Sydney’s Secret Spaces Unlocked

Sydney’s Secret Spaces Unlocked


Sydney Open is a biennial event presented by Historic Houses Trust that showcases Sydney’s architecture.

For one day only a City Pass takes you behind the scenes in your own city to explore over 70 buildings of significance and sites normally off limits as they open their doors for this exclusive biennial event.

From architectural icons to secret and hidden places, award-winning contemporary designs to much-loved heritage buildings, industrial shells to creative adaptations and state-of-the-art sustainable living projects, Sydney Open will open your eyes to the past, present and future of Sydney’s built environment.

This year the event will be staged over the weekend of 6 and 7 November.



Focus Tours

Saturday 6 November & Sunday 7 November

A Focus Tour ticket provides access to a nominated site. These intriguing tours of domestic, fragile or limited capacity sites are led in most cases, by their architects or owners.

Be warned! Focus Tour tickets sell fast!

An exciting line up of Sydney’s most exclusive addresses was revealed today at the launch of SYDNEY OPEN 2010, an event that gives the public the keys to the city’s most famous doors.

Sydney Open opens the doors to 70 of the city’s most prestigious landmarks, many of them accessible for the first time on the weekend 6 & 7 November.

Inspired by similar events in London, New York and Toronto, Sydney Open is coordinated by the Historic Houses Trust (HHT) to showcase the best the Emerald City has to offer on Australia’s architectural stage.

HHT Director Kate Clark says Sydney Open 2010 unlocks the doors to some of Sydney’s newest buildings as well as much loved heritage sites and stunning private addresses.

“Sydney Open gives you the chance to see the latest in award-winning architecture, underground tunnels, towers, roof gardens and stunning penthouses with fabulous Sydney views.

“This year we’re also focussing on lesser-known areas of Sydney, inviting people to be curious about their own city and to peep into unfamiliar new urban areas and lane ways.

“Sydney Open is a great opportunity to discover, explore and appreciate places that are normally off limits or that you might have been walking past every day and wanted to see inside.

“This is the eighth time we’ve run Sydney Open and it brings together architects, interior designers and more than 400 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages, creating an incredible buzz around the city,” she said.


The Sydney Open City Pass gives ticket holders the chance to plot their own route around the city on Sunday 7 November, choosing from more than 50 buildings, including favourites such as the Sydney Fire Station, the King Street Courts, the Great Synagogue and the glorious National Mutual building.

For the first time you can tour the Culwulla Chambers on King Street, once Sydney’s tallest building for 50 years, the new Sydney Harbour YHA built over an exposed archaeological dig or the hotly debated Barangaroo site.

Check out some of Sydney’s cutting-edge office buildings that have set a benchmark in sustainable design such as the multi-award winning workplace6 in Pyrmont and The Gateway at Millers Point or go behind the scenes at the new Sydney Theatre or the modern ABC studios in Ultimo.

The Moebius House is one of 18 exclusive Focus Tour sites on offer including underground Tank Stream tours, climbing up the dome of the Queen Victoria Building or stepping inside the Sulman-Award-winning Jack House in Wahroonga or the three level waterfront Spencer House in Mosman embedded in the side of a hill.

mobius house by tony owen

Tickets on sale Wednesday 29 September: or 02 8239 2211 Be warned: they sell fast!

City Pass for Sunday 7 Nov: General $40 Conc $30, Family $110 Focus Tours on 6 & 7 Nov $30 each site

The Historic Houses Trust (HHT) is a leader in the conservation and management of historic places in Australia and has won many awards for its work. It is guided by the view that museums must be open to new ideas and part of current community debate as much as they are the repositories of important collections and stories.

The HHT offers a range of exciting events, exhibitions and education programs, which attract over two million visitors to our houses and museums each year. We also produce publications associated with our collections and exhibitions


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