Sydney Sail GP 2020
Shark Island, Sydney Harbour
- Friday start
- Friday finish
- Saturday start
- Saturday finish
The SailGP event kicks off its racing series in Sydney on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 February. National teams will compete in fleet races on Friday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm with the top two teams racing for a place on the winner’s podium on Saturday afternoon. Free and ticketed spectator experiences are available to see the F50 catamarans race around Shark Island on the eastern side of Sydney Harbour.
Remember the Mardi Gras parade is being held in the city on Saturday so expect larger crowds on transport services to the city.
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 (pdf 859KB) of $2.80 on Sundays.
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.
Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.
Metro services start from the early morning and run every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping to connect with trains to Parramatta.
The closest train station to Rose Bay and Vaucluse is Edgecliff on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line.
Services run from Central and Bondi every 10 to 15 minutes on weekdays and weekends. From Edgecliff connect with a route bus service along New South Head Road.
Trackwork is taking place between Friday 28 February and Saturday 29 February and may affect how you travel to and from the event:
- T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Richmond and Riverstone (evening)
- T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Penrith
- Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith
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
Public viewing areas at Rose Bay & Vaucluse
The best viewing areas to see the race is around Rose Bay and Vaucluse. Catch an F4 Cross Harbour ferry to Rose Bay or Watsons Bay leaving from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay. Remember the Mardi Gras parade is being held in the city on Saturday so expect larger crowds on services to the city.
Note, F1 Manly ferries to and from the city and F4 Cross Harbour ferries between Vaucluse and the city may experience delays while exclusion zones (see the RMS Maritime SailGP Sydney map) and speed limit reductions are in place around Shark Island on the harbour for SailGP Sydney practice and event race days at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday 25 February (practice race day) - exclusion zone starting at 11am with racing from 12pm to 2pm
- Thursday 27 February (practice race day) - exclusion zone starting at 2pm with racing from 3pm to 5pm
- Friday 28 February (event race day 1) - exclusion zone starting at 2pm with racing from 3pm to 5pm
- Saturday 29 February (event race day 2) - exclusion zone starting at 3pm with racing from 4pm to 6pm
Island Arena - Premium Pass Holder
Ferries to Shark Island leave at 1:20pm on Friday and at 2:20pm on Saturday. Ticketholders are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure time.
Return services leave Shark Island at 5:05pm on Friday and at 6:15pm on Saturday.
Island Arena - Access Pass Holder
Ferries to Shark Island leave at 1:35 pm on Friday and at 2:35pm on Saturday. Ticketholders are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure time.
Return services leave Shark Island at 5:30pm on Friday and at 6:45pm on Saturday.
Captain Cook Spectator Boats
On-Water Go and On-Water Go Premium ticketholders have access to official Sail GP spectator Captain Cook Cruise boats which depart from King Street Wharf no.1 starting from 1.30pm on Friday and from 2.30pm on Saturday. Return services will arrive back at King Street Wharf by 6pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday. Ticketholders are required to arrive 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure time.
Visit Sail GP for more details on spectator services.
Behind the Scenes tour at Cockatoo Island
Behind the Scenes Tours take place at Cockatoo Island three times daily during the event from 17 to 27 February at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Catch an F8 Cockatoo Island Sydney Ferries service to get there and back, use the Trip Planner to plan your trip.
Visit Sail GP for more details on the tour.
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.
Change at Central for train services towards Edgecliff.
Parking will be limited at the vantage points around the harbour and parking restrictions will be in place.
Check signs carefully before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed and a fee applies.
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).