Getting There 

Australia Day in Parramatta Park is a vehicle-free event. The main entry point is through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse) or via Macquarie Street.

We encourage people to take public transport to the event. To plan your journey visit

Public transport

Parramatta Park is a short walk from Westmead Station and Parramatta Interchange, which is well serviced by trains and buses. Ferry services can fill up quickly on Australia Day. For timetable and journey planning information visit or call the Transport Infoline on 131 500.

Ride your bike

Leave your bike at the free bike valet parking service thanks to Camwest. Bike valet is located just inside the park, enter through O'Connell Street (Tudor Gatehouse). Open 10am to 9.30pm. Suggested cycling routes to the event include the Parramatta Valley Cycleway, Rail Trail, M4 Motorway Viaduct and transit-ways.

Park and walk

With over 7,000 car parking spaces available at four parking stations in the Parramatta CBD, there are many parking options available. Park and Ride is also available at Seven Hills Station.

Accessible parking

On-street disabled parking is available across the CBD and in Council’s multilevel car parks. People with a Mobility Parking Permit can also park all day in any space with a time limit of one hour and over.

There is limited parking on site at Parramatta Park for people with a Mobility Parking Permit. This needs to be pre-registered prior to the event by emailing Thomas Marschall on On the day of the event please call 02 9806 5019.

Map of Australia Day Celebrations in Parramatta Park

Common Questions

How do I register for a hot air balloon ride?

Tickets for hot air balloon rides are by ballot. Ballot registrations open 9am, 5 January 2017 and close 5pm, 12 January. Please visit the Riverside Theatres website for details. Tickets cost $5 with proceeds going to Parramatta Mission. Successful entrants will be informed by email on 13 January.

Can I bring my children to The Hottest 100 Party or the The Crescent main concert?

Yes. we will have language warnings for any act that requires this from the stage.

How much does the event cost?

Free entry. Rides, food and sideshow amusements are at cost.

Is there an ATM on site?

There are 2 ATM’s onsite, one in Aerial and the other in the Sponsorship Area located by the Tudor Gatehouse entry.

How much are rides and food?

They vary between $7 through to a family package. Food costs vary from $5 - $20, and you are welcome to bring a picnic with you.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome in the Park. They must be on a lead and under the control of an adult at all times. Any waste must be collected and disposed of responsibly by you. Please note there will be fireworks at 9pm, which can scare or startle some dogs.

Can I bring my bike?

You are welcome to ride to the event; however cycling is not permitted within the Park bounds due to safety reasons. Official bike tours are exempted. Bikes should be secures safely outside the park, and you can leave your bike at the free bike valet parking service thanks to Camwest. Bike valet is located just inside the park, enter through the George Street Gatehouse on O’Connell Street, open 12pm to 9.30pm.

Can I bring alcohol and will there be alcohol for sale?

Alcoholic drinks can be bought and consumed in the licenced bar area near the Hottest 100 stage. People can bring wine, cider or beer for personal consumption (limit 1.5l and 14% ABV). Responsible service and consumption of alcohol will be enforced and random bag checks may be conducted.

Can I bring chairs, tents and drink coolers/Eskies?

Low lying outdoor chairs and portable drink coolers/eskies are permitted. Smaller fold out “beach” style tents are permitted in The Crescent area, as long as they can be secured by sandbags or weights (no stakes or divits).

What happens if it rains?

In the event of wet weather, please call City of Parramattaon 02 9806 5050 between 9am and 5pm for updates. Outside of these hours, please call the wet weather information line on 02 9294 8586. Please note the event will go ahead if it rains, and will only be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.

Keep sustainability in mind this Australia Day!
  • REUSE your own water bottle and fill up at the free Sydney Water tap stations
  • REDUCE plastic food packaging with our stall holder's biodegradable alternatives
  • RECYCLE your cans, bottles and plastic container's at our waste stations
  • RIDE your bike to the event and receive a free safety check and tune-up
Safety Tips
  • Stay clear - If a balloon is launching or landing near you, stand well clear and not in front of where the balloon is heading. Stay well clear of all equipment and walk around, not over ropes.
  • Listen - Follow instructions issued by pilots and crew.
  • No Smoking near Balloons - Highly flammable propane gas is used in the inflation process.
  • Supervise Children - Please remember that children must be supervised at all times.
  • Meeting Points - Arrange a meeting spot when you arrive in case you lose your friends or family.
  • Drink responsibly - Ensure you have a safe and memorable Australia Day.
  • No Glass - No glass will be allowed, so please pack your drinks in plastic bottles.
  • Allow extra time for travel - Be patient of public transport delays on the night.
  • Sunscreen - Use sunscreen and wear a hat throughout the day.
  • Drink plenty of water - Make sure you eat and drink plenty of food and water throughout the day.
  • Food - Bring a picnic lunch or try one of our many great food stalls, which will be open from 6am-9pm.
  • Lost Children - All lost children should be reported immediately to security and can be picked up from the information stall.
  • Write your number - It's a great idea to write your mobile number on your child's arm or give them a card with your number in case of emergencies.