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Great Australian Beer Spectacular 2021

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Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

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Start Friday
18:30
Finish Friday
23:30
Session 1 start Saturday
11:30
Session 1 finish Saturday
16:30
Session 2 start Saturday
18:30
Session 2 finish Saturday
23:30

Important travel advice

Attendees are encouraged to plan their trip and consider all the available travel options ahead of time.

Drive with your group and take advantage of the discounted all-day parking rate of $20 when you pre-book online available until 11:59pm the night before each session. Traffic may be heavier than usual on roads approaching the precinct so allow extra travel time. You can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

When catching public transport, plan ahead and allow extra time. If you're travelling from the west, trains run direct to Olympic Park. If you're travelling from the city catch a train to Auburn to connect with trains to Olympic Park.

Planned trackwork on the T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line may affect how you travel with buses replacing trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Allow extra travel time as you may need to change for another train or rail replacement bus. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

It’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on services in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas from 5pm Thursday 6 May until 12.01am Monday 10 May. You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services. Remember you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment card/device when travelling to and from the event on public transport. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around Sydney Olympic Park to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the event so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff on site.

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.

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 towards Olympic Park.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

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

The closest station to Sydney Showground is Olympic Park. Planned trackwork on the T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line may affect how you travel with buses replacing trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Allow extra travel time as you may need to change for another train or rail replacement bus to continue your trip to Olympic Park. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

From the west, trains run direct to Olympic Park.

If you're travelling from the city, T1 Western Line trains will run via the Bankstown Line. Change at Auburn for direct trains to Olympic Park.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

Trackwork

Weeknight trackwork is taking place on Friday 7 May on the following lines:

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: From 10pm until 2am the all stations Homebush trains run between Strathfield and the City Circle only. Leppington trains make an extra stop at Homebush.

From 2am Saturday 8 May until 2am Monday 10 May trackwork is taking place on the following lines:

  • T1 North Shore Line: From 10.30pm Saturday until 3.30am Sunday trains run to a changed timetable between Berowra and Hornsby. Central Coast & Newcastle Line trains are replaced by buses between Central and Wyong.
  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Trains run to a changed timetable - Check trackwork travel alerts for more detailed information 
  • T2 Inner West & South Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Trains run to a changed timetable - Check trackwork travel alerts for more detailed information 
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Some trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern, with extra trains running between Lidcombe and Lindfield via Sydenham.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line South Coast Line: Daily from 5.30am until 11am, trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern. Some trains start or end at Hurstville or Sutherland. You may need to change trains to continue your journey. 
  • T5 Cumberland Line: Extra trains run between Richmond and Leppington.
  • T7 Olympic Park Line: Trains run to a changed timetable between Olympic Park and Lidcombe, then continue to Penrith or Leppington. If you are travelling to the City change at Lidcombe for trains via the T3 Bankstown Line. Buses replace all trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield.
  • T9 Northern Line: Extra trains run between Rhodes and the City Circle. On Saturday, from 7.30pm until 3.30am, buses replace trains between Hornsby and Epping.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Blacktown and Central. Trains from Blacktown towards Blue Mountains Line stations leave 30 minutes later than normal. Some trains between Bathurst and Lithgow also run to a changed timetable.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: On Saturday From 6pm until 3.30am, buses replace trains from Central to Wyong. From 7pm until 3.30am, buses replace trains from Wyong to Central.
  • Hunter Line: On Saturday, from 6pm until 3.45am, buses replace trains between Telarah and Newcastle Interchange.
  • South Coast Line: Daily from 5.30am until 11am, some trains run to a changed timetable and make extra stops between Sutherland and Hurstville. On Saturday from 11.30am until 1pm, trains to the City make an extra stop at Mortdale. 

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Check travel alerts and trackwork for the latest information or use the Trip Planner.

The following Sydney Buses services run to Sydney Olympic Park:

  • Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park. 
  • Route 526 runs from Rhodes to Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf
  • Route 533 runs from Sydney Olympic Park to Chatswood via Rhodes and North Ryde.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

For bus service disruption information check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

The closest wharf to Sydney Showground is Sydney Olympic Park wharf. There is a connecting 526 bus to the stadium or alternatively it is approximately a 40 minute walk (3.6km) from the wharf.

F3 Parramatta River services run regularly to Olympic Park but services are popular and may be at capacity particularly during the evening peak period, so allow extra travel time and consider the alternative public transport options available.

Remember to maintain physical distancing when travelling on transport. Check real-time capacity indicators on available services when planning your trip. You may need to wait for the next service if physical distancing capacity is not available. Learn more about real-time capacity information.

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). Services run every 10 to 15 minutes. 

Change at Central for trains to Auburn to connect with direct services to Olympic Park.

Planned Sydney Trains trackwork on the T1 Western Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line may affect how you travel with buses replacing trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Allow extra travel time as you may need to change for another train or rail replacement bus. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

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.

Traffic will be heavier than usual on roads approaching Sydney Olympic Park including the M4, Parramatta Road, Homebush Bay Drive and Concord Road so allow extra time.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority may close some local roads to accommodate increased public transport services and ensure pedestrian safety during events. For road closure details, visit Sydney Olympic Park Authority and check out the interactive map. 

The widened M4 between Parramatta and Homebush and the new M4 Tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield allows motorists to bypass more than 50 sets of traffic lights on Parramatta Road. A distance-based toll applies. For details on the M4 upgrades, visit westconnex.com.au.

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

The nearest Taxi Rank to Sydney Showground is Herb Elliott Avenue near the Pullman Hotel.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit Transport operators.

Visit Sydney Olympic Park Prebook to pre-book your parking ticket and guarantee yourself a space. A flat rate of $20 will apply for the event. Pre-book parking is available until 23:59 the night before the event. If you haven’t booked, follow the variable message signs within Sydney Olympic Park to best available casual parking. For more information visit parking at Sydney Olympic Park. 

The widened M4 between Parramatta and Homebush and the new M4 Tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield allows motorists to bypass more than 50 sets of traffic lights on Parramatta Road. A distance-based toll applies. For details on the M4 upgrades, visit westconnex.com.au.

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).