The Artificial Reef Project
Discover what’s living in the water around the Opera House, learn about the project to protect it and ways you can help build a more sustainable future!
The Sydney Opera House is surrounded by water; it’s kind of like the Harbour is our backyard!
Like all backyards – it’s a place that we are responsible for looking after.
But did you know 60% of Sydney’s harbour shoreline has been replaced by seawalls, resulting in small fish and animals losing their homes?
To help restore the natural beauty of our backyard, Sydney Opera House has embarked on a research project led by University of Technology Sydney Professor of Marine Ecology David Booth.
The Artificial Reef Project aims to install a modular artificial reef underwater around Bennelong Point, to help bring the fish back and create a new home for them as part of our commitment to Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Global Goals – “Life Below Water”.
Watch videos, explore 3D models and unpack curriculum aligned teacher resources to learn about the project, life below the water and ways to protect the natural environment for a more sustainable future.
What type of natural environment is near your home?
What steps could you take to look after your own backyard?
Explore 3D models
The artificial reef modules are installed around the Sydney Opera House, providing habitat for the marine life of Sydney Harbour. They are constructed of steel and concrete, creating structure for plants and animals to grow on, and enclosed spaces for mobile organisms to use as shelter or ambush sites.