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Villiers Stakes Day

Royal Randwick Racecourse, Randwick

Gates open
11:45
First race
13:00
Last race
18:00

Important Event Information

The new light rail L2 Randwick Line between Circular Quay and Randwick opens on the weekend of 14 and 15 December. The first passenger service will commence around 11am on Saturday 14 December, and trams on the L2 Randwick Line will be fare-free for the opening weekend.Services are expected to be very busy as crowds catch the new light rail service to celebrate the opening weekend.

Race goers are strongly encouraged to avoid the queues for light rail services and take advantage of the free special event shuttle buses that will run frequently between Central and Randwick Racecourse instead.

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, 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 train services towards Central.

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

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

The closest station to Royal Randwick Racecourse is Central. From there you can connect with shuttle buses running to Randwick Racecourse leaving from Stand D at Eddy Avenue.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 14 December until 02:00 Monday 16 December and may affect how you travel to and from the event: 

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Until 11:45am on Saturday the all stations Homebush trains run between Ashfield and the City only. 
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line:  Buses replace trains between Cronulla, Waterfall and Central.
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Dapto and Central, and between Port Kembla and Wollongong.

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 and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Shuttle buses

Free express special event buses (Route 32) will run between Central and Randwick:

  • From Eddy Avenue Stand D at Central Station: shuttle buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes from 10:30am until 1:30pm 
  • From ATC Randwick Bus Plaza: shuttle buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes from 3pm until 7:30pm 

The new light rail L2 Randwick Line between Circular Quay and Randwick opens on the weekend of 14 and 15 December. Services are expected to be very busy as crowds catch the new light rail service between the Sydney CBD and South East.

Race goers are strongly encouraged to avoid the queues for light rail services and take advantage of the free special event shuttle buses that will run frequently between Central and Randwick Racecourse instead.

Regular route buses

Many regular Sydney Buses services travel between the City and Eastern Suburbs via Anzac Parade and Alison Road to get you to Randwick Racecourse including Routes m50, 339, 373, 374, 376 and 377.

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

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for a train to Central. From there you can catch a shuttle bus leaving from Eddy Avenue near the station to get to Randwick Racecourse.

The new light rail L2 Randwick Line between Circular Quay and Randwick opens on the weekend of 14 and 15 December. Services are expected to be very busy as crowds catch the new light rail service between the Sydney CBD and South East.

Race goers are strongly encouraged to avoid the queues for light rail services and take advantage of the free special event shuttle buses that will run frequently between Central and Randwick Racecourse instead.

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

Sydney Light rail services run between Central and Dulwich Hill and between Circular Quay and Randwick, with a number of stops at popular CBD, South East and Inner West destinations.

The new light rail L2 Randwick Line between Circular Quay and Randwick opens on the weekend of 14 and 15 December. Services are expected to be very busy as crowds catch the new light rail service between the Sydney CBD and South East.

Race goers are strongly encouraged to avoid the queues for light rail services and take advantage of the free special event shuttle buses that will run frequently between Central and Randwick Racecourse instead.

L1 Dulwich Hill Line: services run every 8 to 12 minutes on weekends. From Central change for a shuttle bus to Randwick Racecourse leaving from Eddy Avenue.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service informationFor light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Traffic may be heavier than usual on Anzac Pde, Avoca St, Doncaster Ave, High St, York Rd, Alison Rd and Darley Rd as crowds travel to and from the racecourse. 

Motorists are reminded to exercise caution particularly around the Randwick light rail stop as pedestrian activity will  be high on roads in the area.

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

Taxis may enter and exit the Royal Randwick Racecourse via Oaks Drive (entry off Ascot Street from the Doncaster Avenue roundabout). Taxis are not allowed to stop on Alison Road. For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit NSW Taxi Council.

Parking

Limited car parking may be available at the Infield car park and entry is off High Street. Members Private Reserved Parking is off the Abbottsford entry. Members Reserved Parking in the Infield is on the Eastern side of the road. Patrons must display their “members car park permit” at all times.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways will be in effect on sections of Ascot St and Darley Rd near the racecourse entry from 8am until 8pm. 

Clearways are strict no-parking zones even for local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Check signs carefully 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).