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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Madama Butterfly

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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Madama Butterfly

NEW PRODUCTION

What is opera to you? The rush of adrenalin as a soprano or tenor’s voice soars, the hum of the chorus, the larger-than-life costumes and scenery, the moving stories, or just the whole sense of occasion?

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is all this, and more, so come down to the water's edge and let the story begin.

We’re in Japan. A young American acquires a bride to keep him company during his stay. It’s clearly a financial transaction rather than a love match but on their wedding night the stars come out, their eyes meet and magic happens.

We dare you to hear Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton’s exquisite love duet and remain unmoved, especially when it takes place against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The stars will be there, for real. Magic too?

Create a night to remember

The harbour-front site will be transformed into an exquisite Japanese garden hosting a superb range of Japanese-inspired dining options and bars. Taking inspiration from Madama Butterfly, award-winning Fresh Catering will be offering a wide range of Japanese inspired food and beverages, catering to all tastes from simple and delicious tapas style dishes, to the elegant banquet. The venue is open from 5pm each evening. Find more information about dining options.

The Adina Garden Bar is a great place to meet. Proudly sponsored by Adina Apartment Hotel, the Garden Bar will offer a relaxed environment where you can meet with your friends and soak up the atmosphere of this magical experience.

If you are travelling overseas or interstate and need accommodation, Adina Apartment Hotels offer stylish studios, one and two bedroom apartments in great locations across Sydney. The Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney and Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Crown Street are the closest to the event. To book your accommodation, visit tfehotels.com.

Pre-Performance Dinner at the exclusive Platinum Club $250

Guests seeking the ultimate pre-opera luxury dining and hospitality experience will be treated to a superb 3 course Japanese influenced dinner, paired with premium drinks, in the magnificent Platinum Club. Breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the opera stage form stunning backdrop. 

Interval drinks and canapes in the exclusive Platinum Club $50

Enjoy drinks and canapés overlooking the spectactular Sydney Harbour in the exclusive Platinum Club at interval. Interval is 30 minutes.

 

 

 

Filming dates

Please note that the performances on Tuesday 1 April and Thursday 3 April will be filmed for DVD and cinema release. 

 

Conductor Brian Castles-Onion
Director Alex Ollé
Set Designer Alfons Flores
Costume Designer Lluc Castells
Lighting Designer Alexander Koppelmann
Sound Designer Tony David Cray
Assistant Directors Susana Gómez
Andy Morton
   
Cio-Cio-San Hiromi Omura*
Hyeseoung Kwon
Suzuki Anna Yun*
Victoria Lambourn
Pinkerton Georgy Vasiliev*
Andeka Gorrotxategi
Sharpless Michael Honeyman*
Barry Ryan
Goro Graeme Macfarlane
The Bonze Gennadi Dubinsky
Kate Pinkerton Celeste Lazarenko
Prince Yamadori Sitiveni Talei
Commissioner Simon Meadows
Registrar Adam Player

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus

* 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 March; 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13 April
22, 25, 27, 29 March; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 April


Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour thanks its partners


Running time: approx two hours and forty minutes with one interval of thirty-five minutes

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Watch the Trailer

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Watch the Trailer

Production Photos

Photo Gallery

Production Photos

Watch Hiromi Omura Sing 'Un Bel Di, Vedremo'

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Watch Hiromi Omura Sing 'Un Bel Di, Vedremo'

Sneak Peek: The Sun and Moon on Sydney Harbour

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Sneak Peek: The Sun and Moon on Sydney Harbour

Interview with Director Alex Ollé

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Interview with Director Alex Ollé

