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Balnaves Foundation Open House Program

$5 Tickets

With $5 tickets, we’re open to you

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$5 tickets for Federal Government Health Care Card holders

The Sydney Opera House is a place for anyone and everyone. Whether it’s to be entertained or inspired, we’re open to you all year round, and invite you to come on in.

Thanks to Sydney Opera House’s partnership with The Balnaves Foundation, it’s now easier for adults and children who hold a Federal Government Heath Care Card to make a date with the Sydney Opera House at a low cost.

For just $5 a ticket, we welcome you to attend a family-friendly performance in 2017. There are no fees or other charges.

Never been to see something with us before? Don’t stress, there are a few questions that might be on your mind which we’ve answered for you below.

We look forward to welcoming you to your Sydney Opera House.

“I would say to other families – take the opportunity, it’s really worth it!”

Dad of Josh, who attended with his son in 2016

The Unbelievables

$5 tickets for The Unbelievables have sold out

All tickets for The Unbelievables on both Tuesday 19 December and Friday 22 December have been allocated in full.

Please read below to find out what to do next.

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Kids having fun at the Opera House thanks to $5 tickets offered through the Balnaves Foundation Open House program

$5 tickets through the Balnaves Foundation Open House Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for $5 tickets?

If you hold a Federal Government Low Income Health Care Card, then yes! The cards look like the images below. 

Example Government Health Care Card

Are $5 tickets available to all shows at the Opera House?

No, we’re sorry they’re not. They are available, however, for certain family-friendly shows. Please check back at this website or email to be notified when new shows are available.

How do I book these $5 tickets to a show?

Call our $5 ticket booking line on +61 2 9250 7799 and chat to one of our friendly staff members to make a booking. Each person making a booking who holds an eligible Health Care Card can book a maximum of four tickets. You can buy additional tickets if you need them at full price. Please note, you can only take advantage of this $5 ticket offer once per calendar year. On the day of your show, you will collect your tickets from the Box Office 1 hour - 30 mins before the show starts. You must bring and show your Health Care card at the Box Office to collect your tickets. If you do not bring your Health Care Card you will have to pay the full price for your tickets. You can see where the Box Offices are on this map.  Finally please don’t be late for the start of the show, or you might be locked out for the beginning of the show until there is an appropriate time to let you in without disturbing the other audience members.

Can I book $5 tickets for my community group, charity, or not-for-profit organisation?

If you work for an organisation that provides services to or represents individuals and communities who experience social or financial disadvantage, and would like to make a group booking for clients who are eligible for $5 tickets, please download and fill out this booking form and email it to

What’s the best way to get to the Opera House?

Circular Quay train station is an easy 5 – 7 minute walk away from the Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries into Circular Quay. For more information please click here.

What services do you offer if I or my group has particular access needs?

The Sydney Opera House offers wheelchair seating, audio devices for people who require hearing assistance and various other services. For more information please click here.

How do I get into the Opera House to see my show?

There are a number of different theatres at the Opera House, and your show could be in any of them. Once you’ve selected your show, find out the venue and identify it on this PDF Map or download our Sydney Opera House app from Google Play or iTunes. Your first place to visit when you arrive will be to the Box Office to collect your ticket, and our doors are open for you to enter!

Are there places to eat and drink at the Opera House?

Yes, there are a number of places you can eat and drink at the Opera House. A full list is here. There are also places to buy food and drink at Circular Quay.

About the Balnaves Foundation Open House Program

The Balnaves Foundation has supported the Opera House since 2007 through the pioneering Balnaves Foundation Open House program at the Opera House from 2007 to 2009, and as an ongoing donor to the Opera House.

In November 2014, the Opera House and the Balnaves Foundation announced the renewal of The Balnaves Foundation Open House Program with a new three year partnership to improve access to the performing arts for socially and economically disadvantaged adults and children by providing 12,000 tickets over the three years to selected family-friendly performances at the Opera House at a cost to the ticket buyer of just $5 a ticket, with not additional fees. The Opera House also contributes to the ticket subsidy and provides production, marketing and operational support for the program.

With The Balnaves Foundation's focus on young people and the disadvantaged, and Sydney Opera House's vision to inspire the greatest number of people through art and ideas, the program makes both a practical and inspirational difference to the lives of people who would not otherwise have this opportunity.