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icon1 hour  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House for a fascinating look at this Sydney icon. Your knowledgeable guide leads you through the World Heritage–listed building on a walking tour, sharing entertaining stories about the revered performance center's history and providing access to off-limits parts of the house.
  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an insider guide
  • Learn about the inspiration behind its world-famous architecture
  • See areas that are normally off-limits to the public
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Gratuities
Sydney Opera House , Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Sydney Opera House Welcome Centre located on the lower ground level.

This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour of the Sydney Opera House gives you an insider's perspective on one of the world’s most famous performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, ballets, musicals, and plays are staged every year. Check out areas that are off-limits to the general public, learn about the distinctive exterior design made up of ‘shell’ tiles, and hear about the opera house’s Danish architect, including his inspiration and building challenges. Walk through the elegant foyers, visit one of the largest pillar-free chambers in the world, sit down in a custom-made white birch chair and look up at the vaulted ceiling.

Explore in depth during your tour with a knowledgeable guide, who shares fun facts about the opera house’s history, architecture, and the thousands of performances that have taken place there since it opened in 1973.
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Sydney Opera House
Your tour of the Sydney Opera House takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, plays, musicals and ballets are staged every year. Explore it with an insider guide, who shares stories and fun facts about the opera house’s history, performances and architecture throughout your 1-hour tour. Walk through the elegant foyers, visit one of the largest pillar-free chambers in the world, sit down in a custom-made white birch chair and look up at the vaulted ceiling. Check out areas that are off-limits to the general public, learn about the distinctive exterior design made up of ‘shell’ tiles, and hear about opera house’s Danish architect, including his inspiration and building challenges.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note the standard guided tour contains approx. 200 stairs - Low Impact. If you have limited mobility there is a daily 12:00pm access tour available on request pre-booking is required please contact the supplier directly.
  • Tours do not operate on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve before 1pm
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour & Dine at Opera Kitchen: Can be redeemed anytime after your tour from 11.00am on the day of your tour booking at Opera Kitchen. Includes main meal and a beverage.
  • One Hour Tour including Tour & Dine please check in at the Welcome Centre on the lower concourse level ten minutes prior to your tour time
  • Infants under 5 are permitted on the 1 hour tour free of charge, however still require a ticket to be booked
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Opera House
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.

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  • "There are many steps so not a good idea if you are not fit or injured in some way." See review
  • "It is also worthwhile to visit the restrooms which reveal some of the structure." See review

