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

Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

Go behind the scenes of the iconic Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of one of the world's most famous performing arts centers! You'll gain exclusive access to areas of the Sydney Opera House that are normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms, while hearing from your expert guide about the real-life dramas that go on behind the curtain. To top off your morning, enjoy a full Australian breakfast in the Green Room. Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience.


  • 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 early in the morning to ensure that you can see the inner sanctum areas; access is restricted later in the day. Get a peek into the goings on backstage as you check out rehearsal space and dressing rooms. You may even catch a glimpse of actors, dancers or musicians as they warm up!

Then, walk onstage where countless superstars have performed, taking in the Sydney Opera House from their perspective. You may also want to step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section.

Throughout the morning, your knowledgeable guide shares industry secrets and insider stories about life backstage, as well as the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building.

After touring the backstage, tuck into a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room — the exclusive domain of performers and staff. Ask further questions and hear more stories as you enjoy a hearty meal. Choose from several hot and cold dishes with options for different dietary needs.

Performing arts fans of all stripes will relish the chance to experience the inner workings of this famous performing arts center!

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Customer Reviews

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The best tour ever! Steve was an amazing tour guide. Everything I would expect from a Viator Tour. Informative, fun and just a delightful experience. I have been to Sydney 3 times and this was the first time I decided to do this tour because my 13 year old daughter was with me and had a report due on the Sydney Opera House. The history came alive with the stories you won't find in any books and to be there and experience standing on stage....absolutely a priceless memory.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and excited about being able to show us the Opera House. The breakfast was great - a few options to choose from, and everybody in our group enjoyed their selections. The guide gave suggestions for activities, shows to see, and restaurants based on what we wanted to do in Sydney. It was cool to see the Opera House behind the scenes - something not a lot of people get to do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide was great. We learned a lot about the various props, stages, and some info about the Opera stars.
The breakfast was good as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The highlight of Sydney. Our host, Alan, was terrific. Spent more than three hours with us and showed us all the nooks and crannies of the Opera House, complete with some stories of past events. A most enjoyable morning and the breakfast was pretty good too. A must recommend. Much better than the standard Opera House Tour which I did about 15 years ago.

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