The dramatic history of the design, engineering and construction of Australia’s most famous building is worthy of an opera. Learn all about it on a daily tour that takes you into the various auditoriums, and reveals fascinating trivia. Better yet, with around 2500 performances a year, book a ticket to see a show. The opera house is the most visited attraction in the country, and for a building that opened ten years behind schedule and 1357% over budget, it never fails to inspire awe and wonder.
Length of Trip : The main tour lasts one hour, although there are longer tours.
Best time to go : Tours operate all year round
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes, children under 5 years are free of charge
Where to eat :
We recommend some of the great restaurants around Darling Harbour.
Braza is a Brazilian steakhouse at its finest, and the capirinha is tremendous. Great hospitality and people.
For a more sophisticated gourmet experience, we highly recommend Cafe Del Mar and their explosive chocolate dessert.
And finally, because we are a family of BBQ lovers, we couldn't miss the melt-in-your mouth ribs and South African flavours of Hurricanes Grill.
Official Site :
The Sydney Opera House
Where to Stay :
When in Sydney, we recommend staying in the spacious, serviced apartments of our partner, the historic Oaks Goldsbrough. Located in Darling Harbour, it has easy access to restaurants and the famous Darling Harbour walkway.
Getting There :
The Sydney Opera House is a six-minute walk to Circular Quay which is regularly served by public buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay. Wilson Parking’s Sydney Opera House Car Park has 1,200 parking bays and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse. Like so many things in Sydney, parking is pricey so consider public transport or Uber.
Note from Robin :
Did you know:
The Opera House roof is covered with over one million Swedish-made tiles, covering 1.62 hectares
35 kilometres of pipe use seawater pumped by the harbour to circulate cold water around the building, maintaining the temperature
The Concert Hall must be kept at 22.5°C to ensure orchestra instruments remain in tune
The Grand Organ in the Concert Hall is the world’s largest mechanical organ, with over ten thousand pipes
If laid end-to-end, the tension cable used during construction would reach Canberra
The highest roof shell towers 67-metres above sea level, the equivalent of a 22-story building
Two million people will watch a performance at the Sydney Opera House each year, and two hundred thousand will take a guided tour