NSW venues to open later for special events in 2020

January 15, 2020
By Alana House

The NSW Government has extended hotel and club trading times for upcoming special events in 2020 including Australia Day, the Australian Open tennis, State of Origin and NRL Grand Final.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the later trading times will support major cultural and sports events that boost the NSW economy and create jobs and tourism opportunities.

“The extended trading means patrons can gather and socialise at venues later at night during and after these special events,” Dominello said.

“Almost all extensions are for events on Sundays when most hotels and clubs are restricted to standard 10pm trading.”

Venues in the Tamworth Regional local government area can open until midnight on Sunday, January 19 and Sunday, January 26 for the Tamworth country music festival.

“With many hotels, bars and clubs hosting gigs as part of the festival, the extended trading means fans can enjoy their favourite performers later at night,” Dominello said.

“The later times will also benefit fans of major sports events such as the Australian Open tennis, State of Origin and NRL Grand Final and Men’s and Women’s T20 cricket finals.

“Pubs and clubs across NSW can open later for these events so people can get together and watch all the action on big screens with their friends and family.”  

The Office of the Minister said patrons staying out later in venues were reminded to consume alcohol responsibly during special events so everyone can enjoy a safe night. Local area extensions will apply for Vivid Sydney, Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft and the Bathurst 1000 and Newcastle 500 motor sport races. 

The extended trading hours do not apply to takeaway alcohol sales. Venues already approved to trade during or beyond the extended hours can operate as usual. Hotels and clubs must still comply with any individual trading restrictions or other special conditions that apply to their licences under the Liquor Act.

State of Origin

NSW trading extensions for special events:

Tamworth Country Music Festival – January 19 & 26 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs in the Tamworth Regional Council local government area)

Australia Day – January 26 – 10pm to midnight (state-wide)

Australian Open Tennis Men’s Singles Final – February 2 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match)

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final – February 8 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match)

Vivid Sydney – May 24 & 31 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs in the City of Sydney local government area – only in Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Potts Point)

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft – June 14 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs in the Coonamble Shire Council local government area)

NRL State of Origin – Game II – June 21 – 10pm to midnight (hotels and registered clubs state-wide)

Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final (only if an Australian is playing) – July 12 & 13 – 10pm to 2am (hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match)

NRL Grand Final – October 4 – 10pm to midnight (hotels and registered clubs state-wide)

Bathurst 1000 – October 11 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs in the Bathurst Regional Council local government area – only in Abercrombie, Bathurst, Eglinton, Kelso, Llanarth, Mitchell, Mount Panorama, Orton Park, Perthville, Raglan, South Bathurst, West Bathurst and Windradyne)

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final – November 15 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs state-wide showing a live broadcast of the match)

Newcastle 500 – December 6 – 10pm to midnight (hotels or registered clubs in the City of Newcastle local government area)

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