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Sydney Opera House Re-Opened After Large Police Operation

The operation took place in the Sydney CBD and across the harbour in Manly.

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Sydney's most popular tourist spots are starting to re-open following a large police operation in the Sydney CBD and Manly.

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Earlier in the day the Sydney Opera House was completely cleared by officers during the busy lunchtime period at the harbouside landmark.

Police are yet to reveal why the opera house and parts of the CBD and Manly were cleared.

NSW Police say the operation was carried out as a "precautionary measure" after they received information on social media.

Police operation concluded - #Sydney CBD and #Manly

They have urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Two afternoon shows were cancelled but all shows will be on as planned at the Opera House on Thursday night.

Good news - All shows are back on tonight at @SydOperaHouse after police operation this afternoon. #operahouse

On Thursday afternoon, police cleared one of Australia's most popular tourist spots due to an operation taking place in the Sydney CBD and across the harbour in Manly.

Opera Bar staff sitting around outside, they were told to evacuate ten mins ago, say they haven't been told anything

The evacuation took place at around 1pm with police officers clearing the Sydney Opera House, the forecourt and the parts of the ferry terminal at Circular Quay.

Police boat patrolling the front of the Opera House! I can see police walking through the buildingNeutral Bay Ferry

At least one ferry on the City to Manly route was cancelled and its terminal at the Quay has been closed off.

One of the ferry terminals has been blocked off, staff said all routes moved to the next wharf #operahouse

Despite the evacuation order dozens of tourists congregated at the foot of the forecourt, which backs onto Sydney's famous harbour.

People hanging around but atmosphere is pretty relaxed. Lots of tourist taking pics #operahouse

Vision from the Channel 9 helicopter also showed the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens - usually full of locals eating lunch and people exercising - appeared empty.

Channel 9

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