Your guide to the Sydney Mardi Gras 2018

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On 3 March the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will celebrate 40 colourful years of pride, love, protest and passion.

It’s now one of the most celebrated events in Sydney, providing a key platform to help raise awareness of the issues affecting LGBTQI community not just in Australia, but globally.

This year is shaping up to be the biggest party yet, with the parade set to feature hundreds of spectacular floats covered in glitter, sparkles and colour representing 200+ groups from around the community.

It doesn’t stop there, expect to see fabulous drag queens, gifted queer performers, Dykes on Bikes and a whole host of LGBTQI groups and individuals marching and celebrating loudly and proudly.

Public transport is the best way to get to this year’s Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 3 March, with many major roads closed and hundreds of thousands of people expected.

The parade starts at 7.30pm at the corner of Liverpool and Oxford streets in the Sydney CBD, traveling along Oxford Street and Flinders Street to finish at Moore Park around 11.30pm.

We’ve put together a quick summary of the services that are running and available to you. Plan your trip using our online Trip Planner or download one of our handy travel apps.

Have a fantastic time at this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade!

Getting there by Train:

  • Trains will run to a Saturday timetable with frequent services
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line trains will run as a shuttle between Bondi Junction and Central every 10 minutes until 3am
  • Trains on the Blue Mountains, South Coast and Central Coast & Newcastle lines will have extra carriages
  • Trackwork will be taking place between Lidcombe and Central but trains will still be running through this area to a different timetable and stopping patterns will be different as well
  • Anyone catching a T1 Northern Line, T1 Western Line, T2 Inner West & Leppington Line or T8 Airport & South Line train should plan ahead, allow extra time, listen to announcements and check indicator boards

Going home by Train:

  • The easiest place to catch T1 North Shore & Northern (via Macquarie Park) Line trains is Town Hall
  • The easiest place to catch T1 Western & Northern (via Strathfield) Line, T8 Airport & South Line, Blue Mountains Line, South Coast Line and Central Coast & Newcastle Line trains is Central
  • The easiest place to catch T3 Bankstown Line and T2 Inner West & Leppington Line trains is St James
  • The easiest place to catch T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line trains is Martin Place

Traveling by Bus:

  • Extra buses will run on major corridors into and out of the city between 3pm and 3am
  • They will go to and from the Northern Beaches, North Shore (via Miller Street and the Pacific Highway), Inner West (via Parramatta Road and City Road), Victoria Road, the Eastern Suburbs and The Hills District
  • Buses that usually use Oxford Street will use Darlinghurst Road and William Street instead
  • Buses that usually use Alison Road and Anzac Parade will use Cleveland Street and Chalmers Street instead
  • Buses that usually use Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street will start and end their trips at Central instead between 8:30pm and 12:30am
  • From 5pm, Route 440 will split into two routes – running between Rozelle and Central, and between Kings Cross and Bronte

Traveling by car:

  • Major roads will be closed in the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Moore Park from 3pm until 4am
  •  Key closures include:
    3pm – Liverpool Street
    5pm – Oxford Street, Flinders Street, College Street, Wentworth Ave
    6pm – parts of South Dowling Street
    6:30pm – parts of Moore Park Road and Anzac Parade
    9pm – parts of Castlereagh, Elizabeth, Pitt, Liverpool and Goulburn streets

Plan your trip to the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade


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