Arts and Culture

Enjoy world-class performances, blockbuster musicals, wonderful exhibitions, amazing museums and fabulous festivals in Sydney, the cultural heart of Australia. From the light sculptures of Vivid Sydney to marvellous shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House, the events calendar is exhilarating all year.

Begin your discovery at World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, on the edge of one of the great natural harbours in the world. More than 1,600 performances are held each year inside the iconic white sails, from ballet and opera to classical music, contemporary dance, stage plays, and more.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

You’ll find many more majestic venues putting on spectacular theatre and shows as well as blockbuster musicals, from the State Theatre and Capitol Theatre to the Theatre Royal and Sydney Lyric. For the perfect night out, savour the delicious restaurant and cool bars near the theatres.

The leading Sydney Theatre Company is in Walsh Bay, a lively cultural precinct and home to the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre, the internationally acclaimed indigenous dance company. There are performances on a heritage-listed wharf, too.

Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay

There are outstanding neighbourhood theatres. Reserve your tickets for plays at the Belvoir St Theatre, in Surry Hills, where Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett have performed. Some of the big international concerts are held in the ICC Sydney and at Sydney Olympic Park.

In Sydney’s museums you’ll find everything from dinosaurs and ancient artefacts to colonial and indigenous history, tall ships and warships, and even one of Don Bradman's cricket bats. And the leading public art galleries hang extraordinary collections, from old masters to contemporary art.

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