Wharf Theatre

The Wharf Theatre is a great venue for live theatre shows in a historic heritage site overlooking the harbour

Panoramic view of the Wharf Theatre from an adjacent pier
Panoramic view of the Wharf Theatre from an adjacent pier cc licensed photo by Dave Keeshan

The Wharf Theatre, home to the Sydney Theatre Company, is situated on Pier 4/5 on Welsh Bay close the south end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Company also operates the Sydney Theatre located just west across the road from Pier 6/7. Between these venues there are anywhere from 1 to 5 live performances happening every day.

In the 1970s Pier 4/5 in Welsh bay was a neglected old industrial warehouse. In 1984 the Wharf Theatre opened after nearly 4 million dollars were poured into restoring and refurbishing the 1919 warehouse. In the last few years there have been many more upgrades to make the entire building environmentally friendly (See the video). The end result is two superb venues for live theatre and also the Wharf Restaurant which has balconies offering great views on either side.

The two theatres are designated Wharf 1 and Wharf 2. Wharf 1 is located at the far end of the wharf and can seat an audience of up to 324 people. The Wharf restaurant is also located at this end. Wharf 2 Theatre is located about mid-way along the wharf and can seat up to 200.

If you don't have a chance to take in a show at one of these theatres you can still enjoy a one hour behind the scenes tour for a nominal charge. Tours are available every Tuesday at 10:30am.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9250 1777

Official Website: Wharf Theatre

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or FerryCircular Quay15 minutes

How to get to Wharf Theatre by

By Train or Ferry: For this attraction, walking is the most practical option, providing you are okay with stairs. Exit at Circular Quay Station and follow the waterfront north in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Just past the museum head west through the small park to George Street and follow it to your right. Go right again when you get to Lower Fort Street. Continue, watching for the flight of stairs immediately past the second set of row houses. Take the long flight of stairs down to Hickson Road, cross over and go left (west) to the Sydney Theatre Company entrance.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Sydney Theatre Company Star Rating

4 Star Rating One of Sydney's more interesting live venues. On the water. Parking can be hard. Seats are small and cramped if are any bigger than average or less in size. Public transport access is poor. Good restaurants in the area.

Charles Blunt - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating excellent place to enjoy the beautiful plays.

Pamela Nelson - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating The theatre is small and you feel very close to the action. There is a good restaurant. Some vegan options

Samara Al-Ahmar - 8 months ago

5 Star Rating An excellent intimate theatre space in an unbeatable location. The bar is well equipped for a pre show tipple. I recently saw the Kate McGregor play here which was excellent.

A A - 8 months ago

5 Star Rating Saw a play here, great venue and good value entertainment. They serve food, coffee and cocktails at the bar. I didn't try any of it, but the stuff I saw other people having looked great and will I get there earlier next time to chill out and have a snack before the show.

Chris Laurence - 9 months ago


Video about the inroads the Sydney Theatre Company have made to make the Wharf Theatre easy on our environment

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