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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.


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Lodging Near Sydney Opera House

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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney $193
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St., Sydney
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 3,534 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Luxury and panoramic views abound at this Rocks District hotel set within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    Hyatt Regency Sydney $132
    Hyatt Regency Sydney

    Hyatt Regency Sydney

    161 Sussex Street, Sydney
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 6,632 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      This darling Harbour hotel is also less than a kilometer from the restaurants, cafes, and bars of Cockle Bay and shopping at the Queen Victoria Building.

      Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney $141
      Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

      Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

      11 Jamison Street, Sydney
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 14,049 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This 34-story hotel offers a stylish retreat from busy George Street, with Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and Hyde Park all within 3 blocks. Wynyard Train Station is a 3-minute walk away.

        Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney $118
        Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney

        Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney

        528 Kent Street, Sydney
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 221 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          This luxury apartment building is located in the heart of Chinatown, walking distance from World Square Shopping Centre, Chinatown Night Market, and Sydney Town Hall. Also nearby are The Galeries and Capitol Theatre.

          Hilton Sydney $144
          Hilton Sydney

          Hilton Sydney

          488 George Street, Sydney
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 5,405 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            The hotel is opposite the historic Queen Victoria Building shopping arcade, and 100 metres from Town Hall train station and major department stores.

            Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard $100
            Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard

            Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard

            7-9 York Street, Sydney
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 5,344 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              The city-center Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard is within 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) of Circular Quay, the Rocks, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House are 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) away.

              Mantra 2 Bond Street $130
              Mantra 2 Bond Street

              Mantra 2 Bond Street

              Corner Of George & Bond Street, Sydney
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 2,070 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Three blocks from the restaurants, shops, and historical buildings of The Rocks, this George Street hotel is also within four blocks of Sydney Harbour, a train station, and many office towers.

                Rydges World Square $119
                Rydges World Square

                Rydges World Square

                389 Pitt Street, Sydney
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 2,178 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Theatres, cinemas, Chinatown, the Spanish quarter, shopping arcades, and discount stores are all within a 0.5 km radius of Rydges World Square.