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Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

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This brief tour of the Sydney Opera House fits easily into any sightseeing schedule; it's a quick walk from Circular Quay. Go behind the scenes for an inside look at the World Heritage site's controversial construction, and enjoy photo ops from usually off-limits vantage points.
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Ages 0-99, max of 35 per group
Duration: 1h
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Live guide: German, English, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Walking tour of UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House
  • Headsets are provided to hear the guide clearly

  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities


  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2482SOH1

  • 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
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Tour + Main Meal & Drink: Redeem your ticket stub at either of our harbourside dining venues Opera Bar or House Canteen between 1130am-6pm on day of your tour booking. Includes main meal and a beverage from a selection.
  • 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
  • Please check you have selected the correct language tour for the tour you want to experience the language in
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    Stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere
    The Sydney Opera House is an iconic example of Danish design, offering a unique and diverse program of events. From world-renowned opera and ballet performances, to contemporary music, theatre and more, the Sydney Opera House has something for everyone. Enjoy the famous views of the harbor and the city skyline, and explore the many restaurants, bars and shops that make the Sydney Opera House a must-see destination.
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    Exceptional acoustics and seating, lousy management
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  • wendyb429
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    Do it
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    Magnificent 'sails', Iconic Sydney
    Walked the whole perimeter of the Opera House, Sydney's famous & iconic building. Magnificent 'sails' of the Opera House gleaming in the sunshine - just awe-inspiring. Enjoyed Harbour Bridge impressive views. On Manly ferry, had different stunning vistas from the ocean back towards the Opera House, also gorgeous dusk photos. We haven't been to Sydney in a long while - now revisit; we'll definitely be back soon.. (I have gait/walking challenges (stroke), wear a legbrace.)
  • Anton C
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    Great visit
    Was a bucket list item and was a good experience. Did not take a tour but walked around the operahouse
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    family visit sydney opera house
    great experience. Brilliant architecture, cant believe they built it this way and it has stood the test of time. Lovely sunny day.
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    Tour and lunch
    Very nice 1 hour tour on a beautiful blue sky day, nice wind and humorous, interesting guide. My tour included lunch. Not worth the price imo.
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    Beautiful
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    An iconic masterpiece
    Lovey spot. Changes from day to night. Located centre to the water an absolute treat. Nice walk right around. Very pleasing
  • cammo47
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    Syd Opera house walking tour first class well worth doing
    Expert commentary few stairs but manageable. Building has a real presence after the recent renovations now 50 years old
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    Outstanding
    The tour was outstanding. The guide was wonderful. So much information and such a nice man. Great tour, you get to see all the parts of the backspace. Definitely worth it.
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    So beautiful
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    Architectural land mark you need to see.
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    One of a kind tour…everyone should do this at least once!
    Really wonderful experience. Marcus, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, funny and clearly very experienced at his job. My husband and I loved this tour and we relished every aspect of it…we had an amazing time. Also, the breakfast that’s included in the tour was a generous portion and very delicious.
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CNutt
5 contributions
Dec. 2019
Our guide was terrific and gave us so much background information about the Opera house, history, performers, events in the future, etc. We originally booked our tour for 3pm, however we arrived early and they were able to include us on the 1:30pm tour. No problem and so accommodating. We were given a headset which included more great information. The Opera House will be undergoing construction in 2020 so you should inquire about that when booking. Enjoy the wonder of this iconic opera house!
Written 29 January 2020
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Dear Nuttytravelers, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad you were able to accommodate you on an earlier tour and delighted to hear our guide gave you a terrific experience. This year we begin our renewal phase in our Concert Hall. This is an exciting time for us here at the House as we undertake improved acoustics, staging and improved accessibility for our patrons. This will not impact on our tours as we will still be offering our world famous tours in addition to some new and exciting installations. We hope to welcome you back this year to enjoy an Opera or the Ballet or take in one of our many diverse performances here at the House. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 30 January 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,470 contributions
Aug. 2019
We say without a doubt that this might be one of the most recognized and beautifully conceived buildings in the world.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House is home to four performance companies, 2 bars, several restaurants and probably the best location in Australia. Its architectural significance is undisputed but few know very much about it.

The architect behind this amazing building was 38-year-old Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Chosen from over 230 entries, his drawings won him £5000 and the position managing the project.

The building went over schedule and budget, and after the NSW government had stopped payments due to these issues, Jorn resigned as chief architect and left the country shortly after.

Sadly he never returned to see the completed building, and much of the interior was not completed to his original design specifications although in recent years work has begun to rectify this. Pretty bad deal.

