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Mrs Macquaries Point

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  • Sydney
Mrs Macquaries Point

Time Out says

Sydney's most picture-perfect picnic spot, backing onto the Botanic Gardens, The Domain and overlooking Woolloomooloo Wharf and Sydney Opera House, this is the ultimate place to impress your loved one, especially on warm balmy nights. Make sure you pack the bubbly.


Mrs Macquaries Rd

What’s on

Westpac OpenAir

  • Outdoor cinema

Somebody pop the Champagne – Sydney’s most stunning outdoor cinema has confirmed a return season. Westpac OpenAir will take over Mrs Macquaries Point again this summer, with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as its staggering backdrop.  Running over 40 nights from January 8 to February 21, there’s more than iconic views in store. You can expect pre-show DJs, and more dining experiences to choose from than ever before. With big name chefs like Mike McEnearney (Kitchen By Mike) taking charge of the nosh in previous years, you can expect that this year’s refreshments will be nothing to sneeze at.  Now, the 2023 film program is yet to be confirmed, but they are teasing blockbusters along the likes of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis; Top Gun: Maverick; the much gossiped-about Don’t Worry Darling; and David Bowie biopic Moonage Daydream. Pull up a folding chair, grab a snack (or an entire bottle of Champagne, ice bucket and all) and settle down to a film projected on a huge three-storey-high screen that lights up as night falls over the harbour.  If you really want a run-up for the view, take a stroll through the Botanic Gardens to the cinema (but word to the wise, don't leave it too late, lest you be caught wandering through a maze of dead ends in the dark and missing the start of the movie). You'll always have something to awe at, even if the film you've chosen doesn't turn out to be to your taste – though that's unlikely, given your plethora of options. Full line-ups of film

Handa Opera on the Harbour - Madama Butterfly

  • Musicals

Following the chandelier-smashing five-star success of Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia is bringing back the operatic classic Madama Butterfly for the 2023 iteration of Handa Opera on the Harbour.  The production premiered to great acclaim in 2014, and visitors to Sydney in March and April next year will have the opportunity to see it return to the stunning over-water stage at Mrs Macquaries Point – with harbour views, world-class performances and nightly fireworks to boot. Audiences will also see a giant moon and rising sun float in the harbour. One of the most powerful of all he-done-her-wrong tales, Madama Butterfly tells the tale of a former geisha who marries a philandering American naval officer who callously abandons her. Recognised as one of the world’s most-loved operas, Puccini’s 1904 work features beautiful melodies and operatic bangers, including ‘Un bel dì vedremo’ (One Beautiful Day) and ‘The Humming Chorus’, and is based on the same heartbreaking tale as hit musical Miss Saigon and the 1987 Hollywood phenomenon Fatal Attraction.  More than 500,000 people from across the globe have attended Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour since its inaugural season in 2012. Attendance at the 2014 premiere season of Madama Butterfly exceeded 42,500, breaking all the previous box office sales. Presale tickets for the 2023 season are available until August 15, and general release tickets are on sale from August 16. Join the presale waitlist and get first access

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