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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very informative and very interesting. Had a great guide!

Dolores Y L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was well narrated and comprehensive.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A wonderful Tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic tour! If you want to see the Opera House, I highly recommend that you book this tour. We presented our voucher at the Welcome Center and only had to wait 5 minutes to join the next group for orientation, head set check, etc., and then we were off to see this amazing opera house and to learn its history. There are quite a few stairs to climb unless you can get on the accessible tour. At the end of the tour you will be offered for a price pictures of yourself in all of the indoor spaces that do not allow photos, so don't worry that you won't be able to remember the incredible views inside!

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely fabulous! We fell in love with the building, the history and Sydney.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

EXcellent guide full of enthusiasm and very informative....a must do on any trip to Sydney


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A very informative tour of how, when and who built such a spectacular building.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

this tour was very interesting both with the guide's knowledge and the audio highlighting the various aspects of its construction and attractions.

lisa h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful experience with a very knowledgable guide!

Mike C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This place is so iconic how can anyone say anything bad! I loved seeing it getting to go inside of it. The video presentation on the history of the Opera House was very informative. They are very strict about allowing pictures to be taken on the inside of the various concert halls. We were only allowed to go in a very few of the theaters. There was a production in rehearsals that was being directed by a famous actress so were were not allowed to enter the 2nd main hall.

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