The Opera House is home to the 5 theaters, rehearsal studios, two main halls, four restaurants, six bars and a souvenir shop. In total, close to 1000 rooms are located inside the shell and underground.

You can watch everything from a classical ballet performance to a fun circus show, drama, musicals, everything from symphony to cabaret, talks, exhibitions and eisteddfods.

A truly breathtaking place that we deeply recommend as a MUST as who hasn't heard about the Sydney Opera House?

This was our first obligatory stop in Sydney as soon as we came into the city by car.

As usual we recommend you to enjoy it and we always encourage our readers to please keep reading and liking our very interesting and in depth reviews on everything: Attractions, Hotels, Restaurants, Museums, Airports and basically anything that is of interest and has a public service. Stay tuned.
Written 6 February 2020
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NicMic
Saint Paul, MN29 contributions
Jan. 2020
I was a bit skeptical that I needed to tour this building but the story of how it was built and seeing the structure and the various halls is worth it. The Tour Guide - Nicholas - had great stories and background that brought each area to life and often made us laugh. We were told that we were on one of the last tours able to access the main concert hall because they will begin renovations I believe, Feb 1, 2020, and so there will be no access to this space for the next two years. If you can, go on this tour. It was good value.
Written 1 February 2020
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Dear NicMic, A tour of the Sydney Opera House is absolutely worth it because the history and architecture behind this incredible building really is something special. We are delighted that your whole family loved the tour and your guide Nicholas, even your 10-year-old. You are lucky to have had one last look in the Concert Hall before it undergoes renewal. Over the next two years the acoustics, staging, and accessibility of the theatre will be improved to cater for the next 50 years of performance art. You should come back when it's all finished so that you can see, and hear, the difference! Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 1 February 2020
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Sherly D
Minneapolis, MN1 contribution
Jan. 2020 • Solo
I visited the Sydney Opera house and reading such great reviews about the backstage tour, I decided to give it a go. An amazing experience with our wonderful guide Bella, who was knowledgeable and extremely passionate. This multi venue performing arts center has plenty to give to those who take this tour. I’m very lucky to have visited as the main Concert Hall will be shut down for the next two years.

Be ready to walk, and climb into fly towers. Our guide was exceptional and took us to the “Elektroakustik Anlagen” room as Bella put it simply a room where lighting and sound used to be controlled from.
However due to todays sound and lighting equipment being far too large to bring up the spiral staircase, (which I found really cool travelling between the walls of concert hall), the sound and lighting desk is in the venue itself.
It also gave us the opportunity to see the Grand Organ pipe which was completely covered from the auditorium.

We also saw the smaller theatres were plays are generally performed. They maybe small, but there was still heaps to see on this tour.

