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Vivid chatswood 2019

Chatswood Interchange, Mall & The Concourse

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Lights on
17:30
Lights off
22:30

Event information

Vivid Sydney returns to light up Chatswood from 5:30pm to 10:30pm for 23 consecutive nights from Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June.

The Vivid Light Walk in Chatswood begins at the Chatswood Interchange and flows down through Chatswood Mall to The Concourse and Mills Lane.

Road closures and special event clearways will be in place on the busier Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thousands of extra transport services will run throughout the festival so leave the car at home and catch public transport.

Vivid Sydney will also light up Sydney's iconic Harbour Foreshore and Taronga Zoo, for information on transport to these precincts, visit the event pages:

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Stay connected and get real-time updates on transport services, event precinct capacities and road closures online:

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you head out to Vivid Sydney events as long queues are expected at top-up machines during the festival. Top up online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Keep in mind if you’re travelling by bus you still need to use an Opal card. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.

The Sydney Metro North West Line opens on Sunday 26 May. Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains, which can quickly take you between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start running from the early morning. Last services from Chatswood to Tallawong leave at 12.45am on Thursday nights and at 1.45am on Friday and Saturday nights.

  • To get to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood stay on the Metro to Chatswood Station for direct access to the precinct.
  • If you’re catching the new Sydney Metro train to Vivid Sydney you can change at Epping to connect with a Sydney Trains T9 Northern Line service to the city or change at Chatswood for a T1 North Shore Line service to the city.

On Sunday to Wednesday nights from 26 May until late 2019, North West Night Bus, a late night bus service, will run as Sydney Metro grows to full operations. The first North West Night Bus service departs Tallawong at 9.25pm and Chatswood at 10.10pm. All-stops route and a limited stops routes will run every 10 minutes to Tallawong.

Station Link bus services that have been running between Epping and Chatswood while the rail line was upgraded to metro standards will stop operating on Sunday 26 May after metro services begin.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services. You will need to use your Opal card on North West Night Bus services. 

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip PlannerFor more information and to plan your trip, see Sydney Metro.

The best way to get to the Vivid Sydney Chatswood precinct is by catching a train to Chatswood Station on the T1 North Shore Line and T9 Northern Line. The station brings you directly to the start of the Light Walk.

Trains to Chatswood run frequently on weekdays and every 7 to 8 minutes on weekends. Additional late night NSW TrainLink intercity services will run to help get you home on weekends and some services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages.

You can find all the details of extra services in the Trip Planner.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place during Vivid Sydney and may affect how you travel. Extra rail replacement buses will be on standby during weekends to help visitors get to and from Vivid Sydney events.

Weekdays

Friday 24 May:

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm

Monday 27 to Thursday 30 May Nightly from 9.45pm until 1.30am

  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Bondi Junction and Central

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm
  • T1 Western Line: Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May
    • Nightly from 9.10pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Richmond to Riverstone.
    • Nightly from 9.40pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Riverstone to Richmond.

Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June from 9pm until 4am each night

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith.

Tuesday 11 June to Thursday 13 June

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Nightly from 21:50 until 01:30 buses replace trains between Sydenham and Bankstown. Trains run to a changed timetable between Lidcombe or Liverpool and Bankstown.
  • Blue Mountains Line:
    • Nightly from 22:00 until 23:50, buses replace trains from Springwood to Penrith. The last direct train from the Blue Mountains leaves Lithgow at 19:29, Mount Victoria at 20:00, Springwood at 20:59 and arrives Central at 22:21. Trains run to the normal timetable from Lithgow or Mount Victoria to Katoomba, but to a changed timetable from Penrith to Central.
    • Nightly from 22:10 until 01:00, buses replace trains from Penrith to Springwood. The last train to the Blue Mountains leaves Central at 20:18, Penrith at 21:06 and arrives Lithgow at 23:09. Trains run to a changed timetable from Springwood to Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

Weekends

2am, Saturday 25 May until 2am, Monday 27 May:

  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown. Bathurst trains are replaced by bus between Bathurst and Central.

2am, Saturday 1 June until 2pm, Sunday 2 June

  • T1 Western Line Richmond trains run between Richmond and Leppington only.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line (until 2pm only): Buses replace Homebush trains between Strathfield and Central. Trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern between Leppington and the City via Granville.

2am, Saturday 8 June until 2am, Tuesday 11 June – Long weekend

  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace T1 North Shore Line trains between Berowra and Hornsby
  • T9 Northern Line until 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Rhodes. On Saturday and Sunday night from 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: buses replace trains between Central and Newcastle Interchange.
  • Hunter Line: from Friday night buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange, Scone and Dungog.

2am, Saturday 15 June until 2am, Monday 17 June

  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong. Trains run to the normal timetable between Port Kembla, Wollongong and the City.

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 to and from events. For the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Plenty of Sydney Buses and Forest Coachline services run to Chatswood Bus Interchange at the station where the Vivid Light Walk in Chatswood begins. Bus services run frequently during the week and on weekends.

