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Fast facts

  • Iconic architectural jewel, on Sydney Harbour
  • One of the world’s busiest performing arts centres

 

Why go there


The chance to see a world-class performance at the famous Sydney Opera House is too good to miss if you’re visiting Sydney. In fact, it’s on most visitors’ “must see” list for this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.


This stunning architectural feat, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, opened in 1973 and is now one of the most recognised buildings in the world.


Situated at Bennelong Point, it is surrounded by lush gardens and the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour.


Enjoy a spectacular night out at the grand Concert Hall or the Opera Theatre before stepping outside to enjoy a delicious cocktail under the stars by the harbour.


There are six performance spaces ranging from the largest, the Concert Hall, to intimate spaces such as The Studio and the Utzon Room.


Australia’s premier performing arts companies – Opera Australia, Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Dance Company - attract an audience of around two million each year. Contemporary musicians and international acts also love to perform at the “house” as one-off events or part of the Sydney Festival in January.  


Take a guided tour to discover the magic of this beautiful structure and learn about its innermost secrets. The backstage tour really gets you behind-the-scenes to the very stages where stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti have performed.   


You can dine sumptuously beneath the ivory sails at the elegant Guillaume at Bennelong where modern Australian cuisine is served with a touch of classical French style.  Enjoy lunch or dinner at the outdoor Opera Bar, perfect for a sublime Sydney experience of harbour views, city skyline and delicious food.

 

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