Among all the tourist attractions in Sydney, the magnificent Opera House is the shining star. Perched on Bennelong Point, a tongue of land protruding into Sydney Harbour, this UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a complex of roofs shaped like huge shells or billowing sails that blend beautifully with its waterfront location. The glistening harbor surrounds it on three sides and the palm-studded Royal Botanic Gardens border it to the south.
Much more than an opera house, the structure encompasses theaters, studios, a concert hall, rehearsal, and reception rooms, restaurants, and a spectacular open-air forecourt overlooking the harbor and city. American architect Louis Kahn once said, “The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.” Today visitors can admire the building’s great beauty and learn about its turbulent history on a guided tour.