Sydney Writers’ Festival's main precinct is at Walsh Bay. This comprises venues at Pier 4/5, Pier 2/3 and the Roslyn Packer Theatre at Walsh Bay.

Events are also held at venues throughout the city, and in suburban Sydney and regional NSW.

Detailed information on how to get to venues is available from individual event pages.


Walsh Bay

View our Walsh Bay precinct map
View our Walsh Bay venues map  


By Train and Ferry

The closest train station and ferry terminal is Circular Quay, about a 15-minute walk from the Walsh Bay precinct. From Circular Quay, walk down George Street and turn right on Hickson Road. Follow Hickson Road under the Harbour Bridge and around past the hotel, Pier One Sydney Harbour, to the Festival precinct.


By Bus

The 311 bus stops at Towns Place and Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. The 324 and 325 buses terminate in Hickson Road,  Walsh Bay. The 431 and 433 buses previously terminating in Walsh Bay will now terminate at Martin Place and Central Station respectively.


Sydney Writers' Festival Shuttle Bus

From Thursday May 19 to Sunday May 22, a Sydney Writers’ Festival shuttle bus will run a return service from Circular Quay to the Festival precinct at Walsh Bay. Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6.15pm from the First Fleet Park stop on George Street, near Circular Quay. Alternate buses will be wheelchair accessible.

The first stop is opposite Roslyn Packer Theatre, and the second stop is outside Pier 4/5. Buses then return directly to Circular Quay. The last scheduled service returning to Circular Quay departs from Walsh Bay at 6.15pm.

The cost is $1 one-way on the SWF shuttle bus. As this is a charter service, MyBus tickets, TravelTen tickets, Opal Cards, concession cards and pensioner day tickets are not accepted.



Bicycle racks are provided under the awning on Pier 2.



While on-street metered parking is available in Walsh Bay, we recommend parking at Bond Store One, 26 Hickson Road Walsh Bay or Barangaroo Point Car Park (entry via Hickson Rd) at Walsh Bay.


In 2016, the light rail construction scheme along George Street will impact journeys to the Sydney CBD and Walsh Bay. Please visit for the latest information and to plan your trip.


Most Sydney Writers' Festival venues are wheelchair accessible and some are fitted with hearing loops, as indicated in individual venue listings.


The following venues are fitted with a hearing loop system: Roslyn Packer Theatre, Wharf 2 Theatre, City Recital Hall, and Sydney Town Hall.


Events 146 Gloria Steinem: Life on the Road and 221 Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time will be AUSLAN interpreted.

All events at the Roslyn Packer Theatre on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 will be closed captioned.

Tickets for AUSLAN-interpreted and captioned events can be purchased directly through the Roslyn Packer Theatre box office via phone 02 9250 1988.


After the Festival, some events will be made available as audio podcasts on our iTunes channel or as video on our YouTube channel.


Walsh Bay Precinct

Other City Venues

Suburban Sydney

Regional NSW


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