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SMH Half Marathon 2021

SMH Half Marathon 18

Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks & Pyrmont

Half Marathon start
06:30
Scheduled finish
11:00

Important event information

Participants are encouraged to plan ahead and consider all the available travel options including public transport, taxi, rideshare or walking for shorter trips to and from the event. 

Major roads in the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont will begin closing from 3.30am on Sunday morning for the SMH Half Marathon. Check livetraffic.com for detailed road closure details and parking restrictions, maps and real-time updates on event day.

When catching public transport, plan ahead and allow extra time. Extra early morning transport services will run to help participants get to the city. The nearest transport hubs are St James, Martin Place and Town Hall. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Buses and light rail services will be affected while closures are in place so plan ahead and consider catching trains instead.

Remember you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment method when travelling on public transport to and from the event. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.

It’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport including taxis and rideshare in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 12.01am Thursday 1 July.

You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around transport hubs in the city to safely manage participants arriving and leaving throughout the day so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff and NSW Police

Stay connected

Keep informed on the day and get real-time updates on the event, public transport services 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.

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.

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

Metro services start from 4am running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping for trains to Central and connect with trains to St James to get within walking distance of the starting area in Hyde Park North.

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 travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest stations to the start area in Hyde Park North are St James, Martin Place and Town Hall. From Hyde Park participants will join the start line on Macquarie St at Martin Place.

Sydney Trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable with early morning services to the city running every 10 to 15 minutes from around 4:40am, depending on the train line.

If you're travelling from the Illawarra Line, buses are replacing trains between Waterfall, Cronulla and Central so allow extra travel time and plan ahead. Rail replacement buses will run regularly to Central where you can change for trains to St James to get within walking distance of the starting area in Hyde Park North. Trains continue to run between Central and Bondi Junction.

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

Trackwork

Weekend trackwork is taking place from 2am Saturday 26 June until 2am Monday 28 June on the following lines:

  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: On Sunday only, from 5.30am until 9.40am, buses replace trains between Cabramatta and Granville
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Trains may run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Sydenham and Central
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Cronulla, Waterfall and Central. Some buses start and end at Redfern. Trains run to a changed timetable between Bondi Junction and Central.
  • T5 Cumberland Line: On Sunday only, from 5.30am until 9.40am, buses replace trains between Cabramatta and Granville.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: Trackwork on the T4 Illawarra and South Coast lines may affect how you travel.
  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Dapto and Central, and between Port Kembla and Wollongong. Trains run to a changed timetable between Bomaderry and Kiama, and between Kiama and Dapto. Limited buses also run between Bomaderry and Kiama to supplement train services

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 extra travel time and plan ahead. For the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Buses to the city will run to a regular Sunday timetable with additional early morning services to help you get to the start line. Plenty of buses make stops along Elizabeth St within short walking distance of the starting area in Hyde Park North.

Additional services:

  • Route 230 from Mosman – 04:50
  • Route 373 from Coogee – 05:15 and 05:40
  • Route 394 from La Perouse – 05:37
  • Route 396 from Maroubra – 05:23

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 plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Bus diversions

Some services to and from the city will be diverting from their regular routes, terminating early and using alternative bus stops while road closures are in place for the event:

