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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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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

Charles V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very knowledgeable guide, and fascinating backstage. Who gets to walk on a catwalk at Sydney opera house and also see stars dressing rooms with a view, in addition to walking on the stages to see the performers perspective.

Jayavani T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a wonderful tour, the guide was absolutely superb, and the backstage experience took my breath away, I even got to play the Steinway piano......

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A wonderful tour in to the heart of a truly beautiful creation, our guide we had was so easy to listen to and was a fantastic educator, very knowledgeable. The breakfast afterwards was very filling with a wide choice to choose from. The aroma from the freshly made coffee and pastries oh yum.

Ted H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Guided Backstage Tour of Sydney's Opera House, including breakfast, is an opportunity not to be missed. You'll visit several stages, prop storage, numerous dressing rooms, and even the green room where the performers relax. Although pretty deserted early in the morning, you'll feel like you're rubbing elbows with the stars! Your guide will share many backstage stories about the many artists who have performed at the Opera House over the decades. This tour is a must do!

Rachel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour. Guide was very knowledgable and seemed to truly love her job. Interesting behind the scene stories. We were able to see several different theaters, from different perspectives orchestra pit, light booth, center stage, audience, etc. We were not permitted to take any pictures of set pieces - I understand but it was unfortunate. The breakfast was tasty but outdoors and we were bothered by aggressive birds. Definitely worth getting up early to gain the extra access.

Nettie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour was fabulous. We got to see all the different venues, dressing rooms, the behind the scenes working at the opera house, stages. They kept the tour to 12 people which made it easy to hear and see. On the same day we saw an event on the main stage venue which made it very special that we were standing on just a few hours before.

Madeleine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was a great moment! we really appreciated!
Good time and interesting


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What an extensive and enjoyable tour and breakfast. It was much more than I had expected and our guide was fabulous! Please note that there are MANY stairs so that would be the only caution for those who have movement challenges. I loved our guide and his extensive knowledge of ALL the stages within the opera house complex. I would recommend this highly to anyone!

Stanley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful experience.

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