The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is set in parklands a short walk
from the centre of the city. It is a large grassy amphitheatre with a stage
and a soaring 'sound shell' roof to project the sound and shelter the front
rows of the audience.
But it is not the front rows of the audience who have the best seats. It
is those lolling on a blanket on the grass with a picnic basket, a glass of
champagne, (a jug of wine and thou?) gazing at the stars while listening
with thousands of other Melbournians to a concert by the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, watching a ballet or opera performance, or enjoying a rock
Admission to many of these events is free, but get there early to secure
a good spot.
The ice skating rink at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl closed in 1998 but you
can find other options at The White
Hat Guide to Ice Skating in Melbourne.
The Music Bowl has easy access by tram - any northbound tram in St Kilda
Road or any southbound tram in Swanston Street (except No.1) and get off at
stop no 16 or 17. Better still take a walk from the city through the
Queen Victoria Gardens.
The Music Bowl is situated in the
Domain and is one of the great legacies left to Melbourne as a result of
the philanthropy of Sidney Myer.
Some forthcoming performances at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl:
Mazda Opera in The Bowl
It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family
and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the
glorious live music from
Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias
with the magnificent backing of
Dress up — or not — it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice
in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.
Carols by Candlelight
An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar
There are restrictions on what items may be taken into the Music Bowl. In
general only plastic drinking glasses and no hard sided coolers or other
items that can be used as an elevated seat. Some events will prohibit
alcohol being taken in to the venue. More information on the Sidney Myer
Music Bowl and conditions of entry can be found at
Selected Sheet Music