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Sydney Opera House services for people with physical disabilities


For those with limited mobility, there are seating locations within the Joan Sutherland Theatre and Concert Hall that have significant amounts of stairs to seats. All other venues have less than 30 steps in total from entry to the furthest row. The below step counts are from the nearest level access point including all available public lifts. 

  • Joan Sutherland Theatre Stalls – minimum 0, maximum 34
  • Joan Southerland Theatre Dress Circle – minimum 27, maximum 48
  • Joan Sutherland Theatre Loge – minimum 27, maximum 37
  • Joan Sutherland Theatre Boxes – minimum 43, maximum 51
  • Concert Hall Stalls – minimum 0, maximum 22
  • Concert Hall Dress Circle – minimum 4, maximum 28
  • Concert Hall Dress Circle Boxes – minimum 0, maximum 15
  • Concert Hall Platform Boxes – minimum 39, maximum 54
  • Concert Hall Choir & Organ Seating – minimum 43, maximum 69

Accessible bathrooms

Lower Concourse 
Two facilities, one located at the bottom of the escalators from East Circular Quay and one near Opera Kitchen.

Western Foyer Level 
Two facilities, one near adjacent to the Playhouse entry and one between the Studio and Drama Theatre entry. 

Main Box Office Level 
Two facilities and a separate Changing Places facility, located in the corridor next to the Box Office.

Joan Sutherland Theatre 
One facility, located next to the male bathrooms on Level 3a of the Northern Foyers.  

Concert Hall 
Two facilities, one next to the male and female bathrooms on Level 3 of the Northern Foyers. 

Accessible seating

There are a number of wheelchair and companion seating locations in all theatres. To book accessible seating, call the Box Office on 61 2 9250 7777 or email

Access to the Drama Theatre, Playhouse and Studio is from the Western Foyer (street level). For 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 to these venues. 

Ticketing policy

Our ticketing policy allows customers requiring a wheelchair accessible position to purchase a wheelchair accessible position for themselves and a seat for their companion at the lowest concession ticket price available at the time of purchase for the selected performance. Where no concessions are available, the wheelchair seat and one companion seat will be sold at the lowest price available for that event at the time of purchase. Additional companions can purchase tickets on the standard pricing basis.

Courtesy wheelchairs

A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs (standard manual wheelchairs) are available for loan one hour before performances for patrons attending events in the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre. They are available by the entrance of the Western Foyers (at the top of the escalators). 

Front of House staff are happy to arrange for patrons to borrow these wheelchairs but are unable to leave their posts to assist patrons moving around the House. It is therefore strongly recommended that patrons who do not normally use a wheelchair bring a friend or companion along to assist them in manoeuvring the wheelchair around the House. Front of House Staff are not able to assist patrons in transferring to seats or to provide personal attendant services.

Accessible buggy service

Visitors and patrons with limited mobility arriving by taxi or private vehicle may be dropped at the designed area near the Macquarie Street Gatehouse.

Opera House staff are on hand to arrange transfers to the building via a wheelchair-accessible shuttle service. The dimensions of the wheelchair accessible shuttle is 84cm width x 95cm length x 142cm height. There is a 110kg weight limit.