Things To Do: Visit The Opera House In Sydney
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“The sun did not know how beautiful its light was until it was reflected off the Sydney Opera House.” Louis Khan, an American architect, once said, but if it weren’t him, someone else would have definitely done it. The dazzling white shells of the building contrast with the azure waters of the Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House has a naturalistic design that looks like an ancient shell remnant. Water surrounds the construction on three sides, creating the illusion that the billowing sails of the Opera float on the sea. It’s the most-visited tourist attraction in the country (over 10 million people walking through its doors) and one of the busiest performing arts centres in Australia. Located on Bennelong Point, on a strip of land protruding from the nearby harbour, this UNESCO World Heritage site has become synonymous with Australia itself.
Interesting facts about the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House incorporates a complex of roofs looking like huge shells that blend perfectly with the harbour located nearby. The blue waters of the Sydney Harbour surround it on three sides, and the Royal Botanic Garden flanks it on the south side. The Opera building includes theatres, studios, reception rooms, a concert hall, a restaurant, and an open-air forecourt offering sights of the harbour and city.
But you can discover all these things on Opera’s official website. So, let us share some exciting facts that can make your visit more fruitful.
– The Lunar New Year is celebrated annually at the Opera House with the wings lit in red, Mandarin tours, and Lunar Lanterns.
– Joe Bertony, one of the engineers of the building, was a French spy-turned engineer who handwrote 30,000 equations to find the perfect erection arch to hold the sails in place.
– 1 million roof tiles fabricated in Sweden cover the structure.
– The room temperature must be 22.5 degrees when the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is on stage in the Concert Hall for the instruments to stay in tune.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger won his final Mr Olympia bodybuilding title at the Opera House in Sydney.
Where is the Sydney Opera House located?
If you visit Sydney, you can find the Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000.
Do you have to pay an entrance fee?
There is no entrance fee if you want to visit the main building, but you may have to pay for a ticket to attend one of the shows at the Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House Tour Rate: AU$ 30 (per person), or VIP Guided tour AU$ 175 (per person).
Opening hours: 9am – 8:30pm (Monday to Saturday), 9am – 5pm (Sunday or later if performance is scheduled)
You can have a tour daily from 9 am to 5 pm. English tours are available every 15 minutes to 30 minutes, daily except for Christmas and Easter’s Good Friday.
The Sydney Opera House Language Tour program offers Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, and German tours.
– Mandarin: Daily at 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm.
– Japanese: Daily at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
– Korean: Daily at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm.
– Spanish: Only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3 pm.
– French: Only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 am.
– German: Daily at 11 am.
If you want to visit the Opera in a crowd-free setting, early mornings and late evenings are the ideal times of the day.
How to Get to the Opera House in Sydney?
You can reach the Sydney Opera House by public transport (train, bus, ferry) to Circular Quay and then a 6-minute walk. The Circular Quay has three metro lines T2, T3, and T8. You should know that the Sydney Opera House Car Park Wilson parking manages the public Sydney Opera Car Park located at 2 Macquarie Street if you drive by car. The car park is open 24/7 and has 1,200 parking bays.
Tourist Spots Nearby
If you want to visit other places nearby the Opera, here are some recommendations.
– Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Where can you eat near the Opera House in Sydney?
If you want to eat a delicious meal before or after a tour, here are some recommendations.
– Opera Bar on the Lower Cancourse level
– Opera Kitchen on the Lower Cancourse level
– Café Sydney 5 Sydney Customs House, 31 Alfred St.