Road Closures & Special Event Clearways

Sunday 17 September: Major roads & cycleways will be closed between 3:30am and 3pm in the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Moore Park & Centennial Park.

For the safety of runners and spectators, there will be significant road closures associated with the Sydney Marathon between 3:30am and 3pm.

See below detailed information on local access arrangements in each area, including maps. All efforts have been made to maintain vehicle access for residents where possible.

We strongly advise that you take the following steps to help minimise the impact of these significant road closures: 

  • Avoid non-essential travel where possible – Leave your car at home and DON’T DRIVE in areas along or surrounding the course. Significant delays are expected with major detours in place.
    • For those needing to drive, the Cross City Tunnel will be free from 5am to 3pm only on event day, Sunday 17 September.
  • Plan your trip – be aware of road closure times & locations, and if you must drive on event day plan your route in advance and allow for extra trave time.
  • Check signage – If you need to access your vehicle during the event, park in a legal space outside of the closure footprint. Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect across the course, avoid being towed and move your vehicle on Saturday night as many clearways come into effect early Sunday morning.
  • Use public transport – trains will continue to run to and from the city, with additional early morning services. Keep in mind that due to road closures buses and light rail services will be affected, so plan your trip ahead of time.

See the interactive closure map below.

For a full overview of closures, click image to open full page.

For more information and tools to plan your trip, visit: 

  • Greater Sydney

    Sydney motorists are urged to leave their cars at home on Sydney Marathon day due to major closures in place and extensive detours.

    Summary of major traffic changes:

    • Major roads & cycleways will be closed between 3:30am and 3pm in Milsons Point, the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Pyrmont, Darlinghurst, Moore Park & Centennial Park.
    • The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway, and Western Distributorwill be closed in both directions from 4am to 10am.  The Sydney Harbour Tunnel and Eastern Distributor remain open however delays are expected
    • Major roads from the Opera House down to Moore Park will be closed until 2:30pm/3pm including Macquarie St, College St, Park St, Oxford St and Flinders St.
    • Motorists will only be able to travel east/west across the course via the Cross City Tunnel which will be toll-free from 5am to 3pm on event day however long delays are expected and motorists should avoid non-essential travel. There is no direct access to the CBD via Eastern Distributor exits at Cowper Bay Wharf or Kings Cross throughout the day, drivers will need to use the Cross City Tunnel via William St.

    Key road closures:

    • 3:30am to 11am: roads at the start line in Milsons Point including Alfred St South.
    • 4am to 8:30am: roads in Millers Point and Barangaroo including sections of Watsons Rd, Upper Fort St and Argyle St.
    • 4am to 9:30am: roads in Pyrmont north including Bowman St and Pirrama Rd.
    • 4am to 10am: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway, Western Distributor and some roads in Milsons Point and Pyrmont.
    • 4am to 10:30am: roads in Millers Point including Hickson Rd, Dalgety Rd and Towns Place.
    • 4am to 11am: roads in The Rocks and Dawes Point including Hickson Rd and George St.
    • 4am to 2pm: roads in Moore Park including Moore Park Rd, Driver Ave. Centennial Park will also be closed to vehicles. Eastern Distributor Bondi Exit to Moore Park Rd will close from 2am – 4am and from 1:15pm – 2pm.
    • 4am to 2:30pm: Park St, College St, Oxford St and Flinders St from the city, Darlinghurst through to Moore Park.
    • Motorists will only be able to travel across the course via the Cross City Tunnel which will be toll-free from 5am to 3pm on event day however long delays are expected and motorists should avoid non-essential travel.
    • 4am to 3pm: roads in Sydney CBD east including Macquarie St, Bridge St, College St and Art Gallery Rd.
    • 5:30am to 11am: roads in Sydney CBD north and Circular Quay including Bridge St, Pitt St, Loftus St and Young St.
    • 6:30am to 12pm: Southbound lanes of Anzac Pde from Moore Park Rd to Lang Rd at Moore Park. Eastern Distributor Randwick Anzac Pde exit will also be closed.

