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New Years Eve 2023 - Taxi Rank, Road Closures and Accessibility

Sydney New Year’s Eve is a celebration that wows the world with its style and spectacle. The events featuring one of the world’s largest, most technologically advanced displays of fireworks, lighting and projections. Sydney New Year’s Eve plays live to more than 1 million spectators along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, and reaches a global audience of more than 425 million. The stunning Sydney Harbour, famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and glorious Sydney Opera House will take centre stage for 2 spectacular firework displays at 9pm, and the main event at midnight. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the Harbour foreshore and various vantage points to see this year’s 9pm and midnight Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks on Sunday 31 December 2023.


Taxi Rank Information for NYE

Taxi drivers are urged to use the dedicated temporary event Taxi ranks on New Year’s Eve.

A number of Taxi ranks within the road closure footprints in the Sydney CBD, Pyrmont and North Sydney areas will not be accessible once roads are closed.

The following Taxi ranks will operate from 9pm on NYE until 4am on New Year's Day (except Lime St) at the following locations:

  • Sydney CBD, Sussex St between King St and Market St (western side)

  • Sydney CBD, Liverpool St between Wentworth Ave and Elizabeth St (southern side)

  • Sydney CBD, Goulburn St between George St and Pitt St (southern side)

  • Sydney CBD, King St Wharf, Lime St at Erskine St from 9pm to 11pm then from 1.30am until 4am only

  • Pyrmont, Pyrmont Bridge Rd between Edward St and Pirrama Rd (northern side)

  • Haymarket, Zollner Circuit, Darling Harbour

Security guards will be present at the following Taxi ranks on New Year’s Eve:

  • 33 Bayswater Road, 9pm to 4am.

  • Darlinghurst Rd near Roslyn St, 9pm to 4am.

  • Oxford St, near Taylor Square, 9pm to 4am.

  • Darling Harbour, northern end of Lime Street, 9pm to 11pm, 1.30am to 4am, limited operation.

  • Sussex Street, between King and Market streets, 9pm to 11pm, 1.30am to 4am, limited operation.

  • Sydney CBD 43-57 Goulburn St, 9pm to 4am.

  • Zollner Circuit, 9pm to 4am.

  • Pyrmont Bridge Rd, 9pm to 4am.

  • Liverpool St at Hyde Park, 9pm to 4am.

Maps - Click on the links below to download


Accessibility Pick up and Drop off Zones & Vantage Points

Designated wheelchair accessible pick-up & drop-off points will be available for NYE 2023.

The City of Sydney provides two pick up and drop off zones:

Please note that access to the Argyle Street Access drop off zone must be before 10pm on 31 December. Road closures will be in place between 10pm and 1:30am on 1 January 2024, so pick up from this area must be after 1:30am on 1 January.

Vantage Points - For information on all accessible vantage points, Click here


Road Closures

In the Sydney CBD, on Sunday 31 December, some roads start closing from as early as 4am with roads in Circular Quay and The Rocks closed by 2pm, followed by major closures in the city centre and Pyrmont by 7pm. In North Sydney, Milsons Point and Kirribilli roads start closing from 5pm, with some early morning local road closures around vantage points. The Cahill Expressway southbound lanes 7 and 8 on the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay Overpass will close from 6am on NYE. The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be completely closed in both directions from 11pm ahead of the midnight fireworks. The Anzac Bridge citybound lanes will close from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and again from 11pm to 1.30am for both firework displays. Majority of roads in North Sydney and Milsons Point will reopen by 3am, in the Sydney CBD most roads will reopen by 4am. For detailed road closure information in Sydney CBD & North Sydney - Click here For detailed road closure information in other Local Council Areas - Click here Service providers and drivers are urged to familiarise themselves with the road closures ahead of time. Real-time updates will be available at Road Closure Maps

For further transport related information for the event, Click here to visit the Transport for NSW - NYE 2023 event website.

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