  • Routes 115, 202, 207, 208 and 263
    • From 4am to 1.30pm services that usually start and end on Bridge St will instead run to and from York St at Wynyard. Services will pick up from Wynyard Park York St Stand K (Stop ID 200033) and Stand L (Stop ID 200034) for Route 263.
  • Routes 252, 288, 290 and 292
    • From 4am to 11am services will start and end their trips at Wynyard instead of King Street Wharf/Erskine St while closures are in place. Services will drop off at Wynyard York St Stand P (Stop ID 200048) and pick up from Clarence St Stand R near Margaret St (Stop ID 2000142).
  • Routes 311, 324 and 325
    • From 2am to 4.30am and from 11am to 1pm services will detour around Park St via College St, Wentworth Ave and Goulburn St, stops on Park St at Hyde Park will be missed.
    • From 4.30am to 11am services will start and end their trips at QVB, all stops in Millers Point and Walsh Bay will be missed while closures are in place. Services to the city will drop off at Town Hall, Park St Stand J (Stop ID 2000425) and services leaving the city will pick up from QVB, York St Stand A (Stop ID 200041).
  • Routes 339
    • From 4am to 9am services will start and end at Martin Place. Stops on Phillip St and Alfred St at Circular Quay will be missed. Services will drop off at Martin Place Stand C Elizabeth St and pick up from Stand F Elizabeth St near Martin Place (Stop ID 200081).
  • Routes 304, 333, 343, 373, 374, 377, 392, L94, 394, 396, 397 and 399
    • From 4am to 9am services that usually run to and from Circular Quay will start and end at Martin Place. Stops on Phillip St and Alfred St at Circular Quay will be missed. Services will drop off at Martin Place Stand C Elizabeth St and pick up from Stand F Elizabeth St near Martin Place (Stop ID 200081).
  • Route 389
    • From 2am to 11am services to Pyrmont will end at Miller St before Harris St (Stop ID 200932) and pick up from Harris St at Pyrmont Bridge Rd (Stop ID 200916). Services between Pyrmont and Bondi Junction will also be diverting around closures in the city, missing stops on King St and on Park St and Elizabeth St near Hyde Park. From 11am until 1pm services will continue to divert around closures near Hyde Park, missing stops on Park St and Elizabeth St.
  • Route 437
    • From 4am to 11am services to the city will divert via the Druitt St off-ramp and drop off at Market St Stand F. The stop on Sussex St after King St (Stop ID 2000228) will be missed.
  • Routes 441 and 442
    • From 4am to 12pm services will start and end at QVB, York St Stand B (Stop ID 200042) due to closures on Art Gallery Rd in the Domain. All stops between QVB and The Domain will be missed. From 12pm to 1pm, services will divert around Hyde Park, missing the stop at Hyde Park, Park St, Stand B (Stop ID 2000157).
  • Route 461X
    • From 2am to 11.30am services will divert around closures near Hyde Park via Liverpool St and Wentworth Ave, stops on Elizabeth St, Park St and Castlereagh St will be missed. From 11.30am to 1pm, services will divert around Park St, some stops on Elizabeth and Park Streets will be missed.
  • Route 504
    • From 2am to 1pm services will divert around Hyde Park via Liverpool St and Wentworth Ave due to the closure of Park St. The stop on Park St Hyde Park Stand B (Stop ID 2000157) will be missed. Services leaving the city will pick up from Riley St at Cathedral St (Stop ID 201159) instead of St Mary’s Rd due to closures in The Domain.
  • Routes 500x, 506 and 500N
    • From 2am to 1pm services will start and end at Town Hall instead of Hyde Park. Services will drop off at Town Hall House, Druitt Street, Stand N (Stop ID 2000282) and pick up from Stand D, York Street (Stop ID 200044). Stops on Park St will be closed.
  • Route N91
    • From 2am to 4.30am services will detour around Park St via College St, Wentworth Ave and Goulburn St, stops on Park St at Hyde Park will be missed.
  • Route 300 Kings Cross to Central express (Nightride express)
    • From 2am to 4.30am services will detour around Park St via College St, Wentworth Ave and Goulburn St.

Make sure to plan ahead and check your bus service using the Trip Planner for alternate routes and stops.

The closest wharf to the event start and finish line is Circular Quay however Sydney Ferries will operate to a regular Sunday timetable and services don't start running until later in the morning. Catch early morning buses or trains to get to the start line instead.

After the event you can catch a ferry home from Circular Quay which is approximately 20 minute’s walk from the finish line on Park St at Hyde Park.

Ferries can be busy particularly on Sundays, so have a back up transport option in mind. Use the Trip Planner to plan your trip home after the event.

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

Service changes

  • From first service at 5am until 9.30am, L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford line services will not run between Circular Quay and Town Hall while road closures are in place. Services will run between Town Hall and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford at regular service frequency. From Town Hall you can walk to the starting area in Hyde Park North or change for a train to St James.

The L1 Dulwich Hill Line will continue to run as normal. If you’re catching L1 Dulwich Hill Line services, change at Central for trains to St James.

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.

Taxi ranks within the road closure footprint will be inaccessible while the event is underway. For details on road closures visit Live Traffic NSW.

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

It’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport including taxis and rideshare in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 12.01am Thursday 1 July.

If you’re catching rideshare to and from the event, be aware of the road closures and choose pick up and drop off locations away from the immediate areas of the starting and finish lines to avoid delays.

Major road closures will be in place on Sunday morning between 3.30am and 11:30am in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Pyrmont and Ultimo.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel in the CBD and Pyrmont areas during the event as delays are expected. Diversions will be in place, follow detour signs and allow extra travel time.

See our Transport for NSW interactive map for road closure and clearway details.

