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 VisitFee: Yes
Currently ClosedHours 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
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|T2, T3 or Ferry||Circular Quay||15 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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Ratedout of 5
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 - 6 days ago
excellent place to enjoy the beautiful plays.
Pamela Nelson - 18 days ago
The theatre is small and you feel very close to the action. There is a good restaurant. Some vegan options
Samara Al-Ahmar - 5 months ago
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 - 6 months ago
Have had such excellent experiences here at many shows. They run excellent quality shows, and the theatre on the wharf is such a great venue. Head there early for pre show drinks looking over the water!
Sara Loo - 8 months ago