The Sydney opera house is probably one of the most iconic buildings in the world! Who has not seen the iconic images of the unique building at Sydney’s harbour?
If you have never seen this building up close, then you probably have never realized how crazy it looks! I for example always thought it was 1 large building, but there are instead 4 separate buildings! The mind is blown, right?
The other week on a lovely sunny autumn day, I took my fancy pants DSLR camera to Circular Quay and took some pictures of this building up close! Curious what it looks like then read on….
The opera house can be found on Bennelong Point at Sydney’s harbour. The Sydney Opera House, and as the name might suggest, is a multi-venue performing arts centre which draws in over 8.2 million visitors every year.
Its unique design arched roof is covered with more than 1 million tiles (1,056,006 to be exact). It took more than 10,000 workers to build the Opera House. The building itself took 14 years and 3 specially designed cranes had to be built in order to construct the giant shells that give the Opera house its distinct shape. It was also one of the very first buildings to use a computerized structural design programme. Originally estimated to cost $7 million, this ambitious project actually cost $102 million (eeekk ) but I think it was well worth the cost.
It was opened by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II on the 20th of October 1973 and they haven’t looked back ever since.
EXPLORING THE BUILDING FROM THE OUTSIDE
Pretty much the second you walk into Circular Quay (The main ferry terminal in the city) you will be able to see this beauty. Walk to the right to get closer or walk to the left to take a picture from the other side of the harbour. Unfortunately, cruise ships often dock on that side, blocking the view. This is what happened when I was there, so I immediately walked up to the building.
Once you get up close to the building you can actually see all the individual tiles that have been placed on the roof of this building. When you stand further back, you would not notice this.
So make sure to scale the steps in front of the building to check out this masterpiece.
HOW TO SEE THIS BUILDING FROM THE INSIDE
Now that you have seen this beautiful building up close you might be wondering what it would take to get inside this building. You can’t actually just walk in, can you imagine the chaos that would occur. Underneath are some options for you if you wish to see it:
TAKE A TOUR
Dive right into the Opera House experience and get set up with an expert guide to give you an inside look at the Sydney Opera House. The tour will explain how the construction went and what it entailed to complete it. You will also get a look at the interior of the multiple concert halls within the Opera House is often unseen by the average tourist. It is pretty cool and very informative, so if you have time I suggest you join one of the tours.
GO TO A SHOW
Another, pretty obvious way of getting a glimpse from the inside seeing an actual show at the Sydney Opera House is one of the most memorable ways to experience it. And although you might not know it by the name, the Opera House hosts more than just operas.
A wide range of incredible Broadway shows, concerts, symphony orchestras and more ensure that you won’t miss an opportunity to sit in on one of the most incredible live venues in the world.
GRAB A BITE TO EAT
Lastly, you can grab a table at Bennelong, the Opera House’s premier restaurant. With world-class chefs and therefore delicious food, there is no better way to make your Opera House experience special.
Tables inside this airy space face out on to the Sydney Harbour and city-skyline for a view that will never get boring.
As you can imagine, the price tag on a dinner with a view like that does not come cheap, so make sure you top up your credit card.
SEE IT ALL LIGHT UP | VIVID SYDNEY
If you are in Sydney during winter then you will be lucky enough that you get to see The Opera House during Vivid. Vivid is an amazing light festival that is held once a year. Throughout the city, there are buildings lit up with colourful projects. It is a stunning sight to see and truly worth travelling to Sydney for. This festival is held in May-June.
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