Sydney Opera House│100º in the Shade
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings, and it took 16 years to build. We arrived here on our third day in Sydney via one of the official Hop on Hop off Sydney sightseeing buses – Big Bus Tours. It was a staggering 100º F in Sydney on that day, and although we were definitely loving the incredible blue skies, we were FEELING THE HEAT!
Constructed of this iconic building happened between 1957 and 1973. It is a masterpiece of modern architectural design, engineering and construction technology. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than eight million people visit the site annually, and approximately 350,000 visitors take a guided tour of the building each year. Though its name suggests a single venue, the building actually comprises several performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centers in the world.
The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. And since we spent time exploring all of those areas, you can look forward to more on those soon!
Just below the Opera House, along the water’s edge, there are a number of bars, restaurants and plenty of seating. Of course, for the incredible views, you will be paying a higher than normal price for dishes, but it is definitely a nice place to sit down for a while.
The official Sydney Opera House website contains more info on restaurants, times, and events.