36-Hour Seafood Marathon

Dust off your eskies – Sydney’s favourite Christmas tradition is back.

The 36-Hour Seafood Marathon sees Sydney Fish Market retailers open their doors for 36 hours straight, from 5am on the 23rd of December, to 5pm on Christmas Eve.

Let’s crunch the numbers:

  • More than 100,000 customers are expected to walk through our doors in these 36 hours. Don’t worry, extra parking is available at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay, just across the water. All parking is charged at a $8 flat rate for the duration of the marathon, so you can take your time.
  • Over 350 tonnes of seafood is expected to be sold on site this Christmas. That includes 120 tonnes of prawns, and almost 70,000 dozen oysters.
  • Our six wet seafood retailers are only the beginning. We are a one-stop shop for all of your Christmas entertaining needs. Grab fruit, veggies, fresh bread, quality meat, cheese, wine, dry goods and more on your trip, and thank us later.
  • This year marks the 28th anniversary of the marathon... So, it’s safe to say we know our stuff. And we’re generous, so we’ll be sharing every planning, shopping, and cooking tip we’ve got with you, all the way up until Christmas. Keep an eye on our social media pages for all the key info (as well as a few trade secrets).


Can’t make it in person? No sweat. Many of our retailers offer home delivery services – check them out here.


Psst. Santa will be wandering the Market from 9am-12pm on both the 23rd and 24th of December... So bring the kiddies!


The early bird gets the prawn! See you at the 36-Hour Seafood Marathon.




5am Saturday 23rd December
5pm Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Christmas Eve OPEN until 5pm
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day OPEN (7am - 4pm)
New Year's Eve OPEN (7am - 4pm) 
New Year's Day OPEN (7am - 4pm)


Individual retailer hours may vary.


Find us at Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont.

And don't forget there's extra parking at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay, just 10 minutes walk away.

The Marathon runs from 5am 23rd December to 5pm 24th December.


Remember to leave extra time for your visit, as this is an extremely busy trading period for Sydney Fish Market. 

If you are coming by car, the main Sydney Fish Market car park will be open, with limited parking available. Additional car parking will also be available at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Campus (opposite Sydney Fish Market on Bridge Road).

Parking will be charged at a flat rate of $8, payable by card only.

Visitors commuting by public transport can use bus services 501 and 389, which regularly depart from the city. The Sydney Light Rail also stops directly across the road from Sydney Fish Market. For route and timetable information visit

Christmas 36-Hour Seafood Marathon FAQ's

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