Plan your trip for another packed Sydney weekend of big events
Plan your trip no matter where you’re headed as Sydney gears up for another mega weekend of entertainment.
Sydney WorldPride finishes this weekend with several major events in the city and Bondi to draw the curtains on the iconic international festival.
Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people are expected at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 4 March, due to simultaneous concerts on the same night. About 70,000 fans are expected each night for the Harry Styles concerts on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March.
For Sydney WorldPride on the weekend, Oxford Street will close to traffic between College Street and Flinders Street to host the WorldPride Oxford Street Party and Pride Villages.
On Saturday, Bondi Beach will host a party of 15,000 revellers while on Sunday evening the closing ceremony, Rainbow Republic, will be at the Domain.
On Sunday 5 March, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Cahill Expressway will close from 4am to 11.30am while 50,000 people participate in the Sydney WorldPride Pride March from 7am from North Sydney to the city across our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins urged everyone to plan their trips, no matter where they were headed this weekend.
“We urge ticketholders to use public transport where possible, because heavy traffic is expected around venues and parking is limited – so, leave the car at home,” Mr Collins said.
“Public transport travel to and from the Harry Styles concerts at Accor Stadium and three WorldPride events – the Pride March, Bondi Beach Party and Rainbow Republic – is made even easier with the cost of transport included in event tickets.
“Attendees just need to show their event ticket or Pride March wristband to Transport for NSW staff when boarding services.
“For Pride March participants, trains will run frequently to North Sydney station which is a short walk from the start area.
“For concert-goers, Sydney Olympic Park car parks are sold out on both Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March. Fans who haven’t pre-booked parking can use one of the many commuter car parks at key stations and continue their trip by train or bus to Sydney Olympic Park.”
Mr Collins said there would be plenty of additional public transport services for the Harry Styles concerts and Sydney WorldPride closing events.
“For concert-goers we’ll have plenty of frequent trains and major event buses running to and from Sydney Olympic Park,” Mr Collins said.
“So, don’t get caught in traffic and miss a second of any Sydney WorldPride events or Sydney Olympic Park concerts this weekend. With additional services running, public transport is the best way to get there and get home afterwards.
“Concert-goers should plan to arrive early to avoid the increased demand on public transport and heavy traffic, particularly during the busy Friday evening peak. Queuing should also be expected for services as customers head home each night.
“There are many venues to enjoy in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct before and after each concert. Gates open from about 5pm for each show so aim to arrive early. Avoid delays exiting car parks and queues for transport services after the shows – many venues are extending night-time trading.”
On Sunday during the Pride March, buses will terminate either side of the bridge in North Sydney and the Sydney CBD. Catch trains across the bridge to continue your trip.
For more information on public transport services for events, including trip planning, visit transportnsw.info or for Sydney WorldPride, visit transportnsw.info/sydney-worldpride.
For more information on road closures and changed traffic conditions, including real-time traffic updates, visit livetraffic.com.
For details on Sydney WorldPride events, including the Pride March, visit sydneyworldpride.com/events/pride-march.