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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  • If you get a chance to come see this place it’s fantadtic, the Harbour wraps around the building , and the theatres inside are awesome for shows. Check out the bars and restaurants here as well, on a ...  more »
  • Just like all the pictures you see! Absolutely stunning and definitely a site you need to see! We had this on the top of our list and it met all expectations!  more »
  • Is a staple in the staple, but building a close look and very surprised at large and dense. Shop and eat or drink while enjoying a night by the sea. We recommend going so great at night.
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  • Sydney's Opera House is simply an amazing place that has a rich history of it's architecture and culture. It's absolutely beautiful and is the iconic Jewel and Pearl that sits on one of the beautiful Harbors you'll ever get to witness. This rich, beautiful bustling scenic group of harbor(s) can't be comparable to any other harbor in the world. Stunning. Seeing a photo of the harbor is interesting. However, witnessing and experiencing the views, air architecture, food and people is simply amazing.
  • A marvelous iconic architecture! I bet everyone knows that :) Visited here during the Vivid Light show during the Aussie Winters (in June). The light show after 8 take this place to a whole new level. The laser lights and sounds, bring out an experience which you cannot forget. I am posting a view videos (and photos) which I took during the Vivid Light show at the Opera House. A must visit if your in Sydney.
  • As always, the Sydney Opera house sports an impressive interior and maintains a high level of quality within the performances displayed throughout the year. The acoustics of the performing rooms are stunning and the atmosphere around one of Australia's biggest icons is magical. If you are a tourist or have not experienced the opera house and it's amazing performances it's a must see.
  • Amazing piece of architecture and a must see for tourists as well as locals. Great venue for events and there always something interesting on. There are many really good dining options too and the atmosphere is buzzing and fun. Parking is quite easy to find in the huge circular car park. Great place to hang out and awesome backdrop for photos.
  • Looking for a bit of history and great way to spend a couple of hours in Sydey? I recommend taking a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, and following it up with a drink at the Opera House Bar while watching the harbor. I knew very little about how the Opera House came to be, and was actually very impressed with the history of its design and construction. Even my husband enjoyed the tour. Plus, the interior is almost as fascinating as the exterior, and you get some incredible views of the harbor throughout the tour. My advice would be to take a tour in the afternoon because you may get to peek in on the musicians, dancers, or other artists who are practicing for their evening performance! During high season, you may want to buy tickets a day in advance if you care strongly about what time of day you go.
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