Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi expects around 500,000 visitors to the exhibition this year, so plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time to make the most of your day at the exhibition. Traffic will be heavy and there may be significant delays on roads between Bondi Junction, Bronte and North Bondi, particularly on Bondi Road, so leave the car at home and take public transport. Trains run regularly to Bondi Junction Station and there will be extra buses running from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach and Tamarama. Bus services will be extremely popular, especially during the morning. Allow plenty of extra travel time or consider walking from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach (around 3km).
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
The best way to get to Bondi or Tamarama is by catching a train or bus to Bondi Junction.
Trains run regularly to Bondi Junction on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. You can change for a T4 Line service at a number of major stations including Central, Town Hall, Redfern and Sydenham.
Plenty of Sydney Buses services also run to Bondi Junction from the City and other Eastern Suburbs locations.
From the Bus Interchange at Bondi Junction you can catch one of the many shuttle bus services running to the Beach. Alternatively, as buses are expected to fill quickly and be in very high demand on the weekends, consider walking down to the beach from Bondi Junction.
To Bondi Junction:
Route 440 – Bronte to Bondi Junction (and return)
Route 360 – Clovelly to Bondi Junction (and return)
Route 361 – Tamarama to Bondi Junction (and return)
Between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach:
Head to the Bus Interchange at Bondi Junction and catch a Route 333 (PrePay only), 380 or 381 service which run to and from regularly Bondi Beach. From Tamarama, catch Route 361 back to Bondi Junction.
For all the details on public transport options and to plan your trip, visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500.
PLEASE NOTE private coach parties. There is no coach access to Tamarama Beach, and heavy fines will apply to any coach and driver found in the area without Council authorisation.
Waverley Council have developed a map of the various ways of getting to and from the event, so you can plan which is the best way for you. Make a day of it and take in the beach atmosphere, visit one of the many cafes in the area. Click on the map below to download.
We have come up with some suggested easy walking routes whereby you can see almost all of the exhibition while avoiding most of the stairs. The blue route indicates a walking tour specifically for those not comfortable with stairs or walking long distances, focusing on Marks Park, where you will also find the Sculpture Inside gallery which showcases artists’ smaller works, the Grounds Pop-Up Café and newly installed accessible toilets. The red route indicates a walking tour for those who are comfortable with some stairs, moderate slopes and walking over 1km. You can download the map here.
The Hyundai Courtesy Fleet is a free shuttle service on weekend days for visitors to Sculpture by the Sea with stops at Notts Avenue, Bondi and Tamarama Beach. The vehicles are family friendly with baby capsule and booster seats available to help you get from one end of the exhibition to the other. The shuttle service will operate from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition. Click here for more information.
To minimise the impact on local residents, there will be restricted access zones for vehicles. Special permits for parking in the streets that are closed to commuter traffic are being organised for residents living in those streets. An application will be sent to those residents with instructions on how Council is making access to your street easier for you.
If you need to speak to someone throughout the event about a parking issue, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre between 8.30am–5pm, Monday – Friday, on 9369 8000. Outside these hours call the Parking Patrol Officers on 0414 369 801 or 0414 369 802.
For the safety of the large crowds expected to visit the art exhibition, a number of road closures will be in place to manage large pedestrian movements around the coastal walk.
Road closures in place from 7:30am until 6:30pm daily throughout the event from Thursday 20 October until Sunday 6 November:
All closures will be manned by accredited traffic controllers to allow access for Emergency Services, local residents and authorised vehicles when required.
In some local streets near the coastal walk, traffic flow will be changed from two-way to one-way only for the duration of the event. These changes are in effect for the safety of pedestrian movement as well as local access. Traffic conditions will return to normal from 10am Monday 7 November after the event.
One-way street from 9am Thursday 20 October through until 10am Monday 7 November:
One-way street from 10am Thursday 20 October through until 10am Monday 7 November:
For a map and more details of the road closures and changed traffic conditions, visit www.livetraffic.com.
Special event clearways will be in place along Bondi Road to help with the movement of the extra buses running throughout the event.
These clearways will be in effect from 2pm until 8pm on each Saturday and Sunday throughout the event from 20 October to 6 November:
Dates include: Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th October & Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November
For a map of the clearway locations, visit www.livetraffic.com.
What are special event clearways? Special event clearways are no parking zones – even for local residents with parking permits
If you leave your vehicle in a sign-posted special event clearway, it will be towed and you will be charged a towing fee. If your vehicle is towed, you can call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 to find its new location.