Road closures

Leave the car at home

There are a few things you should know if you plan on driving in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

Over 1 million people will head to the harbour to see the fireworks this New Year’s Eve.

Expect major road closures and special event clearways in the city centre and harbour foreshore, North Sydney and the lower north shore. Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Anzac Bridge will be closed for part of the night.

Consider taking public transport instead of the car. There are thousands of extra services on the night to help you get from A to B with ease.

The road closures listed here are some of the major ones to bear in mind, but remember that there are many more throughout the city. You can see all of them at Live Traffic.

Major road closures

Sydney Harbour Bridge from 11pm to 1am.

ANZAC Bridge from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and 11.30pm to 1am.

City centre

  • Art Gallery Road from 5am to 4am
  • Cahill Expressway from 11am and 4am.
  • Castlereagh Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • College Street from 4pm to 4am.
  • Elizabeth Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • George Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • Hickson Road from 2pm to 4am. Limited access between 2pm and 6pm to The Rocks.
  • King Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • Macquarie Street from 10am to 4am. Limited access between 4am and 10am north of Bridge Street to Sydney Opera House.
  • Market Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • Park Street from 7pm to 4am.
  • Pitt Street from 7pm to 4am.


  • Darling Island Road from 6pm to 4am. Resident access only.
  • Pirrama Road from 7pm to 4am.

Live Traffic has details and maps of all New Year’s Eve road closures.

5 things to know

Still thinking about hitting the road on New Year’s Eve? Here are 5 things to consider.

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 cars at certain times during the evening.
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. Residents may not be able to access closed streets.
Public transport will get you there
Transport for NSW is putting on 3500 extra services on the night. That makes public transport your best option. Plan your trip before the event.
Cyclists and pedestrians are affected too
Some road closures, such as the Harbour Bridge, affect bike riders and pedestrians. Live Traffic will have the most up-to-date details.
Conditions may change
So it’s best to keep an eye on Live Traffic if you’re hitting the road.