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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the iconic Sydney Opera House during a 1-hour walking tour. Learn about the performances, history and architecture of the World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House as your expert guide takes you behind the scenes of the venue. Get photos ops from vantage points that are normally off-limits, and have the option to include a tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen. Tours are offered throughout the day, making it easy to schedule into your sightseeing when your cruise ship docks in Sydney.


  • Must-do one-hour walking tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most famous performing arts centers
  • Enjoy an interactive audio-visual presentation
  • Choose your time – tours depart every half-hour from 9am to 5pm
  • Listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide
  • This popular shore excursion regularly sells out, so don’t miss it!
  • Enjoy a three-tier tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen (if option selected)

What You Can Expect

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House consists of a number of theaters that host more than 1,500 performances per year and attract millions of visitors. Widely considered one of the world’s premier performing arts venues, the Sydney Opera House is also an architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you stroll at a leisurely pace around the famous opera house complex, your guide shares the controversies that erupted during the construction process, which began in 1958. The venue opened formally in 1973, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance.

Hear fascinating stories you explore one of the concert halls and access parts of the complex that are not regularly open to the public. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a rehearsal in progress or get the chance to walk onstage.

Book early to ensure a spot on this popular tour while your cruise ship is in port.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I was amazed at the things learned - had not really expected to learn much - after all, the Opera House has been around for a long time. However, there was so much information and so well presented by the tour guide that I was thoroughly happy to have made time for this tour.

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Tour was great. Guide very knowledgeable. Our group luck out and witnessed rehearsals for both the ballet and the symphony. Some great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. We opted for the taste on the Opera House as well. Expecting a small morsel and a drink we were surprise by a four course lunch platter with shrimp, oysters, sushi, fries, etc. It was a great way to top off the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015



5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This truly was an a.axing tour. The Sydney Opera House truly is one of the many wonders in our world. The tour guide was so very knowledgeable and in addition arranged for us to sit in on a symphony orchestra rehearsal and a ballet rehearsal.

This tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rangika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Gerda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We took an early AM tour of the Opera house, just before the big groups arrieved. There was almost no waiting time. Our group was pretty small and our tour guide very knowledgable and informativ.
When in Sydney, this tour is a must.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014



5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We found it to be very interesting. The entire history of the Opera House is given. Each person in the tour has headphones that allows you to hear the tour director no matter how many people are in your your group. If you are planning a trip to Australia, the Opera House is a must see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

The tour was excellent. The guide was very informative and explained everything well. Answered questions anyone had. Enjoyed the tour. |
Joan Angolia

Carl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Loved it. It was more than we expected. Interesting story about the construction and how long it took. Great tour guide. Overall experience A+

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