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. While we encourage people to take public transport to the event, trains will run on a reduced service throughout Australia Day. Plan your journey ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to Parramatta Park. For Live information on the train services schedule please visit


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

The Parramatta Shuttle Bus 900 is a fast, free transport solution which operates on a continuous loop every 10 minutes, starting from Macquarie Street near Centenary Square. The service has been extended for Australia Day on 26 January 2019 and will operate from 6am right through to 8.30pm . Additionally, there will be a special event day bus stop right outside Parramatta Park (O’Connell Street / George Street), allowing visitors to catch the service right to the Australia Day Parramatta venue. View shuttle bus map here.


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 - Parramatta Station, City Centre, Justice Precinct and Eat Street car parks - there are many parking options available.Check the map for locations. 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 - contact or call 0452 017 383.


How do I register for a hot air balloon ride?

Tickets for hot air balloon rides are by ballot. Please stay tuned for ballot registration details.

How much does the event cost?

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

Are there ATMs on site?

There are two ATMs onsite, one in Aerial, one near the Tudor Gatehouse (George St) entry and one near the main stage in The Crescent.

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.

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 secured 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 - entry is via the Tudor 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 Redbull Stage. People can bring wine, cider or beer for personal consumption (limit 1.0L and 14% ABV). Responsible service and consumption of alcohol will be enforced and random bag checks may be conducted.

Is smoking in the Park allowed?

The Park is a no-smoking zone. Be mindful of the natural environment and the many families in attendance at this event.

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, check into City of Parramatta's Facebook page for updates or 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.


RIDE your bike to the event and receive a free safety check and tune-up

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


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 - The Park is a no smoking zone.

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 in the Park - Parramatta Park has a No Glass policy which will be enforced. 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.

Slip, slop, slap - Use sunscreen and wear a hat throughout the day.

Drink plenty of water - Keep your fluids up throughout the day, and bring your own bottle to take advantage of the free water tap stations, kindly supplied by Sydney Water

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 or event staff. They will assist you to locate your missing child. It's a great idea to write your mobile number on your child's arm or wristbands. Wristbands are available for parents at the council's information stand (Tudor Gatehouse) Alternatively ensure they have on them a card with your number in case of emergency.