The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic attractions that Sydney is known for! With its tall standing sails and perfect location in Sydney Harbour this famous landmark is one of the most photographed attractions in the world. It is one of the most recognised images of the modern world and is often compared to the grandeur and status of the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.
Not only has the Sydney Opera House come to represent Australia it is also a place of great history, culture and annual performances from both interstate and international acts. You can come here, take a tour of the place as well as see outstanding performances that are held here all throughout the year. From live concerts, ballets, theatrical performances and so much more! The Opera House is one of the most sought after locations for all artists. Companies such as Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony are just some of the major performances that have graced the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point within the Sydney Harbour and sits directly on its banks. You can view the opera house from a great vantage point from up in the sky which also takes in famous sights such as Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are thousands of visitors that pass through its doors every year to either get married here, see a show or concert or take a tour of this amazing structure and learn about its creator, Jorn Utzon, and how it all came to fruition.
Opened back in October 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II it took a great deal of workers, materials and funds to create this masterpiece. Totalling a cost of $102,000,000AU and has 6225 square metres of glass, 645km of electric cable, 1 million tiles on the roof and the different roof sections weighing in at around 15 tons each, creating this iconic structure was a feat within itself. There are 3000 events held within one of the 1000 rooms of the Opera House each year and has a annual audience of approximately 2 million people and provides guided tours to 200,000 people each year. And back in June 2007 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now shares this name with such sites as Stonehenge and the Giza Necropolis as of 2009. It is one of the main reasons why so many people come to Sydney, just to see this awesome sight!
You don’t only have to come here for a tour or a show but within the walls of the Opera House you can also dine at fine dining restaurants, relax in a number of great bars and join friends for a relaxing time in one of the lounge areas. There are many social events that are held at the Opera House each year that are opened to the public as well as opening its doors to anyone that wishes to arrange a memorable event, special occasion or up and coming corporate event in one of the function rooms. Not only is the Sydney Opera House a sight to be seen during the day light hours but come night fall the sails, that represent a ship at full mast, come alight a create an awesome spectacle.
When enjoying a holiday in Sydney accommodation or even if you are here on business or just passing through you must make sure that you visit the Sydney Opera House for a tour, lunch or up and coming event.