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Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour provided by Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
4.5
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AU$43.00
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91% of travellers recommend this experience
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Free cancellation
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Tour snapshot
Walking tour of UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House
Duration:
1h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
35
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    35
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Headsets are provided to hear the guide clearly
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Headsets are provided to hear the guide clearly
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2482SOH1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Sydney Opera House Welcome Centre located on the lower ground level.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Sydney Opera House Welcome Centre located on the lower ground level.
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 2 Dec. 2021
A note from Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Face masks are mandatory for patrons aged 12 years and over. All tour guests will be required to provide their contact details on arrival. Everyone aged 16 years and over who enters the building must be fully vaccinated, special consideration will be given with a medical exemption.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
364 reviews
Excellent
270
Very good
63
Average
20
Poor
6
Terrible
5

steveandpatty3
Orlando, FL63 contributions
Feb. 2020
We walked up to the Opera House box office to get a sense of what was available and we bought tickets for the next guided tour and the play that evening. We truly enjoyed both experiences. Peter was an exceptional guide; as an architect he provided numerous insights during our tour and was helpful with our questions. We were impressed that the various venues pay homage to the indigenous peoples whose land provides the foundation for the Opera House. We also enjoyed the play that evening.
Written 11 March 2020
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Dear steveandpatty3, Thank you for rating us so high in your review. We are delighted you had such a wonderful experience both on the tour and enjoying a performance. Peter is a very experienced guide, as are most of our guides and we'll make sure to pass your compliments to the tour department. We look forward to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards, Team SOH
Written 12 March 2020
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Victoria B
2 contributions
Feb. 2020
Today, Tuesday, February 4th., 2020, I paid AUD$42.00 for a full official tour of the Sydney Opera House, that took place at 12:00pm. The tour guide was excellent. Unless almost by the end of the tour, I learned -because the tour guide mentioned it - that the Concert Hall is closed for the next 2 years because they are making all kinds of amends, which I find wonderful, but then, I consider mandatory that the staff that sells the ticket for said tour must mention it, precise at the moment when you are buying it. They did not, and now I feel like I have been robbed, because I paid full price and received a visit that covered only part of the premises, and I mean, I missed the other huge half of this incredible place. Very dissapointing. I have also bought a ticket to attend a show this Sunday, and I am wondering, what if the spectacle may finish just after the intermediate? I do not what to expect from Sydney Opera House management and the way the handle the information. Too bad. Shame on you.
Written 4 February 2020
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Dear victoriabW4909UW, Thank you for providing feedback regarding your recent tour with us here at the Sydney Opera House. We are aware that you have contacted our Customer Advocacy Manager and she will be reaching out to you soon. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 4 February 2020
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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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Jessica
12 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Couples
For a young couple, who are not that particularly in to history we really enjoyed this tour! I would recommend this tour to help you receive a deeper look into the opera house, whether you’re interested in opera shows or not.. it is definitely worth it to see what happens behind the scenes as well as hearing a brief amount of history on not only the shows but the building it’s self as well. Our tour was an hour long and our tour guide was so friendly and full of information.
Written 6 January 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,447 contributions
Sep. 2020
The Sydney Opera House is Australia's most spectacular building. It is a unique design, and went wildly over budget. It was paid for by a special lottery. The Opera House is fascinating, it was worth the money -- not only did Sydney gain a world-class Opera House, it gained a building that put Australia on the map.
Written 3 October 2020
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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,462 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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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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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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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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So special. Spectacular
Fabulous excursion. Highly recommend it to anyone. Great history and easy walking. Easy parking - great location.
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A good evening's entertainment
At the very last minute, we decided to attend Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
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A must visit
This was the second time I visited the Opera House and continued to be amazed by the architecture whether looking a
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Checking out the area
A great walk - lots to see - take water and food sit and enjoy - it’s free. Nice eateries in the area - plants have
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Served It’s Purpose
We wanted to go on the one hour tour to have a look inside the Opera House and this we did. The tour itself was of
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Very nice and iconic place to visit. A lot of tourist though but on a nice day the crowds are worth it.
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Majestic view
Just a visit to the Sydney Opera House. It is a must-see place for me. Unfortunately it was raining the day I went
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noisy, large groups of young people having a party
To visit the OH for a performance is a nightmare. One has to navigate through hundreds of party going young people
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Visiting Without A Tour
The Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the 2 must-sees on any tourist itinerary. You can book guided tou
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Great Tour
You must visit the opera house when in Sydney iconic building. The tour was great lots of people around due to the
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Iconic and interesting
Get drinks, get food or just walk around the Opera House. See the ballet, a concert or theatre. Great location ri
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Iconic
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