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Australia Day Weekend

Are you coming to the Sydney Opera House over the Australia Day long weekend? Plan your trip right. Scroll down for information on everything that is happening onsite.

Getting Here

Travelling to the Opera House

If you are coming onsite for the Australia Day Live concert, a performance, tour, or visiting one of our dining precincts on Sunday 26 January, we advise you arrive early as large crowds, evening road closures and increased security measures may cause delays.

The best way to access the Sydney Opera House is on foot via the Macquarie Street security checkpoint from 8:30am. If the site reaches capacity, ticket holders and those wishing to purchase tickets will still be allowed access. We recommend you pre-book your tickets for performances or tours taking place on Sunday 26 January.   

Parking and transport 

We encourage you to use public transport wherever possible and allow extra travel time on Sunday 26 January.

The Sydney Opera House Wilson Car Park is available to visitors and ticket holders. Please note, there will be no vehicle access in or out of the car park between 8:30-10:30pm on Sunday 26 January as Macquarie Street will be closed to all traffic.

The Cahill Expressway will be closed from 7:30-10:30pm on Sunday 26 January, and there will be no access from Macquarie Street onto Conservatorium Road at this time.

More information on transport and road closures is available on the Australia Day website

Site access & security

Visual bag inspections will be carried out at all checkpoints on Sunday 26 January to ensure the safety and security of everyone onsite. This may include electronic screening so please be patient and allow extra travel time. 

The Sydney Opera House continues to work closely with NSW Police and relevant authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone.

What you can bring on Australia Day

No alcohol or glass is permitted onsite. Guests can purchase food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages from onsite vendors. Please note there is no ATM onsite, however, all vendors will accept card payment. 

Please be sun safe. We encourage everyone enjoying their Australia Day outdoors to wear sunscreen and protective clothing. Small and large sunshades or structures are not permitted onsite, however, you may bring a personal-sized umbrella (no more than 125cm in diameter).

Please note, these conditions of entry do not apply to the Australia Day Live concert on the Sydney Opera House forecourt, for more information visit the event page

For a full list of items that cannot be brought onsite, please visit Venue Security below.


The Opera House’s courtesy bus from Circular Quay will not run on Australia Day. Elderly and less mobile customers can be dropped off at the Opera House security gatehouse where a wheelchair service will be available. Please note, Macquarie Street will close between 8:30-10:30pm so drop off will not be available.

Accessible parking is available in the Wilson Car Park at the Opera House. The car park offers 23 accessible spaces for RMS Mobility Parking Permit holders, all with direct, undercover wheelchair access to lifts. Please note, the car park is likely to reach capacity early, and there will be no vehicle access in or out of the car park between 8:30-10:30pm on Sunday 26 January due to the closure of Macquarie Street to all traffic.

For those who require access to designated accessible viewing areas at the Australia Day Live concert, the Opera House’s Western Broadwalk, and additional locations around Circular Quay, please book using the accessibility link below.

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