ACO, The Neilson

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ACO Pier 2/3 is home to the stunning, state-of-the-art performance space, The Neilson, which is situated at the heart of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO)’s beautiful new operating base. The award-winning, architecturally designed space is part of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, and is surrounded by views of Sydney Harbour.

As well as hosting performances by the ACO, The Neilson – and ACO Pier 2/3’s other venues, the glass-fronted Belgiorno Room and The Studio – is regularly used by leading artists, ensembles and organisations from all around Australia and beyond to present their own performances and events.

This venue is on The Thirsty Mile for Sydney Festival 2024. 

To see how the ACO is working to keep you safe please click here.


Getting Here

The 324 / 325 Watsons Bay to Walsh Bay bus (stopping at Wynyard, Town Hall, Kings Cross, Edgecliff stations) runs approx. every 20 minutes off-peak. Visit:


Our closest train station is Circular Quay approx. approximately 1km (via George Street and Lower Fort Street steps) or 1.3km (via Argyle Street Trinity Ave and Potinger Street) walk. Visit:

If you're driving: On-street metered parking $6.60 p/h peak, $4.60 p/h off-peak (correct as of February 2022) Visit:

Wilson Parking operates nearby carparks at Barangaroo Point and Barangaroo Reserve. Receive 10% off with Wilson Parking when you pre-pay online with promo code SYDFEST24. Find a Wilson Parking car park nearby and pre-pay. Visit


The ACO is committed to making our events accessible, inclusive and barrier-free so that everyone can enjoy them.

Our new home has step-free access, accessible seating options, accessible toilets and assistive hearing technology, as do many of the venues we use across Australia and internationally. We welcome patrons with Companion Cards and Assistance Animals.

We also hold a range of accessible events, such as ACO Relaxed Performances and Audio Described performances. If you have any questions about accessibility or would like to book accessible seating, please contact our Box Office at or on 1800 444 444 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST).

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