Breakfast in the green room was phenomenal. Australian coffee really is super.
Highly recommend this tour. And our guide really made it a memorable visit.
Written 22 January 2020
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Dear 253sherlyd, After reading reviews of the Backstage Tour of the Sydney Opera House, we are glad that you came along to experience it for yourself. We will be sure to pass on your lovely remarks about your tour and guide to Bella. Looks like you picked up lots of interesting facts about our history and how our shows come together. Now that you know what goes on behind the scenes, you should pop along for a performance so that you can see the Sydney Opera House in action. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 22 January 2020
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Pauline TDLC
17 contributions
It is quick (1 hour) but you get to see great things. I think what you’ll see depend on the time you go, of the sets that are on.. but for my part I loved it. I get to see the 2 main rooms and the smallest one. We had the chance to sit for 5-10’ watching the set of Don Giovanni setting up, while listening to our great guide who seemed to know everything ! I recommend the tour.
Written 30 January 2020
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Dear paulinetdlc, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you joined us here at the House for one of our amazing tours. It really is a bonus when you get to the see the behind the scenes of a rehearsal. Our guides are indeed very passionate and really take pride in giving their guests an immersive experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again real soon to maybe take in a show or to enjoy a meal at one of our many fine establishments. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 30 January 2020
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ray raposo
Miami, FL1,362 contributions
Dec. 2019
We walked all around this magnificent building and then signed up for the walking tour. Besides being able to see all the performance halls and theaters, we got a great background into what it took to get this incredible edifice built from our tour guide. So you can't take photos of everything if there's a performance going on, big deal. It's incredible how much can go on inside this masterpiece at any given time. The main opera house is magnificent, and we were allowed to photograph inside as long as the workers had left the stage. The large stairways inside under the shells are massive and impressive architecturally. You also get to see the tan outside tiles that make up the exterior shells, which from a distance look smooth and white. There's a small gift shop and we bought black t-shirts with a white graphic version of the opera house's iconic shells. We also bought the booklet with our photoshopped pic both inside and outside the opera house and some of it's history. Hey how often do you get to visit a UNESCO World Heritage location?
Written 2 January 2020
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Dear RRaposoMiami, Thankyou so much for your wonderful recount of your day! We are absolutely thrilled you had a great time on tour and were able to take much away from your experience. We are so glad you left with some souvenirs to remember your stay and hope we'll be able to welcome you back again in the future! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2020. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 3 January 2020
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KazLiz
Ambleside, UK28 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
I did this tour this week for the second time. The Opera House is as impressive as ever and this tour is definitely a must! But just a couple of points for the organisers. This time I didn’t enjoy the tour quite as much as previously. There was much less information provided by the guide on the history and fabric of the building itself (last time I recalled things like how it was kept clean, the fact that it is made up of small tiles etc etc). This time there was more about the theatres and performances which is good but I think more people are interested in the fabulous building so I think the tour was better before. We also had the English tour by a native French speaker and it was obvious at times.
Written 11 February 2020
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McKenzo
Geelong, Australia119 contributions
Feb. 2020
During our visit to Sydney we decided to take a tour of the Opera House as my husband had not been inside. It was interesting to hear about the architect, construction and the indigenous history but we felt that the theatres that we were taken into really lacked any “feeling” of the Opera House. Also we constantly ran into other tour groups coming into the same areas. The three areas we were shown did not allow photos to be taken, due to stage sets, but apart from that there really wasn’t anything that one would want to photograph. At one stage we walked all the way out of the building only to turn around and go back all the way in to be shown a video in a hallway (and having staff trying to move ladders arounds us) when we could have seen it in the auditorium we had just come out of.
We also found it very tacky that the group was herded to a side area to have our photo taken in front of a blank screen before moving back to the starting point. When we advised the photographer that we didn’t want a photo he was a bit put off. If you want to offer this then ask if anyone is interested in this rather than moving everyone towards this area and push them into standing in front of the screen. It looked like there were tours going every 15 minutes because of a performance in one of the large theatres but it wouldn't have made any difference as we didn't go there anyway.
Written 27 February 2020
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Dear McKenzo, Thank you for submitting a review of your recent tour with us at the Sydney Opera House. We are disappointed to hear that your tour was not what you were expecting, that you felt that you were bumping into other tour groups, and that found the photograph at the beginning tacky. The Sydney Opera House prides itself on offering world-class experiences at such an iconic venue so we will be passing on your comments to the relevant teams for review. If you would like to discuss this matter further, then please do not hesitate to head to the 'contact us' section of our website so that one of our team can follow up with you in person. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 27 February 2020
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susan g
Warrington, UK52 contributions
Feb. 2020
When in Sydney as a tourist Sydney Opera House is a must see photo opportunity, however what is better than a tour inside and around thus iconic building.

Nick our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable informing us via headphones of the previous history of the land, the decision to build it, the structural issues, the time delays in completion and the arguments that ensued. We ventured into 3 theatres, the Joan Sutherland theatre and 2 of the smaller theatres but alas the main theatre was closed for a 2 year millions of dollar renovation.

The tour includes walking up and down many steps which could be an issue for some people and Nick did make this clear before we started the tour.

It is well worth the visit and 60 minutes of your time when visiting Sydney.
Written 15 February 2020
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305Amelia
2 contributions
Dec. 2019
This tour is a great experience but it does depend on the tour guide you have and the day that you visit. It depends when you visit as to what theatres you are able to go in to. We were lucky enough to go into a few of the smaller theatres and one of the main ones, and we were allowed to take photos but depending on what performances are being held, this may not be the case. The tour guide answered everyone's questions well, and was insightful and interesting. We got to see many different aspects of the Opera House and overall it was very enjoyable. It is only a short 1 hour tour though, and there are lot of variables as to what you will be able to see.
Written 30 January 2020
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Dear 305Amelia, Thank you for taking the time to pass on your thoughtful feedback .Our Opera House tours are always a great way to learn all about the fascinating history and to step inside the theaters. Our tour guides are always passionate and full of knowledge. You never know on any given day what you might encounter and it is always an added bonus to get a sneak peek of a rehearsal.We offer a range of different tours to cater for all experiences. Thank you once again for your kind words and we look forward to welcoming you back here at the House. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 30 January 2020
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