Plan your trip to the Biennale

Photograph: Leïla Joy

20th Biennale Media Preview. Photograph: Leïla Joy

With 83 artists and more than 200 works presented across 19 locations – including seven main sites or ‘embassies of thought’ and in-between spaces – around Sydney, knowing where to start is the hard part.

Whether you’ve only got a day or all the time in the world to experience #20BOS, we have a few suggestions to make sure you don’t miss any of it!

20th Biennale of Sydney Itineraries

#1 An afternoon in the inner-city and inner-west

#2 A day on Sydney Harbour

#3 A quick trip: City East

#4 Biennale Bike Route

Opening Hours

The opening hours of 20th Biennale major locations are Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, with the exception of Carriageworks, which opens until 6 pm.

Catching Public Transport to the 20th Biennale?

There are a number of ways to get to the 20th Biennale, either travelling by train, bus, bicycle or ferry. All of the major locations are easily accessible from public transport points. Use the online Trip Planner to plan your visit.

Hop on a ferry to Cockatoo Island

Catching a public ferry is the easiest way to visit Cockatoo Island and is a great way to take in the sights of Sydney Harbour.

Harbour City Ferries runs regular services to Cockatoo Island every day of the week, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, and wharves along the Parramatta River ferry routes. For timetable and ticket information, visit transportnsw.info. Be sure to check the indicator boards at the wharves as wharf numbers for Cockatoo Island service may vary or change at short notice. Speak to Harbour City Ferries staff for more information.

Get on a Water Taxi

Travel in style with the Biennale’s preferred water taxi provider – Water Taxis Combined. Book online today for your trip to Cockatoo Island.

Catch the Train

For most Biennale venues train travel is an easy option, with stations in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) including Central, Museum, St James, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Martin Place and Kings Cross. Redfern, Macdonaldtown and Newtown also service Biennale locations. They are easy to travel between, and also connect with services going to the northern, southern and western suburbs. Sydney Trains’ services run from 4 am to around midnight on most train lines. For timetable and ticket information, visit transportnsw.info

Train stations along the route of the Biennale’s venues include:

  • Newtown (Camperdown Memorial Rest Park)
  • Redfern (Carriageworks and other in-between locations)
  • Central (Mortuary Station / Bookshop)
  • Museum (Art Gallery of New South Wales)
  • St James (Art Gallery of New South Wales)
  • Kings Cross (Artspace)
  • Circular Quay (Museum of Contemporary Art, and ferries to Cockatoo Island)

Buses

Buses operate right across Sydney, with priority routes in the CBD along Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street. Opal is the best way to travel, as many buses no longer allow ticket purchase on board. (Please note that services along George Street are currently disrupted due to major upgrades for the forthcoming CBD Light Rail.)

You can view and download bus maps at transportnsw.info, or pick up printed timetables and maps at Transport Shops (locations available on website).

Grab the Light Rail

The light rail network links Central Station and Sydney’s inner western suburbs via Haymarket, Pyrmont, Glebe, Roselle, Leichhardt North and Dulwich Hill. Services operate daily, leaving every 15 minutes from Central to Dulwich Hill between 6 am and 11 pm Monday to Thursday, and between 6 am and midnight Friday and Saturday. For timetable and ticket information, visit transportnsw.info