Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House- Being one of the most famous performing arts venue in the world, Sydney Opera House is Australia's major tourist destination. Its strikingly unique, expressionist modern architecture attracts tourists to Sydney.

The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House - an icon of Australiana that it almost seems kitsch, is just a short stroll from Circular Quay, by the water's edge on Bennelong Point. Despite its familiarity, or perhaps precisely because you already feel you know it so well, it's quite breathtaking at first sight.The shimmering effect is created by thousands of white tiles carefully fitted together to cover the sails.

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Now almost universally loved and admired, it's hard to believe quite how controversial a project this was during its long haul from plan, For sixteen years, construction was plagued by quarrels and scandal, so much so that the Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, who won the competition, was forced to resign in 1966 after nine years of working on the project. The building is particularly stunning when floodlit and, once you're inside, the huge windows come into their own as the dark harbour waters reflect a lustrous image of the night-time city - interval drinks certainly aren't like this anywhere else.

Guided tours

Guided tours are designed to give you select access to the very pulse of the House. Knowledgeable guides will take you on a fascinating journey through the extraordinary history, breathtaking architecture and unseen workings of its daily life.

The Sound of Music

There are six major symphony orchestras, several world-class choirs and opera companies. The Concert Hall is the Sydney Opera House's biggest venue, seating 2,679 people. This concert Hall is used for symphony concerts, chamber music, opera and dance, a smaller Opera Theatre for opera, ballet and dance, and two theatres, the Drama Theatre and the Playhouse, plus restaurants, bars, a cinema, an Aboriginal artists' gallery.

Writers' Walk

For intellectual stimulation, you need only look beneath your feet as you stroll along Circular Quay: the inscribed bronze pavement plaques of Writers' Walk provide an introduction to the Australian literary canon. There are short biographies of writers ranging from Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career, Booker Prize winner Peter Carey and Noble Prize awardee Patrick White, to the feminist Germaine Greer, as well asquotable quotes on what it means to be Australian. Notable literati who've visited Australia also feature: Joseph Conrad, Charles Darwin and Mark Twain.

Around the Opera House

At the southern end of Sydney Cove, sandwiched between Sydney's first settlement, The Rocks, and its modern emblem, the Opera House, Circular Quay is the launching pad for harbour and river ferries and sightseeing cruises. Less attractively, it's also the terminal for buses from the eastern and southern suburbs, and a major suburban train station to boot, with the ugly 1970s Cahill Expressway also spoiling the views. Always bustling with commuters during the week, "The Quay", as the locals call it, is crammed with people simply out to enjoy themselves at the weekend.

Food, Fun and Gifts

The tourists to the Sydney Opera House and patrons of its performances will find half-a-dozen eating outlets, ranging from formal dining to casual cafes. And for souvenirs or gifts, there are shops on the lower concourse and outlets inside the complex and loads of fun one can get at the Sydney Opera House.

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