Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House showing a bay or harbor, modern architecture and a monument

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

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥18,640 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥20,961 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥20,145 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,154 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥20,961 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥18,640 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥20,145 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥24,180 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,509 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,170 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥24,254 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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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 ¥24,629 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
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