Sydney Opera House

The word iconic is overused, but not when it comes to the harbour city’s crowning glory.
Tamsin Salfrais
Published on January 30, 2015


Sitting right on the harbour, the Sydney Opera House is arguably one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, then later Peter Hall, the Opera House today holds six performance venues. You'll find large concerts and theatre performances in the large Concert Hall, while small chamber music sessions and lectures take place in the 200-seat Utzon Room. There is more than just the world-class opera productions on stage here, to say the least.

Within this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll also find four restaurants. There are the two al fresco spots, Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen, both serving up everything from seafood to sirloin alongside harbour views; pre-theatre diner Portside, located on the Western Boardwalk; and lauded fine diner Bennelong under the House's sails, with a menu by one of the country's most celebrated chefs, Peter Gilmore. There are also a selection of theatre bars and an on-site cafe.


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