Information for residents and business

in the City of Sydney

What you need to know

Sydney New Year’s Eve attracts more than one million people to Sydney Harbour.

With so many people celebrating in the city, getting around during the day and the night is different. Access to your property or business may be affected.

There will be widespread road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and move crowds towards public transport.

Catching public transport and walking is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve.

Avoid the large crowds after midnight by delaying your journey home until after 1am if you can.

Pedestrian diversions

Walking in the city will be different. Some streets will be closed to pedestrians and getting around and getting home may be different to how you arrived.

Please follow the signs and directions of staff and be prepared for a longer walk to trains and buses.

As vantage points reach capacity around Circular Quay and The Rocks, pedestrian access will be restricted along Bridge Street, Grosvenor Street and other footpaths and roads into the area. Residents, ticket holders and staff can access these areas through checkpoints. See the map for details.

Fencing will direct pedestrians to train stations after the midnight fireworks. The Wynyard bus interchange is only accessible from King Street.

Significant road closures

Some roads will start closing as early as 4am on New Year’s Eve, with most city roads closed by 7pm. Further closures will be in place from 11pm to help the large crowds move around after the midnight fireworks. Most roads will remain closed until the early hours of New Year’s Day. Some major roads will not reopen until 4am.

See the map for closure locations or visit sydneynewyearseve.com/roadclosures for an interactive road closure map and the most up-to-date information.

Map (PDF 5 MB)

Times of major road closures:

  • 11am: Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass
  • 2pm: roads in The Rocks and Circular Quay
  • 7pm: major roads north of Bathurst Street
  • 8.30pm to 9.30pm and 11.30pm to 1.30am: Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor (citybound direction only)
  • by 11pm: city is locked down, with all roads closed north of Liverpool Street, Haymarket
  • 11pm to 1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge closed in both directions

Cycleways and walkways will be closed on Sydney Harbour Bridge (6pm to 1am for southbound, 6pm to 2am for northbound), Western Distributor (4pm to 12.30am between Murray Street and Pyrmont Street to Cockle Bay Wharf) and the Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass (11am to 4am).

Strict parking restrictions and changes

Special event clearway parking restrictions are in effect across the city from as early as 2am and remain in place until 4am on New Year’s Day. Street parking will be extremely limited. Please leave the car at home on New Year’s Eve.

Clearways are strict no parking zones and this applies to local residents and mobility scheme permit holders. Look for the bright yellow signs and read them carefully. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and fees apply. If your vehicle is towed, call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.

Your street and those around your property may close after you’ve entered a carpark or driveway. You must not drive your vehicle on a closed road unless you have approval from NSW Police. You may have to wait until the road has safely reopened before exiting a carpark or driveway.

Car park operators

This year there will be road closures, diversions and on-street fencing on New Year’s Eve. People leaving the city after the midnight fireworks will be directed along specified walking routes for safety.

Police will enforce road closure zones and no vehicles will be allowed to drive on closed roads. Road closures will affect your car park opening times on New Year’s Day.

Motorists attempting to leave car parks when road closures are in place pose a significant risk to public safety. It is the responsibility of the car park operators to manage this risk by ensuring compliance with road closures. It is an offence to drive on closed roads, even from car parks and penalties may apply. Any car on a closed road will be deemed ‘hostile’ by police and dealt with accordingly.

A briefing will take place on Level 4, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney, on Monday 18 December, from 3pm to 4pm.

To RSVP for the briefing please register at nye17roadclosures.eventbrite.com.au.

Register

Business operations

  • Keep footpaths clear and do not place waste bins, furniture, signs or other temporary equipment on them.
  • Your building manager or fire warden should consider alternative evacuation points if fences restrict access to your emergency assembly areas.
  • Talk with your staff and contractors about alternative access arrangements over this time.
  • Help your customers and ticket holders plan their night. Include this information on your event and ticket communications: Getting in and out of the city is different on New Year’s Eve. There will be road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and move crowds to public transport. See sydneynewyearseve.com/plan-your-nye for details.
  • If you’re hosting an event or cruise you can list it on the City of Sydney’s What’s On online directory. Listing is free and can give extra exposure. See whatson.sydney.

Licensing

The 1.30am lockout on licensed city venues does not apply on New Year’s Eve. The 3am halt to alcohol service and 11pm halt to takeaway alcohol sales remains.

See liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au for details.

Local park access

Beare Park

  • No stopping and no parking permitted on the eastern side of the car park from 9am on 30 December 2016 to 5pm on New Year’s Day.
  • The car park will be closed from 5pm on 31 December 2016 to 1am on New Year’s Day.
  • Alcohol and glass are prohibited.

Giba and Mill Parks

  • Park will be fenced and crowd numbers managed by security staff. Park will be closed to people once full.
  • 9am – 6pm on 30 December, closed for installation of amenities.
  • 10am – midday, parks closed.
  • Midday – 1am, parks opened. Bag check on entry. BYO and glass prohibited.
  • 1am – 6am New Year’s Day, park closed.

Pirrama Park

  • Park will be fenced and crowd numbers managed by security staff. Park will be closed to people once full.
  • 2pm, park opens. Enter at intersection of Pirrama Road and Harris Street only. Bag check on entry. BYO, glass and pets prohibited.
  • Food, alcohol and soft drinks are for sale.
  • 1am – 6am New Year’s Day, park closed for clean-up.

Observatory Hill Park

  • Park will be fenced and crowd numbers managed by security staff. Park will be closed to people once full.
  • 6am – midday, closed for installation of amenities.
  • Midday – 1am park opens. Enter via Watson Road only. Bag check on entry. BYO and glass are prohibited. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale.
  • 1am – 6am New Year’s Day, park closed for clean-up.

Embarkation Park

  • Park will be fenced and crowd numbers managed by security staff. Park will be closed to people once full.
  • 9am – 6pm 30 December, closed for installation of amenities.
  • 6pm – 12.30am park opens. Enter via Challis Street only. Bag check on entry. BYO and glass are prohibited.

Public transport changes

Train

City stations will have different entry and exit points. Some stations will close or have restricted access when vantage points are full. Circular Quay station will be closed from 5pm. Passengers on citybound trains will not be able to get off at Milsons Point station after 6pm and will need to walk from North Sydney station instead.

Bus

Bus interchanges will be relocated and diversions will be in place while roads are closed.

Ferries

Ferries will stop running to Circular Quay from 5pm. Some services will stop from 4pm.

Light rail

Light rail services will continue to run after midnight.

Taxis

Some ranks will be relocated and some will not operate.

Visit sydneynewyearseve.com/transport for more details.

On the day

Get real-time information

Check sydneynewyearseve.com or check our Facebook event page.

Get live transport information

Follow NSW Public Transport on Facebook or Twitter at transportnsw.info/social.

Get a real-time transport app from transportnsw.info/apps.

You can also follow:

@TrainsInfo @BusesInfo @FerriesInfo @LiveTrafficSyd

For more information contact City of Sydney on 02 9265 9333 until 30 December.

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