Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a highlight of any city tour or harbor cruise but is well worth an up-close look. It’s best to explore as part of a tour, either walking options focusing on history and architecture, or access packages heading backstage to concert halls, green rooms, and studios that are usually off-limits.
Given that the opera house is a functioning performance venue, visitors can also attend a show. Try pairing a theater performance with dinner as part of an evening package, or dine along the waterfront before a night of ballet.
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Things to know before you go
Public areas are wheelchair-accessible. Limited accessible show seating is available with advance booking.
Tickets for tours and events often sell out—it’s best to book in advance.
Travelers can access the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers and performance spaces on guided tours.
The Opera House complex contains restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, and outdoor plazas.
How to get there
Located on Bennelong Point at the waters of Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, the Sydney Opera House is just a few minutes’ walk from Circular Quay and its ferries, trains, and buses. The site is also easy to spot from around Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
When to get there
Shows and performances run year-round at the Opera House, and with more than 2,500 of them taking place each year, you’re likely to find one during your visit. For a special experience, time your trip for the Vivid Sydney Festival, when colorful light displays illuminate the Opera House exterior becomes.
Sydney Harbour attractions
Although the Sydney Opera House is the most recognizable Sydney Harbour attraction, there are many others to visit. Don't miss the Circular Quay, from where ferries depart for various Sydney destinations; climb atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge from some truly bird's-eye, panoramic views; or take a dip in the waters off Sydney Harbour's many beaches.
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