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Visiting the Opera House during Vivid Sydney 2022


From 27 May – 18 June, the Opera House presents Vivid LIVE, its centrepiece contemporary music event presented as part of Vivid Sydney, the annual creative festival of light, music and ideas.

Transforming the world-famous building inside and out, Vivid LIVE will feature more than 70 Australian and international artists presented across six Opera House venues.

Each night,  the Opera House sails will be illuminated from 6pm until 11pm with a new digital artwork Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, 2021 by the Martu Artists and Curiious (Inspired by Yarrkalpa – Always Walking Country 2014).

The busiest nights of the festival are expected to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday and each night of the June long weekend (10-13 June). Major city roads will be closed and extensive parking restrictions will be in place during the festival. If you’re planning to travel to the Opera House, it’s strongly recommended that you use public transport wherever possible and allow plenty of extra travel time when arriving for a show or dinner reservation.

Accessing the Opera House

Accessing the Opera House during Vivid

To ensure you have the best possible experience, we have a number of changes in place.

Attending a show or tour during Vivid Sydney 2022?

Patrons attending ticketed events at the Opera House during Vivid Sydney should follow entry and exit signage, security screening and bag check procedures. All attendees must hold a valid ticket, including children. All tickets issued this year will be e-tickets. Please come prepared to show your ticket on your mobile device.

Opera Kitchen Australia Day

How should I get to the Opera House?

All visitors to the Opera House during Vivid Sydney are strongly encouraged to leave their car at home and use public transport wherever possible. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of extra travel time when arriving for a show or dinner reservation.

Public Transport

The Opera House and Circular Quay precincts are very popular and attract large crowds during Vivid Sydney. During this time, there will be changes to transport timetables. For the most up-to-date transport information, please visit Transport NSW’s Vivid Sydney page.

Parking

The Opera House Wilson car park (located at 2 Macquarie Street) will remain open on most evenings during Vivid Sydney, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow extra travel time.

Roads in the Sydney CBD will close from 5pm each night during Vivid Sydney, with additional closures on Friday nights and weekends. Please note that if you drive and arrive early for parking, you may not be able to exit if there are road closures in place.

For detailed information on road closures during Vivid Sydney, please visit Live Traffic NSW.

Vivid Audio-described Lighting of the Sails

Accessibility

The Opera House belongs to everyone and our goal is to provide barrier-free access to all. During Vivid Sydney 2022, there will be:

  • A designated viewing area of the Opera House sails every evening from 6pm until 11pm. It will be situated near the Whalebridge restaurant. The area offers excellent views of the Lighting of the Sails – a centrepiece of Vivid Sydney – and other harbourside lighting attractions. No bookings required.
  • Audio-described Lighting of the Sails sessions for patrons who are blind or have low vision, the Opera House will be hosting two audio-described sessions of this year’s images projected on to the sails. Bookings are required. For more information please visit the event page.

Accessible parking at the Opera House

The Opera House car park located at 2 Macquarie Street includes 11 accessible parking spaces on level 1 and 12 accessible parking spaces on level 6. Both levels have direct wheelchair access to lifts.

Sydney Opera House shuttle bus

The Sydney Opera House will be providing a complimentary shuttle bus service for elderly and less-mobile patrons. Pick-up will be on the east side of Phillip St in front of the Intercontinental Hotel and patrons will be dropped off at the Loading Dock where a security checkpoint is located and staff will escort them to their performances. This service will run before and after major performances during Vivid Sydney.

During the day an alternate buggy service is available. The buggy is wheelchair accessible.

Please contact the Box Office on 02 9250 7777 to confirm operating hours for the shuttle bus and buggy services.

Two young women taking a selfie in front of the Vivid sails lighting

Filming and photography

Visitors are encouraged to capture their festival experience with hand-held photography equipment. Large and intrusive photography and filming equipment or permanent set-ups are not permitted on the Opera House precinct.

Drones are strictly prohibited. In order to ensure safety and security, an authorised officer may remove any aircraft including unmanned aerial vehicles from the site at any time.

For all other filming and photography requests, further information is available here.

Vivid cocktails at Opera Bar

Eat and drink

The Opera House has a range of onsite bars and restaurants which are perfect for a quick snack or sit-down meal.

Visit our Dining Offers page to see what’s on offer during Vivid Sydney.

Patron's bag being inspected by security

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. We strongly encourage patrons to leave bags at home and to avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House.

Security checkpoints will be located underneath the Monumental Steps and the Eastern Broadwalk for entry to concerts on the Northern Broadwalk.

Frequently Asked Questions - Attendance Information

Do I need a ticket to visit the Opera House during Vivid Sydney?

The Lighting of the Sails during Vivid Sydney is a free event. You will not need a ticket.

For any performances part of the Vivid LIVE program, it’s recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.

Will there be bag checks by Opera House security?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs or within the Western Foyers, prior to entering the building. 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 inside our venues.

Will there be cloaking services available?

Yes, cloaking will remain available but it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly and leave large, bulky items at home. Cloakroom attendants will use disposable paper tickets and wear gloves to handle items.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House is a smoke-free site.

The Smoke-free Environment Policy applies to all areas of the of the Opera House precinct and covers all forms of tobacco and non-tobacco smoking, including cigarettes, vapes, e-cigarettes, cigars and water pipe tobacco smoking. 

As a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment.

Is there anything I can’t bring?

Please note that BYO alcohol or glass is not permitted onsite. 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 the Opera House. Further information about items that are prohibited onsite can be found on our Conditions of Entry.

Will the Opera House provide assistance to people with mobility support needs during Vivid Sydney?

There will be a designated viewing area of the Opera House sails situated near the Whalebridge restaurant for accessible-needs patrons. The area offers excellent views of the Lighting of the Sails – a centrepiece of Vivid Sydney – and other harbourside lighting attractions.

For patrons who are blind or have low vision, the Opera House will be hosting two audio-described sessions of this year’s images projected on to the sails. For more information please visit the event page.

A complimentary shuttle bus and buggy service will be in operation during Vivid Sydney. Please contact the Box Office to confirm operating hours on 02 9250 7777.

Frequently Asked Questions - Travelling to the Opera House

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

The Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay precincts are very popular and attract large crowds during Vivid Sydney. Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport wherever possible. During this time, there will be changes to transport timetables.

For further information, please visit Transport NSW’s Vivid Sydney page.

Will roads in the Sydney CBD be closed? 

Roads close from 5pm each night during Vivid Sydney with additional closures on Friday nights and weekends.

For detailed information on road closures during Vivid Sydney, please visit Live Traffic NSW.

Can I park at the Opera House during Vivid Sydney?

 The Sydney Opera House car park will remain open on most evenings during Vivid Sydney, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow extra travel time.

Please note that if you drive and arrive early for parking, you may not be able to exit if there are road closures in place.

For detailed information on road closures during Vivid Sydney, please visit Live Traffic NSW.

Frequently Asked Questions - Food & Beverage

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

Ticketholders are welcome to bring their own water bottle (as long as it isn’t made of glass) but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues.

Can I purchase food and drink onsite?

The Opera House has a range of onsite bars and restaurants which are perfect for a quick snack or sit-down meal.

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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