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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 February 2017

Do not be worried if you have mobility issues. They have a handicap tour every noon that takes you to see all of the wonderful theaters utilizing backstage elevators. It also enables you to see many sections of the Opera House unavailable to the regular tours


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you are going to Sydney, don't miss this tour. The Opera House is an impressive building inside and out! Our tour guide was very informative regarding all aspects of the history and current events of the Opera House. It was very interesting to go into several of the theaters and learn the flexibility of each one.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

There are something that you cannot see outside the Opera House

Theresa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent guides.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Sightseeing in Sydney touring opera house is a must do for everyone that visits Sydney lots history to learn about from construction to build the opera house to do performance that goes on in their lot of stairs to climb really enjoyed the tour learned a lot excellent tour guide knew what he was talking about deftly would recommend this to anyone that visits Sydney


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

great and excellent tour

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Wow, it was so fantastic to tour one of the world's greatest and iconic buildings! Our guide was excellent and we loved every minute of this informative tour.


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


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