Cahill Expressway
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,440 contributions
Sept 2021
Probably not a stand alone attraction, however, it is part of the circular precinct which is definitely worth a visit, the expressway, and railway is an isore, that cuts through the scenic harbour, what were they thinking
Written 19 November 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,263 contributions
Dec 2020
The Cahill Expressway was Australia's first freeway when it was constructed in the 1950s. It has never been popular because of its position and looks. It is right in front of Sydney Harbour and it has an ugly appearance. It divides the city from its waterfront. It has two decks. The top is for car traffic and under it runs a railway line. Circular Quay Railway station is also on the Expressway. It carries a huge volume of traffic and the costs associated with its demolition are far too great, so no government has tried to get rid of it! One saving grace is the fact that the views from it are fantastic!
Written 8 January 2021
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mrdom
6,439 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
The Cahill Expressway is a road running from Kirribilli, across the easternmost lanes of the Harbour Bridge (they used to have tram tracks), then across Circular Quay above the railway. Some say it’s a blight on Circular Quay but I figure the railway’s there anyway and they could probably jazz up the road with some lights and art. It’s not got much interest for a visitor but you can some good views from the Cahill Walk, which runs from The Rocks (at the end of the path across the bridge) to the Botanic Gardens, with a lookout right in the middle.
Written 31 January 2019
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Matt W
Dubbo, Australia7 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The RMS run a ballot each year for the Cahill Expressway as an observation area above Circular Quay for the NYE 9pm and Midnight fireworks.
My partner and I missed out on the ballot for the 2018/2019 midnight fireworks, but luckily came into some from a friend that couldn't go for the Midnight session.

Basically, It was awesome.

We got into town around 1pm via bus, nor the bus or town was as busy as you'd think.
We had lunch and found a few pubs around Pitt and Bridge Sts and hung out there till about 8:30pm. We walked towards the Macquarie St waiting area and arrived just at 9pm. We were lead to the line up area which was about 25% full at that stage, and aside from having to walk past a very rank portable toilet, was otherwise fine, there was plenty of line up area marked out.

After the 9pm session had finished, the public was ushered out of the expressway viewing area very quickly, and by about 9:45pm we were being let it.
Simple security checkpoint checking bags and looking for prohibited items ie Fluids and Umbrellas (And there were ALOT of those as the forecast was grim)
and then straight onto the expressway.

We got poll position right up front and hung around there. There was heaps of signage indicating where the food and Loos were, and speakers playing music.
There was the option to rent a folding camp chain as well.

The best bit, they were trying to target families, so it was no alcohol but we were fine as we had a few prior anyway, but the point being there were games set out for the kids and because it was dry, the toilets were clean as and everyones behaviour was great! Everyone was happy, no drunk idiots making a scene and a huge police and security presence were keeping the larrikins at bay. Security always patrolling to find the prohibited umbrellas and camera set ups.

It was so well organised. Very pleasant, and the best part, it was totally free. (Aside from the extras you could purchase there)

After the fireworks we were off the expressway fairly quickly, and the police had road blockages throughout town to direct walking traffic to central, we had to walk almost to the QVB before we looped back to Wynyard, and walked on the 2nd bus, small line, and got seats. I understand that the trains weren't quite as good that particular night, but we had a fantastic run in the city 2018 NYE.

100% recommend.
Written 11 January 2019
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