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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

Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥17,766 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,287 reviews)
"did not like arrival .... no one to assist w car parking or luggage. was over charged by EXPEDIA.... not hotel fault"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥23,336 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
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! (2,028 reviews)
"My partner and I loved everything about our stay!! Breakfast is expensive however it is a MUST!"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥25,540 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Art ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (499 reviews)
"Always enjoy our stay at the Fullerton"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
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Best Lodging Options Near Sydney Opera House

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard
4.5 out of 5
7-9 York Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥10,290 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥23,336 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥17,766 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Shangri-La Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥25,540 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,877 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Little National Hotel Sydney
Little National Hotel Sydney
4 out of 5
26 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥14,732 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Little National Hotel Sydney
InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,632 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥14,409 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥15,668 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Hyatt Regency 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.