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Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k 2021

Sydney Harbour 10k & 5k event Harbour Bridge

The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, King St Wharf & Pyrmont

5km run start
07:00
10km run start
08:00
All events finish
10:30

Important travel advice

Participants are encouraged to plan ahead and consider all the available travel options.

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.

Circular Quay transport hub is within short walking distance of the start lines with frequent trains, buses and light rail services running on weekends to get you there.

Remember it’s mandatory to wear a face mask 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.

Roads around Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, King St Wharf and Pyrmont will start to close from 4:30am on Sunday morning for the event. If you’re driving to the start line allow plenty of extra time and plan ahead. See the road closure map (pdf 179KB) or visit livetraffic.com for more road closure details and access restrictions.

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

Event course 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.

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

Metro services start running from the early morning until late. Change at Epping to connect with trains to the city.

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 get to and from the event is Circular Quay. Both the 5km and 10km events start on George Street near the Overseas Passenger Terminal which is within short walking distance. 

Sydney Trains will run to a regular Sunday timetable with early morning services to the city running every 10 to 15 minutes.

Please note if you’re travelling from Western Line stations due to planned weekend trackwork buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield. Allow extra travel time as you may need to change for rail replacement buses to continue your trip to the city.

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

Trackwork

Planned weekend trackwork is taking place from 2am Saturday 4 December until 2am Sunday 5 December:

  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Buses replace trains between Lidcombe and Strathfield.
  • T3 Bankstown Line: Extra trains run between Lidcombe and the City via Sydenham, to a changed timetable and stopping pattern.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: From 12pm until 3pm, trains will not stop at Wolli Creek, but make an extra stop at Arncliffe. Buses run between Wolli Creek and Sydenham, and between Wolli Creek and Arncliffe.
  • 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.
  • T8 Airport & South Line: From 9am until 3pm, trains may run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Revesby and Turrella.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Blacktown and Central. Trains from Blacktown towards Blue Mountains Line stations leave 30 minutes later than normal.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Trains may run to a changed timetable due to trackwork between Strathfield and Central. From 6am until 4pm, buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Broadmeadow.
  • Hunter Line:  From 6am until 4pm, buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange and Broadmeadow.
  • South Coast Line: From 12pm until 3pm, trains will not stop at Wolli Creek, but make extra stops at Arncliffe and Sydenham. Buses run between Wolli Creek and Sydenham, and between Wolli Creek and Arncliffe.

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. Check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Plenty of buses run to Circular Quay, Wynyard and Martin Place to get you within walking distance of the start line. Plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

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

Service changes & bus diversions

Buses that usually travel through The Rocks, Walsh Bay, King St Wharf and Pyrmont will be diverting from their regular routes and starting/ending their trips at different stops while roads are closed for the event.

The following bus routes will be affected:

  • Routes 252, 288, 290 and 292: from 5.30am to 10am services will not travel to or from Erskine St/King St Wharf and will start and end trips at Wynyard instead. Services to the city will end their trips at Lang Park, York St (Stop ID: 2000133). Services leaving the city will pick up from Clarence St near Margaret St at Wynyard (Stop ID: 2000142).
    services will end their trips at Lang Park, York St. Services leaving the city will pick up from Clarence St near Margaret St at Wynyard.
  • Routes 311, 324 and 325: from 5.30am to 10.30am services will not travel to or from Millers Point/ Walsh Bay, and will start and end trips at Town Hall/QVB instead. Services to the city will end their trips at Park St, Stand J at Town Hall (Stop ID: 2000425). Services leaving the city will pick up from QVB York St, Stand A (Stop ID: 200041). 
  • Route 389: From 7:15am to 11am services to Pyrmont will end their trips at Pirrama Rd before Darling Island Rd (Stop ID: 200918). Services leaving Pyrmont for Bondi Junction will pick up from Pirrama Rd after Jones Bay Rd (Stop ID: 200920). Stops at The Star will be missed

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

Ferries don’t operate early on Sunday mornings to get you to the start line on time but you can catch the ferry home after the event from nearby Circular Quay wharf. Ferries can be busy particularly on Sundays, so have a backup 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.

L2 Randwick light rail services run between Circular Quay and Randwick via Central Station (Chalmers Street) and L3 Kingsford line services run between Circular Quay and Kingsford via Central Station (Chalmers Street). Services run regularly, plan your trip using Trip Planner.

Catch the light rail to Circular Quay to get within walking distance of the start line near the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

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 Light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Roads will be closed for the event between 4:30am and 12:30pm on sections of George St, Hickson Rd, Sussex St, Murray St, Pirrama Rd and other surrounding local roads.

See our road closure map (pdf 179KB) for more more information.

Key road closures:

  • 4:30am to 10:30am: Sydney CBD on George St from Alfred St to Hickson Rd and Hickson Rd and from George St to The Park Hyatt.
  • 4:30am to 12:30pm: Circular Quay West at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
  • 5:30am to 9:30am: Sussex St northbound from King St to Erskine St, Sussex St between Napoleon St and Erskine St including Slip St and Hickson Rd from Watermans Quay to Napoleon St.
  • 5:30am to 10am: Hickson Rd between Watermans Quay and Town Place, Hickson Rd southbound between Towns Place and the Park Hyatt, Napoleon St and Barton St.
  • 5:30am to 10:30am: Hickson Rd northbound from Towns Pl to The Park Hyatt, Dalgety Road and Towns Place.
  • 7am to 9:30am: Roads around Pyrmont including Murray St between Darling Dr and Pirrama Rd, Pirrama Rd between Murray St and Jones Bay Rd and Wharf 7 & 10 access roads.

For real-time updates and detailed road closure information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Changed local access arrangements

King St Wharf/Barangaroo: between 8am and 9am access to King St Wharf is via Wheat Rd only. There will be no entry or exit via Erskine St during this time due to closures on Sussex St for the event. Vehicles entering the precinct need to be aware they cannot exit until after 9am when roads reopen.

Pyrmont: between 7am and 9:30am access into The Star car park will not be available via Pirrama Rd. Access via Pyrmont St, Jones Bay Rd, or Edward St instead. Vehicles may exit the car park onto Pirrama Rd (northbound only) under traffic control until 8:10am. No access to or from Australian National Maritime Museum during these times.

Vehicle drop-off 

If you are getting dropped off at the event, the closest and most easily accessible streets to the start line are Argyle St if you are travelling from the west or north and Harrington St if travelling from the south or east.

From both Argyle and Harrington streets, the start area at First Fleet Park is a short walk through Jack Mundey Place.

If you are getting dropped off at the event, the closest and most easily accessible streets to the start line are Argyle St or Harrington St. From there the start area at First Fleet Park is a short walk through Jack Mundey Place.

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

Parking is limited so participants are encouraged to consider the public transport options and plan ahead.

If you plan to drive and park, remember to allow extra time walking from your parking space to arrive at the race start approx. 45mins before the event. There are a limited number of car parks within walking distance of the start line that operate early on Sunday mornings. Some options include:

  • Clocktower Car Park, 55 Harrington St, The Rocks. Approx. 5-minute walk to the start line.
  • Sydney Opera House Car Park, 2 Macquarie St, Sydney. Approx. 10minute walk to the start line.
  • Barangaroo Reserve Car Park, Entry via 1 Towns Pl, Barangaroo Point. Approx. 13-minute walk to start line. Access to the car park will be managed by traffic control at Dalgety Rd.

All available car park options can be found at the Wilson Parking, Secure Parking or City of Sydney - Parking.

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).