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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Aaron M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Theresa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Up very early for this tour, but understand why, the tour guide was excellent and very theatrical .
Excellent tour followed by a lovely breakfast
Well worth the effort just amazing

margaret b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful experience to see the work behind the scenes.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great backstage tour. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The small group made
it easy to ask questions and get details of the Opera House.

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great docent...felt very special...remember to bring your walking shoes for lots of stairs

Frank B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

While we have done several other tours of the Opera House and attended performances there this was a truly unique experience. Our guide, Holly, was outstanding. She was very full of great information about the building and the performers who have appeared there. To top it off, the breakfast in the Green Room was one of the best we had in Sydney!

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

M J W

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.

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