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.

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  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
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  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9250 7111

Official Website: Sydney Opera House

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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

5 Star Rating Of course you have to come here if you are in Sydney. This place can be photographed from many. You can take the ferry and get good photos. You can go to the Luna park as well for it. You can go to the bridge as well. The architecture is pretty nice as you would already know. It is a must visit around new year eve because of the amazing lighting. Highly recommend

Shubham Jain - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Must Watch if you are in Australia. A perfect example of architecture, surrounded with water. You can spend as much time as you want to enjoy and explore this place. There is lot to see here. You can also enjoy food and the live music outside the theatre. It is situated close to Harbour bridge.

ms arora - 13 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. 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.

ganesan ganesan - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Got off at Circular Quay which is like a 5 minute walk away, and then just went for a leisurely walk to the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. It's nice to just stand at the top of the stairs near the railing and enjoy the great view, the nice breeze, the seagulls gliding in and out and a pleasant conversation with family. Also even though I've been here many times, I never bothered to actually touch the tiles, I didn't expect the white portion to feel so smooth.

Bored Player - 26 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. 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.

Maxx Profit - 1 month ago

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