Bennelong Point,
Sydney Harbour,

Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous theatres in the world which has become the icon of Australia. It is renowned for its modern design in the shape of huge concrete shells and it is situated on an enclave between Sydney Harbour and the sea. It is the best place to go if you want to see an opera, listen to an open-air concert or watch the coming and going at the harbour while enjoying a cocktail at one of the outdoor bars.

The building was built between 1959 and 1973 by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. There are more than 1,500 theatre performances held at the Sydney Opera House each year, such as classical music, ballet and rock shows. The Opera Australia, Australian Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company are all based in the Sydney Opera House and it is also used by other touring companies.

You can visit the theatre and see the five auditoriums where the performances take place, but if you want to discover the building in more detail, you should take a guided visit which will let you explore the backstage area and the Concert Hall where the likes of Pavarotti and Michael Bublé have performed. There is a special package which enables you to enjoy a guided visit, a theatre production and a candlelit dinner at the Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant in the building. Apart from the theatres, Sydney Opera House has restaurants, souvenir shops and bars.

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