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Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House for a fascinating look at this Sydney icon. Your knowledgeable guide leads you through the World Heritage–listed building on a 1-hour walking tour, sharing entertaining stories about the revered performance center's history and providing access to off-limits parts of the house. Tours take place every 30 minutes throughout the day, so it’s easy to fit into your sightseeing schedule. Upgrade to top off your experience with a delicious tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen.


  • 1-hour behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with an insider guide
  • Learn about the inspiration behind its world-famous architecture
  • See areas that are normally off-limits to the public
  • Upgrade to include a tasting plate at the Opera Kitchen
  • Arrive for your tour whenever it suits you throughout the day

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The frequent tour times make it easy to fit this must-do tour of Sydney's most recognizable attraction into your schedule.

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Your tour of the Sydney Opera House gives you an insider's perspective on one of the world’s most famous performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, ballets, musicals and plays are staged every year. Check out areas that are off-limits to the general public, learn about the distinctive exterior design made up of ‘shell’ tiles, and hear about opera house’s Danish architect, including his inspiration and building challenges. Walk through the elegant foyers, visit one of the largest pillar-free chambers in the world, sit down in a custom-made white birch chair and look up at the vaulted ceiling.

Explore in depth during your 1-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide, who shares fun facts about the opera house’s history, architecture and the thousands of performances that have taken place there since it opened in 1973.

Opera Kitchen tasting plate:
Upgrade your tour to include a tasting plate for two at the Opera Kitchen, an indoor-outdoor gourmet cafe on the lower level of the opera house plaza, where you can relax on the patio before or after your tour and enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge. The 3-tier tasting plate includes dishes such as sushi, plank-roasted salmon, mini wagyu and chicken burgers, dumplings and fries. You may purchase cocktails, beer or perhaps of glass of Australian wine to accompany your food (own expense).

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Customer Reviews

Donna Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is definitely worth it. Viator tickets get you on the first available tour. Amazing does not adequately describe this building. Wish we could have been able to book a concert. Our schedule and their schedule didn't work.

Vicki H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour. really informative about the architect, construction, features and history of the opera house. Guide was great. It was a really hot day so she tailored the top to be mostly inside. You see three main areas including the concert hall, a small theatre and the reception room but not inside the actual hall where opera is performed as there was one in progress. The views from inside are amazing.The best bit for me was being outside in between the two main sails and being able to see and touch the tiles! And don't let the stairs put you off, it was easy. There was one person on our tour who had walking issues so the guide turned on escalators whenever she could throughout the tour.Would definitely recommend this tour.

Stefan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good informative guided walk. Will recomend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a very great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a ton about the Sydney House operations, how it was built, and was able to see 4 of the theatres. I would recommend this tour to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well done. Good pace with great guide.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great Tour, Great Guide, Amazingly beautiful Opera House. Jørn Utzon definitely was a genius!
Looking forward to come back next time we are in your beautiful country and hopefully see an opera!
David and Francoise Berthet-Hall

Sheila A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful tour guide! A unique place and perspective on Sydney politics, history and architecture! We saw backstage and front of house from top to bottom of the opera house. Just over an hour and well worth the time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Opera House is a creation of timeless inspiration and beauty - our guide was enthusiastic, warm and spell binding!

Raji S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Don't finish your trip without this Opera House inside walking tour. Inside the building is awesome than outside. we were lucky to see one Ballet rehearsal. The guide was very cooperative and answer all our questions.

Joanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

An absolute must! Fascinating insight.

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