Whether you’re a tourist or a local, here are five different ways to experience the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon’s architectural marvel in the heart of NSW’s iconic harbour.

Sit beneath the sails

Bennelong restaurant, Sydney Opera House

World-famous attractions and great dining rarely share space but at Sydney’s Bennelong – right under the soaring sails of the Opera House – the food is as acclaimed as the building in which it’s served. Until December 20, the fine-diner will host performances by musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra as part of Bennelong Ensembles. Call it the ultimate sensory experience.

Drift by it

The crew of the 54-metre Mischief, the country’s largest charter superyacht, will pick you and 19 friends up at Rose Bay and serve canapés and champagne as you sail past the harbour’s most famous spots. Make sure to book for late afternoon when the sun fades and night draws in.

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Sleep across the water

Book a room at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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The two-bedroom suite at the Park Hyatt offers front-row views of Australia’s best-known structure, whether you’re in the state-of-the-art kitchen, sprawling living room, sumptuous bedroom or on the private outdoor terrace.

Sneak behind the scenes

Take a Backstage Tour and see the Opera House as the performers do, including peeks into the orchestra pits and dressing rooms before a lavish breakfast in The Green Room. Head back later that night for a performance by the Australian Ballet or Opera Australia (when they resume performances in 2021) in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, which had its entire acoustic system overhauled in 2017 to maximise the richness of the sound. Sit in the middle seats in rows D to H of the stalls for the prime views.

Peer down from above

As the sun sets, order a bottle of the 2009 Dom Pérignon and see the arc of the sails from a window seat at the Blu Bar, located on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Top image credit: Samantha Oakey

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