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About Sydney Opera House

Standing on the southern banks of Sydney Harbour, the great Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic urban landmarks in the world. Today, it draws in huge crowds of more than 1.2 million people each year, hosts thousands of performances between its eight separate theatres and studios, and hails as the home of the National Australian Ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera alike. Since opening in 1973 it’s not only risen to become one of the most prolific arts centers on the globe, but also a symbol of Sydney and Australia as a whole.

Today, the Sydney Opera House hosts an eclectic range of events. There are world-renowned dance troupes, international ballet competitions, conferences on climate change and geo-politics, retrospective exhibitions on iconic pop culture figures like David Bowie, musicals, stand-up comics, indigenous Australian music, opera and more. Add to that a medley of festivals throughout the year, like the World Orchestras Program (attracting some of the finest orchestras and ensembles on the planet) and the thought-provoking Festival of Dangerous Ideas, along with regular rooftop yoga sessions, multilingual tours and sunset viewings, and it’s easy to see why this one’s considered the premier venue of New South Wales!

Located right in the heart of downtown Sydney, the Opera House is accessible on light rail that stops at Circular Quay, by car via Macquarie Street, by water taxi directly, and by foot within just minutes from The Rocks district. There’s on-site underground parking and limited concourse parking out front for disabled visitors.

The Sydney Opera House was designed by the revered Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Displaying all of his trademark nuances, it’s famed for its almost organic appearance, with ascending arches of white ceramic roofs unfolding above the historic streets and lively quaysides of The Rocks district.

Construction on the project took 14 years in total. The process challenged everyone from engineers to designers, and was one of the first instances of computers being used in modern civil engineering. The creation of the interior Concert Hall and organ rooms even caused Utzon himself to resign from his position as project manager, and controversy ensued as to the capacity of the great interior showrooms, the function of the ancillary theatres and more. Later, Utzon was honoured with the Pritzker Prize and became one of only two living architects to see their work tagged a UNESCO World Heritage Site during their lifetime.

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InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney
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Sydney CBD, Sydney
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Superb, 9.1
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Featuring views of Sydney and Sydney Harbour, this luxury hotel is a short walk from Martin Place Railway Station. It is set in the area's popular nightlife district, about a five-minute walk from Circular Quay.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
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Sydney CBD, Sydney
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Set in the centre of Sydney, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a short walk from Circular Quay Railway Station, and just a few steps from local bars and eateries. It also features a gym, a sauna and a heated pool.

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney
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Sydney CBD, Sydney
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Superb, 9.1
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Displaying one of Australia's largest fine art collections and 18th century antiques, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel Sydney provides an elegant place to stay in Sydney and is surrounded by popular attractions and dining options. Featuring views of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay, it also provides a wide range of amenities, such as an express check-in and check-out feature, an outdoor heated pool and a sauna.

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
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Sydney CBD, Sydney
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Superb, 9.2
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Set in the heart of Sydney, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is a short walk from Circular Quay Railway Station, and provides easy access to nearby bars and eateries. It also provides a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool and a sauna.

80 Windmill Harbour Bridge Views

80 Windmill Harbour Bridge Views
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Dawes Point, Sydney
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80 Windmill Harbour Bridge Views provides a comfortable setting when in Sydney. It is situated a brief stroll from Circular Quay and The Rocks.

Entire House one minute from Sydney Harbour

Entire House one minute from Sydney Harbour
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Millers Point, Sydney
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Situated within walking distance of Wynyard Railway Station, Entire House one minute from Sydney Harbour provides guests with an ideal base when in Sydney. It is located a short stroll from The Rocks and Circular Quay.

Grand Historical Terrace at The Rocks

Grand Historical Terrace at The Rocks
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Millers Point, Sydney
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Grand Historical Terrace at The Rocks offers a comfortable setting when in Sydney. It is located a brief stroll from The Rocks and Circular Quay.

The Rocks Terrace Retreat

The Rocks Terrace Retreat
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Dawes Point, Sydney
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Situated a short walk from Wynyard Railway Station, The Rocks Terrace Retreat provides guests with an ideal base when visiting Sydney. It is located a brief stroll from Circular Quay.

Discover The Rocks - Historical Terrace House

Discover The Rocks - Historical Terrace House
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The Rocks, Sydney
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Discover The Rocks - Historical Terrace House provides a comfortable setting when in Sydney. It is also set just moments from Circular Quay.

Breathtaking Top Floor Apartment with M Sydney Harbour Views

Breathtaking Top Floor Apartment with M Sydney Harbour Views
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Kirribilli, Sydney
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The property is situated in Sydney and is within a short walk of local landmarks, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is moments from Kirribilli House.

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