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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. Arrange to visit Sydney Opera House and other attractions in Sydney using our Sydney vacation builder.
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  • We walked around the Opera House by the water. Plenty of benches by the water for resting and enjoying great views of the Harbour Bridge. Right next door is the Royal Botanic Gardens and you can walk ...  more »
  • Great place, the tour was very informative. I really appreciated the head sets. The young lady was very knowledgeable. 
  • Depending on who you ask the opera house may not make the "7 wonders of the modern world" but it's certainly a sight to behold. No trip to Sydney would be complete without viewing it both from the bot...  more »
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  • Seeing this architecture beauty in person is truly an amazing experience but watching a musical inside is even more special! My wife and I watched 'My Fair Lady' last September and it's definitely something I wont forget. The view of the harbour and bridge inside is exceptional! I also find the inside very accommodating with a lot of vertical space obviously!
  • Great spot even if just for the views. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background to boot. Lots of food locations and places to see. Day or night, great spot. It's a spot you gotta see. Did you know the foundations for the Sydney Opera House actually go under sea level and the main auditorium is set into the harbour itself? A feat of engineering it is!! Highly recommended, would come again.
  • Splendid venue on the Sydney foreshore. It's iconic sails are unmissable from any direction. There are a number of restaurants and bars nearby (open till late) so if you feel you can always grab a drink or a bite after watching a show. We saw My Fair Lady and the acoustics were amazing. I'd highly recommend seeing at least one show in the Opera House. Note that the Joan Sutherland theatre is the main one and that's where you want to be.
  • What can anyone say other than this is Sydney's icon at its best. Spectacular. Amazing history behind its construction. Runs all sorts of events from high brow ballet, opera and theatre to school functions and children's events. The acoustics are amazing. The spot on the harbour is breath taking, views into north, south west and east Sydney. This is where Sydney converges for the fire works and national celebrations. Anyone who is anyone should attend a function of some sort to experience this amazing spot on this spectacular harbour. Surrounded by bars and restaurants. Those can be expensive but it is well worth the money.
  • Went to a show here and was very impressed with the size on the inside (is it bigger?) and the architecture. A very different venue, and great sound. Quite a few bars which is nice, but very limited seating. The seats in the theatre were a good size and quite comfortable.