“A building that changed the image of an entire country”
Fusing ancient and modernist influences, and situated on a site sacred to the Gadigal people for thousands of years, the sculptural elegance of the Sydney Opera House has made it one of the symbols of twentieth century architecture – a building that, to quote US architect Frank Gehry, “changed the image of an entire country.”
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
Sydney Opera House’s public lift is located on the Harbour Bridge side of the building. The lift connects three levels, providing improved undercover access for all patrons as well as enhancing paths of travel for patrons using a wheelchair or pram or those with limited mobility.
Patrons can enter the lift via the corridor next to the existing escalators on the Lower Ground Level and also in the Western Foyer, via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the existing escalators).
Escalators connect the Upper Level to the Joan Sutherland Theatre and Concert Hall Southern Foyers.
For wheelchair access to the Joan Sutherland Theatre or Concert Hall please see Front of House staff in the Box Office Foyer (Level 1) who will provide lift access up to these venues.
The goal at the Opera House is to provide barrier-free access, making the site, building and the experiences they offer accessible to all people. They provide a range of access services and performances for people who are blind or have low vision, for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment and for people with physical disabilities.
The entrances to the Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and the Utzon Room are all wheelchair accessible. A public lift operates from the Lower, Ground and Upper Levels of the building.
There are accessible toilet facilities available in the Western Theatres Foyer and Box Office Foyer. Accessible seating is available in all venues however this must be pre-booked and availability is limited so booking early is recommended.
There are 11 designated accessible parking spaces on Level 1 and 12 on Level 6 of the carpark. RMS permit is required. FM assistive-listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available at the cloaking desk for use in all venues except the Utzon room which has a hearing loop system.