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Australia Day 2020 in Parramatta

Hot air balloons Aus Day Parra

Parramatta Park, Parramatta

Aerial Hot Air Balloon displays
Main stage program begins
Fireworks finale

Important event information

In Parramatta, a series of Australia Day events will be hosted outside of the Sydney CBD in Parramatta Park with a variety of events for all ages running between 6am and 9:15pm on Sunday 26 January.

  • Hot Air Balloon and Aerial displays from 6am to 9am.
  • Live Entertainment and Music on the Crescent Stage from 8.30am to 9pm.
  • CARnivale show from 9am to 3pm
  • Amusement City carnival from 10am to 9pm
  • Crescent Stage entertainment from 5.30pm to 9pm
  • A 10-minute fireworks display from 9pm to wrap up the days events.


You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Receive Opal benefits including daily and weekly fare caps and 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 services including metro, trains, buses ferries and light rail, 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.

Summer Holiday timetable

During the summer holidays including Christmas and New Year, transport services including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail will run to a changed timetable. Some services will run to weekend timetables on weekdays and other services, including those to major events, beaches and shopping centres, will run more frequently. Check out all the Summer Holiday Timetable details and plan your trip before you travel.

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

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping to connect with trains to Parrarmatta.

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

The closest stations to Parramatta Park are Westmead and Parramatta.

  • From Westmead Station, the park is a short 5 minute walk away. If you're coming from the western suburbs alight at Westmead.
  • From Parramatta Station, you can change for a shuttle bus to the park. Alternatively it’s a about a 15 minute walk away.  If you're coming from the east alight at Parramatta.

The main entry point to the Park is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.


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

The Route 900 free shuttle bus service will be running every 10 minutes from 6am to 4pm. Use the special event day bus stop right outside Parramatta Park on O’Connell St/George St to access the event. These services run in a continuous loop around Parramatta CBD on weekend. See the Shuttle Bus Map.

Plenty of regular route bus services also run making stops near Parramatta Park. Use the Trip Planner to plan your bus trip. For service disruptions check travel alerts.

For more details on getting to the park, visit Parramatta Park – Public Transport.

Australia Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Sydney Ferries and services will reach capacity early. Attendees are strongly encouraged to have a backup plan and consider catching a train or bus instead.

The closest wharf stop to Parramatta Park is Parramatta Wharf. From the wharf you can catch a regular Sydney Buses service to get you the park, alternatively you can walk there in about 20 minutes.

There are also a number of impacts to ferries to and from the city on the Parramatta River so plan ahead.

F3 Parramatta River:

  • Circular Quay Exclusion Zones will be in effect from 11:45am to 12:30pm and 6.30pm to 9.45pm. Ferries will use alternate wharves outside of Circular Quay instead.
  • Ferries between Parramatta and Circular Quay (CQ) run every 30 minutes to an hour throughout the day.
  • During exclusion zones services will run to and from Barangaroo instead of Circular Quay.
  • From Parramatta/Olympic Park: First services from both wharves leaves at 7.38am then every hour from Parramatta or every half an hour from Olympic Park. The 10.38am and 5.38pm ferry from Parramatta will terminate at Barangaroo. Last services to the city (Barangaroo) leave Parramatta at 6.38pm and Olympic Park at 8.37pm. Services arriving at the city between 7pm and 8pm will terminate at Barangaroo.
  • From Circular Quay/Barangaroo: First service leaves at 7.07am then every 30 minutes until 11.07am, then from 12.37pm until 6.37pm. The 12:07pm ferry to Parramatta will leave from Barangaroo at 12.18pm. Evening services between 7pm and 10pm will leave from Barangaroo at 7.18pm, 7.48pm, 8.48pm and 9.48pm. Last late night ferry to Olympic Park will leave CQ at 10.07pm.

Due to low tide some ferry services to and from Parramatta wharf may be replaced by buses. See Parramatta Ferry low tide for the full calendar of ferry replacement services.

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

L1 Dulwich Hill light rail services run between Central Station (Grand Concourse) and Dulwich Hill. The new L2 Randwick Line services run between Central Station (Chalmers Street) and Randwick. Services run frequently on weekdays and weekends.

From Central change for a T1 Western Line train to Parramatta.

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.

Australia Day in Parramatta Park is a vehicle-free event. The main pedestrian entry point is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.

Delays are expected on roads throughout Parramatta CBD and approaching the Park on Australia Day. Motorists should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

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.

Australia Day in Parramatta Park is a vehicle-free event. There is no access for general vehicle traffic. 

Limited parking options are available nearby. Visit, Parramatta Park – Parking for more information.

Public transport is the best way to get to the park with Westmead and Parramatta stations within walking distance. The main entry point is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.

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).