Special Features & Exhibitors

Festival Road Closure Notification

By Kathrine Holland August 6, 2017
Festival scenery

On Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August between 10am and 6pm, Smooth FM will present The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, an annual event that celebrates Sydney’s love of chocolate and desserts.

Up to 70,000 people per day are expected to visit The Rocks to sample chocolate and sweet indulgences from the finest dessert makers and chocolatiers, cleanse the palate with a savoury fix from a selection of top food vendors, get professional tips at the Knebel test kitchen, enjoy a drink in the festival bar, watch and enjoy a variety of live music.

There will be over 90 dessert, food and exhibition stalls, Smooth Star stage, and the Rocks Market located throughout the precinct, including on First Fleet Park, Tallawoladah Place and Circular Quay West Road, and along George Street.

The following information has been provided to ensure that residents, businesses and the general public are aware of how they may be impacted on the weekend of The Smooth Festival of Chocolate. Please familiarise yourself with this information to understand how and when you'll be able to move about your local area during the event.

A festival map outlining the road closures can be downloaded from the homepage of www.smoothfestivalofchocolate.com.au  or here



To ensure the safe operation of the event, there will be special event clearways and road closures in The Rocks on Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August 2017.


Road closures will be in place from 4am on Saturday 12 August to 11.59pm on Sunday 13 August on:


•           George Street from Essex Street to Hickson Road (both directions)

•           Hickson Road from George Street to OPT elevated roadway (both directions)


Special event clearways will operate from 3am on Saturday 12 August 2017 to 11.59pm on Sunday 13 August on:


•           Circular Quay West Road between Argyle St and the roundabout

•           George Street between Alfred Street and Hickson Road

•           Argyle St between George St and Circular Quay West Road

  • Hickson Road between George Street and OPT elevated roadway

•           Harrington Street between Argyle Street and Suez Canal (police vehicles excepted).


Special event clearways are no parking zones. This includes motorcycles and vehicles with parking permits (including RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permits). Check signs before parking, as vehicles left in special event clearways will be towed, and a towing fee applies

For more details on the road closures and special event clearways, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW for iPhone®, iPad® or Android™, or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.


If you are planning to attend the Smooth Festival of Chocolate or visit The Rocks on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August 2017, consider the public transport options. To plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info or phone 131 500.


A festival map outlining the road closures can be downloaded from the homepage of www.smoothfestivalofchocolate.com.au  or here