Opera House, Sydney

Linda Stewart

The Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon that is instantly recognisable around the world, as is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  No visit to Australia would be complete without a visit to Circular Quay where both these icons dominate Sydney Harbour.


Queen Elizabeth II opened the Opera House in October, 1973, the year in which it was completed.  It has more than 1, 000 rooms and hosts more than 3, 000 performances each year.  It stands at the end of Bennelong Point from where visitors have magnificent views wherever they may be standing around the harbour area.


During the January Arts Festival as well as other artsy occasions the Opera House becomes the focal point for light shows that play off the “shells” of the roof.   We have yet to experience a New Year’s eve at Circular Quay (I don’t like crowds or noise) but it is something I would like to be able to do one year.  The light shows the live entertainment along the Quay give the area a vibrancy hard to imagine elsewhere.

Posted as part of the A – Z Blog Challenge.



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