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Sydney Opera House
Australia's most recognizable landmark

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an iconic performing-arts venue located in Circular Quay in New South Wales. The Opera House is one of the most recognizable structures of the 20th century and instantly associated with Australia thanks to its feature in blockbuster movies.

The Opera House is adjacent to the central business district, upscale hotels, and cruise ship terminal. The venue is home to many concerts, plays, and performances throughout the year and is the centerpiece to the Vivid Sydney festival. Tours are free, and tickets to performances priced individually.

The gentle curves and design of the structure [sort of] resemble Sonic the Hedgehog in the land down under. The roof is made up of thousands of small, glazed ceramic tiles to reflect the harsh Australian summer sun.

While it is a hugely popular tourist attraction, the natural beauty of this landmark is worth visiting even if you hate crowds. No matter where you are in the harbor area, the views of the Opera House are spectacular.

If you’re looking to snap some jealousy-inspiring photos, Dawes Point Park, Hickson Road Reserve, and Luna Park have excellent vantage points to capture some fantastic images.

Visiting just before dawn and catching the sunrise behind the opera house is a great way to maximize the beauty of this iconic destination without the clusterfuck of tourists during the day.

Interested in visiting Sydney Opera House? Travel Blogger and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN Sean Brown has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help make your trip a breeze.

What is the closest airport to Sydney Opera House?

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is the closest airport. It is approximately 20-30 minutes by car.

What is the local currency at Sydney Opera House?

Australia Dollar (AUD) is the local currency and accepted for tickets.

Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Latitude: -33.856536

Longitude: 151.214996

Telephone: +61 2 9250 7111


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