    Detours:

    • From 4am to 10am: Southbound traffic approaching the Harbour Bridge will be diverted via the Harbour Tunnel. Citybound traffic on the Anzac Bridge will be diverted via Bathurst St off-ramp. No direct access between the Anzac Bridge and Harbour Bridge until 10am. Motorists can use the Harbour Tunnel or Victoria Rd/Gladesville Bridge alternative routes.
    • From 4am to 3pm: Major roads will be closed restricting access east/west across the course from the Opera House, through the city, Darlinghurst down to Moore Park.
      • For drivers needing to travel east/west across the course during these hours, the only available route is via the Cross City Tunnel. The tunnel will be toll-free from 5am to 3pm. Long delays are expected so motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel, and if you do need to drive allow for plenty of extra travel time on the roads. Alternative detour to travel east/west across the course is around Centennial Park via York Rd and Alison Rd.
      • There is also no direct access to the CBD via Eastern Distributor exits at Cowper Bay Wharf or Kings Cross, drivers will need to use the Cross City Tunnel via William St.
    • Note: Access to the Harbour Tunnel from the west is via the Cross City Tunnel only (toll-free 5am-3pm), no access via the city while major roads are closed. Drivers west of the city needing to travel north prior to 10am should use Victoria Rd/Gladesville Bridge instead as long delays are expected.

    See the overview closure map below. Click image to open full page.

    Special Event Clearways: 

    • Special event clearway parking restrictions will be in effect from 1am–3pm on roads in the city, Pyrmont and Moore Park and from 12:15am (midnight) –11am in North Sydney.
    • Clearways are in place to clear the course of vehicles for the safety of participants and to provide additional lane capacity on detour routes.
    • Clearways are strict no-parking zones for all vehicle types and apply even to local residents and TfNSW Mobility Scheme Permit holders.
    • Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee of $215 applies so check the yellow signs carefully on the day and the night before as clearways come into effect early morning on Sunday.
    • If your vehicle is towed, you can search your vehicle registration at the Find My Car website to find its new location, or alternatively call 132 701 to speak to an operator.
  • Circular Quay

    Road closures:

    • Macquarie St from the Opera House to Hyde Park will be closed from 4am – 3pm.
    • Roads north of Bridge St including Pitt, Loftus, Young and Phillip Streets will be closed from 5:30am – 11am.

    Managed access:

    • Sydney Opera House car park: No entry after 5am, exit only via Macquarie St, Albert St & Phillip St until 5:30am under Traffic Controller / NSW Police direction.
    • Managed EXIT will be permitted for vehicles from properties on Albert St and Phillip St. No entry permitted.
      • Exit via Phillip St at Bridge St southbound from 5:30am-7am and 10:30am-11am only.
      • NOTE: Runners on Bridge St from 7:30am – 10:15am
      • Managed entry into Albert St from 11am – 3pm. No access into Macquarie St

    Parking restrictions:

    • Sydney CBD Hyde Park: clearways will be in effect between 1am to 2pm on Park St, William St and College St around Hyde Park.
    • Sydney CBD north and the Domain: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 3pm on Macquarie St, Bent St, College St, Art Gallery Rd and surrounding local roads.
    • Circular Quay, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo: clearways will be in effect between 2am and 11am on sections of Hickson Rd, George St, Bridge St, Phillip St, Loftus St, Young St and surrounding local roads.

    See Circular Quay local access below, click image to open full page.

  • Eastern Suburbs

    Major roads will be closed restricting access east/west across the course from the Opera House, through the city, Darlinghurst down to Moore Park.

    Key roads will be closed between 4am and 2:30pm/3pm including:

    • Park St / William St between Elizabeth St and Crown St
    • Oxford St from Liverpool St to Flinders St
    • Flinders St from Oxford St to Moore Park Rd
    • College St between Macquarie St and Oxford St
    • Macquarie St from the Opera House to Hyde Park

    For drivers needing to travel east/west across the course on event day during these hours, the only available route is via the Cross City Tunnel. The tunnel will be toll-free from 5am to 3pm. Long delays are expected so motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel, and if you do need to drive allow for plenty of extra travel time on the roads.

    Alternative detour to travel east/west across the course is around Centennial Park via York Rd and Alison Rd during closures.

    See the overview closure map and city east detour maps below. Click image to open full page.

  • Centennial Park / Moore Park

    Major roads will be closed restricting access east/west across the course from the Opera House, through the city, Darlinghurst down to Moore Park.

    Sections of Macquarie St, College St, Park St, Oxford St and Flinders St will be closed between 4am and 3pm.

    For drivers needing to travel east/west across the course on event day during these hours, the only available route is via the Cross City Tunnel. The tunnel will be toll-free from 5am to 3pm. Long delays are expected so motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel, and if you do need to drive allow for plenty of extra travel time on the roads.

    Alternative detour to travel east/west across the course is around Centennial Park via York Rd and Alison Rd during closures.

