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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Kenton L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Outstanding! This ranks right up there with fallingwater.

Deepthi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved it. Informative, fun and enthralling details about the Sydney Opera house. Katie, our guide was fantastic! The tour itself involves visiting all of the concert halls and theatres inside the Sydney Opera house along with details about the designer/architect, access to the inside of the opera house, fun details about the designing process, amazing views of the harbour from the 1st floor of the concert hall. Must do when visiting the Sydney Opera House.

Daneen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Sydney Opera Tour Guide was extremely knowledgeable. The tour provided a great overview of the drama that was involved in the planning and construction of the Opera House.

cstreez01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great tour and excellent for the price. The guide had many year's experience and was very knowledgeable.

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic Opera house, wonderful architecture, tour guide was excellent

Priyanka G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour for a first timer to Sydney

maryshanahan300 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was so interesting and our guide was wonderful - she knew so much about the history, and the current work of the Opera House. It was a great hour spent. I would so recommend anyone to go on this tour.

Surely9805

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A great tour of the backstage as well as talk about the Architect who designed the building as well as a description of the tiles on the building, structure and how it is air conditioned...Inside we were introduced to one room with accoustic rounds hanging from the ceiling as well as a pipe organ see picture and it has 10,000 pipes behind the ones showing,

Marie-France C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Magnificent Master Piece ! and very interesting Tour, especially with a French Guide, it makes it still more interesting if the guide speaks your own language... We discovered lots of details on the construction of the Opera House, its architect, many details on the characteristics of the buildings etc.
Quel Chef d'Oeuvre ! si vous voulez apprécier cette visite, réservez une visite avec un guide Français, vous apprendrez tout, tout, tout sur la construction de cet édifice, vous découvrirez tous les détails sur les difficultés qu'a rencontré son architecte, plein de détails techniques sur la construction, et vous pourrez même visiter les salles de concert,... inoubliable !

CIA Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Informative and a great view.Must go to a show!

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