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Sydney Opera House

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.

Popular Activities at Sydney Opera House

There's no place anywhere on the planet quite like Sydney Opera House. To make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of the leading activities:

Have a look at our Sydney things to do page to learn about more activities in the area.


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Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park $124
Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
     
    4.6 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Everything was perfect except the service at the bar late at night

    Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney $131
    Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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    Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

    Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

    11 Jamison Street, Sydney, NSW
       
      4.5 of 5
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      Close to the Harbor and Downtown activities. Restaurants and public transportation close by.

      The Westin Sydney $164
      Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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      The Westin Sydney

      The Westin Sydney

      1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
         
        4.6 of 5
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        Buffet breakfast is great, location is very convenient, staff are wonderful and the room is very clean.

        Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney $146
        Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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        Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

        Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

        176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
           
          4.5 of 5
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          Easy check in and convenient express checkout. Hotel and room exceptionally well maintained and very clean. Has a wide range of amenities. Professional and friendly staff.

          Hyatt Regency Sydney $130
          Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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          Hyatt Regency Sydney

          Hyatt Regency Sydney

          161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
             
            4.4 of 5
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            Great room! Very clean, spacious and a balcony with a view to the bay!

            Four Seasons Hotel Sydney $169
            Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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            Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

            Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

            199 George St., Sydney, NSW
               
              4.6 of 5
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              For me, conscious of my budget, this was the best hotel I've stayed at for my price range. The room was luxurious with all the small additions that make your stay feel special. The staff were attentive and professional and the room cleaning was exceptional.

              Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour $124
              Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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              Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

              Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

              100 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Love the location! So much to see nearby. Plenty of eateries both high end and reasonable. My fav place to stay when visiting Sydney.

                The Grace Hotel $106
                Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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                The Grace Hotel

                The Grace Hotel

                77 York Street, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Great hotel. Have stayed here quite a few times and will continue to do so. Classy. Understated Great attention to detail and great location.