Key road closures:

  • Hyde Park from 2am to 1pm: Park St between College St and Elizabeth St (event finish line).
  • Macquarie St from 3.30am to 11.30am: Macquarie St between St James Rd and Hunter St (event start line). Shakespeare Pl / Bent St will be a Macquarie St crossover until 6am and after 10:45am.
  • Circular Quay & The Rocks from 4.30am to 9am: roads north of Bent St including Bridge St, Alfred St, Pitt St, Young St, Loftus St, Macquarie St and George St / Hickson Rd north of Grosvenor St.
    •  Motorists travelling southbound on York St can access the Eastern Distributor via Liverpool and William Streets..
  • Western Distributor from 4am to 11am: the Western Distributor from Pyrmont to the CBD including Fig St, Pyrmont St and Market St on-ramps and King St and Harris off-ramps will be closed.
    • Motorists travelling citybound on the Anzac Bridge will be detoured via the Bathurst St off-ramp. Access to the Anzac Bridge from the CBD is via the Druitt St on-ramp or from Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour St.
  • Cahill Expressway from 4am to 11.30am: The Cahill Expressway Circular Quay Overpass will be closed.
    • The Sydney Harbour Bridge remains open. Motorists travelling southbound to the Eastern Suburbs can use the Sydney Harbour Tunnel or travel through the CBD to access the Eastern Distributor via York St, King St, Elizabeth St, Liverpool St and William St. Note Park St at Hyde Park will be closed for the event.
  • Pyrmont from 4.30am to 11am: Pirrama Rd, Bowman St, Union St, Murray St, Darling Drive and surrounding local roads.
    • Motorists travelling to the city or the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be diverted via Harris St and local roads in Ultimo and Haymarket.
  • Millers Point & Barangaroo from 4.30am to 11am: Hickson Rd, Sussex St, Kent St, Pottinger St, Windmill St and Watson Rd.
    • Access to the Rocks is maintained via York St, Lang St and Harrington St.
  • Sydney CBD from 4.30am to 11.30am: sections of Macquarie St, Bridge St, Bent St, College St, Hunter St and St James Rd. Access the Eastern Distributor via Liverpool and William Streets.
  • The Domain from 4.30am to 12pm: Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd.

Motorists are reminded that it is an offence to drive on or through a road closure point or exit a driveway onto a closed road unless directed otherwise by NSW Police or authorised personnel on-site. If you require access to your vehicle during the event you will need to relocate it outside the closure footprint prior to the road closures.

Access to properties within the road closure footprint will need to be done on foot with vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs to take place on the nearest available open road. Limited managed access will be permitted under traffic control for specific precincts when safe to do so.

For details on road closure locations and times as well as real-time traffic updates, visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Local access changes

Circular Quay:

Circular Quay roads will be closed between 4:30am and 9am, traffic control will manage vehicles exiting from properties at the times and locations below.

  • From 4:30am to 6:00am: exit only via Phillip St southbound and exit only via Pitt St
  • From 6:00am to 8:30am: no exit
  • From 8:30am to 9:00am: exit via Phillip St southbound if safe to allow

Sydney Hospital & Hospital Rd – between 4:30am and 11:30am access to Hospital Rd is via Shakespeare Pl under two-way traffic control

King St Wharf / Barangaroo South / Crown Sydney – access via Erskine St before 6am and after 10am. Access via Wheat Rd under contra-flow between 6am and 10am. Sedans and coaches may enter Wheat Rd during this time. Only vehicles 7m and shorter can exit during this time due to the contra-flow arrangement.

The Rocks – from 9am to 11am, managed local access to Kent St from Erskine St, as far north as High St. Managed access from High St to Dalgety Rd, Bettington St, and Barangaroo Car Park

Pyrmont

  • Pyrmont St south of Quarry St between 4am and 11am: Harris St southbound then left Quarry St, right Pyrmont St. Exit the same way under two-way traffic control.
  • Residential access to Gipps St and Experiment St between 4am and 11am: Harris St southbound then left into Allen St
  • Murray St between Union St and Pyrmont St:
    • between 4:30am and 11am: enter via Darling Dr
    • between 4:30am and 9:15am: exit via Darling Dr
  • Pyrmont St residential car park driveways between Bunn Ln and Allen St: no access between 6am and 9:15am

For details on local access as well as real-time traffic updates, visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

Limited parking is available at the following locations:

  • Domain Car Park – St Mary’s Road Sydney – Opens at 4am – $15 flat fee* - please note this car park typically reaches capacity early so please consider the alternate options.

  • Enacon Car Park – 2 Cathedral St, Sydney – Opens at 4:45am - $15 flat fee

*Wilson Parking are offering a discounted $10 book a bay rate at the Domain Car Park if you book your event day parking online at wilsonparking.com.au and use the following discount code SMH21.

Special event clearways

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect on various roads throughout the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Millers Point and Pyrmont between 1.30am and 12.30pm.

These clearways are strict no parking zones even for local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Parking Permit holders.

Check signs carefully before parking on the day, and the night before as clearways come into effect from early morning on Sunday. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed it will be moved to the nearest available parking space, you can call 132 701 to find its new location.

For details on clearway locations and times as well as real-time traffic updates, visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

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).