Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia's most impressive architecturally designed buildings.


  • The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Sydney landmark
  • Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney Harbour
  • Approximately 14 years to build
  • The Opera House opened 20 Oct 1973
  • Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
  • World Heritage Listed in June 2007
  • Design – Modern Expressionist
  • Designed by Denmark’s Jørn Utzon
  • World-class Performing Arts Centre – Housing several venues
  • The Shells are precast concrete
  • Each semisphere section has the same radius
  • Roof covering – Over 1 million tiles
  • Tile colour: white and matte cream coloured tiles
  • Building area = 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres)
  • Length = 183m (600 ft)
  • Width = 130m (393 ft)


Sydney Opera House Venues include:


The Concert Hall2,679 seats
The world’s largest known mechanical action organ
  - 10,154 pipes
  -  200 pipe ranks 
  - 131 speaking stops
concert platform
  - 14m to 17m wide x 11m deep


Sydney Symphony
Australian Chamber Orchestra
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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

The Opera Theatre1,507 seats
Proscenium arch lyric theatre
Orchestra pit


Opera Australia
The Australian Ballet
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The Drama Theatre544 seats
19 rows
Medium sized proscenium arch theatre


Sydney Theatre Company
Bangarra Dance Theatre
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Bell Shakespeare

The Playhouse398 seats
17 rows
End-stage theatre
Single-set productions
Musical and dramatic productions


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Bell Shakespeare

The StudioContemporary performing arts venue
Seating capacity 220 – 350
Small theatrical productions Spoken word presentations
Floor area ~ 15m x 15m


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The Utzon RoomInterior designed by Jørn Utzon
Natural timbers and finishes
Multi-purpose venue
dinners, seminars, meetings, cocktail parties, chamber music performances, receptions
Maximum 210 seats (in theatre style)


Sydney Opera House Presents

The ForecourtOpen-air venue
Granite cobblestone surface
Monumental Steps
Natural amphitheatre seating


Getting Round

  • The Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point and is around a 5-7 minute walk from Circular Quay station and ferry terminal.
  • City Circle trains run regularly throughout the day every 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Ferries arrive at Circular Quay from Parramatta, North Sydney and the Northern Beaches areas.
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