As one of the most iconic and recognisable buildings in the world, Sydney Opera House needs little introduction. It's been proudly guarding the harbour on Bennelong Point since 1973 and is picture postcard perfect. Approaching by ferry it provides a dramatic focal point. Just like the Mona Lisa, its gaze seems to follow you wherever you are. If you want to moor and enjoy its splendours, make sure you have time to book a show or concert. With a full complement of concert halls, theatres, playhouse and studios, there is always a wide range of entertainment to enthral you. Alternatively just feast your eyes on the roof shells and the extraordinary architecture on display. Marvel at the detail in the roof tiling and the changing light that alters the perspective in a flash. Or stand behind the glass wall to take in unrivalled views - you won't see its equal anywhere else.
The Sydney Opera House is Australia's most recognised building and a true work of art. Designed by the winner of an international competition, Danish architect Jorn Utzon, it took 16 years to complete and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October 1973. The complex design brought many challenges, the roof sails alone took 4 years to solve. Several engineers played their part in completing the construction of the exterior and interior and it cost $102 million to build. For more details on design and vision, the construction process, the main components and materials used and a lot more facts and figures visit the Australia Gov site.
There are several tour options at the Sydney Opera House and not just your standard tour. Of course they offer that with tours running every day and in multiple languages. For something a little different you can choose from their Tour & Dine option where you can grab a bite at their popular Opera Bar restaurant, or for something a little more special the Tour & Tasting Plate option, and if you want to know a little more about the workings of shows behind the scenes then the Backstage Tour is for you. For something to keep the kids entertained The Junior Adventure Tour.
Tour Prices & Information
Standard Tour: $37 per person, 1 hour - more info here
Tour & Dine Tour: $66 per person, 1 hour - more info here
Backstage Tour: $165 per person, 2.5 hours - more info here
Junior Adventure Tour: $20 per child, 1 hour - more info here
Taste of The Opera House: $295 per person, 4 hours - more info here
Food & Drink
As you might imagine with the Sydney Opera House being so iconic and in such a key location you are spoilt for choice with food and drink options. Whether you are watching a performance beforehand or afterwards or are just visiting the landmark there are fine dining and more affordable options. With any of these locations it is worth booking to avoid disappointment. Main places below:
Opera Bar: The popular choice, mid range price - more info here
Opera Kitchen: Asian cuisine, mid range price - more info here
Portside: Casual dining, mid range price - more info here
Bennelong: Fine Dining - more info here
Theatre Bars: Before a show - more info here
The Lounge: Relaxation Cafe style - more info here
Everybody. Of course. This iconic landmark really is magnificent and something anyone can appreciate, just visiting and walking around is an experience. Great food and drink options and for the kids mean it's ideal for families. Couples, groups of friends, the solo traveller, you can't get bored. The Opera House has shows and events running throughout the year so if you like the arts you'll have lots to choose from too. To see what's on now click here.
Easy to get to by public transport or car:
By Train: Nearest station is Circular Quay the a nice 5 minute walk round.
By Bus: Several buses drop off at Circular Quay, plan your route here.
By Ferry: Again to Circular Quay and a 5 minute walk.