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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2020

Mardi Gras 2019

Oxford St & Flinders St - Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Moore Park

Pre-parade entertainment
19:00
Parade start
19:30
Parade finish
23:30

Important event information

With major roads closed between the Sydney CBD and Moore Park from 4.30pm and hundreds of thousands of people expected to line the streets the best way to get to the 42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 29 February is by public transport.

Trains and buses run frequently to the city and additional late night services will run to help you get home again. Keep in mind, trains don’t run all night on Mardi Gras so plan your trip home ahead of time. If you’re catching the bus, plan ahead as services to and from the city will be using different routes and stops while roads are closed between 4.30pm and 4am. Remember to tap your Opal card or major debit/credit card on and off when travelling on public transport services.

Pedestrian crossing of the parade route on Oxford St and Flinders St is available until 7pm before the event gets underway so make sure you head towards your preferred viewing side of the parade early to secure a spot. Use Town Hall, St James, Martin Place or Kings Cross stations for access to the northern side, or use Central station for the southern side. Note, Museum Station will be closed from 5pm due to large crowds.

Stay connected

Keep informed on the night and get real-time updates on transport services, parade viewing area capacities and road closures:

Opal

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.

There's plenty of places to catch the parade as it travels from Whitlam Square in the Sydney CBD (at Hyde Park intersection of College St and Wentworth Ave) through Darlinghurst and Surry Hills via Oxford Street and Flinders Street then into Moore Park via Anzac Parade.

There are ticketed viewings areas and designated accessible viewing areas on Flinders Street between Oxford and Albion Streets. Everywhere else along the parade route is free and open to the general public, but remember space does fill quickly so arrive early to secure a spot on your preferred side of the parade route.

Pedestrian crossing of the parade route will be managed from 4.30pm when the roads close until 7pm when the pre-show parade starts. Dedicated crossing points will be located on Oxford St at Riley St and Crown St, and on Flinders Street at Albion St. After 7pm, the parade route will be locked down and there will be no crossing until the parade has finished. Crossing on Anzac Parade in Moore Park remains open via the pedestrian bridges.

Parade viewing areas & transport:

  • Oxford Street - Northern side in Darlinghurst, arrive at Town Hall, St James or Martin Place stations and continue on foot via Park St, WIlliam St and Yurong St. You can also use Kings Cross Station and walk via Darlinghurst Rd.
  • Oxford Street - Southern side in Surry Hills, arrive at Central Station and continue on foot via Albion St, Campbell St or Goulburn St.
  • Anzac Parade - Moore Park, arrive at Central Station and walk via Devonshire Street or catch the new Light Rail to Moore Park. You can cross Anzac Parade via the Albert "Tibby" Cotter walkway or Anzac Pde Pedestrian Bridge at Sydney Girls & Boys High Schools.

Check out the 2020 Mardi Gras parade route map (pdf 1.0MB) for more details.

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 T9 Northern Line trains to the city.

The last Metro service leaves Chatswood at 2.53am. First service on Sunday starts at 4.47am.

From the city, the last Sydney Trains T1 North Shore Line service to Chatswood leaves Town Hall at 2.30am, arriving at Chatswood by 2.50am. The last T9 Northern Line train to Epping leaves Central at 1.03am, arriving at Epping by 1.36am.

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

Getting there

Trains will run to a Saturday timetable, with additional services to get you to the parade in the evening and home again. Trains to the city run approximately every 8 minutes on the T1 North Shore Line and City Circle Line, and every 10 to 15 minutes on all other lines

The closest stations to the start of the parade are Central, Town Hall, Martin Place, St James and Kings Cross, depending on which side of the parade you want to be on.

Pedestrian crossing of the parade route will be closed after 7pm, so plan ahead and use the following stations to access the northern or southern side of the parade:

  • For access to the northern side of the parade route in Darlinghurst, use Town Hall, St James, Martin Place or Kings Cross stations.
  • For access to the southern side of the parade route in Surry Hills use Central Station.
  • You can also catch the Light Rail to Moore Park from Central Chalmers Street to access viewing areas on Anzac Parade. Services will run between Central and Randwick until 3am.

Note: Museum Station will be closed and trains will not stop from 5pm on Saturday until 4am Sunday due to large crowds and road closures in the area for the parade.

Getting home

Additional late night services will run from Central, Town Hall, St James and Martin Place stations to help you get home after the parade. Keep in mind that trains don't run all night on Mardi Gras, so if you’re heading home after 1am on certain lines you’ll need to catch a NightRide bus instead.

