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26 January at Sydney Opera House

There are a range of events marking  26 January including the Australia Day Live concert at the Sydney Opera House, a maritime show and spectacular fireworks display across Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour.

As the sun rises, the Opera House sails will be lit up with a spectacular First Nations artwork by proud Kamilaroi woman and artist, Rhonda Sampson. Her work honours Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands and will celebrate its rich past, present and future. The best location to enjoy the sails lighting – Dawn Reflection – will be at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

As the sun sets, the Opera House Forecourt will host the Australia Day Live concert with musical performances from our nation’s best talent, including William Barton, Dami Im, Casey Donovan, Christine Anu and Isaiah Firebrace.

Accompanying the musical performances will be a land and water show on Sydney Harbour featuring a lit vessel parade, dazzling acrobatics of jet-skiers and fly-boarders and a fireworks display that will light up the night sky.

The two-hour Australia Day Live concert is produced by the Australia Day Council of NSW and NSW Government. It is supported by the state government’s tourism and event agency, Destination NSW and the National Australia Day Council. More information about Australia Day events taking place across Sydney can be found here.

What's On

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January 26 at Opera Bar

26 January

Make the most of the public holiday at the Opera Bar. Kick back by the water with delicious cocktails, seasonal food and the best views in the city, as you enjoy some of Sydney's best artists throughout the day.

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The Harbour Restaurant

4 Jan - 3 Feb 2023

Fish and chips are on the menu this summer with the opening of The Harbour, a pop-up eatery on the Northern Broadwalk. Tuesday to Saturday 12pm - 8pm.

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January 26 at House Canteen

26 January

On Thursday 26 January, Circular Quay plays host to some of the most exciting waterborne performances of the year - and House Canteen has the the ultimate vantage point.

Accessing the Opera House

Accessing the Opera House on 26 January

The Opera House will be extremely busy on 26 January, with many events taking place across the precinct. We recommend you plan ahead, allow extra travel time and arrive at least 45 minutes before the concert begins. Large crowds are expected on the Opera House precinct and around Circular Quay. 

Patrons attending ticketed events at the Opera House, including the Australia Day Live concert, should follow entry and exit signage, screening and bag check procedures. All attendees must hold a valid ticket, including children. 

Accessibility

The Opera House is accessible to all visitors and ticketholders Accessible toilets and adult changing rooms facilities are available.

For further information, please contact accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com

Getting her on Australia Day

Getting here

Ticketholders are strongly encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. Please note public transport continues to run at a reduced capacity.

Road closures will be in place around Circular Quay, The Rocks and Milsons Point. For the full list of road closures and maps, please see Transport NSW’s interactive map and check livetraffic.com.

Public Transport

Transport and ferry services will be affected by road closures and and exclusion zones on the harbour. Buses will run to and from Martin Place instead of Circular Quay from 7.30pm until 10.30pm

Parking

Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport wherever possible. The Opera House Wilson car park will operate as usual, however it’s expected to reach capacity early.

Security Screening

Keeping you safe

Security 

The safety and security of our visitors, patrons and staff is our highest priority. The Opera House works closely with the NSW Police and other relevant authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment.

As a condition of entry, bag inspections and electronic screening will be carried out at the entry to the site. Please follow the directions of Opera House staff and security.

Frequently Asked Questions - Attendance information

Do I need a ticket to visit the Opera House on26 January?

The Opera House’s Western and Northern Broadwalk can be accessed by the general public and for those wanting to enjoy the water show.

Both Opera Bar and House Canteen will be open to the general public all day, with a viewing area along the seawall to be ticketed from 5pm.

Bennelong will be open and bookings are strongly recommended.

Tours will be operating as usual with advance bookings recommended. 

Will there be cloaking services available?

There will be no cloaking services available for ticketholders attending the Australia Day Live concert. 

What items can I bring? 

Picnic blankets, low chairs and bean bags are permitted as long as they do not impact the experience of fellow visitors. Please check our conditions of entry for more information about what can and cannot be brought onsite.

Do I need a ticket to watch the Australia Day Live concert?

Yes, only ticketholders can access the Australia Day Live concert on the Forecourt. Unfortunately the allocation has been exhuasted for this event. 

Will there by bag checks by Opera House security?

Yes. The safety and security of our visitors, patrons and staff is our highest priority. All visitors visiting the Opera House will be subject to bag checks when entering the site. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine. Please travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking as this service will not be available e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and large umbrellas. Please check our conditions of entry for more information about what can and cannot be brought onsite.

What if it’s raining? 

Australia Day Live is an all-weather event. Visitors are encouraged to check the weather and come prepared. Wear a hat and protective clothing. Please be sun safe. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Travelling to the Opera House

What is the best way to get to the Opera House?

Visitors are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and use public transport wherever possible. 

Will roads in the Sydney CBD be closed?

Road closures will be in place around Circular Quay, The Rocks and Milsons Point. For the full list of road closures and maps, please see Transport NSW’s interactive map and check livetraffic.com.

Are there any changes to public transport in the Sydney CBD?

Yes, some transport services will be affected by road closures and ferry services will be affected by exclusion zones on the harbour. Buses will run to and from Martin Place instead of Circular Quay from 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Visit Transport NSW’s Australia Day 2023 page for more details on service changes and to plan ahead.

Will there be assistance for people with mobility support needs?

The Opera House is accessible to all visitors and ticketholders Accessible toilets and adult changing rooms facilities are available.

For further information, please contact accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com

Can I park at the Opera House on 26 January?

Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport wherever possible. The Opera House Wilson car park will operate as usual, however it’s expected to reach capacity early. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Food and Beverage

Will your restaurants be open?

House Canteen will be open from 7.30am and Opera Bar will be open from 11am. Both venues will be open to the general public all day, with a viewing area along the seawall to be ticketed from 5pm.

Bennelong will be open and bookings are strongly recommended. The Harbour is also open however bookings are strongly recommended with some space reserved for walk-ins.

Portside will be closed, however the Western Foyer bars and Colonnade will be open to Velvet Rewired ticketholders. 

Can I purchase food and drink?

Members of the general public can purchase food from Opera Bar and House Canteen. There will also be food trucks serving snacks, small plates, coffee and desserts from 9am until 3pm. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

From 6pm, the food trucks and a fully licensed bar will only be accessible to Australia Day Live ticketholders. 

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