Sydney Opera House
The icon of Sydney
The Sydney Opera House is World Heritage-listed, world-famous, and the icon of Sydney.
As Sydney’s most recognisable landmark it heads all lists of the must-see spots when you visit Sydney. It is an architectural marvel designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened By Queen Elizabeth in 1973.
When you walk around the foreshore from Circular Quay the off-white sail-like roofs of the Opera House grow above you and as you ascend the grand steps at the entrance only then do you see how intricately constructed the building is. Up close you can understand why it to 14 years to build. The one million tiles on the sails took 3 years to make and were seen by Utzon as being an essential ingredient in the success of the structure. Inside the spaces are awe inspiring and truly wonderful and accommodate a wide range of concerts, symphonies, operas, intimate musical events and a broad spectrum of entertainments.
The Opera House is also a special location for dining and enjoying views of the harbour. If you are able to be there at sunset you will never forget the occasion.
So allow a half-day, or a day, or an evening to discover and explore Australia’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre.
HOW THE OPERA HOUSE CAME TO BE
“Fusing ancient and modernist influences, and situated on a site sacred to the Gadigal people for thousands of years, the sculptural elegance of the Sydney Opera House has made it one of the symbols of twentieth century architecture – a building that, to quote US architect Frank Gehry, “changed the image of an entire country.” SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level
Ph 02 8587 5900
Open Monday to Thursday: 11.30am to 11pm, Friday: 11.30am to 12.30am, Saturday: 11am to 12.30am, Sunday: 11am to 10pm.
“Opera Bar is located just a three-minute walk from Circular Quay train station and ferry terminal. Head for the Opera House and make your way down towards the water (via the escalators or stairs) to the Lower Concourse Level.” OPERA BAR
Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House
Ph 02 9250 7032
Open Monday to Sunday – 7.30am to 11.30pm
“Opera Kitchen is the social heart of Australia’s most famous house. Take a seat in the shadow of the sails for simple, fresh food with a view. A market food hall by Solotel Group and Matt Moran, Opera Kitchen offers a vibrant, flavour-led experience with something for everyone.” OPERA KITCHEN
TAKE A TOUR
A selection of tours of the Sydney Opera House are available and they are recommended.
Architectural and mobility tours. Explore the halls and foyer spaces of the Sydney Opera House and learn what makes this building a World Heritage-listed masterpiece. With three different House tours, there is something to discover for everyone.
Take a tour beyond the stage or after dark. Follow the footsteps of your favourite performers in the Beyond the Stage tour or prepare for stories, shivers, and scares in The House After Dark experience.
Adventure tours and day packs. Take your little adventurer on a magical tour of the Sydney Opera House with interactive activities and games the whole family will enjoy.
Guided tour tailored for school students years K – 12 explores the stories, history and magic of the world-famous sails.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
“Where memories are made. A place to take in a spectacular horizon, then broaden your own. The Opera House is a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of ‘human creative genius’ that belongs to all Australians. It is the Country’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre, welcoming more than 10.9 million visitors a year on-site and hosting more than 1,800 performances attended by more than 1.4 million people. Deloitte has estimated the total cultural and iconic value of the Sydney Opera House to Australia at $6.2 billion. On its 40th Anniversary in 2013, the Opera House embarked upon a Decade of Renewal to prepare it for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors.” SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE