The precinct will be extremely congested so we recommend you allow plenty of time to reach the Sydney Opera House. When arriving in the Circular Quay area please approach the Sydney Opera House via Macquarie Street.
Road Closures: On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day there will be some roads closed before, during and after the event. In particular Macquarie street will CLOSE from 10am on 31 December and RE-OPEN at 1am on 1 Jan. Please visit www.sydneynewyearseve.com to plan ahead and ensure you are aware of the road closures and how they affect your travel. Driving is not recommended.
Ticket Check Points: All ticket-holders are required to show their New Year’s Eve Gala tickets at a number of security check points to gain access to the Sydney Opera House precinct. If you are collecting your tickets on the night, you will need to present identification at these check points before making your way to the box office to collect your tickets from 5:00pm.
Public Transport: Please be aware that road closures affect the normal bus transport routes and no traffic will be allowed in or out of the road closure areas. For up to date public transport information contact the Transport Info Line on 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au
Driving: Public transport to Circular Quay is recommended however the Sydney Opera House Car Park is an option if you wish to drive. The car park will close at 10am on 31 December and re-open again only after 4am on 1 Jan.
Taxi: The crowd and road closures can make it challenging for taxis to safely set-down and pick-up passengers. Taxis are in high demand on New Year’s Eve and therefore delays are likely so please allow plenty of time to get there.
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The pre-gala dinner begins with pre-dinner drinks at 5:30pm in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall, prior to the performance. Enjoy a three course dinner prepared by celebrity chef Matt Moran, complemented by wines from Katnook Estate.
The gala concert starts at 8:00pm and will include an array of Australian and international artists performing some of the greatest hits of opera as well as highlights from Opera Australia’s 2013 season. The concert will finish at approximately 10:30pm.
The performance of La bohème starts at 7:45pm and will include a full-length performance of Gale Edward’s acclaimed performance of Puccini’s masterpiece. The performance will finish at approximately 10:30pm and includes a 1 hour interval timed to coincide with the 9pm fireworks.
Both The Opera Gala and La bohème have been specially timed to coincide with the 9:00pm fireworks and concert ticket holders will have the opportunity to access viewing areas which take in all aspects of the explosive fireworks display. All concert bars will be operational at interval.
Midnight Party: The Midnight Parties are held in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall and the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre after the performance. They both include live entertainment, beautiful canapés and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages until 1:30am.
For information on access for those persons with disabilities, please visit the http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/Visit/Accessibility_Info.aspx for further information on services provided or call 02 9250 7111. =
Customers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can call through the National Relay Service at no cost:
TTY users, phone 133 677 then ask for 9250 7111;
Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay), phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 9250 7111; and
Internet relay users, connect to the NRS – see www.relayservice.com.au for details – and then ask for 9250 7111.