  • For T1 North Shore Line services go to Town Hall station:
    • Services run every 15 minutes until 1am, then additional services leave at 1:18am, 1:40am, 2:08am and 2:30am.
  • For T1 Western, Northern and T2 Inner West & Leppington lines go to Central station:
    • Western Line services towards Penrith will run every 15 minutes until 1am, then additional services leave at 1:11am, 1:40am, 2:10am and 2:40am. Change at Parramatta for Richmond line services, leaving every 30 minutes until 12:30am
    • Inner West & Northern Line services will run every 15 minutes until 1am.
    • Leppington Line: services run every 15 minutes until 10:13pm, then every 30 minutes until 1am.
  • For T8 Airport & South and T3 Bankstown Line services go to St James station:
    • T3 Bankstown services leave every 15 minutes until 1am.
    • T8 Airport & South services leave every 15 minutes until 1am.
  • For T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra services go to Martin Place or Kings Cross stations.
    • Services to Cronulla leave every 30 minutes until approx 1.30am and to Waterfall every 30 minutes until 1am.
    • Trains between Bondi and Central will run as a shuttle service approximately every 15 minutes until 1am then every 30 minutes until approx 4.15am.
  • For NSW TrainLink services go to Central station:
    • Blue Mountains Line Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Penrith. Services will run between Central and Penrith stations. Buses will replace trains between Penrith and Lithgow.
    • South Coast Line: An additional train to Wollongong will leave Central at 23:59, stopping at Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall then all stations to Wollongong.
    • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: An additional train will leave Central at 00:15, stopping at Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping, Hornsby, Berowra, Cowan, Hawkesbury River, Woy Woy, then all stations to Broadmeadow. The 00:57 service from Central to Wyong will continue onto Newcastle Interchange, stopping all stations.
    • Blue Mountains, South Coast and Central Coast & Newcastle lines: Trains arriving and departing Central between 5pm and 12:40am will be built up to 8-car services.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place over the weekend 29 February - Sunday 1 March on the following lines and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T1 Western Line: from 2am Saturday 29 February until 2am Sunday 1 March buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Penrith. From 2am Sunday 1 March buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown until 2am Monday 2 March.
  • Blue Mountains Line: from 2am until midnight on Saturday 29 February buses replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith. From 12:01am Sunday 1 March buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown until 2am Monday 2 March.

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.

Bus services between the city and eastern suburbs will be affected while roads are closed for the parade. A number of route services will be diverting around the closures, using alternate stops or terminating early. Customers are advised to allow extra travel time on buses and plan to arrive early. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Additional services

A number of additional services will run to and from the city including:

  • From 3pm additional services will run on key bus routes to the city from the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Inner West, Victoria Road, Eastern Suburbs and Hills District. Additional late night services will also run until 3am.
  • Additional services will run from the Inner West on Routes 423, 431, 438 and 440 with some services running every 10 to 15 minutes between 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Additional late night services will also run out of the city from 9pm until late. 
  • Hillsbus additional services will run on Routes 607X and 610X as well as regular late night services:
    • Bella Vista to QVB - Route 607X services will run to the city every 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 7.30pm then every 20 to 30 minutes until midnight. Services back to Bella Vista will run from QVB every 15 minutes from 9.30pm to midnight, then at 12.30am and 1am. After 1am catch the 607N City QVB to Tallawong buses at 1.30am, 2am, 2.30am, 3am and 4am. 
    • Castle Hill to QVB - Route 610X services will run every 8 to 15 minutes from 4.30pm to 7.30pm then every 15 to 30 minutes until 12.30am. Services back to Castle Hill will run every 8 to 15 minutes from 9.30pm to midnight, then at 12.05am, 12.25am, 12.45am and 1.05am. After such time catch the 610N City QVB to Norwest via Castle Hill buses at 1:20am, 1:35am, 1:50am, 2:05am, 2:20am, 2:35am, 2:50am, 3:20am and 4.20am.
  • NightRide services: additional NightRide services will run throughout the early morning - more details will be available closer to the event.

Bus diversions

Buses between the city and eastern suburbs will be diverting while roads are closed, using different stops and/or terminating early. Allow extra travel time and plan your bus trip ahead of time using the Trip Planner. Bus diversion details will also be available in the Trip Planner travel alerts.

  • From 3pm to 4.30pm:
    • Routes 333, 373, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 397, 399 will miss stops on Liverpool St at Hyde Park as the road will be closed until 4am. Buses to and from the city will detour around Liverpool St via College St and Park St. Further diversions from 4.30pm when parade route closures are in place.
       
  • From 4.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1am until 4am:
    • Buses between the city and the east via Oxford St will be diverting via Darlinghurst Rd and Victoria St.
      Buses between the city and the east via Anzac Pde will be diverting via Cleveland St and Chalmers St including routes 333, 339, 373, 374, 376, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 391, 397 and 399.
    • Route 340: services between Chatswood and Bondi Junction will be diverting via Darlinghurst Rd/Victoria St and William St in Darlinghurst / Kings Cross in both directions.
       
