Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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The Sydney Opera House stands as an icon of Australian architecture and one of the world's most instantly recognizable buildings. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and inaugurated in 1973, the Opera House earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007 for its unique appearance and engineering achievement. The multiple performance venues feature distinctive roofs of layered sails that look like seashells, and they reside on a peninsula jutting out into Sydney Harbour beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. Snapping photos as you walk around the harbor represents one way to experience this landmark, but you can also enjoy one of 1,500 annual of performances inside. Start with a tour during the day, discovering some of the 1,000 rooms and listening to dozens of stories about the venue. In the evening, dine in one of the restaurants before taking in the opera, live music, or theater in one of its acoustically splendid rooms. Sydney Opera House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Sydney Edition.
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  • We couldn't stay away from here and the harbor! It's so unique and beautiful. We would stare at it from across the harbor, or on the Manly Ferry (great and different view from the water), then went tw...  more »
  • Visited the Opera House for the first time recently to attend a concert combining rock with a symphony orchestra. The main concert hall is cosy, yet comfortable and stylish. The acoustics are very goo...  more »
  • This was my first visit to the Opera House and I was very impressed with multiple theaters, a playhouse, philharmonic auditorium and the list continues. On any given day there are numerous things to d...  more »
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  • A truly iconic structure. Perfect place to watch the sun rise over Mrs Maquarie's Chair. The venue has opened itself up to a far more varied range of performances in recent years, from rock music to stand up comedy to operas. It's reinvigorated the precinct to reposition "The House" as a truly relevant and accessible performance space for people of all tastes. Whether you're visiting for a show or simply to observe the miraculous architectural feat of the sails, you'll take fond memories with you. Great view of Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge.
  • This is a real icon of the city of Sydney, the state of New South Wales and the country of Australia. One cannot just miss this landmark while on a visit to this marvellous city. Apart from being the poster boy of the city, this is a famous opera performing arts center. The shows are amazing and the artists from all over the world come here to perform. The views to the deep harbour from here are equally iconic. Even in the worst weather the views from here are great. Guided tours are also available, which showcase the history of the place. A must visit in the city. Very highly recommended if one can get hold of a show here.
  • Sydney's most recognisable landmark helps all who see it smile with joy. Fantastic events all year round with amazing artists and musicians. Love it. Amazing and beautiful, pairing with another amazing landmark, Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walk along the foreshore and enjoy this wonderful Structure, viewing the sails from all angles. Wonderful iconic Sydney Harbour, how can you go wrong.
  • An iconic place to visit, with good reason. If you have a fear of heights do not book a balcony seat as they are rather precarious and will make you feel as if you are about to fall out of your seat. There is some wheelchair and mobility options but they are limited so book ahead if you need them and you tend to have to go behind the famous stairs into this little alcove to get up into the opera house itself. Make sure to leave plenty of time before the event is meant to start, as well, as occasionally your door can be a good 5-10 minute walk away. They often have a variety of events, and the bathrooms are excellent. There is also a cloak room and a gift shop.
  • What can you say? It's Sydney Opera House. Adjacent to the Botanical gardens, there is always something going on here, in the gardens or next door in circular quay. The gardens and Opera houses are good for a run throughout the day - just watch out for the gate closure times on the gardens. Amazing views of the harbour from all points on the northern side with the restaurants and bars on the concourse underneath. A true great Australian landmark!

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