What can I say about Sydney Opera House that has not yet been said? Not much. This beautiful white structre will just blow your mind away.
The roof is comprised of 10 sails. The Opera House is home to the Sydney Syphony and tours can be taken of the interior.
We decided to explore the exterior of the Opera House and pass up on the interior visit.
The best way to see Sydney Harbour is by catching a ferry cruise or a tour cruise. There are plenty of different tours available, morining, lunch or dinner.
for more details - www.sydneyferries.com - sydney ferry cruises.
www.matilda.com.au - operate from darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
www.captaincookcruises.com.au - operate from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
www.magesticcruises.com.au - operate from darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
For sailing around Sydney Harbour.
The Sydney Opera House is situated on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point and is considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world.
It was designed by a Dane, Jørn Utzon and was constructed under some controversy and was first opened in October 1973.
The Opera House is one of Sydney's most enduring and popular icons with tourists and travellers from all over the world who come to visit, photograph and stand diminitutively under the sail like structures of the cultural centre of Sydney.
I couldn't quite stand in complete awe of it as the Opera House was very heavily guarded during my short visit which happened to coincide with the 2007 APEC Summit.
Not very original but you just have to do it. The guided tour is interesting but don't forget to take a walk on the outside and get photos of the roof from all sorts of weird angles. It is illegal to photograph inside the opera house, because they have sold the rights to do that to a commercial photographer or something like that. So you have to be smart and know how your camera works in low light :) It is much easier to get a shot during a concert or something like that, because the guides on the tours are very on guard for camera lenses...
The guided tour is AUD26 (as of June 2007), with discount if u are holding the Sydney Guide Book from Airport or Visitor Centre. The tour departs every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm.
The tour guide took us to see the inside of the Opera House including the concert hall and drama theatre, and also told us the history about it.
The Sydney Opera house is the architectural vision of the Sydney skyline. I attended the Australian Ballet's performance of Don Quixote in April 2007. Don Quixote was a good show. It had solid elements of talented dancers, fun plot, and beautiful costumes. The ticket was $100 Australian for a 12th row seat.
Frankly, I was disappointed. While the performance was good, it was more solid than inspired. While the dancers were talented and delivered a good performance, they lacked an overall expressive dynamic. The variety of emotions - deceit, anger, love and joy were all delivered equally. Don Quixote was secondary to the rest of the show. Rather than escorting us through his psychosis vision, he sat on the sidelines and went along for the love story ride.
Given more time, I would have tried a different performance. If you enjoy the theater regularly or less frequently, I do recommend seeing a show at the Opera house. It will be solid and fun.
All i can say is to make sure you have a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig memory card for your camera, or lots of film. Because neither you or your camera will tire of taking photos of the Opera House.
There are lots of good places to see probably the most recognisable building in the world.
Some of the most scenic are from the Botanical Gardens, which is a cracking place to sit down and waste away a day just hanging out with a good book.
Another good place to see it is from up the Tower, which is pretty much a good place to see anywhere in Sydney.
Best place to see the Opera House though, is from the Ferry to Manley. Think it was about $13 return, for a twnety minute ride each way. Its a great way to go out during the day, and then a great view coming back in the evening, when you get fantastic views of the whole harbour.
Jorn Utzon has been recoganized as the designer of Opera House - look on the photo. It says
"after 3 years of intensive search for a basic geometry for the shell complex I arrived in October 1961 at the spherical solution shown here.
I call this my "key to shells" because it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass production, percision in manifacture and simple erection and with this geometrical system I attain full harmony between all shapes in the fantastic complex."
If you're either wanting to see an Opera (of course, with natural accustics - hence, no microphones or speakers) or take a stroll around the Opera House, well, it's one of those "must things to do" whilst in Sydney. There are beautiful views of the harbour as well.
Sydney Opera House is one of the architectural wonders of the world, the best known building of the 20th century with its design and construction involving countless innovative design ideas and construction techniques.
The Opera House covers 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land. It is 183 metres (605 feet) long and about 120 metres (388 feet) wide at its widest point. It is supported on 580 concrete piers sunk up to 25 metres below sea level. Its power supply is equivalent for a town of 25,000 people. The power is distributed by 645 kilometres of electrical cable.
Also The Sydney Opera House has been nominated in an election to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World
THE OPERA HOUSE MUST BE FOR MOST PEOPLE THE REAL ICON OF SYDNEY.
WHEN YOU SEE THIS STUNNING BUILDING YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED IN THIS GREAT CITY.
SO AFTER MARVELING AT IT FROM THE OUTSIDE WHY NOT TAKE A LOOK FROM THE INSIDE WITH A TOUR OF THE BUILDING. WE DID THE FRONT OF HOUSE TOUR, A TOUR THAT LASTS ABOUT AN HOUR.THESE TOURS RUN EVERY HALF HOUR STARTING AT 9AM THROUGH TO 5PM.
PRICES ARE $20. YOU CAN ALSO DO A BACKSTAGE TOUR WHICH LASTS 2 HOURS STARTING AT 7AM AND INCLUDES BREAKFAST. THIS COSTS $140 PER PERSON. AUS DOLLERS.
WE BOUGHT OUR TICKETS AT THE BOX OFFICE AND JOINED A GROUP OF ABOUT 15 PEOPLE FOR OUR TOUR. I THINK IT IS GOOD TO SEE AROUND THIS GREAT BUILDING PLUS THE GUIDE TELLS YOU LOADS OF THINGS OF INTEREST ABOUT THE PLACE. WE GOT TO SEE 3 OF THE 5 THEATRES YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS AT SOME POINTS BUT NOT IN THE CONCERT HALL. YOUR GUIDE WILL TELL YOU WHEN YOU CAN TAKE PICS AND WHEN YOU CANT.
OUR GUIDE REALLY ADDED TO THE ENJOYMENT OF THIS TOUR AS SHE SEEMED TO REALLY ENJOY THE PLACE AND TOOK DELIGHT IN TELLING YOU ALL ABOUT IT, THIS REALLY HELPS IF A GUIDE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT HE OR SHE IS DOING.
SO ALL IN ALL I THINK A TOUR AROUND THE OPERA HOUSE IS A REAL MUST DO WHILE YOU'RE IN SYDNEY...SEEING THE MAIN CONCERT HALL IS SOMETHING NOT TO BE MISSED.
You can get a great view of the Opera House from several different points in the harbor, but I really recommend taking a trip to see it up close. I also took their guided tour, which takes you inside each of the performance areas and is definitely worth the price of the ticket.
I have been all over Australia and there is an incredible amount to do. We snorkled off the Barrier Reef and drank wine in the Barross Valley. Sydney Harbour is a must.
Go for it - it's a long way from the UK but you will regret it if you dont do it!
No trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to the Opera house. We took a guided tour of John Utzon's masterpiece. The tour left every 30 minutes and lasted for 1 hour. The tour went to the two main concert halls, plus one of the smaller theaters. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and was able to answer all our questions.
$26 per adult
$23 per adult if booked online
If you book online for an early tour (9 am, 9:30 am and 10 am), the price goes down to $16
There is also a box office right at the Opera House, so you can book operas and concerts for after the tour. There are 3 different operas a week plus plays and other events.