Visit one of the most famous buildings in the entire world, The Sydney Opera House. Snap a selfie on its famous steps, take a tour and see the inner workings of the great performance venue or buy a ticket to a show and experience the acoustics of the famous Opera Hall.
With its unique architecture, enviable harbourside position and its varied repertoire of performances, it’s no wonder The Sydney Opera House is a much-loved must-see favourite for those living in or visiting Sydney.
Just a short walk from the Ferry terminal at Circular Quay, Bennelong Point – where the Opera House sits – is a historic Aboriginal site which developed by European settlers as both a fort and tram shed.
When the Opera House opened in 1963 after a fraught design and build process of over six years, many thought it was an ugly and unlikeable building. Today its unique sailed roof and kitsch mid century design have made it an architectural superstar that anyone can visit.
As a performance venue many famous performers and orchestras have stood on one of the three stages.
A popular drawcard for families with children is the Kids in the House program – with an annual schedule of local and international acts specifically for kids. A highlight for parents of toddlers is the Baby Proms.
Buying a ticket for a paid performance is not an essential part of a visit to the famous building. The myriad of buskers and street performers around the Opera House complex guarantees year-round entertainment.
Anyone can visit the SOH twenty four hours, seven days a week. It costs nothing to snap a selfie on the famous forecourt, to scramble up and down the steps or just to sit and watch the world (and the boats into Circular Quay) pass by.
On sunny days the glare from The SOH’s million plus tiles are scorching, but nothing beats the view of the Harbour Bridge across the Harbour regardless of the weather.
To see the inner workings of the famous performance space, take a guided tour and see behind the scenes.
During warmer months, book tickets for one of the Concerts on the Steps – live outdoor performances of famous artists and comedians that tend to book out early. – During winter’s
Vivid Festival look out for family friendly art around the complex or from The Rocks or Harbour Bridge, coloured light projections on The Opera House’s famous sails.