.30am: Cahill Expressway Circular Quay Overpass.
- 1pm: Cahill Expressway lanes 7 and 8 on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- 2pm: roads north of Alfred St in The Rocks and north of Bridge St in Circular Quay.
- 5pm: roads in North Sydney and Milsons Point including sections of Miller St, Lavender St, Pacific Hwy southbound, Blues Point Rd and Alfred St South.
- 7pm: major roads north of Liverpool St in the city and key roads in Pyrmont.
- 8.30pm: Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor (citybound direction only) until 9.30pm.
- 11pm: city is locked down, with all roads closed north of Goulburn St from Haymarket through to Walsh Bay. Key roads reopen at 1.30am.
- 11pm to 1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge closed in both directions and Anzac Bridge / Western Distributor closed citybound direction.
- 3am: North Sydney and Milsons Point roads reopened.
- 4am: majority of roads in the city and Pyrmont reopened.
For the latest traffic conditions and the full event closure details including clearway locations and maps at Live Traffic NSW. For traffic conditions download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.
The city is no place for cars on New Year's Eve with carparks expected to fill early and extensive restrictions on street parking, its best to leave the car at home and take advantage of the additional public transport services running through the night.
Many carparks will become inaccessible as roads progressively close in the city throughout the night. Remember if you have arrived early, roads around you may have closed. It is a fineable offence to drive along or exit a driveway onto a closed road.
Special event clearways
Special event clearway parking restrictions are strict no-parking zones and apply even to local residents and businesses with parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme permit holders.
- Sydney CBD/Pyrmont: special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place on roads throughout the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Pyrmont from 6am on New Year's Eve until 4am on New Year's Day.
- North Sydney: special event clearways will be in effect on roads in Crows Nest, Mosman, Neutral Bay and Cremorne between 6am on New Year's Eve and 3am on New Year's Day.
- Local councils: clearways will also be in place on various roads in the Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Balmain Peninsula, Hunters Hill Peninsula and Brighton Le Sands.
Check livetraffic.com for the full listing of special event clearways in the city and in various council areas.
Look for the bright yellow signs and read it carefully before leaving your vehicle on New Year's Eve and the night before as some clearways come into effect very early in the morning. Vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed you can call 132 701 to find its new location.
Many Sydney New Year's Eve vantage points are accessible and have designated accessible viewing areas including Barangaroo Reserve, Cahill Expressway, Mary Booth Reserve, Royal Botanic Garden, Campbells Cove, Pirrama Park and the Sydney Opera House.
For planning tools and information for people with access requirements, including details of accessible vantage points, visit the Sydney New Year's Eve Accessibility Page.
Pick up and Drop off zones
Patrons with accessibility needs are encouraged to arrive early and leave after 1am to avoid the peak crowd arrival and departures.
A designated wheelchair accessible taxi rank and pick-up and drop-off point will be located at Shakespeare Place.
A valid Australian Disability Parking Permit or NSW Mobility Parking Scheme Permit must be displayed in the windscreen to gain access to accessible parking and accessible set-down and pick-up points.
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).