Act I

B.F. Pinkerton arrives in Japan and inspects a house overlooking harbour that he is leasing from the marriage broker, Goro. The house comes with three servants and a geisha wife named Cio-Cio-San, known as Madama Butterfly. The American consul Sharpless arrives. Pinkerton describes his life of roaming the world in search of experience and pleasure. He intends to go through with the marriage ceremony even though he says that someday he will take a real, American wife. Butterfly views the marriage differently. She is heard climbing the hill with her friends for the ceremony. After the formal introduction Butterfly explains that her family was once prominent but lost its position, and she has had to earn her living as a geisha. Her relatives arrive. Cio-Cio-San shows Pinkerton her few possessions, and tells him she will embrace her husband’s religion. The Imperial Commissioner reads the marriage agreement, and the relatives congratulate the couple. Suddenly, a threatening voice is heard – it is the Bonze, Butterfly’s uncle, a priest. He curses the girl for converting to Christianity. Pinkerton orders them to leave and as they go the Bonze and the shocked relatives reject Cio-Cio-San. She is helped by Suzuki into her wedding kimono, and joins Pinkerton in the garden.

 

Act II – Part 1

Several years have passed, and Cio-Cio-San awaits her husband’s return. Suzuki prays to the gods for help, but Butterfly berates her, telling her that Pinkerton has promised to return one day. Sharpless appears with a letter from Pinkerton. Goro arrives with the latest potential husband for Butterfly, the wealthy Prince Yamadori. Butterfly politely serves the guests tea but insists she is not available for marriage. She dismisses Goro and Yamadori. Sharpless attempts to read Pinkerton’s letter and suggests that perhaps Butterfly should reconsider Yamadori’s offer. Butterfly shows the consul her small child. Sharpless is too upset to tell her more of the letter’s contents. He leaves, promising to tell Pinkerton of the child. A cannon shot is heard in the harbour announcing the arrival of Pinkerton’s ship. Overjoyed, Butterfly joins Suzuki in strewing the house with flower petals. Night falls, and Butterfly, Suzuki, and the child settle into a vigil awaiting Pinkerton’s arrival.

 

Act II – Part 2

Dawn breaks, and Suzuki insists that Butterfly get some sleep. Butterfly carries the child into another room. Sharpless appears with Pinkerton and Kate, Pinkerton’s new wife. Suzuki realises who the American woman is. Pinkerton is overcome with guilt and leaves rather than face Cio-Cio-San. Cio-Cio-San rushes in hoping to find Pinkerton, but sees Kate instead. Grasping the situation, she agrees to give up the child but insists Pinkerton return for him. Dismissing everyone, Butterfly takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide, choosing to die with honour rather than live in shame. She is interrupted momentarily when the child comes in. After an impassioned farewell, she blindfolds the child then stabs herself as Pinkerton calls her name. 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is located at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney. 

From the Art Gallery of NSW, proceed north along Art Gallery Road and Mrs Macquaries Road.

Download seating plan (pdf, 96kb)

Download Area Map (pdf, 341kb)
See how to get to Mrs Macquaries Point, public transport options, and closest parking areas.

Download Site Map (pdf, 573kb)
View a detailed guide to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour site, including entry points and dining options.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is located at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney (click to view map of the area).  

Please remember that access to the venue via The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is only possible prior to 6.30pm in March and 6pm in April when the gates are shut.

By Car

If you are planning on travelling by car, please be advised that Art Gallery Road, leading into the venue, is likely to experience traffic congestion on nights of the performance. There will be limited metered parking and drop off/pick up availability, so we highly recommend arranging an alternative drop off/meeting point, or using public transport.

Parking

The Domain Car Park is the closest undercover car park available. For patrons arriving at the Domain Car Park from 4.30pm, there is a flat rate charged and closing hours will be extended until 1am during the performance season. Please note parking is subject to availability. Click here for more info.

If you use the parking meters along Mrs Macquaries Road, the M Park system is in place. M Park (Mobile Parking) is a system on the meters that allows you to pay via your mobile phone and credit card. There are instructions on the machine about how to use this service. When your meter is about to run out you are sent an SMS warning. You can then top up the meter using your mobile without going back to your car.

By Public Transport

The nearest train stations are Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay, which are all in walking distance of the venue.

