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International Fleet Review 2013 NSW Transport Information





Schedule of Events

The International Fleet Review will be the biggest event Sydney Harbour has seen in 100 years and starts Thursday 3 October when 16 tall ships sail in. Around 40 warships from around the world including China, Thailand, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States will arrive the following day.

Large crowds are expected in the city and around the harbour foreshore over the nine days of the event so people should allow plenty of time to get around. Over the long weekend alone, 1.4 million visitors are expected in Sydney.  

International Fleet Review 2013 Sydney

On Saturday 5 October, the Ceremonial Fleet Review, aerial flypasts and a massive fireworks and lightshow will take place.  

On Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October, some of the warships and tall ships will be open to the public however tickets must be purchased online through ticketek.com.au ahead of time. No tickets will be available to purchase onsite. 

Extensive road closures and special event clearways will be in place every day from 3 to 11 October, in various locations at different times.

The most extensive road closures and clearways – similar to New Year’s Eve – will be in place on Saturday 5 October for the Ceremonial Fleet Review and Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular. 

Roads in the CBD will start closing from 4am, and most roads will not reopen until 11pm. The Cahill Expressway over Circular Quay will be closed from 11am until midnight.

Half of the lanes on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed on Saturday night. There will also be lane closures on the Anzac Bridge and Gladesville Bridge. 

Many roads will be closed and special event clearways will be in place around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore. Council areas impacted include: City Of Sydney, North Sydney, Mosman, Woollahra, Waverley, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Leichhardt.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the harbour foreshore and at various vantage points to view the ships, and the fireworks and lightshow.  

Local residents in these areas should plan around the road closures – for the safety of pedestrians, once the road closure points are in place, no vehicles will be permitted past, including local residents.

Vantage points will fill up quickly so people should plan to arrive early, and have a back-up location in mind just in case the site is full. People will be able to check if vantage points are closed at fleetreviewtransport.info  

Amenities including toilets, and places to buy food and water will be limited so people should bring plenty of food and water with them. Also remember to dress for the weather and pack sunscreen.

Public transport will be the best way to travel around Sydney. There will be more than 4,000 extra bus services and 1,000 extra train services running. Special shuttle buses between the City, Kings Cross and Garden Island on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October.

There will also be many additional services for the Ceremonial Fleet Review, and Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular on Saturday 5 October. 

People are reminded that consuming alcohol on public transport is not permitted – Police Transport Command will be targeting anyone drinking alcohol on trains, buses and ferries.

Anyone heading into the city for the event should leave the car at home as significant road closures and special event clearways in place will cause delays and parking will be difficult. People are also advised not to try driving past for a view of the ships from the car window. The Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular will be televised live on ABC TV.

For Sydneysiders not attending the event, we are advising them to avoid driving through the city over the nine days of the event. 

Anyone who has to drive in the CBD or around the harbour between October 3-11 should expect significant delays and allow plenty of extra travel time.

Motorists are also advised to check before parking as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed away, and a fee applies. 

Everything people need to know about getting around Sydney during the event can be found at www.fleetreviewtransport.info and now is the time to start planning.

This website is accessible on smartphones and mobile devices so people can check on vantage points and transport services when they are already out and about. 

Extra maritime traffic is expected on Sydney Harbour. Police and maritime officers will be out in force to ensure operators of recreational and commercial vessels are compliant with maritime laws.

For anyone heading out onto the water, exclusion zones and movement times apply. Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au and follow the links to Maritime for details. The same ‘drink-driving’ rules apply on the water as they do on our roads.

For details on alcohol prohibited zone locations, people should refer to relevant council websites or the fleetreviewtransport.info

The long weekend is going to be particularly busy in Sydney, with many other events also taking place. 

There’ll be the NRL Grand Final and One Direction concert at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 6 October, the Manly Jazz Festival from 5-7 October and Parramasala Arts Festival from 4-7 October as well as the Epsom Handicap horse racing at Randwick on Saturday 5 October.

There will be naval parades in Mosman and Parramatta on Tuesday 8 October and in the CBD on Wednesday 9 October. The tall ships leave on Thursday 10 October followed by the warships on Friday 11 October.