Road Closure

On Newtown Festival day – Sunday April 11th 2021 – Newtown’s main streets and several side streets are closed, buses are diverted, and a one-way system operates:


The April Road Closure Map 2021 listing all the affected streets including a written description of the road closure, and showing all the stages and free activities.

DURING – Sunday 11th April 2021:

To host the Newtown Festival the changes described below, and shown in the download, apply on from 5am9pm, and in Wilson St from 5am – 11.30pm

Road Closures and No Parking

No Parking always includes the property number listed here:

  • Rintoul Street: from outside numbers 27 and 40  to  Riddiford St                    (this closure means there are NO Buses on Rintoul St)
  • Riddiford Street: from Mein St to Rhodes St
  • Hall Street: from outside number 10  to  Riddiford St
  • Colombo Street: from outside number 9  to  Rintoul St   [ includes number 9 and in front of the Community Centre ]
  • Emmett Street: All
  • Green Street:    All
  • Wilson Street: from outside number 15 to Riddiford  St   [ includes the off-street public carpark ]  Wilson St is closed until 11.30pm
  • Constable Street: from Daniell St to Riddiford St
  • Newtown Avenue: from outside number 21  to  Riddiford St
  • Normanby Street: from outside number 14  to  Riddiford St
  • Donald McLean Street: from outside number 29  to  Riddiford St    [ includes in front of the Chinese Baptist Church ]
  • Ferguson Street: from outside number 15  to  Donald McLean St     [ includes in front of the Ione Vito Centre ]
  • Arney Street:      All
  • Gordon Street:   All
  • Gordon Place:     All
  • Florence Street: All

One Way streets

For the Festival Bypass and Bus Diversion 

  • Daniell Street: becomes ONE WAY NORTH from Constable St  to  Mein St
  • Owen Street: becomes ONE WAY SOUTH from Mein St  to  Constable St

Additional No Parking Zones

  • Rintoul Street: outside number 29 east side only
  • Mein Street: from Riddiford St  to  Daniell St both sides  and  from Daniell St to Owen St north side only
  • Owen Street: outside number 17 east side only, outside number 35 east side only, outside number 51 east side only, [ = at the speed humps ]
  • Mansfield Street: from Rhodes St to number 310 both sides

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but for safety reasons, any parked vehicles in these CLOSED ROADS and NO PARKING ZONES will be ticketed by WCC and towed away with the costs charged to the owner.

Bus Diversions

To bypass the Festival road closure

  • City bound buses run along the one way section of Daniell Street, then down Mein Street.
  • From the city buses run up Mein Street then along the one way section of Owen Street. Those heading to the Zoo or to Russell Terrace cross Constable, go along Owen, then Lawrence, turning back down Daniell, then down Rhodes Street.
  • Here in Rhodes Street , just behind the Main Stage, there are both an inbound and an outbound temporary Festival Bus Stop
  • There are 7 temporary Festival Bus Stops – as shown in the downloadable Road Closure Map
  • The ISLAND BAY BUS will run in Adelaide Rd
  • The Rintoul St and Luxford St Bus Route is CLOSED

Residents Return Home Vehicle Pass

Locals who live in streets within the Fair who would like to arrange to be able to drive home earlier,  before the road opens at 9pm, can contact us to arrange a Festival Vehicle Pass, and to receive closed road safety instructions and their access entrance details.

Resident’s vehicles will be escorted home from around 7.30pm and have to remain parked at home while the road is closed.

Thank you

The Lion Foundation

Thank you to the generous assistance of the Lion Foundation who have made a decade’s worth of Newtown Festival Road Closure possible.