Information for residents and business

What you need to know

What you need to know

Residents and businesses in the City of Sydney

Sydney New Year’s Eve attracts more than 1 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’ll be widespread road closures and on-street fencing to help people get around safely and move crowds towards public transport.

Here’s what businesses and residents need to know about Sydney New Year’s Eve 2022.

Tickets essential for many vantage points

Many vantage points for Sydney New Year’s Eve will be ticketed this year. Find out more about  vantage points  and where you can view the fireworks.

Parking restrictions and road closures

Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect on most roads across the city from 2am on New Year’s Eve to 6am on New Year’s Day. Times vary, check signs for details.

Clearways are  strict  no-parking zones and apply to all vehicle types including those with local council or Transport for NSW mobility scheme parking permits. Check signs carefully before parking on the day and the night before as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your vehicle is towed, call 132 701 to find its new location.

Roads start closing from as early as 4am on New Year’s Eve, with major closures from 7pm. Most roads reopen by 4am on New Year’s Day.

You must not drive on or exit a driveway onto a closed road unless directed by the NSW Police Force. Fines apply.

Find out more about  road closures , cycleway and walkway closing times.

You can also browse through the full list of road closures or  download the special event clearways and road closures map  for city centre and Pyrmont

Business operations

Access to your business may be affected.

  • Keep footpaths clear. Don’t place bins, furniture, signs or other temporary equipment on them.

  • Review and consider alternative evacuation points and assembly areas as these may not be accessible on New Year’s Eve.

  • Talk with your employees and contractors about alternative access arrangements. Tell your service providers about alternative pick-up and drop-off locations.

  • Help your customers and ticket holders plan their night. You may want to 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 and on-street fencing to help people get around safely and move crowds to public transport. Visit for details.

If you’re hosting an event, you can list it free on the City of Sydney’s  What’s On website .

People walking

Access for people walking around vantage points will be restructured. There’ll be checkpoints throughout the city centre for residents, event ticket holders and authorised employees. Road closures may affect access to buildings for residents and businesses.

The way you arrive at your location may differ to the way you travel home. Be prepared for a longer journey time and potential access delays to your property. There’ll be wayfinding assistance on the night to help you get around.

Public transport changes

With thousands of extra services, catching public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve.

Visit the public transport page for more information about trains, bus stops, metro, ferries, light rail and taxis.

Live transport and traffic updates

Follow  @TrainsInfo @BusesInfo @FerriesInfo  for real-time transport updates.

Visit Live Traffic and follow  @LiveTrafficSyd  for real-time updates on road closures.