The City Sightseeing Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route, the last bus leaves from Circular Quay at 6pm, and the 200 Bus (Chatswood to Bondi) stops in Macquarie Street.

All schedules, time and dates can be viewed at the NSW Transport website at 131500.com.au.

By Water Taxi

The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool wharf in Woolloomooloo Bay will be available for arrivals and departures to and from the event site for Aussie Water Taxis. This is located within a three minute walk from the event.

Aussie Water Taxis services will run regularly from 4.30pm until 7.30pm picking up from Man Of War Jetty (next to Opera House) and Milsons Point.

It will recommence at 10.15pm until 11pm departing from The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool wharf and dropping off at Man Of War Jetty and Milsons Point.

Aussie Water Taxi fare is $10 per person, each way. Tickets can be purchased on the boat or from an Aussie Water Taxi staff member at the wharf.

Other departure points are available upon request. Call 9211 7730 or email info@aussiewatertaxis.com. Click here for more info

Shuttle to car park

A Shuttle Bus will be available for guests who park in the Domain Car Park.  Pre performance shuttle starts at 4:30pm until 7:30pm which will loop from the car park to the venue entrance on Mrs Macquaries Road. 

Post performance shuttle service starts from 10:15 until midnight which will stop at both the Art Gallery and Domain car park.  It is only a short walk from The Art Gallery of NSW to St James train station and the Sydney CBD.  

Please note: You cannot depart the venue through the Royal Botanic Gardens as all gates close at 6:30pm in March and 6:00pm in April. The quickest route back to the city is via Mrs Maquaries Road. Click here to view the Gardens' opening hours.

Travelling interstate or internationally

Whether you're travelling from Tokyo or Tasmania, you can fly Qantas to Sydney to see Madama ButterfyQantas, a valued supporter of Opera Australia, offer an extensive choices of domestic and international flights to get you to Sydney for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.  Qantas has flights on major routes every hour - sometimes more - and connections from regional centres all over Australia. To book now visit Qantas.com

 

In 2014 it is our pleasure to present a new production of Madama Butterfly.  We have assembled some information to help guide you through you night and make this a spectacular experience truly unforgettable.

Important Times

Venue open:  5:00pm
Show Starts:  7:30pm

What to wear

There are no rules about what to wear at an opera performance. It is always great fun to frock-up for the occasion and make a glamorous night of it, but dressing up is not mandatory.
Remember this is an outdoor event so most importantly you should dress for all weather conditions.

Onsite Box Office

Tickets can be collected for that night’s performance from 4.30pm at the box office located and clearly signposted near the entrance to the venue. You can purchase tickets to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour at the venue Box Office (subject to availability). Payment will be accepted by Visa, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, EFTPOS or Cash only. For ticket collection, valid identification (e.g. a driver’s licence or passport) will be required.
 

Box Office hours
17 – 20 March 2014: 12:00 – 4:30pm
21 – 11 April 2014: 12:00 – 8:30pm (performance days only - excluding Mondays)
 
Cloak Room

There are no cloak room facilities available, so anything you bring will need to be stored under your seat.

We recommend that you do not bring large or bulky items or items of significant value.

Please also note that there is strictly no BYO food or alcohol. However, there are a range of food and beverage options available at the venue from 5pm.

Seating and late arrivals

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is a reserved seating venue. There is no undercover seating.

To ensure the enjoyment of all audience members, we will be unable to seat latecomers until a suitable break in the performance.

Merchandise and Programs

Want a memento to remember your night by? Exclusive programs and merchandise will be available for purchase at the venue. 

Our Programs are a beautiful souvenir, designed to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the performance. They contain detailed background information about the production,
the cast and creative team, commissioned essays, interesting facts, photographs and more.

Payment options on site

Payment will be accepted by Visa, Diners, American Express, Mastercard, EFTPOS or cash.

