In 1973 the Northern Broadwalk was home to the Harbour Restaurant – a self-service family-friendly restaurant that offered no-fuss pre-show dining and champagne breakfasts from 11am.
By the late ‘80s the restaurant was re-vamped with a “seafood only menu” featuring crayfish bisque, mud crab salad and the ever popular fish and chips in beer batter. In a Sydney Morning Herald article from 1987, ‘gullible tourists’ were warned to protect their meals from the local wildlife as “No refunds will be given to those customers whose meals are taken by the seagulls”, according to a restaurant sign.
In the 1990s the restaurant became 180 degrees – a name that paid homage to the expansive harbour views at the venue. As more conveniently located dining options in the new Lower Concourse grew in popularity, the restaurant closed in 2001, replaced by the Opera Point Marquee, a large extendable functions space.
This ‘temporary solution’ remained on the Northern Broadwalk for 17 years, until it was removed in 2018 as construction of the Yallamundi Rooms commenced. Today, the Opera House’s new function and events centre the Yallamundi Rooms can host a range of occasions, including community celebrations, intimate gatherings, private events and small-scale performances.