Leave the car at home
There are a few things you should know if you plan on driving on New Year’s Eve.
Over 1 million people will head to the harbour to see the fireworks.
Expect major road closures and special event clearways in the city centre, harbour foreshore, North Sydney and the lower north shore.
Major roads will close to people driving and cycling. Some city road closures start from 5am on New Year’s Eve, with some roads not opening until 9am on New Year’s Day.
Visit Live Traffic for a complete list. You can also call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.
Major closure times
- 11am: Cahill Expressway over Circular Quay.
- 2pm: Roads in The Rocks and Circular Quay.
- 7pm: Most roads north of Bathurst Street in the central and eastern sides of the city centre.
- 8.30pm-9.30pm and 11.30pm-1.30am: Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor.
- 11pm: All city roads north of Liverpool Street.
- 11pm-1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Most roads will reopen between 2am and 4am.
6 more tips about road closures
- Widespread road closures
- The city centre is a no-go area for cars from late afternoon. The Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge are completely closed to people driving, walking and cycling for parts of the day.
- You won’t be able to drive on closed roads
- Even if you’re leaving a car park. You’ll need to wait until roads reopen.
- Your street may be closed
- Don’t assume you can get back to your street if you take the car out for a spin – some roads will be closed for safety.
- Public transport will get you there
- Transport for NSW is putting on thousands of extra services. That makes public transport your best option. Plan your trip before the event.
- If you walk or ride, you’re affected too
- Some road closures affect people walking or riding bikes. The Harbour Bridge is closed to bike riders and walkers from 6pm to 2am.
- Conditions may change
- So it’s good to keep an eye on Live Traffic if you’re hitting the road.