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Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Linlithgow Avenue,
King's Domain,
Website: Sidney Myer Music Bowl

The annual free orchestral concerts at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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 concert.

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 King's 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

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 Opera Australia begins.

Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.

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.

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Carols by Candlelight

An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar

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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

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