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

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This was my first trip to Sydney, and the Opera House is majestic. It's so much better in real life than any picture you will ever see. We did a guided tour and went back the next day to watch a show. We loved both of these and highly recommend that everyone should definitely take the time to go for the tour and check out a show.
Susan - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful building. We took the basic tour. Some of the aspects were gimmicky, but gave you an opportunity to visit the main concert hall and other areas. Check out the free Sydney museum first which has a section about the Opera House. Tickets had a large weight time which is why we saw the museum prior.
Travis Hydzik - a week ago

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4 Star Rating An iconic bucket list venue, my first visit. Beautiful harbour views though super crowded around the venue, plan ahead! We saw Gatsby at the Green Light, interesting dance moves though lacked a story line and turned a little burlesque/odd in the last few scenes 🤔
Rob Blackwood - 4 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Hat's off to Mr.Utzon and the team. It is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece. Its unique design makes it a cultural gem in any city. Inside, the acoustics are impeccable, offering a sublime auditory experience. Highly recommend the guided tour. Then, you can hear about the happy 🙂 and sad 😔 part behind this iconic masterpiece.
Lasantha Perera - a month ago

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Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L2, T2, T3, T8 or FerryCircular Quay10 minutes

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

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