- Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing, Tours Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the sailboat-inspired structure – submitted during an international design contest held in 1956 – features more than one million tiles on its four roof shells and six theater and music venues with top-notch acoustics. Bold purple carpeting and sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge also await visitors in the Sydney Opera House's foyer, while a picturesque boardwalk – complete with a trendy bar – sits outside.
While watching a music concert or opera performance is a must for those willing to splurge during their visit, a more affordable option that many visitors recommend is one of the Opera House's two tours. Offered daily (select event days excluded) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the main tour takes travelers on a one-hour walkthrough of the iconic Sydney structure. Another tour option is the backstage tour, which is offered at 7 a.m. and includes breakfast and a two-hour behind-the-scenes look at the property's various venues.
Standard tours at the Sydney Opera House are held in a variety of languages and cost AU$37 (about $27) for adults and AU$20 ($15) for children. Family tickets, which include two adults and two children, cost AU$95 ($70), and discounted tickets are offered for seniors and students 16 and older. Tickets for The Backstage Tour will run each person AU$165 (or roughly $120). A basic tour, however, is included for visitors with an iVenture Card. Property amenities include restrooms, four eateries, multiple bars and an on-site gift shop. The Opera House also has a parking lot (hourly fee applies). For more information about policies, productions and amenities, visit the Opera House's website.
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