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Welcome to Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world.  It was named as a world heritage site in July 2007.  You can see a performance or just take a tour behind the scenes however it is unlikely you will be allowed onto the roof like Billy Connolly was! You can walk along the paths, which lead you back towards the city centre through the Botanic Gardens.

The complex consists of a massive Concert Hall that seats more than 2,500 people and has the finest acoustics in the world; a smaller Opera Theatre, also used for ballet performances; a Drama Theatre, seating about 500 people; the smaller Playhouse; and the Boardwalk dance and music venue. The building, designed by Joørn Utzon, was completed in 1973 and cost over A$100 million, most of which was raised with a series of national lotteries. There was so much controversy involved in its construction that the Danish architect returned home without ever seeing his finished product. Free performances of various types are given outside on the boardwalks around the Opera House on Sunday afternoons.

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Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbour


Guided tour: A$35 (adults). Other concessions are available.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Opening Times

Guided tours operate daily from 9am to 5pm (one hour); Box office is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 8.30pm, and on Sundays for two hours before the scheduled performance time

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