    Road closures and local access

    • Centennial Park:from 4am to 2pm there will be no access for vehicles or cyclists, and no equestrian access. Only pedestrian access to the park will be permitted.
    • Entertainment Quarter: from 4:30am-1:30pm access to the precinct is via Lang Rd at Oxford St from the east. No accessvia Anzac Pde or Lang Rd at Cleveland St.
      • Note: contingency closures may be implemented on Lang Rd at Oxford St – should this be closed access to the Entertainment Quarter will be via Oxford St, Oatley Rd, Moore Park Rd, and Cook Rd only.
    • Eastern Distributor off-ramp closures Randwick and Bondi:
    • The Randwick exit to Anzac Pde exit will be closed from 6:30am to 12pm, exit via Bondi during this time.
    • The Bondi exit to Moore Park Rd will be closed from 2am to 4am and 1:15pm to 2pm. Use the Randwick Anzac Pde exit during these times.
    • Moore Park:
      • From 4am to 2pm Moore Park Rd will be closed westbound from Lang Rd to Anzac Pde including Driver Ave. Moore Park Rd remains open eastbound from Greens Rd to Oxford St.
      • From 4am to 1:30pm Lang Rd closed at Anzac Pde Cleveland St. Vehicle crossover at Cleveland St and Lang Rd will remain open until 5am only.
      • From 6.30am – 12pm: Anzac Pde closed southbound from Moore Park Rd to Lang Rd. Note Anzac Pde from 12pm this section of Anzac Pde is only accessible via the Eastern Distributor due to closures on Flinders St until 2:30pm.
    • Robertson Rd properties: Residents in Robertson Rd, Martin Rd, Oxley Ln and Dibbs St have managed access/exit only during the below times. Residents can park in the Entertainment Quarter – the event will issue a reimbursement if conditions from the reimbursement formare met.
    • 4:00am – 6:00am
    • 7:30am – 8:15am
    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Parking restrictions:

    Moore Park & Darlinghurst: clearways will be in effect from 2am to 2pm on Oxford St, Flinders St, Moore Park Rd, Lang Rd, Driver Ave, in Centennial Park and on surrounding local roads.

    See the Moore Park & Centennial Park access map below, click image to open full page.

  • Pyrmont

    The following key roads in Pyrmont and Darling Harbour will be closed:

    • From 4am to 9:30am: roads in the northern end of Pyrmont including Pirrama Rd, Bowman St, Refinery Dr and Darling Island Rd.
    • From 4am to 10am: roads in the southern end of Pyrmont and Darling Harbour including sections of Pyrmont St, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont Bridge Rd and the Pyrmont on-ramp to the Western Distributor.
      • The Western Distributor between Pyrmont and the CBD including on/off ramps will be closed from 4am to 10am. Citybound traffic from the Anzac Bridge will be detoured via the Bathurst St off ramp.
    • Access to areas north of the Harbour Bridge: from 4am to 10am motorists travelling north of the Harbour Bridge will need to travel via the Cross City Tunnel eastbound towards Kings Cross (toll-free from 5am – 3pm) and join the Eastern Distributor via the Bayswater Rd entry portal to continue on the Harbour Tunnel northbound. Expect heavy delays.
    • Access to Eastern Distributor travelling south: motorists can access the Eastern Distributor via the Cross City Tunnel eastbound (toll-free from 5am – 3pm).

    Managed local access:

    • Refinery Dr properties: managed entry and exit will be permitted via Tambua St from 4am-7am and 9am-9:30am under traffic control.
    • Alternative parking for residents within road closures will be available at the Dragon Boat car park. Open from 4pm Sat 16 Sep until 11am Sun 17 Sep.
    • The Star car park: from 4am-10am entry & exit via Edward St only. Access to the taxi rank/valet parking on Jones Bay Rd maintained via Pyrmont St.
    • Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour & ibis Sydney Darling Harbour: access via Murray St south from Allen St.
    • Darling Island Rd properties: Managed access available for Darling Island Rd properties until 6:30am only. Entry/exit via Pyrmont St and Jones Bay Rd.
    • Wharf 10 Pyrmont: Managed access until 6:30am via Pyrmont St, Jones Bay Rd and Pirrama Rd.

    Parking restrictions:

    Special Event Clearways parking restrictions will be in effect on roads in Pyrmont & Ultimo from 2am to 9:30am including Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont St, Bowman St, Darling Drive and surrounding local roads.

    See the Pyrmont local access map below, click image to open full page.

  • The Rocks / Walsh Bay / Millers Point / Barangaroo Reserve

    Key roads in Millers Point, The Rocks and Walsh Bay will be closed between 4am and 11am.

