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31 Dec 2021

Eastern Apron, Cockatoo Island

Running time

Approximately 2 hours 30 including interval

Evening schedule

Exclusive Pre-performance Dinner: 5.30pm
Opera Gala: 8pm
Exclusive After Party: 10.30pm

Make this New Year’s Eve the one to remember!

Escape the crowds and head to Cockatoo Island for Opera Australia’s inaugural open-air gala concert*, topped off with Sydney’s world famous fireworks. Add in a pre-performance dining option, along with tickets to the official after party, and make this New Year’s Eve the one to remember!

Your evening begins as the chartered ferry sets sail from the mainland, leaving the city behind. Step off the boat and onto a historic outpost that is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is equally renowned as a contemporary arts haven.

This jewel in the middle of the Harbour is the ideal vantage point for experiencing the magic of opera along with dazzling fireworks. Every note resounds across Sydney Harbour, just as each burst of colour sparkles in the sky and shimmers on the water.

Australian actor Jonathan Biggins OAM hosts an all star concert featuring internationally acclaimed voices. The opening bars of Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville will have audiences perched on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the emotive music to come.

What better way to raise the curtain on 2022!

Capture every moment as you celebrate in style – with Harbour Bridge and city skyline twinkling behind you. If there’s one place in the world that can put on a show, it’s Sydney! And the spectacle of opera will take the revelry to new heights.

Here’s to a new tradition!

This event will take place in a COVID-safe environment, subject to public health orders. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.

Ticket Options

Plan your night with the below ticket options for a curated experience,  all inclusive of return ferry transit*.

*If not attending the post-performance party, special ferries will be arranged to bring you back from the island at the conclusion of the performance. You are unable to stay on the island after the performance unless attending the post-performance party.

Pre-Performance Dinner

$499 (or included in the Platinum Package)

Start your evening in style with this exclusive gala dinner in Cockatoo Island’s historic Turbine Hall. Enjoy three courses with matched wines, curated by a sommelier.

We’ll reserve your spot on a chartered ferry arriving on the island prior to dinner.

To book, simply add the Pre-Performance Dinner to your cart after choosing your tickets.

Three course hamper sample

Three-course Picnic Box Food Hamper


Enjoy a three course Picnic Box Food Hamper before the gala performance.

To book, simply add the Picnic Box Food Hamper to your cart after choosing your tickets.

*Image is a representation only. Details of the Hamper menu will be confirmed at a later date.

New Year's Eve Gala on Cockatoo Island

Post-Performance Party

$419 (or included in the Platinum Package)

Complete your night out on Cockatoo Island, and usher in the New Year under the stars.

Once the performance finishes, kick up your heels to a live band and dance into 2022 at our exclusive after party. You’ll have a ticket on a chartered ferry to return you to the main land at the end of the night.

To book, simply add the Post-Performance Party to your cart after choosing your tickets.


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Keeping you safe at the venue

The health and safety of everyone at New Year’s Eve Gala on Cockatoo Island is our priority. Opera Australia has established COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the safety and well-being of ticket holders, artists and staff. Our measures include a requirement for ticket holders aged 16 and over to show proof of being fully vaccinated or proof that a valid medical exemption applies prior to entry to Cockatoo Island.

Full details of all special conditions relating to COVID-19, including vaccination requirements and exemptions, will be included in our ticketing terms and conditions shortly.

Our measures and special conditions may be varied before the event. You must comply with the most current measures on the day of the event. If you cannot comply with the most current measures, you will be entitled to request a refund.

Cast & Creative

Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Ian Cooper