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star-5
Quick, easy way to see and learn about many parts of the Opera House
Chastity_F
, Aug 2022
Loved our tour. Peter did a fabulous job- obviously knowledgeable and passionate about architecture, which to me, is the best part of the Opera House. It’s beautiful to explore and understand the design of this unique iconic structure. And, depending on time of year and performances, you can tour the playhouse theatre, opera theatre, orchestra theatre. This is my second time taking this tour. Unfortunately, there was a performance going on in the main orchestra hall, so we didn’t see that. Perhaps check their ticket office to see if your tour coincides with a performance? Tip: The tour meets outside, under covering at the bottom level of the Opera House, down at the back, past all the Harbourside restaurants. Go down the escalator or walk to the end of the curved seating along the water.
star-5
Great tour of the Sydney opera house!!
GUY_S
, Aug 2022
Very interesting tour into the behind the scenes aspects of the opera house. Extremely knowledgeable guide.
star-3
Artistically stunning
Robyn_B
, Aug 2022
Joan Sutherland theatre and it’s surrounds overlooking the harbour Very disappointed that we could not see the main concert hall. This was not advertised. It’s the main space a d the video showing the concert hall was dismal.
star-5
Interesting visit to the Opera House
Janet_P
, Jul 2022
This was so interesting. Learnt all about the history of and use of the Opera House. Got to see some of the halls and see how it was made and what materials were used. And the views - stunning. Well worth the $ and time
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great history and behind the scenes tour
Roderick_S
, Jul 2022
The stories behind the building and the ability to see the insides greatly enhanced our understanding of this important site. The history included the indigenous people’s history of the land which gives the full picture of the land.
star-5
Excellent tour - highlight if my trip
Catherine_K
, Jul 2022
Our excellent tour guide Nick, shared his deep knowledge and passion for the Opera House. So great to hear how everything works behind the scenes. Well worth a visit to this iconic building.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Don’t miss it
Stephen_W
, Jul 2022
History & presentation of the material as well as the OH&S & access (multiple floors) considerations.
star-3
Good but check to see what’s actually open.
Robert_C
, Jul 2022
Your was nice but the main concert hall was closed and we were not aware of that. Information said the smaller hall would be closed but not the main hall which is really a main point of the tour. It’s open again in 8 days so just confirm you’ll get a full tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Robert_C, Thank you very much for sharing your review of your recent visit to Sydney Opera House. We're sorry to hear that you were unable to experience the Concert Hall which has been closed for the past two and half years to future proof it for generations to come, however, we hope you enjoyed our digital emergence experience of being inside it. As you rightly mentioned we reopened it just last week. We hope you will come back and visit us again soon. Kind reagrds, Team SOH
star-5
Must do
Carol_A
, Jun 2022
An informative fast paced tour of a truly iconic building. Our guide was very knowledgeable. It is a must do if in Sydney. You will appreciate the opera house even more after this!
star-2
Not a great experience
Tina_D
, Jun 2022
Audio didn’t work well. Renovations happening so your was modified. Virtual experience room was not inspiring. A waste really.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Tina_D, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're saddened to hear that your tour experience did not live up to your expectations. If you would like to discuss this further then please head to the 'contact us' section of our website. kind regards, Team SOH
star-5
Walking tour Sydney Opera House.
HelenP
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide and good back stories and all the materials used to build the Opera house in the 60's and 70's.. The theatre experience during the tour was very good, both audio and visual.
star-4
It was very good
Leisa_O
, Jun 2022
Sitting in the opera threater. It was very good. It was good good. Would do it a again. Tour guide was also very knowledgeable
star-5
So lucky!
Marie_A
, Jun 2022
In one vista we were part of one iconic creation and able to view another one from a different perspective.
star-3
Mundane
Mary_H
, Jun 2022
The guide Bruce was good , informative, good sense of humour.Disappointed as we could not go into a few of the theatres due to renovations.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Mary_H, Thank you for taking the time to post your review and let us know how we are doing. We're so pleased that Brue was able to welcome and wow you and will be sure to pass this on to our colleagues in the Tours department. We're sorry to hear that you were not able to access some of our venues due to operational constraints. We hope you will join us again soon. Kind regards, Team SOH
star-4
Worth my time and money
Chima_O
, May 2022
Accessing inside of Opera theatre for lst time was a dream come true and an amazing experience . Limitations on taking photos and videos in some places on the inside was a bit discouraging. Presenter surely knows his job and made explanations too easy to understand
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We enjoyed the whole...
Neil_W
, May 2022
We enjoyed the whole experience. Our guide was very well informed and very informative. Would recommend to everyone
star-4
Great Tour bad food
MARK_R
, May 2022
Great tour guide. We also booked the dine option at the Opera Kitchen. Don’t bother!. Nobody seemed to know what the Tour and Dine worked at the Opera Kitchen .The most inedible food in our 4 weeks in Australia. Do the Tour Only option and you will not be disappointed
star-5
Sydney Opera House visit
Lillian_S
, May 2022
Iconic building with very interesting history, a must see / do whilst visiting Sydney Great tour guide, very knowledgeable
star-5
Opera house tour
Lynne_J
, May 2022
The opera house is amazing and the tour guide new everything about all aspects of the opera house sitting in one of the concert halls was amazing
star-4
Good Tour
Duane_W
, May 2022
Very Good Tour! It was fun and good to take a tour of the Opera House. The Tour guide was friendly and had his share of "dad jokes"......He knew his stuff. Good Time
1 traveler found this review helpful

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