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New Year's Eve 

Sydney Opera House designated accessible viewing area

Sydney Opera House offers great views of the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Reserved for people with disability to enjoy with their family and friends. There will be large crowds at the site.

  • The accessible viewing area is now at capacity. If you wish to join the waitlist please call 02 9250 7777.
  • Note: If you are unable to call and need assistance in registration please email
Site description
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Onsite security and first aid.
  • Water refill stations.
  • BYO food and non-alcoholic drinks. No glass. Food also on sale.
  • No shade. Bring a hat, sunscreen, rain jacket or umbrella.
  • No seating. Fold-up chairs permitted.
  • Moderate gradients to the site. Steep incline on Macquarie Street.
Site entry
  • The gate opens at 11am.
  • Enter at the corner of Macquarie and Albert Streets.
  • The viewing area is 600 metres from the entry point.
  • Bookings Essential.
Getting here
  • Public transport is the best way to get around on New Year’s Eve.
  • Circular Quay station is 260 metres from the Macquarie Street gate. Trains will not stop at Circular Quay between 6pm and 1am. The station will be extremely crowded.
  • Martin Place station is 1.1 kilometres from the Sydney Opera House. St James station is 1.5 kilometres away.
  • Driving is not recommended.
  • The nearest public car park is at The Domain. It’s open until 3am on the night. Bookings are essential.
  • The car park has 2 lifts. Use the lift closest to the Art Gallery of NSW. It’s about 240 metres to the entry gate. 
  • Vehicle clearance height in the car park is low at 1.9 metres.
  • View the access map for travel from St James and Martin Place to east Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House.

Teaching Development Forum: Engaging Students with Disability (Creative Learning)

Dates: 14 - 15 September 2018

Explore how theatre, music and the visual arts can unlock the learning of students with disability in this two day forum for teachers and support providers.

Participants will learn from, and work alongside, leading arts and teachers including artists from the highly regarded MCA Bella Program. 

A practical and hands-on forum for those passionate about working with students with disability, and teachers who want to learn some tried and tested technique.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Find out more.

Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails, audio-described session

Sydney Opera House is excited to invite visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to join us for a personalised live audio-described tour of the Opera House’s Lighting of the Sails, Vivid LIVE’s most public event.

Take a front row seat on the Western Broadwalk and listen to live visual descriptions of this year’s images projected onto the iconic Opera House sails.

Register online, by calling Box Office on (02) 9250 7752 or email

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