Information for residents and business

in the City of Sydney

What you need to know

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

With so many people celebrating in the city, getting around will be different and access to your property and parking will 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

To help crowds move around safely, pedestrian access will be restricted in the city. Road closures and fencing will be in place as vantage points around the harbour reach capacity.

The way you arrived may be different to the way you get home after the fireworks. Follow signs and the directions of staff and be prepared for a longer walk.

There will be checkpoint access for local residents, event ticket holders and authorised staff.

Major road closures

Some roads will start closing as early as 4am on New Year’s Eve, with most city roads closed by 7pm. More roads close from 11pm to help large crowds move out of the city after the midnight fireworks. Most roads stay closed until the early morning on New Year’s Day, so please plan your night.

Please leave your car at home in a safe, legal parking space on New Year’s Eve. Catch public transport instead.

Check the road closing times if you plan to move your car as your street and those around your property may be closed when you return. If the road is closed, you cannot enter or exit the road until it reopens unless you have approval from NSW Police.

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 Liverpool 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 north of Goulburn Street closed
  • 11pm to 1.30am: Sydney Harbour Bridge closed

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 from Murray and Pyrmont streets to Cockle Bay Wharf) and the Cahill Expressway Circular Quay overpass (11am to 4am).

Strict parking restrictions and changes

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in place across the city from as early as 2am on New Year’s Eve until 4am on New Year’s Day.

Clearways are strict no parking zones. This applies to all vehicles, including those with resident and mobility scheme permits.

Check signs carefully when parking your vehicle the day before New Year’s Eve. Clearways may be in place on your street from early morning on New Year’s Eve. 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.

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.

Business operations

  • Keep footpaths clear. 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. Tell your service providers about the alternative pick up and drop off locations
  • 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 free What’s On directory. visit whatson.sydney.

Licensing

Licensed venues will be open until 2am on New Year’s Eve, or later if previously approved under liquor laws.

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

Local park access

Beare Park

  • Car park access will be closed to general public from 7pm.
  • 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, alcohol, 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, alcohol 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 31 December, closed for installation of amenities.
  • 6pm – 12.30am park opens. Enter via Challis Street only. Bag check on entry. BYO, alcohol 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

Temporary bus stops and interchanges will be in place throughout the city

Ferries

There will be no ferries during the fireworks and some routes will stop running in the early afternoon.

Light rail

Light rail will run through the day and 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 @TrainsInfo @BusesInfo @FerriesInfo for real-time transport updates.

For the latest information on road closures and traffic, follow @LiveTrafficSyd

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