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Sydney Opera House
Vacation Travel Guide

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Regularly listed as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera House sits right on Sydney Harbour, and is listed as a World Heritage Site. The Opera House has several major resident companies including: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Over 1 million people come here to enjoy performances each year, while millions more come just to admire the building, a symphony in itself.

The Opera House is surrounded by the Sydney Harbour on three sides, and the view from the Monument Steps is truly dramatic. Pause on the steps to photograph the harbor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make sure to get a snap or two with the Opera House’s famous interlocking white shells behind you.

Much of the Sydney Opera House interior is freely accessible so feel free to look around. In the reception hall, check out the fabulous floor-to-ceiling tapestry inspired by Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies.

This building is actually a complex of several venues. The Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Drama Theatre are the largest venues. The best way to see the building and all of the theaters is to book a guided tour. The Sydney Opera House Access Tour is the most popular. Wander through the house’s corridors and passageways as the knowledgeable guides share stories and secrets about the building. If you’re traveling with children, book them in for the Junior Discovery Tour, created especially for them. The Backstage Tour takes you behind the curtains and runs for over 2 hours.

The Sydney Opera House is home to cafés, restaurants and bars, from the upscale Bennelong restaurant to the relaxed Opera Bar, which offers some of the best harbor views in Sydney.

Check the Opera House website for details of upcoming performances, festivals and events. Public transport makes visiting the Opera House simple, and parking is available for a fee. The Sydney Opera House box office and tour information desk are open Monday through Sunday.

Top Hotels Close to Sydney Opera House

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥20,065 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,098 reviews)

"Staff were extremely helpful and the room was exceptionally lovely. Some areas of the hotel seem a tad dated, decor-wise. Really enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥19,601 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,516 reviews)

"The room was lovely and when we arrived we were upgraded to a higher floor. The Blu bar was so nice for a drink in the evening and the breakfast in the rooftop Altitude was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥13,484 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,220 reviews)

"beds were super comfy excellent location if you are scared of heights ask for a lower floor as all floors look over the foyer"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Sydney Opera House

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥20,065 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥19,601 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥13,484 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Rydges Sydney Harbour
InterContinental Sydney
InterContinental Sydney
5 out of 5
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,268 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
InterContinental Sydney
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
5 out of 5
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥22,383 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
QT Sydney
QT Sydney
5 out of 5
49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥15,946 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
QT Sydney
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, NSW
The price is ¥18,761 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,168 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
5 out of 5
98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥19,196 per night from Feb 18 to Feb 19
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.