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Sydney Opera House

The bold lines of the Sydney Opera House speak more about Sydney than any other part of this cosmopolitan city of four million.

The Sydney Opera House is right up there with Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower, as a brand name for the exclusive elite of global cities. In fact it has long-since ceased to be just an Opera House. It's an icon. A powerful symbol, not just of Sydney, but of the whole of Australia. Those serenely simple, white-curving shells say something unexpected about this youthful nation. That Australians can do bold, as well as brash – and culture as well as brawn. When it opened back in 1973, it was a sign that Sydney, and Australians, were growing up.

So if you come to Sydney, you really must see the Opera House – not so much a request, as a condition of entry. Not that you can escape its unmistakeable outline. Sydney seems to be arranged as a giant amphitheatre, purpose-built to show the Opera House off to its best, where-ever you are in the city. But you have to get up close and personal to really 'get' what all the fuss is about.

Then you'll get to see how those shimmering white shells are actually made of a million Swedish tiles (which aren't even white). You might learn that it took 12 years, and 12 different designs, before the builders could get Danish architect Jørn Utzon's vision into concrete. Or you might feel your jaw-drop, as you take in the dramatic view back across Sydney, afforded by the Opera House's front-row seat on the Harbour.

And don't forget the opera. Or the concerts, the plays, the dance productions and the ballet. Because the Sydney Opera House is home to three large-scale venues – the Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Drama Theatre – as well as many smaller ones. If culture is your thing, then the white-shelled Opera House is your oyster. And even if it's not, returning from Sydney without a snap of the Opera House behind you is as good as not going to Sydney at all.


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney NZ$281
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St., Sydney, NSW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney NZ$299
    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.

      Rydges Sydney Harbour NZ$154
      Rydges Sydney Harbour

      Rydges Sydney Harbour

      55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.

        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour NZ$330
        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

        Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

        61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Circular Quay, Customs House and Government House. Sydney Opera House and Museum of Sydney are also within 5 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 11 minutes.

          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney NZ$241
          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

          Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

          27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Circular Quay. The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Martin Place Station is 5 minutes.

            Park Hyatt Sydney NZ$688
            Park Hyatt Sydney

            Park Hyatt Sydney

            7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located on the boardwalk, steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 14 minutes.

              Hilton Sydney
              Hilton Sydney

              Hilton Sydney

              488 George Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Queen Victoria Building, The Galeries and Sydney Town Hall. Westfield Shopping Centre and Strand Arcade are also within 5 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 2-minute walk and St. James Station is 8 minutes.

                The Grace Hotel NZ$170
                The Grace Hotel

                The Grace Hotel

                77 York Street, Sydney, NSW
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall, Theatre Royal and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Westfield Shopping Centre and Queen Victoria Building are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is only a 4-minute walk and Town Hall Station is 7 minutes.