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Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

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Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

Hi, we are arriving on 7 June (Sat). Likely to leave the airport at 6pm. Just realised that there are road closures around our hotel - Quay West Suites and the last weekend of Vivid was chaotic last yr.

I would be grateful for advice on how to get to our hotel. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children. We'll have 2 big rolling suitcases and a backpack each. If we were to take the train, should we get off at Circular Quay or Wynyard?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

Hello,

Yes, the access streets to Quay West - Grosvenor, Gloucestor, Harrington and Essex St will all be blocked off after 17:00pm. So you've got two ways of doing this;

1. Catch the train as you suggested, to Wynyard Station, and walk (Along York St, into Cumberland St, right into Essex St, left into Gloucestor St - 500~600m).

2. Catch a taxi to the corner of Jamison and York St, (ask the driver to take you via O'Riordan St, Elizabeth St, Park St, Clarence St, to Jamison St), then walk (Along York St, into Cumberland St, right into Essex St, left into Gloucestor St - 300~400m)

With the number of persons in your family, and the amount of luggage, personally I'd take a taxi.

Edited: 25 May 2014, 15:40
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2. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

PS. When you're walking along York St (whether you get there by train or taxi), you'll notice across the road to your right, is a tiny park called Lang Park. You can actually walk straight through this, and even though there are no lights to cross Grosvenor St - as it's closed off to traffic - you should be able to walk straight across the road to Gloucester St (street of Quay West)

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3. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

During peak periods of Vivid this past weekend, Circular Quay station was closed for arrivals from the train - you had to get off at Wynyard or other stations. This was to spread out the crowds near the Quay; CQ station was departure-only. So the Wynyard vs CQ decision may very well be made for you :)

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4. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

Wynyard Station is an easier walk to Quay West. Look for the York St exit (not the George St exit). It will be a bit of a hassle with the crowds but a great view from your hotel room.

Vivid is now becoming another NYE/crowds/congestion but spread over 3 weekends.

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5. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply.

Taking a taxi would definitely be more convenient but how was the traffic situation over the weekend? I've read that the trains were crowded. Trying to gauge if the trains or the roads would be more congested.

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6. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

You won't be hitting 'peak hour' levels of traffic if that is your concern.

Approaching near Central may get a little congested, but once you're onto Elisabeth St, and go across to Clarence from Park St, you'll be fine. As you get closer to Wynyard, it's Special Events clearway so again no trouble at all.

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7. Re: Arriving last weekend of Vivid Sydney. Pls help.

KVE1005 - I'm glad to hear that. It sure takes a load off my mind. Thanks!

Edited: 27 May 2014, 02:59
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