Plan your visit
The Australian Ballet's Sydney Opera House performances take place in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (formerly Opera Theatre).
To get the most out of your ballet experience at the Sydney Opera House please read the following information. For more detailed information please also visit the Sydney Opera House's official website sydneyoperahouse.com.
The Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point. Information about transport and parking to help you plan your visit is available on the Sydney Opera House's website sydneyoperahouse.com.
Wilson Parking owns and operates the Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is a public car park serving Sydney Opera House visitors and ticket buyers, as well as visitors to Circular Quay.
The car park is located at 2 Macquarie Street (northern end), with vehicular access adjacent to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. Wilson Parking’s Sydney Opera House Car Park has 1,200 parking bays and conveniently located pay machines on every level of the car park. The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse. There are 11 accessible parking spaces on Level 1, and 12 accessible spaces on Level 6 of the car park for RTA Mobility Parking Permit holders. Car spaces on Level 6 also have direct wheelchair access to lifts. Wilson Parking offers prepaid discounted parking via their online booking system, Book A Bay.
Subscribers of The Australian Ballet can apply for the Wilson Parking Platinum Card, giving you $5 off the night rate at the Sydney Opera House Car Park. The card can also be used at over 20 Wilson Parking stations in Sydney. A one-off card fee of $13.20 applies. Simply add “ballet subscriber” to your name in the application.
Sydney Opera House conducts mandatory bag screening upon entry into the building under the Monumental Steps.
Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre ticketholders will be required to present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection by Opera House security staff at one of four screening points:
- Concourse entrance to the Concert Hall & JST under the Monumental Steps;
- Concourse entrance to the Utzon Room under the Monumental Steps;
- Box Office Podium entrance; or
- Accessible lift from Western Foyers to Box Office Foyer.
Bag screening will be in operation two hours before a performance and continue during showtimes.
To ensure a safe and comfortable visit, please leave large bags at home and arrive early. Large and oversize items such as backpacks, umbrellas, and briefcases will not be permitted inside the venue and will need to be cloaked. There are cloaking facilities located in the foyer area.
Children at the Theatre
Visit our Children at the Theatre page for current policies regarding children in the theatre and our babes-in-arms policies.
Photography and Audio/Video Recording
It is strictly prohibited to take photos or audio/video recordings during any performance by The Australian Ballet. Photography is permitted during curtain call.
Mobile phones must be turned off prior to a performance.
Seating at the Venue
Click here to view the Joan Sutherland Theatre Seat Map.
Visit our Ticket Info page for details on different seating reserves available at the Sydney Opera House.
The Australian Ballet and the Sydney Opera House are committed to providing a positive experience for all visitors. For more information, please visit sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/accessibility.html
Alternatively, please phone The Australian Ballet customer experience team on 1300 369 741 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your access needs.
Wilson Car Park has 11 accessible parking spaces on Level 1, and 12 accessible spaces on Level 6 of the car park for RTA Mobility Parking Permit holders. Car spaces on Level 6 also have direct wheelchair access to lifts.
For those catching public transport, there is a free accessible Courtesy Bus to carry passengers to and from Circular Quay and the Opera House doors for matinee and evening performances.
Please visit this page to confirm the Courtesy Bus is operating on the day of your performance: sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/parking.html
Assisted Listening Devices
FM radio hearing assistance is available in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. To take advantage of this service please collect a headset and receiver from the theatre cloakroom. This service is free. The Duty Theatre Manager can assist with any queries at the venue.
Guide dogs or any animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome inside all areas of the Sydney Opera House.
National Companion Card Scheme
The Australian Ballet supports the National Companion Card scheme. For more information about the Companion Card, visit companioncard.gov.au. To book tickets using your Companion Card, please phone The Australian Ballet on 1300 369 741.
Terms and Conditions
All patrons are bound by the Sydney Opera House's terms and conditions.
Additionally, admittance to all venues is subject to the venue's COVID safe plan at time of entry.