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Vivid Sydney 2023 - Everything Taxi Drivers Need to Know

Source - NSW DPC and Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and technology, which transforms Sydney for 23 days and nights. In 2023, for its 13th year, Vivid Sydney will fuse art, innovation and technology in collaboration with some of the most boundary-pushing artists, thinkers, musicians and culinary experts of our time.


Mark the dates 26 May – 17 June 2023 in your calendar and explore the program of Light, Ideas, Music and Food now, united by this year’s artistic direction, "Vivid Sydney, Naturally".


Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency.



Key points of information related to Taxis during Vivid Sydney 2023 (Click on the option to read more)



Taxi Ranks

Taxi Rank Location

Operating Days

​Macquarie Street between Albert Street and the Sydney Opera House (existing)

Open every night during Vivid Sydney

Argyle St between Lower Fort St and Harrington St (existing)

Open every night during Vivid Sydney

​Carrington Street, near Wynyard Park - eastern Side

Open every night during Vivid Sydney

Zollner Circuit Darling Drive in Darling Harbour - eastern Side


Open every night during Vivid Sydney

​Railway Colonnade Drive, Central Station - eastern Side

​Open every night during Vivid Sydney

Bridge Street between George St and Pitt St - northern side

Mondays - Fridays, Sundays and Monday Public Holiday (12 Jun) only

Bridge Street between George St and Pitt St - southern side

Mondays - Fridays, Sundays and Monday Public Holiday (12 Jun) only

​Hunter St between Pitt St and George St – southern side

​Mondays - Fridays, Sundays and Monday Public Holiday (12 Jun) only

​Pitt St between Alfred St and Bridge St - eastern side

Mondays to Thursdays

Phillip St between Alfred St and Bridge St - eastern side

Mondays to Thursdays

​Bridge Street eastbound between Pitt Street & Loftus Street – northern side

Special Event Taxi Rank - Open Fridays & Sundays only

Harrington Street between Grosvenor Street & Essex Street – eastern side

Special Event Taxi Rank - Open Fridays and Weekends


Taxi Commissionaires


Taxi Security Commissionaires will be operating throughout Vivid Sydney 2023 across various days and levels of operation on the following Taxi Ranks

  • Macquarie St

  • Zollner Circuit

  • Bridge St b/wn Pitt & Loftus

  • Carrington St


Government Co-ordination Center


A representative from the NSW Taxi Council will be working in the Government Co-ordination Center (Police Operation Centre) during VIVID Sydney 2023 on all Friday and Saturday nights as well as the Sunday night of the long weekend. The role of being in the GCC will be to support Taxi Commissionaires as well as Taxi Networks and Drivers with the coordination of patrons and Taxis across various locations.


Road Closures


Significant road closures and extensive parking restrictions will be in effect across most major roads in The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Sydney CBD throughout the 23 day festival from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June.


Visit Getting to Vivid Sydney for interactive maps showing road closure and clearway dates, times and locations.


Key road closure timings:


Nightly:

  • 12pm midday - midnight: Cumberland St south of Essex St

  • 3pm - midnight: Circular Quay West at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

  • Each weekend From 2pm Friday to 1am Monday, George St will close between Lower Fort St and Hickson Rd for the Rocks markets.


Monday to Thursdays

  • 5pm – midnight: closures in The Rocks including George St north of Alfred St, Hickson Rd to Pottinger St and sections of Pitt St, Pottinger St, Lower Fort St, Loftus St and other local streets.

  • 7pm – midnight: northbound lanes of George St closed from Grosvenor St to Essex St.


Fridays

  • 5pm – midnight: closures in The Rocks and Walsh Bay including George St north of Alfred St, Hickson Rd to Pottinger St, Windmill St, Argyle Place, Pottinger St, Dalgety Rd and surrounding local streets.

  • 6pm – midnight: roads in Circular Quay north of Bridge St including sections of Pitt, Young, Phillip and Loftus Streets, and Darling Dr between Pier St and Ultimo Rd.

  • 7pm – midnight: northbound lanes of George St from Grosvenor St to Essex St and Essex St westbound.


Saturdays and Sunday (11 June) of the long weekend

  • 5pm - 1am: major closures in Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay, including sections of Grosvenor St, Bridge St, Jamison St, Margaret St, Hunter St, George St north of King St, Hickson Rd to Pottinger St, Pottinger St, Windmill St, Lower Fort St, Argyle Pl, sections of Pitt, Young, Phillip and Loftus Streets north of Bridge St, and Railway Colonnade at Central Station. No access east/west across the city via Grosvenor/Bridge Streets.

  • 5.30pm - midnight: Darling Dr between Pier St and Ultimo Rd

  • 7pm - 11pm: Wheat Rd from Harbour St at Darling Harbour


Sundays and Monday 12 June (public holiday)

  • 5pm – midnight: closures in Circular Quay, The Rocks and Walsh Bay including George St north of Grosvenor St, Hickson Rd to Pottinger St, Windmill St, Argyle Place and sections of Pitt, Young, Phillip and Loftus Streets north of Bridge St.

  • 5.30pm – midnight: Darling Dr between Pier St and Ultimo Rd.


While roads are closed, managed access to some hotels and businesses around The Rocks and Circular Quay will be maintained by traffic controllers on-site throughout Vivid Sydney when safe to do so.




For more details on road closures, including special event clearways, visit  www.livetraffic.com or call the 132 701 Traffic Information Line.


Accessibility Pick Up and Drop Off Zones


(Source - Vivid Sydney Website)


Access & Inclusion


Click here to visit the Vivid Sydney 2023 Access and Inclusion webpage for further information



Key Locations of Vivid Sydney 2023

  • Circular Quay & The Rocks

  • Darling Harbour & Tumbalong Park

  • Central Station & The Goods Line (Ultimo)

  • Taronga Zoo

  • Sydney Harbour

  • Barangaroo


For further details on key Vivid Sydney 2023 - click here


Thank You to the Team at Destination NSW for partnering with the NSW Taxi Industry for a world-class event.

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