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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  • October 12, 2017
    We were recently in Sydney and decided to take the 1 hour Opera House Guided Tour. Please note NO backpacks or large items allowed; must be checked in near ticket office. The guide was well informed a...  more »
  • October 12, 2017
    Was there on a rainy day. Because there was no sunshine you could see the interesting surface of the roof very well. The promenade and restaurants were deserted. The next day it was sunny and the roof...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    I was a guide when the Sydney Opera House opened in the early 70’s. I still love going there. It is situated in the best positing in Sydney. You can eat underneath the approach to the building and the...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    AMAZING PLACE EVER!!!!!!!! I've been here a few times before and it's amazing. If your up close it looks more amazing. Best place to be. Got great good and inside there's this big stage and lots of seats. Go there now. Even if u can't go inside u can look at the opera house. When ever there's vivid it's looks so cool and u must go there when there's vivid. Hope u have a great time there if u go.
  • August 25, 2017
    With its dramatic cantilevered roof and harbor setting, the Sydney Opera House is easily Australia’s most recognizable landmark—and its most visited. Few tourists leave Sydney without at least stopping here for a photo op. But you can do much more: go backstage for a tour, attend one of the 40-plus weekly performances, and watch the sun set over the city and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the alfresco Opera Bar. Make your grand exit on the scenic Manly Ferry, which passes right by.
  • July 6, 2017
    The - well organized - opera tour gives a taste of how the building looks inside and then particularly the theatres. Great for those visiting Sydney and not able attend concert or play. Shows also 2 great video's about the story behind the creation and building of this icon. The guide was entertaining, very informative and lively. To see more behind rhe scenes, there is a backstage tour, but could not find (booking) details on their website. Saw playhouse and concert hall as Joann Sutherland hall presently being renovated.
  • June 21, 2017
    Sydney's Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings of all time. The interior of the building is an engineering marvel that has withstood the test of time. Around the Opera house is a beautiful park, museums, art galleries, food venues, outdoor venues, and ferries to take you around the other parts of Sydney. The building looks amazing from a distance, but beware, it might not be as pretty up close ;). When the lighting festival is going on, the dome lights up in amazing colors and shapes. If you haven't been to Sydney and you're interested in this iconic building or perhaps to watch some shows inside, the acoustics are amazing, you won't regret coming.
  • July 12, 2017
    Nice view of the harbor, close to Royal Botanic Gardens, close to areas for a good view and walks. Great shows and events held in the Sydney Opera House. Went to see a few orchestra performances here and you can get good seats for not too expensive if you know which ones to pick. (behind the stage is sometimes good too)

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