Image by Spiro Nidelkos

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia's most recognisable landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's billowing white sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence on the harbour. The complex comprises five performance spaces where dance, concerts, opera and theatre are staged. The best way to experience the building is to attend a performance, but you can also take a one-hour multilingual guided tour. Renovation works from 2017 to 2019 will close the concert hall and may disrupt visits.

There's also a two-hour 'access all areas' backstage tour ($165), which departs at 7am and includes breakfast in the Green Room.