Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales © Tourism Australia
5 epic ways to experience the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is turning 50, so here are five unforgettable ways to tick this icon off your bucket list.
By Leah Dobihal
When it comes to iconic performance venues, the Sydney Opera House is high on the list. Take a seat in the Concert Hall, one of the world’s most sought-after performance spaces, and marvel at the intricate ceiling and grand stage. The Opera House hosts all types of performing art. Comedy, opera, dance, musical theatre and more – the choice is yours.
The Sydney Opera House sits on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people. Meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the Gadigal people, Badu Gili is a nightly event that sees a spectacular projection light up the white walls (also called 'sails') of the iconic venue. Grab the best view from the top of the Monumental Steps and watch Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories brought to life.
We’re not sure which is better at Bennelong – the exceptional menu or the jaw-dropping view. The restaurant is housed within the sails of the Sydney Opera House and champions distinctly Australian flavours (think mud crab and finger lime). Dining alongside the sparkling harbour only adds to the refined ambience.
What you see on stage is only half the story. The Sydney Opera House offers a range of tours that bring you behind the scenes of the venue’s history, architecture and show production. True theatre enthusiasts can even land a walk-on role to experience opera from the performer’s perspective. Don a custom-fitted costume and step into the spotlight for one unforgettable night.
Boasting some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, the Sydney Opera House doesn’t have a bad angle. Seek out unique vantage points on an adventure tour with epic views. Take a seaplane over the harbour to spot not only the Opera House but the Sydney Harbour Bridge and city skyline as well. A kayak tour will have you paddling up close for a spectacular view. Whichever tour you choose, it’s bound to create a bucket list memory.