Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is Australia's leading performing arts centre.

In the 1950's a young Danish architect created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour and changed the course of twentieth-century architecture.

The magic of the building, the political intrigue, the real-life drama's that go on behind the curtain... These stories and more are being shared with more than 250,000 visitors each year on our Guided Tours.

A building that changed the image of an entire country

Fusing ancient and modernist influences, and situated on a site sacred to the Gadigal people for thousands of years, the sculptural elegance of the Sydney Opera House has made it one of the symbols of twentieth century architecture - a building that, to quote US architect Frank Gehry, "changed the image of an entire country."

World Heritage

“Sydney Opera House stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind” (International Council).

On 28 June 2007 the Sydney Opera House was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List under the World Heritage Convention, placing it as one of the most outstanding places on Earth.


The Sydney Opera House meets its target to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral.

Officials at the Sydney Opera House have been working to increase its energy efficiency and decrease its waste for the past decade. In 2014 it replaced incandescent bulbs in the Concert Hall with custom LED lights to achieve a 75 per cent reduction in the venue’s electricity consumption.

In 2017 it introduced a new building management control system to monitor energy and water use and manage climate control. It also optimised the heating and cooling of the building by replacing chiller units connected to the Opera House’s pioneering seawater cooling system in that same year, resulting in a 9 per cent energy reduction.

By becoming more energy efficient and streamlining day-today operations, it reduced its carbon dioxide emissions, and offset its remaining emissions for the year 2017-18 with help from its major partner EnergyAustralia.

Each year the Opera House hosts 1800 events, serves 2.6 million food and beverage orders �' producing 5000 cubic metres of waste and uses electricity equivalent to 2500 households (16 gigawatts). A new waste management program, including the introduction of new recycling streams and transferring food waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill to an organics facility to be turned into energy last year, improved the waste recycling rate from 25 per cent to 60 per cent. An educational program on waste management for staff and contractors also helped reduce waste.


+ Sydney Opera House presents
+ Opera Australia
+ Sydney Symphony
+ Sydney Theatre Company
+ The Australian Ballet


+ Australian Chamber Orchestra
+ Bangarra Dance Company
+ Sydney Dance Company
+ Sydney Festival
+ Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
+ The Bell Shakespeare Company

Tours | Viator

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour
Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour
Sydney Opera House Australian Ballet Dinner Package
Sydney Opera House Opera Australia Dinner Package
Sydney Opera House Sydney Symphony Orchestra Dinner Package

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 1 Macquarie Street Sydney New South Wales 2000 | Map
 Telephone: +61 2 9250 7111 | Tickets +61 2 9250 7777

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