OK, this place was built in the 1960's and opened in the early 70's, but don't hold that against it. No, there isn't a painting by Da Vinci or Chagall on the ceiling anywhere. There is actually quite a lot of bare concrete, but just the sheer sweeping grandeur of the place can leave you breathless.
Firstly, go and see a concert in there. i'm a suck for big symphony and that is its forte to be honest. But go and see something that the building was designed for. The best thing with that is to make sure you have a glass of bubbles (or beverage of choice) at the interval while you look across the harbour. There is no equal anywhere in the world.
Second, if you're interested in the how and why the place was built, go on a tour. The interesting tidbit I picked up was that the site was almost rejected (wtf!?!?!) in favour of a more easier build location up on Liverpool St near the park. Thank goodness someone saw sense and killed that idea!
Third, the restaurant (used to be Guillaume but changed now I think) is great if you are going to a show and you can either eat before or after. Bit pricey though.
Anyway, if you don't do anything else or are pressed for time, a simple walk around it will do. Heads up, the Opera Bar is probably the most expensive place in Sydney for a drink (and that's saying something...) but you really can't beat the views.
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