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Sydney Accommodation Near The Opera House

When you think of Sydney what do you think of? Some people will say Sydney Harbour Bridge, some will say the harbour itself but majority will say Sydney Opera House.

This iconic building, with its billowing sail-like roof, sits on the north-eastern side of Circular Quay at Bennelong Point, classified as a World Heritage Building. In 1956 the Danish architect Jorn Utzon was awarded the contract to build Sydney's Opera House. The design and construction of the shells took eight years and the special ceramic tiles three years.

However with the massive increase in the building costs and under a lot of presssure from the new NSW government, in 1966 architect Utzon resigned from the project.   

The Opera House was eventually opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Uzon was not at the opening ceremony nor was his name mentioned.  However in 2003 Utzon was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize, Architectureís highest honour.  He died in  2008.

Today the venue has multiple auditoria and is home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.   It is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world with over 40 shows each week providing something for everyone.  It is estimated that more than seven million people visit the Opera House each year and that 300,000 take the guided ìbehind the scenes ìtour which is given not only in English, but also French, German, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.

Tours are also available for those with limited mobility. There are several bars and restaurants within the Opera House precinct and of course within a short walk are all the facilities of Circular Quay.

Many people who visit Sydney are moving away from staying in traditional hotels and prefer to stay in self-contained accommodation. There are several places offering both short and long term stays within the environs of the Opera House and many more within either easy walking distance or a short ferry ride away. Most are apartments with studio, or one or two bedrooms but larger accommodation can be found slightly further afield. 

The popularity of self contained accommodation is not only limited to those on holiday but also incorporates those on business who find that having a  separate living room can facilitate business meetings without having to go to the additional expense of arranging conference/meeting rooms. For whatever reason you are visiting Sydney donít forget to visit the Opera House. See an opera or hear a concert or just stand and marvel at one of the most marvellous buildings the world is ever likely to see.


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Marie really like your article with very good info for people visiting the area. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Rodney, thanks for the positive feedback. We are currently in the process of listing holiday/short-term accommodation near the Opera House Kind regards, Marie

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  about 1 decade ago

There are many apartments for short-term let around the Opera House.

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  about 1 decade ago
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