Sydney Buses Routes: 136 and 143/144 from Manly, 257 from Balmoral/Crows Nest, 267 from Crows Nest, 340 from Bondi Junction, 343 from Kingsford via the CBD, 558 from Lindfield, 534 from Ryde, 530 from Burwood and 259 from Macquarie Centre.

Forest Coachline Routes: 271 and 283 from Belrose, 277 from Castle Cove, 278 from Terrey Hills/Killarney Heights, 279 from Frenchs Forest, 280 from Warringah Mall and 281 from Davidson.

Bus diversions

Buses to and from Chatswood will be diverting around event road closures on Victoria Avenue via Archer St, Ashley St and Anderson St on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday nights (plus Sunday 9 June). Buses will use temporary stops on Archer St until roads reopen.

Routes 136, 257, 267, 340 and 343 - Thursday & Fridays, 6.30pm to 10.30pm and Saturdays (+Sun 9 Jun), 5pm to 10.30pm:

  • To Chatswood: services will skip the Westfield Chatswood, Victoria Ave stop and drop off at a temporary bus stop opposite Chatswood Chase on Archer St between Ferguson Lane and Mills Lane before continuing to the Interchange.
  • Leaving Chatswood: services will miss stops on Victoria Ave at The Concourse and outside Chatswood Chase. Buses will use a temporary bus stop on Archer St near the Police Station between Victoria Ave and Albert Ave instead.

Make sure to check signage at bus stops and also use the Trip Planner before you travel. For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts.

Sydney Ferries are a great way to get around but services are typically very popular during Vivid Sydney, especially on the weekends. If you’re planning on catching a ferry between Vivid Sydney precincts allow plenty of extra travel time and consider the alternate train or bus transport options.

For ferry service disruptions check travel alerts or use the Trip Planner.

Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong precincts with additional services running throughout the festival. Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central for a T1 North Shore Line train to Chatswood.

Services will run every 12 minutes from 7pm to midnight on Friday nights, and from 5pm until midnight on weekends (including the public holiday Monday).

Customers are encouraged to allow plenty of additional travel time as services between Central and Pyrmont Bay will be very busy, particularly on the weekends, as large crowds travel to the Vivid Darling Harbour precincts. Plan ahead using the Trip Planner. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.

Trackwork

Between 11pm Monday 27 May and 6am Friday 31 May, and between 11pm Monday 3 June and 6am Friday 7 June, buses will replace nightly light rail services to allow for essential construction work to take place on the future CBD & South East Light Rail:

Overnight between 11pm and 6am (27 - 31 May and 3 - 7 June):

  • Buses will replace light rail services between Central and The Star in both directions running every 30 minutes.
  • Follow the yellow directional signs to the nearby replacement bus stop locations (as some stop locations may need to change during the course of works).

Light rail services between Dulwich Hill and Central run as per normal between 6am and 11pm during the trackwork period. Nightly services will also return to normal from Friday 7 June.

Allow extra travel time, check travel alerts for light rail service disruption updates including replacement bus stop locations, and plan your light rail or replacement bus trip ahead using the Trip Planner.

Road closures and special event clearways in Chatswood will be in effect on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only during Vivid Sydney.

The following roads will be closed from 6.30pm until 10.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from 5pm until 10.30pm on Saturday nights (plus Sunday 9 June):

  • Victoria Ave between Anderson and Archer Streets
  • Anderson St between Endeavour St and Albert Ave
  • Southbound lanes of Anderson St between Help St and Ferguson Ln

Traffic is expected to be heavy on local detour routes while roads are closed and on the Pacific Highway, Boundary St, Mowbray Rd and Fullers Rd approaching Chatswood in both directions so allow for extra travel time if you plan to drive to see Vivid Chatswood.

You can also find the latest traffic information updated in real-time at Live Traffic NSW or by downloading a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

Car parks

Car parks in Chatswood are expected to fill quickly, especially on the weekends and Thursday and Friday nights so leave the car at home and take advantage of the extra public transport services.

The Concourse car park will remain open throughout Vivid. Entry will be via Archer Street and exit via Ferguson Lane and right into Anderson Street.

You won’t be able to enter the Westfield Coles/Myer car park via Anderson Street after the road is closed from 6.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and from 5pm on Saturday nights (and Sunday 9 June). Vehicles will still be able to exit the car park under traffic control only.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways will be in place on each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (and Sunday 9 June) nights during Vivid from 3pm until 10.30pm on sections of key roads including Victoria Ave, Albert Ave, Archer St, Tulip St and Daisy St.

These clearways are strict no parking zones, even for local residents and RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies.

For more information on clearways and real-time traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW, download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.

Taxi ranks are located on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Railway Street, on the western side of Chatswood Interchange.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

Volunteers working at Vivid Sydney 2019 are entitled to free travel on public transport for the duration of the event by showing their 'Volunteers Free Travel Pass' to transport staff when boarding services.

Travel is covered on the following transport services from Friday 24 May through until 4am on Sunday 16 June 2019:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
  • Buses (Sydney metro services and NightRide)
  • Sydney Ferries
  • Sydney Light Rail

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your volunteer pass does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

Many of Vivid Sydney events are accessible, visit Vivid Sydney Access and Inclusion for more information.

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).