ATMS

There will be no ATM facilities available at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Age Limits

People of all ages are welcome to attend, however all patrons must hold a valid ticket to enter the venue.  Babes in arms will not be permitted.

Non Smoking Venue

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is largely a non smoking venue, however limited designated areas will be provided where smoking is permitted.

Full Terms and Conditions

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before purchasing your tickets or food and beverage packages.

Subtitles

Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian and will be performed with subtitles projected onto screens along the sides of the stage. Don’t worry if you can’t follow every word as the action will convey a great deal of the story. If you wear glasses make sure you bring them along.

Interval

There will be one 35 minute interval which will allow you to freshen up. Return to your seats when you hear the bells ringing. 

Fresh Catering have created a number of different food and beverage areas where you can soak in the amazing views as the sun sets on one of Sydney’s most glorious vistas.

Applause

Opera audiences are famous for their passionate involvement in the performance. It's a tradition for the audience to show enjoyment and appreciation by stomping their feet at the end of the performance -  feel free to join in if you like. All applause will be gratefully received, although it is polite to wait until the singing and music has stopped.

 
After the show

Performances will finish around 10.15pm. 

Adina Garden Bar will be open after the performance so you can finish your evening with a nightcap. 

Join the conversation

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Seating for disabled or less mobile patrons
 

Customers requiring wheelchair positions and/or assistance should contact the Ticketing Services Office on Sydney +61 2 9318 8200, Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.

The harbour-front site will be transformed into an exquisite Japanese venue open from 5pm each day. Our official caterer, the award-winning Fresh Catering, have taken inspiration from Madama Butterfly to create a number of extraordinary dining experiences, and will be offering a superb range of Japanese-inspired food and beverages. 

With the exception of the Platinum Club, no booking is required for these venues. Guests may explore the site at leisure and select from the range of dining experiences that have been developed to suit different palates and budgets.

Fresh Catering has created a downloadable menu help you plan your visit. Explore the complete menu here (pdf).

Dining experiences in the exclusive Platinum Club

Add one of our gourmet food and beverage experiences to your ticket.  The Platinum Club is an exclusive, bespoke reservation-only dining area, boasting breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, and a backdrop of the iconic Sydney Opera House and the opera stage. 

Platinum Club Pre-Performance Dinner $250 pp

Guests seeking the ultimate pre-opera luxury dining and hospitality experience will be treated to a superb 3 course Japanese influenced dinner, paired with premium drinks, in the magnificent Platinum Club.
 

The site at Mrs Macquarie's chair opens at 5pm, and we suggest you arrive  to the Platinum Club between 5.00pm - 5.30pm.  This will allow plenty of time  to take in the views and enjoy a drink before being seated for dinner which starts service at 5.30pm.
 
The set menu for all meals is detailed below. All entrees and main courses are gluten free and dairy free. 

Entree

  • Tea Braised Chicken and Soybean Salad, Saffron Emulsion (GF/DF)

Main courses

  • Miso Marinated Beef Fillet on Bok Choy and Enoki Mushrooms (GF/DF)
  • or, Roasted Blue Eye Cod, Watercress and Silken Tofu (GF/DF)

Dessert and Cheese

  • Decadent Chocolate and Ginger Mousse with Praline Feuilletine (V/GF)
  • or, Selection of Cheese, Seaweed Lavosh & Cumquats (V/GF)
  • Short Black and selection of teas available on request

All diners will be served the set menu unless you notify us that you need the vegetarian option or the dairy free dessert option.  These must be ordered ahead of time.
 
To request one of the below options, you must notify our customer service team on 02 9318 8200. Special requests must be made at least four days prior to your performance date, but we encourage you to call us as soon as possible.
 
