Sydney Opera House

Top choice notable building in Circular Quay & The Rocks

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Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia's most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence. The complex comprises five performance spaces for dance, concerts, opera and theatre. The best way to experience the building is to attend a performance, but you can also take a one-hour guided tour. Ongoing renovation work, scheduled to be completed in 2021, may disrupt visits.

There's also a two-hour 'access all areas' backstage tour ($169), which departs at 7am and includes breakfast in the Green Room.