Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is both a world class entertainment venue and one of the world's most recognized and renowned landmarks

Sydney Opera House at dusk
Sydney Opera House at dusk cc licensed photo by Brent Pearson

As one of the world's most renowned buildings the Sydney Opera House needs little introduction. It should certainly make your must see list. By must see, we mean up close, as you really do need to see it up close to appreciate the immense size and amazing design.

Prominently located on the tip of Bennelong Point, the striking modern expressionist design of the Sydney Opera House is visible from many vantage points. The structure sits on top of 588 concrete piers and has a footprint of 4.4 acres.

Construction of Sydney Opera House in Sydney took over 14 years to complete. In 1957 a design by Danish Architect Jorn Utzon won the design competition for the new venue. Construction began in 1959 and was pushed forward by political pressures before proper engineering and drawings had been completed. This and other unexpected complications caused numerous setbacks in time and money. In 1965 Utzon had a falling out with the newly elected Premier and his Minister of Public Works (who were unsympathetic towards the project) over procedures and the refusal to pay his fees ultimately resulting in his resignation and leaving the country in 1966. In 1999 the Sydney Opera House Trust had reached out to Utzon and appointed him a design consultant for future work inside the Opera House. The Utzon room which was completely redesigned by Utzon was named in his honour.

The Sydney Opera House is far more than just its namesake. It actually contains at total of 7 venues - 2 large and 5 smaller. The largest is the Concert Hall which seats an audience of 2679 and is home to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Next is the Opera Theatre - a 1507 seat proscenium style that is home to Opera Australia and the Australia Ballet. Smaller venues include the 544 seat Drama Theatre, the 398 seat Playhouse and the Studio with a capacity of 400. There are 2 other multipurpose venues.

If you are unable to take in a concert or show at the Opera House you can still enjoy one of the numerous restaurants or bars, check out the souvenier shop or go on a guided tour. Otherwise you can just enjoy seeing the architectural details and impressive design from up close while enjoying the outstanding views from the grounds. You will also want to see the neighbouring Government House and Royal Botanic Gardens that are immediately south.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Free to explore the grounds. Admission charges apply to tours and performances. Earlybird tours are available at a reduced price if you book them online. See website for details.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9250 7111

Official Website: Sydney Opera House

Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or FerryCircular Quay10 minutes

How to get to Sydney Opera House by

By Train or Ferry: Exit at Circular Quay Station and proceed straight east and then north along the harbourfront.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Sydney Opera House Star Rating

4 Star Rating Great venue with fantastic views. I have been there for a number of different events and have always found it a very intimate venue. There is reasonably priced, easy to access parking and the bars just outside are always happening. My only gripe is that the bar inside the venue seems to close early.

Duzy Nguyen - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating The guided tour of the Opera House is excellent. Visiting each of the five venues and learning about how they were designed and their intended use is fascinating. Looking up from the outdoor corridor between the two large sails helps in understanding the scale of the building and the exterior design details.

E C - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating 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. Over never seen such a rich bustling and scenic group of harbor(s) anywhere in the world. Stunning. The photos are very good. The experience is amazing.

Maxx Profit - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating The Opera House is a sight to behold. If you have a chance to get tickets for a performance to your liking it's a good idea. Or, take an inside tour. I on the other hand just absorbed the outside splendour of the opera house from different angles - by land and by sea. We enjoyed coffee and pastries at the cafe down one level which has an amazing view of busy Sydney Harbour. A must-see when in Sydney!

Ken Hook - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating An amazing venue for so many reasons. You have to experience the main concert hall, do a tour or just walk around and enjoy the architecture. This place has such an interesting history so make sure you do your research to really understand why it's such a masterpiece or do a tour. There's some great views of Sydney Harbour from the outside. Make sure you get up on the Harbour Bridge at sunrise to get some really attention grabbing photos.

Kishore Kumar - 1 month ago

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