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Jenny Pendlebury standing next to Rachel Pendlebury who is photographing the view from the rooftop at 50 Martin Place. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Plan your

Make the most of your Sydney Open experience by planning your weekend in advance.

We suggest shortlisting your buildings, plotting your route and scheduling a lunch break. The more organised you are, the more you’ll get to see. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your Sydney Open Pass and Focus Tour booking.

Top tips for Sunday 3 November

Shortlist your favourite buildings

Check out the buildings list online, grab a printed map on the day, or download the mobile app to find out more about each building.

Check out the free talks and tours

Note the times of the drop-in talks and tours offered at select buildings. Queues at some sites will add to the access time.

Wear your Sydney Open wristband

Collect and wear your wristband, which is your key to Sydney Open on Sunday 3 November, giving you access to the city’s most architecturally significant buildings.

Stay up to date and join the conversation

Follow @sydneyisopen on Instagram and Twitter or @sydlivmus on Facebook and share your experience throughout the day using #sydneyisopen.

Member benefits

Have a Sydney Open Member Pass? Members enjoy priority access to some of the most important buildings, exclusive Member & VIP area and café discounts. 

Schedule in a lunch break

Ensure you plan a break for lunch - check out 'Need to Know' on the building pages to see which sites have food available.

Transport & access

Public transport

For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes for Sydney Open, visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500.

With road works throughout the CBD, we recommend taking a train if you need to get from one side of the city to the other. Train stations will be marked on the Sydney Open map.

Walk or cycle

Explore on foot to soak up the Sydney Open vibe at street level – but make sure you leave enough time to see all the sites you want to.

Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly option for experiencing Sydney Open, thanks to the city’s extensive network of cycleways. Start planning your route today at

Access for people with a disability

Basic information about access to Sydney Open buildings is provided on each building’s information page. We will be adding more details closer to the event. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding access you can contact us on 1300 448 849 or at to find out more detailed access information for individual buildings.

Members get more

Have a Sydney Open Member Pass? Make the most of Sunday 3 November with your exclusive benefits.

Skip the queues with priority entry to several of the most popular buildings.

Exclusive area: Recharge with complimentary tea & coffee at your very own Members & VIP area located at The Mint.

Other offers: to be confirmed closer to the Sydney Open weekend.

Talks, tours & more

Sydney Open Pass holders are also treated to a range of talks, tours and more at selected sites throughout the day. Hear from architects and building experts, or follow a drop-in tour to hear stories and building insights. 

Please note that talks and tours on Sunday 3 November are offered on a drop-in basis until they reach capacity. You cannot book these tours, so we recommend you arrive early to avoid missing out. Talks and Tours may be subject to change - please check closer to the event for possible updates.

Visit our Talks, tours & more page for a listing of what's available.


Have more questions? Read our FAQs

More information will be provided closer to the Sydney Open weekend.

Top tips for Saturday 2 November

Shortlist your favourite Focus Tours

Visit the Focus Tours list on this website to find out more about the tours on offer.

Is this the tour for you?

Some of the tours involve heritage sites with restricted access (lots of stairs, confined spaces etc.). Please consider if the tour suits you by checking the Visitor Requirements section on each Focus Tour page.

Plan your Saturday

Note the start time and duration of your Focus Tours (particularly when booking more than one). Many tours require you to arrive 10-15 minutes before the tour starts, so please allow for travel time in your planning.

Book early

Focus Tours provide access to spaces not usually available to the public, so they sell out quickly. Book early to avoid missing out! Members presale starts 18 September.

Double check your tour requirements

Some tours require special clothing, early arrival, provide limited space for storing belongings, or may be cancelled in the case of poor weather. Check these requirements of your tour the day before. Updates will be provided on the individual Focus Tour pages.

Stay up to date and join the conversation

Follow @sydneyisopen on Instagram and Twitter or @sydlivmus on Facebook and share your experience throughout the day using #sydneyisopen.