  • From 8.30pm to 1am
    • Buses between the city and the east will start and end their trips at Central Station due to additional closures on Elizabeth St. Affected routes include 333, 339, 373, 374, 376, 377, 392, 394, L94, 396, 391, 397 and 399. Services will end at Railway Square Stand N (200819) and start from Central Station Eddy Avenue Stand D (200054) or 339 and 374 from Stand C (200053)
    • Buses between the city and inner west will start and end their trips at Central Station instead of Martin Place due to additional closures on Elizabeth St. Affected routes include 412, 413, 431, 438, 439, 470, 423, 426, 428 and 461. Services will end at Railway Square Stand J (200017) and start from Pitt St opp Barlow St (200083).
  • Cross city routes will be split
    • Route 343 will be split into two routes (northern and eastern). From 8pm to 1am services from Chatswood to the city will terminate at Bridge St and start from Gresham St near Bridge St (2000150). Services from Kingsford to Chatswood will terminate at Central Chalmers St Stand G and start from Elizabeth St Stand E near Kippax St (201080). Passengers wanting to connect between the northern and eastern 343 services will need to catch a train between Central and Wynyard.
    • Route M20 (to be renumbered 320 on 9 Feb) will run between Zetland and Wynyard only. From 8.30pm until 1am services to the city will end at Central Station Chalmers St Stand G (201016) and start from Central Station Elizabeth St Stand E near Kippax St (201080).
       
  • Route M10 from 3pm until last service services will be diverting via Elizabeth St / Chalmers St and Cleveland St due to closures on Oxford St.
     
  • Route 304: from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1am to 4am services to the city will be diverting via Foveaux St and services away from the city will be diverting via Albion St. Stops on Campbell St and some on Crown St will be missed. From 8.30pm to 1am services to the city will end at Central Station Foveaux Street, Stand F (201039) and start from Central Station, Eddy Avenue  Stand D (200054)
     
  • Route 311: services will run between Millers Point and Kings Cross only from 4.30pm to 4am.
     
  • Route 376 and 391: from 4.30pm until last service buses to the city will be diverting via Cleveland St and Chalmers St, buses leaving the city will be diverting via Elizabeth St, Cleveland St and Alison Rd.
     
  • Route 352: from 4.30pm until last service buses will be detouring around Oxford and Flinders Street closures in Darlinghurst via Lang Rd and Cook Rd in Moore Park.
     
  • Route 389: From 6pm to 4am services to Bondi Junction will divert around Hyde Park via Sir John Young Crescent, missing stops on Elizabeth St, Park St and Yurong St. from 4.30pm to 4am services to Pyrmont will make a minor detour and travel via Crown St instead of Riley St.
     
  • Route 440: from 3pm to 4.30pm services to Bondi Junction will be diverting around Hyde Park via Wentworth Ave missing a stop on Liverpool St. From 4.30pm to 4am services will be split into two routes running between Rozelle and Central ending at Central Station, Eddy Ave, Stand B (200051) and start from Pitt St opp Barlow St (200083). Services between Kings Cross and Bondi Junction will start and end at Kings Cross Station, Bayswater Rd, Stand C (201126).
  • Route 504: from 4pm to 8.30pm services leaving the city will start from Crown St at Robinson St (2010100) instead of St Marys Rd. From 8.30pm until last service buses will end their trips at QVB York St Stand D (200044) and start from Stand B (2000042).
     
  • Route 506: from 4pm to 8.30pm services leaving the city will start from Riley St near Cathedral St (2011159) instead of St Marys Rd.

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

Catch a ferry to Circular Quay to connect with trains to St James, Town Hall or Central to get within walking distance of the parade. You can also catch a light rail service from Circular Quay to Town Hall.

Keep in mind that ferries are expected to be busy and services may reach capacity early so have a back up plan in mind and consider the alternate transport options available.

The Sail GP event is also being held in the harbour around Shark Island and Rose Bay in the evening from 4pm to 6pm. F4 Cross Harbour Ferries between Vaucluse, Rose Bay and the city may experience some delays during this time.

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

L1 Dulwich Hill line services connect the city and the Inner West with stops between Dulwich Hill and Central Grand Concourse. The new L2 Randwick Line connects the Sydney CBD and the South East with stops between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Chalmers Street.

L1 Dulwich Hill

L1 Line services will run every 15 to 24 minutes from 6am to 9am then every 10 minutes until the last service to Dulwich Hill leaves Central at 11pm. After such time regular overnight services will run between Central and The Star only every 30 minutes in both directions

Access to the parade viewing areas:

  • The closest stop to the southern side of the parade is Central Grand Concourse where you can walk via Albion St.
  • For access to the northern side of the parade route change at Central for a train to Town Hall to continue on foot.
  • You can also change at Central for L2 Light rail services from Central Chalmers Street to Moore Park for access to Anzac Pde viewing areas.

