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Randwick Christmas Festival

Randwick Christmas Festival 2021

Royal Randwick Racecourse, Randwick

Gates open
14:00
First race
14:55
Last race
18:35

Important travel advice

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

When catching public transport, plan ahead, allow extra time and sit or stand on the green dots. You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services.

Light rail services run regularly to Royal Randwick on the L2 Line or to Kensington on the L3 Line within short walking distance of the racecourse. Additional light rail services will run before and after the event.

Remember it’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, and you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment card/device when travelling to and from the event. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.

If you're driving or catching taxis/rideshare, travel with your group and allow extra time as traffic may be heavier than usual, there’s plenty of parking on-site at the racecourse. You can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around transport hubs and the racecourse 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 for trains to Central to connect with light rail services or buses to the racecourse.

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 or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest station to Royal Randwick Racecourse is Central.

Change at Central for Light rail services to Royal Randwick on the L2 Line leaving from Chalmers Street. You can also catch the light rail to Kensington on the L3 Line to get within walking distance of the racecourse.

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 3 December and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T1 Western Line: From 10pm until 2am, trains run to a changed timetable and make extra stops at Homebush, Burwood and Ashfield. Some trains to the City end at Olympic Park. Change at Lidcombe to continue your journey.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: From 10pm until 2am, some trains to the City end at Olympic Park. Change at Lidcombe to continue your journey. Homebush trains run between Rhodes, Strathfield and the City only.

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 plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

A number of regular route buses travel between the City and Eastern Suburbs via Anzac Parade and Alison Road to get you to Randwick Racecourse including Routes 339, 373, 374, 376 and 377.

Please note there are changes to bus services in the South East from 5 December that may affect your trip, plan ahead and check signs at stops. Plan your bus 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 bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and change for a light rail service to Royal Randwick on the L2 Randwick Line or to Kensington on the L3 Kingsford Line. 

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.

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). 

Please note that from 5am until 7pm on Friday 3 December L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail services will not run between Town Hall and Circular Quay due to an event at QVB. Services will continue to run between Town Hall and Randwick / Juniors Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street). Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

 

Catch a light rail service to Royal Randwick on the L2 Randwick Line or Kensington on the L3 Kingsford Line. 

The Royal Randwick stop is located on Alison Road just across from the racecourse. The Kensington stop is located on Anzac Parade, a short walk from the racecourse entry on Ascot St. 

Regular services run every 5 minutes between Circular Quay and Moore Park, and every 10 minutes between Moore Park and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford.

Due to light rail vehicle repairs, buses are replacing all light rail services on the L1 Dulwich Hill Line between Central Grand Concourse and Dulwich Hill until further notice. Consider using alternative transport and allow extra travel time. For more information and replacement bus stop locations, see the Transport news story.

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 may be heavier than usual on roads around the racecourse so if you're driving or are using taxis or rideshare, allow additional travel time.

Trams are running between the CBD and South East so pedestrians are reminded to exercise caution around the tram tracks and cross at designated pedestrian crossings.

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

Taxi entry to Royal Randwick Racecourse is via the Ascot Street entrance where there is a secure taxi rank for drop offs and pick-ups.

Please note that taxis, ride share and hire cars are not permitted to stop on Alison Road or Doncaster Avenue.

Use Ascot Street for rideshare drop offs and pick ups. 

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

There is free parking in the Infield car park on-site, entry via High Street opposite UNSW.

Members Private Reserved Parking is available in the multi-deck car park, entry via Ascot Street. Patrons must display their “members car park permit” at all times.

Accessible parking: Disabled car parking is available in the Infield car park, entry via High Street opposite UNSW. A disabled parking sticker must be prominently displayed in the vehicle at all times.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW

Parking

Accessible parking: Disabled car parking is available in the Infield car park, entry via High Street opposite UNSW. A disabled parking sticker must be prominently displayed in the vehicle at all times.

Transport

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).