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Aerial view of the Sydney Opera House at dawn, SydneyAerial view of the Sydney Opera House at dawn, Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Visit the Sydney Opera House to see a performance, sip on a cocktail overlooking the harbour or take a backstage tour.

Why go there

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic and busy performing arts centres in the world. Recently World Heritage-listed, the "house" has an extensive program of opera, ballet, theatre and music performances throughout the year.

There are many guided tours options if you'd like to discover what's inside the world's most recognisable sails. The access tour is a feature.

From Circular Quay stroll along the promenade to the Opera House and marvel at the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Don't miss

Access tours of the Opera House are specifically designed for people with disabilities.

A performance in the Opera Theatre which has subtitles for most non-English performances as well as an FM radio system.

Access for all

Download the Sydney Opera House Access Guide.

The guide includes information covering vision, hearing and physical access needs and is available in large print and MP3 versions. The guide is also available in Braille and cd format on request.

Mobility access throughout venue and toiletsClear path of travel for blind and low vision

Halls and theatres have limited wheelchair-accessible seating; a limited number of wheelchairs are available for use on site. Guide dogs are welcome.

Accessible toilets are available:

  • Inside Western Foyers
  • Inside the Box Office foyer
  • On ground level inside Sydney Opera House. The Concierge located at Stage Door (adjacent to the Concourse) will assist with these facilities.
Audio description is availableHearing loop or audio induction is availableText captions provided for audio content

An audio description service is available for identified performances in the Drama Theatre, Playhouse and The Studio.

There are FM Radio systems in all theatres. Sub-titling in English is available for most opera productions in the Opera Theatre.

Access performance dates are listed in the Sydney Opera House Access Diary.

Mobility access throughout venue and toiletsClear path of travel for blind and low vision

Access tours are specifically designed for those with mobility limitations or who are blind or have limited vision. Guides provide insights into the history of the 'house' and take participants to the major theatres and halls.

A one-hour tour departs daily around 12pm, but it is best to call and confirm the departure time as it depends on the availability of the theatres. Bookings are essential.

Eating out

Dine in one of the world's iconic buildings at one of Australia's great restaurants, Bennelong which has one accessible level (Box Office foyer level). This can be accessed via the Stage Door.

You may prefer to dine harbourside at one of the many cafés and restaurants on the promenade leading to the Opera House.

How to get there

Public transport

The Sydney Opera House is 500m from Circular Quay's transport hub, serviced by ferries, buses and trains.

There is a free accessible shuttle bus that runs from Circular Quay Bus Stand E before and after performances. Check the Sydney Opera House Access Guide for times.

Parking

Accessible Parking is available at nearby Wilson's Parking or on the Concourse near the Stage Door.

Maps

To view the maps, you need Adobe Reader

Interactive map: http://maps.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/accessibility-map/