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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2024at the Sydney Opera House

The Opera House is one of the most stunning locations to celebrate New Year’s Eve and ring in the New Year. Whether it’s a party under the stars, watching a spectacular performance inside one of our theatres or enjoying the free viewing area on the Forecourt, there are a range of unforgettable events and harbourside celebrations for locals, visitors and families. 

Please check back here in August to find out more. 

Attending the Opera House on New Year’s Eve

Important information for ticketholders

Ticketholders are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time when arriving for an event or performance. Large crowds are expected on the Opera House precinct and around the CBD, and significant road closures will be in place. 

Public transport

Visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. Please note that access to train stations, ferry wharves, light rail stops and buses will be affected from mid-afternoon on 31 December as roads progressively
close throughout the day. After 5pm, there will be no public transport directly to Circular Quay. For up-to-date city-wide transport information for New Year’s Eve, visit Transport NSW’s Sydney New Year’s Eve 2023 page.


  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport
    wherever possible.
  • During this time, there will be no vehicle access to the Sydney Opera House Wilson car park.

Accessing neighbouring sites

There is no access to the Royal Botanic Gardens or Tarpeian Way via the Opera House site on 31 December. For access to the Royal Botanic Gardens, ticketholders are advised to check the event FAQs available on the Royal Botanic Gardens’ website.


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. 


The Opera House will be accessible to all visitors and ticketholders with disability or limited mobility. Accessible toilets and adult changing room facilities will be available. 

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Conditions of entry

All patrons and visitors attending NYE events at the Opera House must present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection or x-ray screening as a condition of entry. Ticketholders may be electronically screened by Opera House security staff.

The following items are considered prohibited and will be confiscated if found:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal substances including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs
  • Incendiary devices (flares, fireworks and smoke bombs)
  • Glass items
  • Knives and any sharp items
  • Lasers
  • Any items that may cause a public nuisance
  • Any items that can be used as a weapon
  • Any items which look like a weapon, this includes replicas and toys
  • Unauthorized advertising material or flyers
  • Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Musical instruments which can cause a public nuisance such as Vuvuzelas, drums or any amplified music
  • Large umbrellas (bigger than 125cm in diameter) 
  • Sunshades and tent structures, which are not permitted on site
  • Any other item that in the opinion of Opera House security could cause harm or public nuisance

Ticketholders and visitors have the option to leave with their prohibited items should they not wish to forfeit them in accordance with the above ‘conditions of entry’. All confiscated and prohibited items will be disposed of, and will not be held. Possession of unlawful items will be reported immediately to NSW Police.

Security staff will monitor patrons for RSA and refuse entry to any intoxicated persons in accordance with the Liquor Act 2007.

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