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22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN at Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

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Event starts daily
10:00
Event ends daily
16:00

Important Event Information

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney will be held at venues on Cockatoo Island from Tuesday 16 June until Sunday 6 September. Entry to Cockatoo Island for the event is free and unticketed, however attendees are strongly encouraged to be mindful that attendance is expected to be busiest on weekends and that numbers in each exhibition space will be monitored carefully. You may be asked to queue up or move on to another space if safe physical distancing capacity is reached. 

Attendees are reminded that public transport continues to operate at a reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing across the network. If you're travelling to Biennale venues by public transport, allow plenty of additional travel time and plan ahead by checking real-time capacity indicators where available as you may need to wait for the next service with available physical distancing capacity.

Remember to continue practising physical distancing when on-board transport services and to look for the ‘green dots’ to find the safest places to sit or stand. Wearing a face mask while travelling on public transport is also strongly recommended.

If you're planning to visit on weekdays, avoid travelling during the morning and afternoon peak periods. For travel on weekends, keep in mind that ferries are typically busiest on weekends, so allow for extra travel time. Additional shuttle ferries will run between Barangaroo and Cockatoo Island from 9.45am to 6pm on weekends only.

Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. Learn more about real-time capacity information

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.

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.

Travel on public transport is covered for volunteers of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN 2020 at the following venues: Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace in Woolloomooloo, Carriageworks, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School in Darlinghurst.

This entitlement allows free travel Biennale of Sydney 2020 volunteers from Monday 8 June 2020 until Sunday 27 September 2020 on the following public transport services:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Nowra, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
  • Sydney Metro services 
  • Sydney bus services
  • Sydney Ferries
  • Sydney Light rail services.

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to and from Domestic and International Airport stations and the access fee is not included in the above the travel entitlement.

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 train services to the city. to connect with ferries to Cockatoo Island.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. Learn more about real-time capacity information

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

The best station for connections to Cockatoo Island for the event is Wynyard. From there you can connect with ferries to Cockatoo Island from Barangaroo Wharf which is a short 10 minute walk from Wynyard station via the underground Wynyard Walk.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. Learn more about real-time capacity information

Trackwork

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. 

Scheduled trackwork is taking place on various days throughout the festival's duration and may affect how you travel to and from the event. Check travel alerts and trackwork for the latest information and plan ahead using the Trip Planner.

A number of buses run to nearby wharves where you can connect with ferries to Cockatoo Island. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner. 

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts.

During the festival, additional shuttle ferries will run express between Barangaroo Wharf and Cockatoo Island every 30 minutes from 9.45am until 6pm on weekends only.

Ferries on F3 Parramatta River and F8 Cockatoo Island routes will also continue to operate a regular weekday and weekend timetable making stops at Cockatoo Island.

Keep in mind that ferries are typically busy on weekends and Sundays in particular on F3 Parramatta River services so allow plenty of extra travel time or consider visiting on Saturdays instead or during off-peak periods on weekdays where possible. 

Remember to maintain your physical distance on public transport and check real-time capacity information. You may need to wait for the next service if capacity is not available. 

You will need to use your Opal card or contactless payment method when travelling on public transport to and from the event

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. L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and the L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street).

The closest light rail stop for connections to Cockatoo Island is Wynyard on the L2 and L3 lines. From there you can connect with ferries to Cockatoo Island from Barangaroo Wharf which is a short 10 minute walk from Wynyard station via the underground Wynyard Walk.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

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

A number of private operate water taxi services run from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour to Cockatoo Island:

There's no parking available on Cockatoo Island.

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).