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The Sydney Opera House - Australia

Updated on February 3, 2015

Entrance to Sydney Opera House

 Sydney Opera House Entrance
Sydney Opera House Entrance

Sydney Opera House History

The Sydney Opera House was built during the years 1957 - 1973. The architect who designed this majestic building was Denmark’s Jørn Utzonis who died in Copenhagen in November 2008 aged 90 years.

Jørn Utzonis recognised the unique location at Bennelong Point where the Opera House would stand, and took great care to provide an equally unique building that would come to be admired the world over.

It has become one of Australias most recognised and famous landmarks and is host to many thousands of visitors on a weekly basis. It is of course, as the name suggests, home to world-class performing artists from not only Australia, but also from around the world. Thousands flock to the area to take in the glorious views, enjoy a show, and marvel at this truly amazing structure.

In years gone by the land on which the Opera House was built and now stands, was originally a small island which was separate to the mainland at high tide. It was covered in discarded oyster shells which were the by product of gathering food by the local Aboriginal people.

Later, during the 1790's as European settlers arrived on Australias shores, it became known as Bennelong Point after a local Aboriginal man who was captured by the British settlers and put to work as a go-between to communicate messages from the government to his people and vice versa. His name was Bennelong and he was able to convince the Governor to build him a brick hut on the site, and to this day it is known as Bennelong Point.

The design and building of this remarkable landmark was fraught with opposition, ridicule, debate, conflict and antagonism from day one. Some people liked the design very much and others absolutely loathed it. There were heated debates on every street corner it seemed. Neighbours argued between themselves and newspapers ran articles that fueled the discontent.

The design and construction diveded the cities inhabitants, with fierce support or condemdation being the order of the day. Looking back, it is indeed a wonder that it was ever finished! Read the full detailed history of the Sydney Opera House

3D Sydney Opera House Puzzle Model

Model of Sydney Opera House
Model of Sydney Opera House
The Bangarra Dance Theatre regularly perform at the Opera House
The Bangarra Dance Theatre regularly perform at the Opera House

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the indigenous Eora people, and pay our respects to the elders both past, present and future, for they hold the memories, culture, traditions and hopes of Aboriginal Australia.

The land on which the Sydney Opera House sits today, was once known as Tubowghule. We must always remember that under the concrete and asphalt, this land is, was and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.

Harbourside Cafes and Restaurants

Cafes near Sydney Opera House
Cafes near Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House Forecourt

The giant sales of the Sydney Opera House are cloaked in tiles
The giant sales of the Sydney Opera House are cloaked in tiles

The Sydney Opera House has 1,056,006 Tiles!

Some of the 1,056,006 gloss white tiles that cover the Sydney Opera House roof.
Some of the 1,056,006 gloss white tiles that cover the Sydney Opera House roof.

Major Tourist Attraction in Sydney

Tourist photos at Sydney Opera House.
Tourist photos at Sydney Opera House.

Map of Sydney Opera House

A helpful informative map stands at the entrance to the walkway along the harbour foreshore
A helpful informative map stands at the entrance to the walkway along the harbour foreshore

Sydney Harbour Bridge

A stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and Manly ferry, from the Sydney Opera House
A stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and Manly ferry, from the Sydney Opera House

What's On at the Sydney Opera House?

If you are in Sydney, even for a short while, you might like to take in a show at the Opera House. As they say, a visit to Sydney is not the same if you don't get to see a performance at the famous Opera House.

We recently went to see a theatrical dance group called 'Bangarra' who were simply amazing. The show was a sell out, and judging by the audience applause, everyone enjoyed the performance immensely. Bangarra is a highly professional Aboriginal Dance group who are well worth seeing if you have the opportunity. Their high level of creative dance is very entertaining.

There are always events on that will no doubt suit everyones taste, so be sure to take a look at What's On At the Opera House.

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Location of Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House, 2 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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    • CaravanDrifter profile image

      James Hamilton 2 years ago from Queensland

      Love sydney for a holiday, like the opera House, thets when I am not out bush :)

    • freecampingaussie profile image

      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      I lived in Sydney for a couple of years - used to meet up , buy fish n chips - bottle of Chardonnay & sit near the Opera House watching all the action. For a day out we would get a day pass for the ferries & go to Watsons Bay/Manly/ Balmain etc !