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 www.transportnsw.info.
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 www.transportnsw.info or call the Transport Infoline on 131 500.
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.
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.
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 TMarschall@parracity.nsw.gov.au. On the day of the event please call 02 9806 5019.
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.
Yes. we will have language warnings for any act that requires this from the stage.
Free entry. Rides, food and sideshow amusements are at cost.
There are 2 ATM’s onsite, one in Aerial and the other in the Sponsorship Area located by the Tudor Gatehouse entry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.