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, 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

Millers Point bus services 431 and 433 stop at Railway Square, QVB and Wynyard station and travel down George Street through The Rocks to Millers Point. It’s a 10-minute walk from Millers Point to the Walsh Bay precinct. Buses run about every 20 minutes. Route 998 runs from 9pm to 4.30am every Friday and Saturday night, from Hickson Road Walsh Bay to Circular Quay, Wynyard and Town Hall stations. Buses run every 30 minutes and there is a bus stop outside Pier 4/5.

For detailed public transport information visit or call 131 500.


Sydney Writers' Festival Shuttle Bus

From Thursday 21 May to Sunday 24 May, a Sydney Writers’ Festival shuttle bus will run a return service from Circular Quay to the Festival precinct at Walsh Bay. Buses are wheelchair accessible and depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6.15pm from the First Fleet Park stop on George Street.

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 return service to Circular Quay departs from Walsh Bay at 6.15pm. The cost is $1 one-way and $2 for a Circular Quay return ticket 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. Please note that Towns Place Wilson Car Park on Hickson Road is closed for renovations.

Please be aware that Vivid Sydney has road closures in place on Friday May 22 from 7pm, Saturday May 23 from 5pm and Sunday May 24 from 5pm. Please visit closer to the time for further information.


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.


The following events will be Auslan interpreted:

2 James Patterson: The Rise and Rise of the World's Biggest Author

23 Past Imperfect: Is History Recoverable? 

72 Richard Flanagan: A Celebration

157 Robert Dessaix: On How Enid Blyton Changed My Life

201 Mistakes We've Made and Other Lessons in Feminism


Walsh Bay Precinct

Other City Venues

Suburban Sydney

Regional NSW