L2 Randwick

L2 Randwick services between Randwick and Circular Quay run every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day until 9pm. Services will not run between Central and Circular Quay after 9pm due to road closures and large crowds leaving the city after the parade.

The last tram to Circular Quay leaves Central Chalmers Street at 8:35pm and the last tram to Central leaves Circular Quay at 9pm.

Light rail services continue to run between Central Chalmers Street and Randwick every 15 minutes from 9pm until 2am.

Access to the parade viewing areas:

  • The closest stop to the southern side of the Oxford/Flinders St parade route is Surry Hills where you can walk via Devonshire Street.
  • The closest stop to the northern side of the parade route is Town Hall where you can walk via Park St and William St.
  • The closest stop to the Anzac Parade viewing areas is Moore Park where you can access either side of Anzac Pde via the Albert 'Tibby' Cotter Walkway.

For more details on stop locations and maps, see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Major road closures will be in place in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park during the parade between 3pm Saturday 29 February and 4am Sunday 1 March.

Key road closures:

  • From 3pm: Liverpool St between Elizabeth St and College St, Yurong Pkwy and sections of Campbell St and surrounding local roads in Surry Hills will close.
  • From 4.15pm to 6.30pm: College St southbound at St Mary's Rd will close.
  • From 4.30pm: Oxford St from College St to Darlinghurst Rd, College St from William St to Oxford St, Flinders St from Oxford St to Moore Park Rd and Anzac Pde southbound from Moore Park Rd to Lang Rd including the Eastern Distributor Randwick Anzac Pde off-ramp (Bondi exit remains open). Sections of Wentworth Ave, Goulburn St, Crown St, Bourke St and various local roads off Oxford St will also close.
  • From 6pm: sections of South Dowling will be closed between Oxford St and Fiztroy St
  • From 6:30pm: Anzac Pde northbound from Lang Rd to Fitzroy St including the Eastern Distributor Anzac Pde on-ramp, sections of Moore Park Rd at Flinders St and Driver Ave will close.
  • From 9pm to 1am: sections of Elizabeth St, Castlereagh St and Pitt St between Market and Goulburn streets will close to allow crowds to safely leave the CBD.

Check out our interactive road closure map to easily view the closures in place for the parade.

Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD and to expect delays as traffic will be heavy on detour routes.

Motorists travelling between the city and eastern suburbs will be diverted via Cleveland St in the south or via William St and Darlinghurst Rd in the north.  

Pedestrian access across the parade route will be maintained at Riley St, Crown St and Albion St from 4.30pm until 7pm, after such time there is no pedestrian crossing of Oxford or Flinders Streets available until roads reopen. 

Reminder: it is a fineable offence to drive on, or exit a driveway onto, a closed road. Access to your property and/or parking may be restricted due to closures and clearways, so please familiarise yourself with the road closure and clearway information when planning your movements on the day.

See our For full closure and clearway details with maps, visit Live Traffic NSW, or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

With carparks in the city expected to fill early and extensive restrictions on street parking in place, it's best to leave the car at home and take advantage of the additional public transport services running to get you to and from Mardi Gras celebrations.

If you have to drive and park your vehicle be aware that roads may close around your parked location. Vehicles are not permitted to drive on closed roads or exit car park driveways onto closed roads at any time unless at the direction of NSW Police.

For parking options in the Sydney CBD visit City of Sydney - Parking.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways will be in effect from 6am on Saturday until 4am on Sunday on various roads along and surrounding the parade route in the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills and Moore Park. 

Look for the bright yellow signs and read them carefully when parking your vehicle on the day or the night before as clearways come into effect early in the morning.

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, and apply even to residents and businesses with parking permits or RMS Mobility Scheme permit holders. Vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your car is towed, call 132 701 to find its new location.

For the latest traffic conditions, listed clearway locations and maps visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

Taxi

Taxis will be in very high demand and ranks within the closure areas will not operate. Spectators are strongly encouraged to consider the public transport options to avoid traffic delays.

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

Ride-share

Customers are encouraged to choose a pick up point well outside of the road closure areas as access will be difficult for ride-share vehicles. There is no designated pick up or drop off location.

Viewing areas

The dedicated accessible viewing area is located on Flinders Street between Patterson Lane and Linden Lane. Open from 6pm. See the parade route map for location details.

All guests with accessibility requirements need to register for the accessible viewing area. All patrons who register should catch the train to Central to access the free accessible event Shuttle Bus leaving from Foveaux Street. See more details on the parade's accessibility and inclusion arrangements.

Taxis & Drop-Off Zone

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) bookings can be made via Zero200. Bookings must be made prior to the Mardi Gras Parade night through Zero200.

An accessible taxi drop-off and pick-up zone will be available on the corner of Albion and Bourke Streets, Surry Hills.

Transport

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can check '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 (check the 'Accessibility' filter).