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icon1 hour  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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 walking tour, sharing entertaining stories about the revered performance center's history and providing access to off-limits parts of the 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
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Sydney Opera House , Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Sydney Opera House Welcome Centre located on the lower ground level.

This activity will end right where it started.
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 the 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 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.
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Sydney Opera House
Your tour of the Sydney Opera House takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, plays, musicals and ballets are staged every year. Explore it with an insider guide, who shares stories and fun facts about the opera house’s history, performances and architecture throughout your 1-hour tour. 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. 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.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note the standard guided tour contains approx. 200 stairs - Low Impact. If you have limited mobility there is a daily 12:00pm access tour available on request pre-booking is required please contact the supplier directly.
  • Tours do not operate on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve before 1pm
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Beyond the Stage Tour & Brunch: Flat, enclosed shoes essential. Minimum age 10 years. Check in at Stage Door under the Monumental Steps at 9.15am
  • Tour & Dine at Opera Kitchen: Can be redeemed anytime after your tour from 11.00am on the day of your tour booking at Opera Kitchen. Includes main meal and a beverage.
  • One Hour Tour including Tour & Dine please check in at the Welcome Centre on the lower concourse level ten minutes prior to your tour time
  • Infants under 5 are permitted on the 1 hour tour free of charge, however still require a ticket to be booked
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Opera House
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour.

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  • "There are many steps so not a good idea if you are not fit or injured in some way." See review
  • "It is also worthwhile to visit the restrooms which reveal some of the structure." See review

Reviews

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1,147 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
Worth my time and money
Chima_O
, May 2022
Accessing inside of Opera theatre for lst time was a dream come true and an amazing experience . Limitations on taking photos and videos in some places on the inside was a bit discouraging. Presenter surely knows his job and made explanations too easy to understand
star-5
We enjoyed the whole...
Neil_W
, May 2022
We enjoyed the whole experience. Our guide was very well informed and very informative. Would recommend to everyone
star-4
Great Tour bad food
MARK_R
, May 2022
Great tour guide. We also booked the dine option at the Opera Kitchen. Don’t bother!. Nobody seemed to know what the Tour and Dine worked at the Opera Kitchen .The most inedible food in our 4 weeks in Australia. Do the Tour Only option and you will not be disappointed
star-5
Sydney Opera House visit
Lillian_S
, May 2022
Iconic building with very interesting history, a must see / do whilst visiting Sydney Great tour guide, very knowledgeable
star-5
Opera house tour
Lynne_J
, May 2022
The opera house is amazing and the tour guide new everything about all aspects of the opera house sitting in one of the concert halls was amazing
star-4
Good Tour
Duane_W
, May 2022
Very Good Tour! It was fun and good to take a tour of the Opera House. The Tour guide was friendly and had his share of "dad jokes"......He knew his stuff. Good Time
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour of the Opera House
Kathryn_O
, Apr 2022
Great tour of the Opera House and we enjoyed learning about the history through the guide and videos shown.
star-5
A must do your in Sydney
CESAR_R
, Apr 2022
Perfectly guided tour that showed us the details of this great and unique masterpiece of engineering and architecture. Also since we went to the early tour we also avoided the crowd . So all great.
star-5
Loved it - Recommend the tour!
Sharlae_H
, Apr 2022
Wow! Every part of this tour was AMAZING. Our tour guide Nick was great - very down to earth, engaging and funny, while also knowledgeable yet not talking too long on each part. The immersive part of the tour was very emotive, beautiful architecture and history of the Opera House was interesting. Highly recommend!
star-5
Very informative,...
Judit_S
, Apr 2022
Very informative, beautiful view. Very funny tour guide. Great overall experience for the whole family.
star-4
Liked that we saw a bit...
EmilieSofie_A
, Apr 2022
Liked that we saw a bit of the ballet rehearsal. Very sweet and friendly guide. Nice view and options to take cool pictures
star-5
Must Do Tour of the Opera House
Naomi_B
, Apr 2022
Our guide was clever, entertaining and very knowledgeable. We were captivated by the story of the building of the Opera House.
star-4
Great tour, just which I...
Barbara_D
, Mar 2022
Great tour, just which I could be in Sydney to take it after all the renovations are finished around June 2022 or so.
star-5
Worth your time
jo_B
, Feb 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable & the food & wine was lovely. Definitely worth going along. Lots of steps though.
star-3
Watch a doco instead
Matt_S
, Feb 2022
Barely worthwhile for the $$; no special access, learnt more from documentaries and the free information near the ticket booth. Guide spent most of the time plugging OH events.
star-5
Great experience want to see an opera now
Dana_G
, Feb 2022
Mum and I had to pick up some tickets so we decided to do a tour and make a day out if it. Lunch was awesome at the opera kitchen.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing!
Qaisara_M
, Jan 2022
The tour is amazing and gave us an insight of the historical and present aspect. Informative presentation throughout the tour, 100% recommend.
star-5
Great story
Pauline_R
, Jan 2022
Loved learning about the construction and the change in the architects. With Covid and unable to use I’m assuming lifts, we were required to use stairs, the timeframe of the tour needs to be increased slightly to allow for this especially for older people.
star-5
Terrific tour with Peter....
John_B
, Jan 2022
Terrific tour with Peter. Very informative & fun activity. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to see the main concert hall as it was under refurbishment.
star-5
Amazing experience
Fred_S
, Dec 2021
Our guide Peter was amazing. The tour was extremely informative and we enjoyed it immensely. Would highly recommend to others.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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