The Sydney Opera House has become one of the most recognised buildings in the world and is fondly known for its beautiful curved white "sails". Conceived by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the design features more than one million patterned white tiles. Initially, the build was projected to cost $7 million and open in 1963 but, when it was finally completed a decade later, it ended cost a whopping $102 million! Two-hour Backstage Tours depart at 7am and give guests the opportunity to access all areas before enjoying a full-cooked breakfast in the Green Room. Today, the Sydney Opera House hosts a variety of world-class performances by The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and Opera Australia. For tickets contact the Box Office on (02) 9250 7777. The Kids at the House program offers a detailed schedule of shows and activities for a wide variety of ages.
Right on the water’s edge at Bennelong Point, the Sydney Opera House is easily accessible via bus, train or ferry to Circular Quay. The adjacent Royal Botanic Gardens offer a tranquil escape for the hustle and bustle of the city – a picnic here is a quintessential Sydney experience.
Bennelong Point, Sydney; (02) 9250 7777
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