    • From 4am to 8:30am: Lower Fort St, Argyle Place and Argyle St
    • From 4am to 10:30am: Hickson Rd closed from Napoleon St to Pottinger St.
    • From 4am to 11am: Hickson Rd/George St closed from Pottinger St down to Essex St.

    Note, The Rocks Markets closures: George St between Hickson Rd and Lower Fort St will be closed from 2pm Fri 15 Sept – 1am Mon 18 Sept

    Managed local access:

    • Resident access for Merriman St, Bettington St and Rodens Ln will be via two-way traffic arrangements along Kent St only.
    • Resident access for Windmill St, Lower Fort St, Argyle Place and Trinity Ave will be via Cumberland St or Harrington St.
    • There will be northbound access on Hickson Rd from 4am to 10:30am to Pottinger St or until 11am for access to The Rocks. Use Kent St or Clarence St.
    • Barangaroo Reserve Car Park maintains access via two-way traffic on Dalgety Rd and Kent St.

    Parking restrictions:

    • Dawes Point, Millers Point: clearways will be in effect from 1am to 8.30am on sections of Watsons Rd, Upper Fort St, Argyle St, Dalgety Rd and surrounding local roads.
    • Circular Quay, The Rocks, Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo: clearways will be in effect between 2am and 11am on sections of Hickson Rd, George St, Bridge St, Phillip St, Loftus St, Young St and surrounding local roads.

    See The Rocks & Barangaroo local access map below, click image to open full page.

  • Milsons Point / North Sydney

    Key roads around the event start area in Milsons Point, Lavender Bay, North Sydney, and Kirribilli will be closed between 3:30am and 11am including sections of Alfred St South, Olympic Dr, Fitzroy St, Lavender St and Broughton St.

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cahill Expressway, and Western Distributor will be closed in both directions from 4am to 10am.

    Southbound traffic approaching the Harbour Bridge will be diverted via the Harbour Tunnel. During this time there is no direct vehicle access to the CBD due to major closures in the city east. Residents that need to access the CBD before 10am are encouraged to catch trains instead for a more direct and faster route and avoid traffic delays on detour routes.

    Motorists can access the Sydney Harbour Tunnel via the Neutral Bay Falcon St or Military Rd on-ramps. Heavy traffic is expected so motorists are strongly encouraged to delay non-essential travel until after 10am. After 10am use the Tunnel for access to the east/Airport or the Harbour Bridge for the CBD and west.

    Managed local access:

    • Milsons Point:due to large crowds at the start area there is no vehicle access to properties on roads west of Alfred St South from 4am – 10am. Vehicles can continue to exit the area during this time via Cliff St and Lavender St westbound under traffic control.

     

    Parking restrictions:

    Milsons Point & Kirribilli: clearways will be in effect between 12:15am and 11am on sections of Alfred St, Broughton St, Olympic Dr, Middlemiss St, Lavender St and surrounding local roads.

    See the Milsons Point and North Sydney local access map below, click image to open full page.

  • King St Wharf / Barangaroo South / Cockle Bay

    Key roads including Erskine St, Hickson Rd, Sussex St and Napoleon St will be closed between 4am and 8:30am.

    Managed local access:

    • To King St Wharf, Cockle Bay Wharf and Barangaroo South: From 5am and 8:30am entry and exit via Wheat Rd, access from Harbour St. After 8:30am entry and exit via Erskine St.
    • Access to properties/car parks on Sussex St between Erskine St and King St will be available under traffic control during the road closures. Access via Kent St & Erskine St intersection only.
    • No northbound access on Hickson Rd between 4am and 10:30am. Use Kent St or Clarence St.

    Parking restrictions: clearways will be in effect between 2am and 11am on sections of Hickson Rd and surrounding local roads. Clearways will also be in effect from 2am to 2pm on Sussex St between Napoleon St and Market St.

    See the King St Wharf local access below, click image to open full page.

  • Sydney Hospital
    • From 4am to 3pm – access to Sydney Hospital, and Hospital Rd will be two-way via Shakespeare Place only. Access via Sir John Young Cr or Palmer St.No access via St Marys Rd during this time.
    • Note: Local access to Cathedral St available via St Marys Rd from 4am to 3pm.
    • Vehicle crossover: Traffic will be able to cross the course east/west via Bent St and Shakespeare Place until 5am only. After this time, east/west access is via Cross City Tunnel only.

    See Sydney Hospital local access below, click image to open full page.

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