Plan Your Trip
There is so much happening at Real Festival and large crowds are anticipated throughout the weekend. We suggest you plan your travel ahead of time so you don’t miss a moment of the action.
You’ll find lots of useful information here on public transport options, shuttle buses, parking as well as important road closures to minimise traffic and keep everyone safe. Find out about accommodation options so you can make the most of your weekend in Penrith. Make sure you keep up to date with what’s happening with the event by connecting with Real Festival on Facebook and Instagram.
To minimise traffic and keep patrons safe, Tench Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic between Jamison Rd and Cross Rd from 7am on Friday 2 November through to 8am Sunday 4 November. Tench Avenue will remain open for southbound traffic entering from Jamison Rd. To view this road closure as well as access information and maps, visit livetraffic.com.
There is parking available at the event. A carpark (with capacity for approximately 800 cars) has been created for festival patrons at 66-76 Tench Avenue (next to the Coffee Club) and is accessed from Tench Avenue. To park here you will need to enter Tench Avenue from Jamison Rd. Once the car park is full, all cars will be directed to park at Penrith Paceway or Jamison Park and catch the free Busways shuttle buses.
There are also a limited number of accessible car spots available at Tench Reserve.
Pick up/drop off
Why not car pool with others and avoid parking altogether? There is a designated passenger drop off and pick up area located at the northern end of Tench Avenue and accessed from Jamison Rd. This drop off area is for cars, Taxis and Ubers.
Leave the car and catch a free shuttle bus! Busways shuttle buses will operate on a continuous loop across Friday and Saturday. The shuttle buses are accessible and can accommodate prams and strollers. The drop off and pick up locations are located at Penrith Train Station (Stand E), Penrith Paceway on Station St (opposite Ransley Street), Jamison Park at Batt Street (near Netball Courts) and at the Festival, Tench Reserve. There will be four shuttle buses running continuously from 5pm–11pm on Friday 2 November and 2pm – 11pm on Saturday 3 November.
There are public transport options to get you to the Real Festival at Tench Reserve. Public transport is a quick and effective option, but best of all by catching public transport you’re thinking sustainably and we really like that. The closest railway station is Penrith Station, approximately 6 kilometres from the event site. Free shuttle buses will operate on a continuous loop picking up and dropping off passengers from Stand E.
There are several bus services (797 and 795) which pick up from here and continue down Mulgoa Road towards the event site. The bus services may have altered routes due to road closures for Real Festival. The real-time trip planner at transportnsw.info will help you plan your travel to Tench Reserve by train, bus and on foot using the most up-to-date service information.
Residents have full access to their properties throughout Real Festival. Tench Avenue is closed to northbound traffic from 7am on Friday 2 November through to midnight on Saturday 3 November, residents can access their properties from Jamison Rd. If you're a resident of Tench Avenue and you'd like to talk to someone about access during Real Festival, please call 1300 736 836.
Why not extend your stay and make the most of your weekend in Penrith? Mercure Penrith and Nepean Shores are offering exclusive Real Festival packages which allows you to stay close to the Real Festival action and experience the very best of Penrith across the weekend. Head to Mercure Penrith and Nepean Shores to find out more and book an exclusive Real Festival package now for a weekend in Penrith you’ll never forget.
Download this handy map of the event site at Tench Reserve (pdf 736kb) so you can start planning how to get around and what you’re going to see and do at this year’s event.