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Plan your travel for the 2021 Sydney Festival

Each January, the Sydney Festival presents bold and memorable experiences that ignite, unite, and excite the City of Sydney. 2020 was a challenging year, so to kickstart 2021 what’s better than a festival that reconnects communities and re-energizes Australia’s arts?! 

Sydney Festival will run from Wednesday 6 January to Tuesday 26 January from Parramatta to Chippendale. Sydney will supply the canvas for 24 days of engaging and immersive events, exhibitions, workshops and talks. All 130 events and festival venues will be deploying Covid-19 safety plans and social distancing measures. Check out the Covid-19 safety rules here

So, what can you expect from the festival? We have picked our highlights to reflect the full diversity of the program with shows we are sure will challenge, provoke, move, and entertain you. Check out some of the shows happening in Sydney and Parramatta this month. 

Must-see shows in Barangaroo 

Set against the spectacular backdrop of summer evenings on the harbour, join some of Australia’s best artists as they perform on Sydney Festival’s brand-new, pop-up stage at Barangaroo Reserve.

Over 17 nights, see the finest music, dance and performance in the Sydney Festival program, including The [Uncertain] Four Seasons, an inspiring encounter between Vivaldi, climate change data and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Bangarra Dance Theatre’s landmark performance Spirit: a retrospective 2021, Paul Mac’s soaring The Rise and Fall of Saint George; and concerts featuring singers Paul Capsis and iOTA (RAPTURE: a song cycle of Desire and Ecstasy, Murder and Mayhem) and Katie Noonan (Songs of Don). 

General admission is just $25 (plus booking fee) and secures a dedicated, COVID safe spot for you and your friends or family to enjoy the summer vibes together. Secure a car parking space close to the events venue.

DIVVY offers car parking at 30 The Bond45 Clarence Street & One Margaret.  

Must-see shows in Parramatta  

The beloved Sydney Symphony Under the Stars returns to Parramatta Park. Once again, the conductor Benjamin Northey takes up the baton for a program ranging from the classics of the 18th and 19th century. 

Take a stroll through Parramatta Park to discover In Situ, a collection of site-specific dance works telling FirstNations stories. 

DIVVY offers Parramatta car parking at 140 George Street & 91 Philip Street

Where to park 

DIVVY offers hourly, daily and evening parking within a close range of these events’ locations. Explore parking options with us in  Parramatta, Surry Hills, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, and  Sydney city. Check out the website or the DIVVY app, to book parking now. 

For more information on the Australian Made: Sydney Festival, visit www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Contact us 

For customer help and support, you can live chat from 8 am-6 pm AEST or call us on 1300 030 317. 

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Case Study: DIVVY and Enacon Parking

Since 2016 DIVVY has partnered with Enacon Parking to manage all pre-booked parking across their portfolio of diverse Sydney carparks. Today, DIVVY handles on average 1,851 parking transactions for Enacon every month.

Enacon Parking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mulpha Australia, one of Australia’s most experienced real estate investors. In operation since 1979, Enacon is responsible for developing and operating Mulpha Australia’s parking facilities.

DIVVY pre-book parking is in operation at Enacon’s multistorey carpark at 2 Cathedral Street, Sydney, their hospital-adjacent open air carpark in Bella Vista, their valet parking at the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney and their hotel carpark at the Novotel Darling Harbour. Each one of these sites offers a completely different parking experience, but DIVVY pre-book parking works successfully across them all.

DIVVY pre-book parking system or access control device

The DIVVY pre-book parking system allows parkers to select from hourly, daily or monthly parking options via the DIVVY app or website. The system manages payment and parkers then receive a QR code to their phone. The QR code is read by DIVVY’s market-leading access controllers at the carpark’s entrance and exit to allow access and egress.

DIVVY’s pre-book parking system has come into its own during the COVID pandemic. The cashless, contactless system offers peace of mind for drivers still moving around their communities but wanting to limit their risk. Commuters can avoid public transport with a pre-booked DIVVY car park that doesn’t require them to handle cash, pull parking tickets, use payment machines or touch any shared surfaces at all.

Matt Ormiston, General Manager of Enacon Parking, says,

“Since 2016, Enacon has depended on DIVVY to provide and manage a complete end-to-end pre-book car parking service across our Sydney carparks.

We know we can rely on DIVVY to market our carparks effectively, manage all pre-book customer transactions, and remit payments to us every month.

Their 24/7 customer care team handle any issues that arise, and all system and access controller maintenance is taken care of. The real time data and reporting that the DIVVY system generates provides invaluable insights into carpark usage. Enacon is happy to recommend DIVVY to other businesses looking to improve their parking systems.”

For more information, please contact our team at sales@divvy.com.au.

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Smarter Parking Report released with The NRMA


Several buildings located across some of Sydney’s busiest suburbs are utilising less than one-third of available parking spaces, while up to thirty percent of traffic in congested areas is looking for parking spaces, according to a new report released by the NRMA and DIVVY.

The Smarter Parking Report, released to coincide with the Roads Australia Transport Summit, details the parking problems plaguing Australian cities and highlights the huge imbalance between parking supply and demand.

Currently, the average casual daily parking rate in Sydney is $70.85, compared with $18.21 in Canberra and $22.29 in Adelaide.

With even some of the largest institutional owners of car spaces forced to leave parking assets dormant – often due to restrictions and regulations – the NRMA and DIVVY looked at parking utilisation rates across seven Sydney buildings and found those that forbid public access had significantly lower utilisation rates than those that allowed parking non-tenants.

One building in Walker Street, North Sydney had just 32 per cents of spaces used, a Harris Street, Pyrmont lot had 74 per cent utilisation while a Clarence Street building had 20 per cent of spaces left vacant.

By contrast, the remaining four buildings audited across the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs that allowed public access all saw utilisation rates between 90-97 per cent.

Globally, Australia has some of the lowest ratios of car spaces to workers. The Sydney and Melbourne CBDs have just 12.2 and 14.2 spaces for ever 100 workers.

NRMA CEO Rohan Lund said; Members were frustrated with parking options and exorbitant costs in metropolitan areas right across Australia.

“NRMA research shows 44 per cent of drivers have returned home because they couldn’t find a parking spaces,” Mr Lund said.

“When two out of every five Members we survey tell us they are now often avoiding specific locations because of parking, we know access to parking is having an adverse effect on the economy, particularly small businesses who rely on accessibility.

“We now need to start thinking outside the square when it comes to solving our parking issues. We must find innovative ways to unlock more of the spaces that lie dormant every day, improve the last-mile for workers through commuter car parks and use available technologies to move toward smart cities.”

DIVVY CEO Grant Fowler said:

“Empty parking spaces represented the huge untapped potential for both businesses and frustrated drivers, helping to address Sydney’s parking shortage and opening an additional revenue stream for businesses.

“We know that up to 30 percent of the traffic in metropolitan areas is cruising for a parking space. Taking more of the parking volume off the street allows cities to move more freely,”

“Using technology such as DIVVY, businesses can become aware of the possibilities that now exist and parking assets no longer need to sit unused.”

“There are thousands of parking spaces that lie dormant every day and just as many drivers who are in search of a parking space. Businesses, along with all levels of government need to adjust their policies and planning so more of these spaces can open up for public use.”

Read the Smarter Parking Report Here or see what our partners at the NRMA have to say