Exploring the Sydney Opera House

The photogenic Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings of the southern hemisphere, if not the world. Its sail-like shells and its beautiful location on Sydney Harbour make it a key destination for tourists visiting Australia; it has even been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2007. Unfortunately, many tourists just stop for a snapshot outside the building, not knowing how much there is to explore inside.

In fact, the Sydney Opera House includes a number of performance venues, including the concert hall, the opera theater, the drama theater and the playhouse, among others. One of the best ways to enjoy the Opera House is to get a ticket to a performance being held in one of these venues, and you can always get last-minute tickets at the counter just inside the foyer of the building.

If you want to do something during the day, then I highly recommend a tour of the Opera House. The two main tours are the Essential Tour and the Backstage Tour; the first is an hour-long guided tour including at least one of the venues (depending on what’s being set up at the time); the Backstage Tour starts early and includes breakfast in the Green Room, a limit of just eight people per tour and a two-hour exploration of the building.
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