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Australia Day

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Australia Day 2022 at the Sydney Opera House

The Australia Day 2022 program, hosted by the NSW Government and the Australia Day Council of NSW, includes a number of events on the Opera House precinct. At dawn, the Opera House sails will display a stunning projection of First Nations artwork, followed by a Harbour program where a buzzing parade of vessels will take over Sydney Harbour. In the evening, the Australia Day Live concert on the Forecourt will feature unforgettable performances by top Aussie acts, with a spectacular fireworks display and evening projection on the sails paying tribute to all Australians.

More information about Australia Day events taking place across Sydney can be found here.

Important information about visiting the Opera House site on Australia Day 2022 is included below. 
 

General arrangements

  • There will be no general public access to the Opera House site between 7am and 8am on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
  • From 8am, everyone entering the Opera House site will be required to undergo a security screening and bag check. Security checkpoints will be located at East Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Gardens gate and the Wilson Sydney Opera House car park.
  • Opera Bar will be open from midday, with ticketed access from 5pm onwards.
  • Opera Kitchen will be open to the general public from 9.30am until late.
  • Portside will be open for pre-theatre dining for patrons attending SIX.
  • Bennelong Restaurant will be closed.
  • Tours will be operating as usual.
  • The Opera House Box Office will be open from 9am to 7.45pm.
  • The Man O’War Steps will be closed from 3pm to 10.30pm.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens gate will close at 3pm.
  • Some items are prohibited at the Opera House. These can be viewed in the Opera House’s Conditions of Entry
Accessing the Opera House

Accessing the Opera House on Australia Day 2022

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. Due to the concert being broadcast from 7.30pm, entry to the concert after 6.30pm cannot be guaranteed. Patrons will need to sign in on arrival at the entry point using the Service NSW QR code and please observe physical distancing if queueing. It is recommended that patrons plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Accessibility

The dedicated accessible viewing area for the Australia Day Live concert on the Forecourt has reached capacity. More information about other accessible viewing areas on Australia Day are available here

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

Ticketholders are strongly encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. Please note public transport continues to run at a reduced capacity. For up-to-date road closure information for Australia Day 2022, visit www.australiaday.com.au/information/road-closures

Public Transport

  • Trains will run to a weekend timetable on Australia Day with some additional services in the morning and evening.
  • Additional bus services will run on key bus routes to the city from the Northern Beaches, Inner West, Hills District and Eastern Suburbs throughout the day and night on Australia Day. Some buses to and from the city will be diverting and using different stops while roads are closed for Australia Day events in the morning and evening.
  • Light rail services will run every 5 to 10 minutes between Circular Quay and Moore Park, and every 10 to 15 minutes between Moore Park and Randwick or Juniors Kingsford from 5am to 1am.
  • With reduced capacity and various service changes to ferries, passengers are urged to consider alternative travel options. From 7.30pm to 9.45pm on Australia Day, ferries will not be running to or from Circular Quay.

For up-to-date city-wide transport information, visit https://transportnsw.info

Parking

Macquarie Street will remain open and the Opera House Wilson car park will operate as usual, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow extra travel time. 

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Health and safety 

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we always operate in line with this commitment. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan Your Visit page.

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 security checkpoints upon entry to the site.

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

What safety and hygiene measures are in place?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we continue to operate in line with this commitment. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan Your Visit page.

Do I have to wear a mask at the Opera House?

Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during performances. We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times.

Face masks are strongly recommended outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to attend the Opera House?

Visitors aged 16 years and over entering the Opera House building are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Patrons attending Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen or the Australia Day Live concert on the Forecourt do not need to show proof of vaccination.

Frequently Asked Questions - Attendance Information

Do I need a ticket to visit the Opera House on Australia Day?

To help prepare for Australia Day events, the Opera House site will be closed from 7am – 8am. Once the site reopens, members of the public can access the Western and Northern Broadwalk, Opera Kitchen from 9.30am until late and Opera Bar until 5pm.

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

Yes, access to the Forecourt for the Australia Day Live concert is for ticketholders only. When you arrive to the site, you’ll need to present your ticket on your mobile device to Opera House staff.

Will there be bag checks by Opera House security?

Yes. The safety and security of our visitors, patrons and staff is our highest priority. Anyone entering the Opera House site from 8am will be subject to security screening.

Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves.

Please travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted as per our Conditions of Entry.

Will there be cloaking services available?

There will not be any cloaking services available for ticketholders attending the Australia Day Live Concert.

What items can I bring? 

Please be sun safe. Sunshades and tent structures are not permitted, however we recommend you bring a water bottle (as long as it’s not made of glass), a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing.

BYO alcohol or glass is not permitted onsite. This applies to all visitors transiting through the Opera House site before 3pm to reach the Man O’War Steps.

Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

Can I bring a chair with me?

Chairs are not permitted at this event. We encourage patrons to bring a picnic blanket.

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.

Will the Opera House provide assistance to people with mobility support needs on Australia Day?

The dedicated accessible viewing area for the Australia Day Live concert has reached capacity. More information about organising access to other accessible viewing areas on Australia Day is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions - Travelling to the Opera House

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

Visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transport wherever possible.

To maintain physical distancing across the network, public transport services continue to run at a reduced capacity.

Will roads in the Sydney CBD be closed? 

Road closures will be in place for Australia Day. For up-to-date road closure information, please visit www.australiaday.com.au/information/road-closures

Can I park at the Opera House on Australia Day?

Macquarie Street will remain open and the Opera House car park will operate as usual, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow extra travel time.

Frequently Asked Questions - Food & Beverage

Can I bring food and drink with me, including alcohol?

Ticketholders are welcome to BYO food, however glass, knives and alcohol are not permitted. Free drinking water will be accessible on site and ticketholders may bring a reusable water bottle (as long as it isn’t made of glass).

Can I purchase food and drink onsite?

There will be food trucks serving small plates, snacks and dessert. A fully licensed bar will also be serving non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.

Can I bring cash?

Cashless payment methods are strongly encouraged. Please bring a credit or debit card for any onsite purchases.

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