Vegetarian option - by request only
  • Entree: Fried Bean Curd, Wild Mushroom and  Green Tea Noodle Salad (V/GF/DF)

  • Main: Ma Po Eggplant on Daikon Radish Salad with Spinach & Sesame Dressing  (V/GF/DF)

Dairy free dessert option - by request only
  • Seasonal fruit platter (V/GF/DF)

V: Vegetarian, GF: Gluten Free, DF: Dairy Free

 
Platinum Club Interval Drinks $50 pp

Enjoy an open bar in the exclusive Platinum Club at interval, serving a selection of fine wines, beer and canapés overlooking the spectactular Sydney Harbour. Interval is 35 minutes. Please remember to present your Platinum Club Interval ticket to gain interval entry.

Bookings for Platinum Club

Bookings are essential and must be made two business days in advance of your ticket show date.  To enqiure about dining options and to book, call (02) 9318 8300.

 

Other dining options to explore on site

A number of delightful outdoor dining venues are offered on site, featuring extraordinary food and beverage experiences created by Fresh Catering.

No booking is required for these venues; you can explore the harbour-front site at your leisure. Open from 5pm each day, the venues include:

Adina Garden Bar

Our classic Japanese noodle bar will be located at the Adina Garden Bar, a relaxed setting where you can enjoy watching the sun go down over the water. 

  • Japanese Noodle Stir fry
  • Fried Chicken and Coleslaw Bun
  • Macaron Box 

 

Northern Terrace and Southern Terrace

The Northern Terrace and Southern Terrace will offer options for all tastes and budgets. Items will include a wide range of Japanese inspired meals, and an innovative range of sweet and savoury desserts.

  • Chicken Katsu Burger, Soy Bean and Avocado Burger
  • Teriyaki Chicken Pizza, Wild Asian Mushroom Pizza, Miso Prawn Pizza    
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad
  • Crispy White Cut Chicken Chop Salad
  • Fried Tofu and Soy Bean Salad
  • Fried Chicken & Coleslaw Bun
  • Sushi Rolls  
  • Macaron Box
  • Cherry Blossom Parfait
  • Chocolate and Walnut Brownie
  • Cheese with Candied Fruits
  • Pineapple, Lychee and Melon     
Northern Cantina   

The Northern Cantina will have two outlets, one offering a range of different tasting plates and main courses, salads and desserts. 

  • Salted Edamame
  • Crispy Panko Rice Balls
  • Chicken Yakitori
  • Popcorn Shrimp, Spicy Garlic Sauce
  • Pork and Ginger Gyoza
  • Teriyaki Sticky Beef Ribs
  • Bbq Miso Barramundi on Braised Mushrooms Noodles
  • Japanese Beef Curry, Jasmine Rice
  • Ma Po Eggplant with Spinach and Sesame Dressing 
  • Salmon Teriyaki Salad

  • Crispy White Cut Chicken Chop Salad

  • Fried Tofu and Soy Bean Salad

  • Macaron Box

  • Cherry Blossom Parfait

  • Chocolate and Walnut Brownie

  • Cheese with Candied Fruits

  • Pineapple, Lychee and Melon

Sparkling Wine and Oyster Bars

Our satellite Sparkling Wine and Oyster Bars offering premium beverages and other sweet and savoury delicacies.

  • Salted Edamame
  • Tamari Soy Almonds
  • Fried Chicken and Coleslaw Bun
  • Pambula Lake Oysters, Citrus Ponzu
  • Green Tea Ice Cream, Mango Ice Cream

Take a look at the on-site map in the 'Location maps and Seating Plan' section to find out where these venues are, and how amazing the view will be!

Additional Information

Explore the complete menu here (pdf).

Only food and beverages purchased at the venue will be permitted – sorry, no BYO. And of course, you must be over 18 to purchase or consume alcohol at the site. Menus are subject to change without notice. 

 

Opera Australia would like everyone to experience this event, so we have implemented access measures for guests with disability. Guests with disability including those with mobility support needs are encouraged to book their seats though our dedicated phone line on (02) 9318 8300 or ticketing@opera.org.au.

