Sydney Writers’ Festival's main precinct is at Walsh Bay. This comprises venues at Pier 4/5, Pier 2/3 and Sydney 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.
Getting to Walsh Bay
By Train and Ferry
The closest train station and ferry terminal is Circular Quay. It’s an approximately 15-minute walk from Circular Quay. From Circular Quay, walk down George Street and take the Hickson Road turn off at Campbell’s Cove. Follow the harbour perimeter along Hickson Road and walk under the Harbour Bridge to the SWF precinct at Walsh Bay.
Millers Point bus services 431 and 433 depart from QVB, travel down George Street, through The Rocks to Millers Point. It’s a 10-minute walk from Millers Point to the Walsh Bay precinct.
Please note: The 433 nightly service to Hickson Road was recently cancelled by Transport For NSW. One service will operate from Walsh Bay on Friday and Saturday nights at around 10.30pm for Festivalgoers leaving the Precinct.
Route 998 runs from 9:00pm to 4:30am every Friday and Saturday night linking Hickson Road with Town Hall Station via Wynyard. Buses run every 30 minutes and there’s a bus stop outside Pier 4/5.
For detailed public transport information visit www.131500.info or call 131 500.
Sydney Writers' Festival Shuttle Bus
During Thursday to Sunday of the Festival, a return shuttle bus service from Circular Quay to the Festival precinct will be provided.
Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9:00am and 6:15pm from the First Fleet Park stop on George Street. The first stop is opposite Sydney Theatre, and the second stop is outside Pier 4/5. Buses return directly to Circular Quay.
The last scheduled return service to Circular Quay departs from Walsh Bay at 6:30pm.
Cost is $2 for a Circular Quay return ticket on the SWF shuttle bus. As this is a charter service, one way tickets, Travel10s, concession cards and pensioner day tickets are not be accepted.
Bicycle racks are provided under the awning on Pier 2.
The closest paid parking is at InterPark Bond Store One parking station at 26 Hickson Road (next to Sydney Theatre) and Wilson Carpark at Towns Place, near the junction of Hickson Road and Towns Place. Limited metered parking is available on Hickson Road.
Most Sydney Writers' Festival venues are wheelchair accessible and some are fitted with hearing loops, as indicated in individual venue listings. The SWF Shuttle Bus that runs between Circular Quay and Walsh Bay is wheelchair accessible. After the Festival, some events will be available on our website as video or audio files.