For one magnificent day, the Sydney Opera House is declaring itself an open book. No longer will its green rooms, secret nooks or stages be the exclusive domain of musicians, famous speakers and tech crew. Get down to Bennelong Point anytime between 9am and 3pm on October 18 for the Opera House Open Day, and you'll be able to wander around the entire beautiful building at your self-guided leisure.
What's more, your visit won't only involve empty spaces. To keep you on your toes, the organisers have lined up a stack of surprises, unexpected performances and displays. Explore Opera Australia's set for Anything Goes in Joan Sutherland Theatre, check out an Australian Ballet exhibition in the rehearsal room and watch projections created by Bangarra Dance Theatre in the foyer.
There'll also be opportunities to learn about the House's history — from the 1957 competition won by Danish architect Jorn Utzon that determined the building's extraordinary design to its opening in 1973 — and about plans for the future.
Thousands of attendees are expected. Save yourself a spot by registering online in advance.