The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour site will have a dedicated access lift as well as accessible amenities for access guests attending the show. Site maps indicating these facilities as well as access drop-off/pick up points, and a seating plan showing accessible seating, are available in the Location section of this webpage.

For detailed information regarding transport to the event, please see the Getting There section of this webpage.

For any other disability access information please contact the Opera Australia Box Office on (02) 9318 8200 or email ticketing@opera.org.au.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is an open-air event. The venue and the stage are completely uncovered. The special nature of this event will be appreciated by visitors from all over the world who understand that there is a certain risk of bad weather. Opera Australia is therefore committed to going ahead with a performance of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour even in doubtful weather conditions.

Visitors are advised that it may rain during the performance. The performance will proceed if there are light, intermittent showers. We recommend that guests bring warm and rainproof clothing. Please note that although umbrellas can be brought to the site, out of consideration for other members of the audience they cannot be used during the performance.

In the case of extreme weather, Madama Butterfly may be delayed by up to 50 minutes at any point throughout the performance.

The performance will only be cancelled if the weather poses a threat to the safety of performers or the audience. Cancellation will occur in the event of heavy rain and/or strong winds as Opera Australia acknowledges that the comfort and safety of the audience and its performers are paramount.

If a performance is cancelled or plays for less than 50% of the total performance running time the ticket holder shall have the ticket price refunded in full or can exchange the ticket for a subsequent performance. Customers should contact the organisation from whom they purchased their tickets (i.e. Opera Australia or Ticketmaster) to organise an exchange or refund the next business day.

For more information, please view our Terms and Conditions.

A glamorous collusion of beaches, boutiques and bars, there are plenty of new experiences to discover around every corner in Sydney. Meander through markets, picnic in the gardens or crawl between the lively, historic pubs. The sun-kissed Harbour City is dynamic in nature and offers up a lively food scene, endless days at the beach and a history that is so often hidden in plain sight.

Eat

$ Sydney's Cheap Eats

Cheap and cheerful eateries are plentiful throughout Sydney, perfect for times when funds are low and time is short. Serving food from the Isaan region of north-eastern Thailand, House on Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills is sure to make your eyes water with its authentic, Thai flavours. With a fresh and exhilarating menu of salads, curries and lunch specials starting from $8.50, be brave and add a little spice to your day. Head to Bar Reggio where its rich Italian background will serve up a delicious bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese with a side of garlic bread for just $12. Perfect for a quick smash and dash, it will satisfy those hunger pains without breaking the bank. Located in the heart of Sydney, it's undoubtedly value for money.

$$ Moderately Priced

From coffee to the food served, the Book Kitchen is all about being organic with a breakfast and lunch menu well under $30 and a casual evening experience. If you're on the hunt for a healthy start to the day, then order up a serve of Spanish baked eggs or savour the flavour of sumac spiced lamb loin chops for lunch, both for under $20. You can stumble cross the Book Kitchen on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. Gone are the days when cheeseburgers were simply meat and cheese in between two buns. Served alongside golden, fluffy chips and the stunning background, you can pick up a fresh, made-to-order burger from Charlie & Co. at the Opera Kitchen for around $20.

$$$

For a truly indulgent dining experience, find your way to Haymarket's pumping Cantonese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown where fish and shellfish are pulled fresh from live tanks and served in a fragrant dish of ginger and shallots. With its hilarious nonchalant service, the Golden Century offers a seafood-rich menu starting from just $33. Tucked away in the cellars of one of Sydney's most historic buildings, The Cut Bar & Grill mean business with their New York inspired menu. Served straight from the carving trolley, diners can devour The Cut's 4-hour Slow Roast Wagyu Standing Rib parting with just $46 for a standard cut. You'll find this hidden gem in the Argyle Precinct of The Rocks, next door to Sake Restaurant & Bar.


Drinks

With a lively bar scene and a trail of historic pubs, Sydney offers up a selection of stylish, hip and low-key drinking destinations.

