Leave the car at home
There are a few things you should know if you plan on driving on New Year’s Eve.
With so many parking restrictions and major roads closed, you can’t drive to vantage points or see the fireworks from your car, so leave it at home.
Major roads will close from 2pm 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.
Some roads will close to people walking too. For details, download our map (PDF 896 KB).
No vehicles will be able to exit any car parks in the city until police reopen all roads. NSW Police will continue to prioritise public safety. They will stop any car driving on closed roads and penalties will apply.
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, citybound only.
- 11pm: All city roads north of Liverpool Street.
- 11pm-1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Most roads will reopen between 2am and 4am.
5 more tips about road closures
- Widespread road closures
- The city centre is a no-go area for cars from late afternoon. During the fireworks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge will close completely and the Anzac Bridge will close to people driving to the city.
- 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
- The Harbour Bridge is closed to bike riders and walkers southbound from 6pm to 1am and northbound from 6pm to 2am. If you’re attending a vantage point in the city, consider walking or public transport. Spaces to lock up bikes will be limited.
- Conditions may change
- So it’s good to keep an eye on Live Traffic if you’re hitting the road.