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Sydney Opera House Accessibility Plan



Sydney Opera House is committed to providing equal access for all to ensure that everyone can fully participate and enjoy the arts.

Sydney Opera House’s Access Strategic Plan 2013-2015 outlines our past progress and future strategy towards improving access for people with disabilities.

Read our Access Strategic Plan 2013 - 2015 Brochure or listen to our Access Strategic Plan 2013 -2015.


Sydney Opera House will be the first performing arts center in Australia to present sensory theater designed specifically for audiences with multiple and profound disabilities. Oddysea, the latest work by Sensorium Theatre is coming to the Opera House in August. You can find out more information here or watch a testimonial here.

Captioning of our Talks and Ideas Series 
Sydney Opera House recently begun the process of close captioning all our Talks and Ideas series featured online. This includes talks and interviews from Ideas at the House, Festival of Dangerous Ideas and All About Women festival. You can find these talks on the Ideas at the House YouTube channel and watch the videos with captions by clicking the 'CC' icon on the bottom right-hand side of each video. 

The Sydney Opera House offers sign language interpretation and captioning for our live talks upon request. Requests for sign language interpreters and captioning must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Accessibility Program at These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and of a captioner. 

New surtitle screens
New surtitle screens have been installed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre for viewing from the wheelchair accessible seating area. 


Download the 2015 Sydney Opera House Access Program here (PDF)

Find out more detailed information and links to Opera, Theatre and Families and Schools accessible performances.


View our latest Access Services Brochure here or listen to the Access Services. It includes venue step count information to assist in choosing those seats with the least amount of stairs to negotiate.

Watch Sydney Opera House’s Accessibility Ambassador Louise Sauvage take a tour of the House's 2009 large scale access improvements.

To learn more about Sydney Opera House's ongoing efforts to address accessibility issues watch

Reference the 
mobility map to know where you are going before visiting the site   

Services for people who are blind or with low visionVision

Audio description
Assistance animals


Services for people with limited hearingHearing

FM radio system
National Relay Service

Services for people with limited mobilityMobility

Access Tours
Box Office
Ticketing Policy
Accessible Seating
Theatre Access
Courtesy Wheelchairs
Accessible Toilets

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Assisted Performances
Getting to the House
Transport and Parking
Drop-off Points
Getting around the House
Unassisted Access
Companion Card
Occupational Health and Safety Policy


Information in Alternate Formats 
To request information in alternate formats contact: 

Every effort has been made to ensure that information is up to date. If you have any comments or suggestions please give feedback.
Tel: +61 2 9250 7111

National Relay Service
Customers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can call through the National Relay Service at no cost:
- TTY users, phone 133 677 then ask for  9250 7111;
- Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay), phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 9250 7111; and
- Internet relay users, connect to the NRS – see for details – and then ask for 9250 7111. 

Companion Card

Includes Sydney Opera House Presents, The Essential Tour (including Access Tour) and performances by The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Companion Card
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Access Tours

Call, email or book in person for an Access Tour. Designed for patrons with limited mobility, it is The Essential Tour without steps
The Essential Tour 2
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