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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Get an exclusive experience of the World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of this world-famous center for the performing arts. Your expert guide shares stories about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and in the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Go behind the scenes to see parts of the opera house normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms. Wrap up this fascinating morning tour by sitting down with your small-group companions for a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. Numbers are limited to 10 participants for a more intimate tour.


  • 2-hour guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Gain exclusive access to rooms reserved for performers and staff
  • Walk on the same stage where luminaries such as Cate Blanchett, Luciano Pavarotti and Ella Fitzgerald have performed
  • Get the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes from your knowledgeable guide
  • Learn the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building
  • Small-group tour limited to 10-12 people ensures an intimate experience with fellow art-lovers

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Meet your small-group tour guide in the morning to hear the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, as well as the insider stories and industry secrets that play out behind the curtain. Performing arts fans of all stripes will relish the chance to experience the inner workings of this famous venue.

Get started early in order to ensure that you can access rehearsal areas, dressing rooms and concert stages; access is restricted later in the day. You might catch a glimpse of actors, dancers or musicians as they warm up backstage. You may might step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section, then walk onstage where countless artists have performed, seeing the majesty of the opera house from their perspective.

After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room — which is usually only accessible to performers and staff. As you enjoy a hearty meal, you can ask further questions and hear more stories. Choose from several hot and cold dishes with options for different dietary needs. It's the perfect ending to a memorable tour of this iconic performing arts center.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful experience. We loved being on stage and seeing all the backstage activities, especially the orchestra pit. Our grandson plays the bass violin and we photographed that spot in the pit, as well as one of the violas, as our granddaughter plays that. We heartily recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was well worth the price and the early hour! We thoroughly enjoyed the look at behind the scenes areas of the opera house, and the breakfast was bountiful and delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. Very informative with the guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very interesting to see behind the scenes, informative guide, expensive but worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This is a very early morning tour starting at 7:00 am so keep that in mind when booking. My husband and I took this tour along with about 10 others. We had a great guide and learned so much about the history and most importantly about Jorn Utzun, the Danish Artchitect who was the winner of the international competition to build a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney in 1957 and how it went for him. We were surprised by the story. The opera house is really special and I had no idea it was a multi venue showing art center. There are 5 stages that you will visit and each one was designed for a specific venue. We learned that the tiles on the outside were made in Sweden and are self washing. We did not get into the area where the props were as there was some work welding going on and it was a safety issue. We did get to visit the green room. I can't remember why, but we were treated to our breakfast on the outside patios overlooking the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It doesn't get much better than that. Take the tour and have a great time. We did.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Outstanding, Well worth the money. There were only 6 in our tour, so it was a very intimate group. Our guide made the Opera House come alive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Amazing tour highly recommend it our guide was very enthusiastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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