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Badu Gili

Daily sails lighting 

In response to the Australian government’s restrictions on public gatherings, we regret to advise that the spectacular nightly Badu Gili sails projections has been cancelled until further notice. 

For more information, please see our COVID-19 (coronavirus) update. 


Badu Gili — meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people — is a free daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection. They illuminate the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset, 8:30pm, 9pm and 9:30pm*.

Chapter 1: Sunset and 9pm
Chapter 2: 8:30pm and 9:30pm

Best viewed from the top of the Monumental Steps. 

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Celebrating First Nations culture 

A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule ('where the knowledge waters meet'), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of years.

An important pillar of the Opera House’s year-round First Nations program, Badu Gili is an essential Sydney cultural experience for both visitors and the local community that aims to foster and celebrate a shared sense of belonging for all Australians.

View the Sydney Opera House Reconciliation Action Plan

Badu Gili has been enabled by the Opera House, its Idealist donors and the Australia Council for the Arts. 

The story of Badu Gili

Meet the Indigenous artists bringing First Nations cultures to the world.

Meet the Badu Gili Artists

Where to Eat and Drink before and after Badu Gili

Satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants and bars here at the Opera House. Start your evening at Bennelong Restaurant enjoying their Badu Gili mocktail and a shared plate or two from the Cured and Cultured menu. Or perhaps visit The Lounge and try their baked apple custard tart, quandong glaze & lemon myrtle tea or their eucalyptus cocktail. 

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