Sydney Opera House
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- 98%Local Culture
- 87%Art & Design Lovers
- 77%History Buffs
- 68%Family Travelers
- 64%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 60%Adventure Travelers
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- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofBackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife LoversApr 27, 2014
The Sydney Opera house is the iconic attraction that people identify Australia with, and it is a site not to be missed. There are a plethora of boat trips available near the opera house to take you around the quay.Recommended for:
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- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Mar 09, 2014
The first thing I went to see the first morning after arriving in Oz. I was so jet lagged that I woke up at 4AM and headed down to the harbor to watch the sun rise over Sydney Opera House. One of the world's greatest icons, truly something to see!Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Dec 20, 2013
We first saw the famous Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the Royal Botanical Gardens and then walked along the harbor towards it. It was just as magnificent as in the pictures. We took a tour of the Opera House and learned a lot about its history, design and construction. We really wanted to attend a performance there, and we were lucky to get tickets to a concert by the Sydney Chamber Orchestra that night. This was our first full day in Australia (coming from USA) – jetlag and such… The only tickets that were available were behind the orchestra, so we were facing most of the audience. Needless to say, we started feeling very sleepy at some point, even though the performance was great. We fought hard to keep our heads up, and we probably missed some moments, but we really enjoyed being there. During an intermission, you can go outside on a terrace and get great views of the Circular Quay at night while sipping champagne.Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Nov 15, 2013
Without visiting Opera house your trip to Sydney is incomplete. Highly recommend this place. It is very accessible to all the surrounding places where you can go by walk starting from darling harbor to Opera house and the Victoria gardens and then to Circular Quay.Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseOct 21, 2013
Sure it's on every postcard, place-mat and in every Sydney snow-globe. Ignore the hype - this is still one of the coolest bits of urban architecture around. Extra points if you actually see a gig inside - and no it isn't just opera for sale, the likes of The Foo Fighters have played here.Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseOct 20, 2013
The Opera House is an obvious tourist attraction in Sydney. It is always packed with visitors taking tours or simply taking photos from the outside. When you get up close to the Opera House, you can see that it is actually made of millions of small tiles (like you might have on your kitchen backsplash). It's really spectacular! We bought tickets to see the Sydney Orchestra perform alongside a famous Australian didgeridoo player, which was really fun. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the inside of the Opera House is a little underwhelming and a bit dated. Definitely recommend going to a show to get the full experience!Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersOct 17, 2013
The symbol for an entire nation, the Sydney Opera House is a classic icon, the anchoring point for the city's magnificent harbor and a pretty excellent venue for music, theatre, or comedy to boot. For the best experience, be sure to see (and photograph) it both during the light of day, against a clear blue sky, and at night, when it's perfectly set in the glitter of Circular Quay. Combine with the Harbour Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay and the Botanic Gardens for a great half-day.Recommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Oct 11, 2013
The symbol of Sydney. The first time I saw this was evening. It looked more dramatic than daytime. I was hoping to catch a good show but even if I did not have the chance too it was worthwhile exploring the placeRecommended for:
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofFoodiesWellnessVegetarian+ 2Jun 19, 2013
Took the Opera House Tour and got to see all three venues. Incredibly interesting story about the building of the Opera House. Tiles are not actually white but two shades of creamy ceramic, and they are self-cleaning.
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Mar 06, 2013
If your in Sydney, you have to come here!
Just do it. Its a wonderful building with amazing attention to detail. The inside was never really finished and it was a bit disappointing to go to a comedy show inside, but don't let that put you off!
Stroll along the water front around Circle Quay and in the other direction to Mrs Macquarie's Chair for great views of the building.
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Feb 24, 2013
The Sydney Opera House is perhaps the single most iconic symbol of not only this great city, but the nation and continent.
But it wasn't appreciated when it was first built, in fact it was considered, literally, as the big white elephant project for many years. The design competition was awarded in the late 50s, to a Danish architect who laid the ground work for many architectural advances in modern design, including computer aided design. But he was a perfectionist and trying out new things as they were being constructed, so long delays ensued, ergo the White Elephant moniker. The design was to mimic the look of large sails on Sydney Harbour, using many "shells" in the design concept.
In fact, Jorn Utson, the architect, quit the project mid-stream amid disputes, and was never invited to the grand opening, which wasn't until the early 1970s. Decades later, the governing body and the architect made amends in the 1990s.
The Opera house complex is huge, and is actually multiple venues, and the site for the Sydney Symphony, Australia Ballet, Sydney Theater company, in addition to Opera Australia.
In addition to seeing performances here for plays, concerts, opera and the ballet, tourists can take a guided tour.
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jan 09, 2013
It's just so iconic that it is definitely a must see. You can walk through it, and enjoy the views from the surrounds. However, to really experience it, go see a show. It not only hosts opera performances, but music, and plays. Just check online to see what's on while you are in town. I got a ticket to a play here for 30 bucks, and there were a couple other shows to choose from at similar price points.
- Sydney Opera HouseJan 04, 2013
Arguably the most iconic sight of Sydney, the Opera House can be accessed from the walkway of that part of Sydney Harbor. If one gets close enough, the dark glass often seen is somewhat transparent, allowing one to see inside the structure. There were a number of joggers around and there were a few seating options available that were not associated with a food vendor, but not really enough for the probable demand.
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 14, 2012
If you're in Sydney, this is THE PLACE you need to see. If you didn't visit the Opera House, you haven't been to Sydney!
I performed inside the opera house back in 2000 when I was part of the Olympic Band! To be returning here to visit just brought back a lot of fun and good memories.
Inside the Opera House, the seats are very limited, so buying a ticket to watch a show is really difficult and expensive. If you plan to watch a show inside, be sure to buy your ticket early.
- Sydney Opera HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesNov 08, 2012
I haven't been in the Sydney Opera House since I always seem to be in town when there's nothing going on. Still, the area around the building is a nice walk and the architecture on the outside is nice to look at.
- Sydney Opera HouseOct 23, 2012
Sydney Opera House is a wonder to behold and truly is an exceptional design. No visit is complete in this Australian city without spending time at this beautiful place. When the sun shines it brings this structure to life and its majestic glory is as easily magnified also after sunset.