Afternoon

Make your way to Cockle Bay for $10 cocktails overlooking the water views from the balcony of Blackbird Cafe. Gracing the cliffs of South Bondi, Icebergs Bar is the perfect place to down a sunset cocktail while embracing the panoramic views of the world's most iconic beach. Arrive a little early to snag the perfect vantage point.

Late night out

An underground saloon offering hot dogs, cocktails and curly fries is one way to finish off a night on the town. Swing through the wooden doors on York Street and head down the stairs to discover the basement level Stitch Bar. With cabs at the doorstep and Wynyard Station a short stroll away, there's every reason to make this your last call for drinks. Frock up, suit up and go late to Palmer & Co. a late-night speakeasy hidden behind Establishment. All about old-fashioned glamour and unlike other whiskey bars around town, this one has a 5am licence with dapper bartenders decked out in full regalia and cocktail waitresses dressed up in flapper gear. Whether it's a classic with a twist or a small measure of cognac, ordering a drink is relatively easy.

Do

Vibrant and energetic, you'll never be at a loss for things to see, do and visit while in Sydney even after the curtains fall.

Attractions

Instantly recognisable as it stands proud above Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge offers more than just photos for the album. Experience its true grandeur with a bridge climb to the summit where you can take in the panoramic views of the beautiful city or jump aboard a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, Mosman or Taronga Zoo to take in the architectural jewel from the water. 

Stay grounded with a wander through the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art and its extensive collection of Australian, indigenous and international exhibits. Dedicated solely to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across the country and the world, a visit to the Museum is the perfect way to spend a rainy day.

A visit to Taronga Zoo across the harbour offers plenty of opportunities to get up close with Australia's well known natives and meet a few of our foreign friends. With lively and informative shows, panoramic harbour views and more than 20 free keeper talks, a visit will have you monkeying around for days.

Shop

From stylish boutiques to high-street fashion and local markets, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to indulging in a little retail therapy.

Westfield Sydney offers slick city shopping with four levels of fashion, two floors of dining and a selection of handpicked local design talent. A haven for Australian designers, luxury brands and street fashion, it is a fashionista's dream come true.

But nothing beats the boutique shopping that can be found in the grand old dames of Sydney. Rich in history and architecturally splendid, the Queen Victorian Building is home to over 180 boutiques, cafes and restaurants occupying an entire block on George Street. Nearby in the hustle and bustle of the CBD, the majestic beauty of The Strand Arcade houses some of Australia's best artisans and makers whose goods are waiting to be discovered.

If limited on time, then head to Sydney's Oxford Street. Stretching from Hyde Park to Centennial Park, the shopping strip weaves through the heritage Victorian terraces of Paddington and its bustling boutique shopping scene.

Markets in Sydney

Take a pocketful of loose change when heading to the lively markets of Sydney. Whether it's the funky inner-city vibe of Glebe Markets or the buzzing energy of Paddy's Markets, it's the perfect way to explore the city and uncover some truly unique talent. Enjoy the friendly seaside atmosphere of Bondi Beach Markets, pick up some locally grown produce from the Farmer's Markets in Marrickville or sneak home a few stylish pieces from Paddington Market.

Explore

From the conventional to quirky, there are several ways to discover the lesser-known parts of Sydney.

Take a train out to Homebush and effortlessly explore Sydney Olympic Park, its expansive parklands and subtropical mangroves on a Segway Tour. Requiring no skills at all, this tour is easy for anyone to enjoy.

Test your limits with a Destiny Tour and experience the spooky side of Sydney. Follow tales from Sydney's early days including the Butcher of Sussex Street and a visit to the haunted cellars in The Hero of Waterloo pub, but only if you dare.

Borrowing from the great Broadway tradition, we're offering a limited number of seats at every performance of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly for just $40.

These tickets are available on the day of performance in person only at the Mrs Macquaries Point box office, open from midday.

Seats may be restricted view. No booking fee applies. There is a limit of four tickets per person.