The Opera House is now the most famous landmark in Sydney, an eye-catching structure unlike any other that I have ever seen! This building has a history of its own, including the fact that it took 16 years to build! Following a world-wide design competition, the winning design was selected and the NSW government decided that construction should start immediately - in 1957. The problem was, the designer had not yet fully completed the details but this did not stop the politicians! This, combined with subsequent government imposed design changes and the technical difficulties of actually building this new style of construction, led to innumerable delays. The original designer was forced to resign in 1966 and construction went on for another 7 years until the complex was completed in 1973. This was originally to be a Performing Arts Complex (and still is) but the name 'Opera House' stuck to it early on. The building has been a great success and today is the busiest performing arts theatre in the world with 3000 events and an audience of 2 million people per year.
Obviously, the Opera House, the icon of Sydney, is the main attraction of the city. This beautifully and uniquely shaped building is the only one of its own in the world. Other attractions are concentrated around this area. With the adjacent harbour amd Harbour Bridge, the view is most spectacular from the area of Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Melbourne is a Garden City with beautiful parks. Get to Great Ocean Road to view the beautiful rock formations on the sea like the Twelve Apostles.
The Sydney Opera House is a very beautiful and ever so unique building. It is a shame that I just saw it being vandalized by a bunch of punks that painted "NO WAR" on it's exterior. I am neither supporting or opposing war, but it just isn't the place to do something so stupid like that, we should all be mature. Anyway, the Opera House is covered in these shiny white tiles that make it look like the Space Shuttle, take a close look while there.
A walk through Sydney is a great way to see the sights and hear the sounds of this wonderful city. You can check out my travelogue on the main page if you want to see my detailed walk through Sydney, or you could just go wherever you want to go. Start with lunch at Leni Park followed by a long walk along the waterfront to the Sydney Opera House, check it out on your way thru the Circular Quay, head down to the Rocks, get some good views of the Sydney Bridge before heading downtown. Check out all of the modern architecture on your way to the parliament house. After a tour, go opal shopping in one of the many jewelry stores downtown. Finish your evening off with dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood.
I'd definately suggest seeing the Opera House of course, go take a tour, I found it quite interesting. You will get the chance to tour the inside of the opera house, see the chambers in which performances are put on, possibly catch a practice run or show, as well as go out on the roof and balconies to see how the place was built. I'm pretty sure you can arrange the tours at the opera house tour office, it's in the circular quay.
If you are in Sydney for the first time, you have to go and see the Opera House. It would be like not going to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Even if you are totally set against doing the standard tourist thing, go and see it just for the architecture.
You should definatly try to see a gala or such like at the Sydney Opera House. I went and it was amazing. If you don't go in at least go see the building although it would be hard not to if you are visiting Sydney.
Sydney Opera House one of the world most famous landmark, is a 'Must See' during your tour to Sydney. Since its official opening by Queen Elizaberth II in year 1973, Sydney Opera House received thousand of visitors every day.
the Opera House is one of the most recognisable sights of Sydney. Built in 1973 this building was designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon and contains a theatre, concert hall, bars, restaurants and gift shops. You can enjoy the beautiful architecture by walking around on your own, or you can join a tour.
The Opera House
It cost the Australians so much that the least you can do is go and see it.
Jokes aside, it is a very interesting construction under any angle. No wonder it is the symbol the world associate with Sydney.
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A wonderful building, with sensational design. I walked around and around and around in circles when I first saw it, the photographs simply don't do it justice. I know people who frequently go to the Opera and other such performances there - it's apparently wonderful. Do try to get tickets to see something there... you won't regret it.
There is a lot more to the Opera House than opera. Once you've taken this famous building's photography, enjoy a guided tour and performance before visiting one of the restaurants or retail outlets.
The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish Architect Joern Utzon and completed in 1973. Although called the Sydney Opera House it is really a performing arts centre with a Concert Hall, Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre Playhouse, The Studio, Reception Hall, a Library with archival material Dressing Rooms, Rehearsal Studios, Restaurants and Foyer Bars.
Daily Tours departure point: Lower Concourse and begin approximately every 30 minutes and last for around 50 minutes. All tours are conducted in English. Souvenir colour brochures, printed in 8 different languages are also available.