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Australia Day 2024 in Sydney- Barangaroo, Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks - All you need to know

Thousands of spectators will head down to Sydney CBD to join the various events happening to mark Australia Day on 26 January 2024. Events will be taking place throughout the day and evening across many vantage points, specifically around Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo and The Rocks. 


Information for Taxi Drivers


Demand for Taxis will be higher than usual on Australia Day, particularly during the evening. 


Some Taxi ranks in Circular Quay and The Rocks will not be operating due to road closures for Australia Day events. See below details for the Taxi ranks operating near the harbour foreshore event precincts:


The Rocks: Argyle Street and Harrington Street - 4am to midnight


Circular Quay: Pitt Street and Bridge Street - 9am to 5pm

Sydney Opera House/East Circular Quay - 

Please note that the Taxi Rank on Macquarie Street will not be operating until 10.30pm, as the Vintage Buses will occupy this space during the day.  

A Special Event Taxi Rank will be set up on the Western Side of Macquarie Street, at    No.1 Macquarie Street until 7:30pm. Macquarie St will be closed to traffic from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

Taxi Commissionaires will be operating the Chifley Square Taxi Rank between 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Please use alternative Taxi ranks at Circular Quay or The Rocks during this time.


Taxi Commissionaires


Taxi Commissionaires will be operating at the Special Event Taxi Ranks as per the following schedule:


2pm - 7.30pm - Operating at the Special Event Taxi Rank at 1 Macquarie Street. Please note that this location will also be used for Accessible pick up and drop off.

7.30pm - 10.30pm - During the Macquarie Street Closure period, the Taxi Commissionaires will relocate to the nearest major Taxi Rank, located at Chifley Square, on Phillip Street.


Road Closures and Clearway Maps





Pick up and drop off areas

Accessible drop off and pick up points will be available at the following locations (not available for parking):


  • The Rocks: Harrington Street (in front of Clock Tower Square) between 3am and midnight 

  • Circular Quay: Loftus Street western side between Loftus Lane and Reiby Place. Before 7:30pm and after 10:30pm 

  • East Circular Quay: 1 Macquarie Street, just before the roundabout. Before 7:30pm and after 10:30pm 



Event Schedule


Dawn Projection at Circular Quay - 05:20

WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve - 07:45

Sydney Harbour Splash - 08:00

OzDay 10k wheelchair race at The Rocks - 09:00

Australia Day at the Rocks - 10:00

Vintage Bus Ride - 10:30

Harbourfest - 11:00

Ferrython Sydney Harbour - 12:10

Australia Day Live! (ticketed concert) at forecourt of the Sydney Opera House - 19:30

Australia Day Live - Fireworks and water show, view from Circular Quay Foreshore - 19:30

Final fireworks display in Circular Quay - 21:15


For more event information, click here.

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