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Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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Arts enthusiasts often visit the Sydney Opera House to see a performance, but to get an insider's look at this iconic arts space, nothing beats a backstage tour. Go behind-the-scenes at this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a small-group tour, where you can step on the same stage graced by opera legends, and see parts of the building that are off limits to concertgoers. Highlights include the multiple concert halls, insider stories, and a light breakfast is included in the tour.
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Ages 10-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h
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Highlights
  • Music fans go behind-the-scenes at the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Gain access to restricted areas, like dressing rooms, and rehearsal spaces
  • Get a more personal experience on this tour, with no more than 10 guests
  • Enjoy a great value, with admission, tour, and a light breakfast included

  • Behind the scenes tour - with a professional guide
  • Barista Coffee or Tea, Juice, Choice of granola, tapioca pudding, croissant on arrival, followed by choice of Smashed avo on toast, Croissant croque monsieur, or eggs benedict
  • Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Arrive at Stage Door for this backstage experience, and join an intimate tour group to begin your exploration. Experience first-hand what it’s like to walk through Stage Door where thousands of actors, performers and famous names have walked before. Get ready to explore places usually off limits to the general public to find out how the magic of theatre happens. Relish the opportunity to get a glimpse into the demanding, passionate, dramatic (and sometimes scandalous) world of our performers – as our guides recount the stories and insider secrets of what really happens behind the curtain. From pulleys to props, sequins to sound-checks, we take you through nooks and crannies not known to the public. Discover what makes the Sydney Opera House both a world-renown icon and a world-class performance venue. Complete the experience with a delicious light breakfast at the Green Room.

Departure details
  • Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Please meet your tour guide at 6:45 am at the Sydney Opera House Stage Door located on the ground level of the Sydney Opera House.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • 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: 2482SOH2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age to participate is 10 years old
  • Please note: There are over 300 stairs on this tour, a moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate on the tour
  • Due to safety requirements - fully covered enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn for the duration of the tour
  • Please meet your tour guide at the Sydney Opera House Stage Door at 6:45am - your tour will commence at 7:00am sharply
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

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

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    Must do Tour
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ogerkan
New York City, NY4,742 contributions
Mar. 2020
Everyone knows the iconic SOH from the outside but it is quite different on the inside. Definitely recommend a guided tour to understand how the SOH was created (design, funding, fabrication, etc.). Our tour guide was very knowledgable and insightful. The inside is very contemporary and smaller than I expected. Many design vs. functionality trade-off that are evident from the inside. We tried to see Six while we were in town but unfortunately it was sold out.
Written 25 March 2020
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Dear ogerkan, Thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback on your recent visit. We're thrilled to hear that you found your tour guide to be knowledgeable and insightful. 'SIX' really was the hottest ticket in town and actually sold out the whole of its two month run before it had even opened! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 30 March 2020
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John Filewod
Beckenham, UK10 contributions
Sep. 2019
The accessible guided backstage tour is designed for those who have difficulty with stairs. Ours was a small party with one guy in a powered wheelchair. Our two guides were very knowledgeable and looked after us very well. All travel between floors was by lifts. We saw the backstage areas, the small theatres as well as the concert hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre. As the Joan Sutherland theatre was set up for 'West Side Story' after the tour finished my wife and I went to the booking office and bought tickets for that evening's performance. Bonus!
Written 25 February 2020
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jeffnoone
Devonport, New Zealand8 contributions
Feb. 2020
An hour ago I was finishing breakfast in the green room, after one of the best guided tours I've taken!
Don’t miss this tour if you really want to understand the development, history and day-to-day workings of the Sydney opera House.
We lucked out with a wonderful guide Bella, who is so informative, attentive and also a wonderful host during breakfast. Within the first five minutes she had memorized and could quickly use the names of any of the 12 of us.

The tour delivers all that is promised in terms of seeing the orchestra pit, the ballet and opera theatre, other theatres, backstage areas, rehearsal area, the giant lifts and the storage areas, the dressing rooms, with all those other little absorbing details Mixed in provided by Bella
Written 12 February 2020
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skmammen
Woodstock, GA43 contributions
Nov. 2019
Tour started on time and was paced perfect factual and informative with just the right amount of time to see the sights and hear the legacy of this World Heritage site.

Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour
Written 11 January 2020
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Dear skmammen, Thank you for taking a Sydney Opera House tour to explore our marvelous architecture and learn about our interesting history. We love that you had a great time, especially on your first day in Sydney. We hope that you'll be back before you leave for a drink and a relax or even for a performance. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 11 January 2020
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NorthernExpat
Fountain Hills, AZ141 contributions
Mar. 2020
My wife and I didn't really know what to expect. Frankly we aren't theatre people and don't really have a grasp of what happens behind the scenes, so this was really an eye opener for us. We were so impressed with the entire operations of the Opera House below the floors and behind the scenes. This is one giant, constantly moving operation. I was blown away at how they get the sets moved around and keep so many plays, shows and performances happening at the same time.

So even if you're not a theatre person take this tour. You will never look at a play or performance the same again - and you'll be seeing behind the scenes of the most impressive theatre/opera house in the world.
Written 2 April 2020
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Dear NorthernExpat, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such an enthusiastic review of your recent Backstage Tour. We would certainly have to agree with you that our many venues operate like a well oiled machine. It's not every day that you get to peel back the curtain to many of our 6 internal venues! We hope to see you stopping by again soon. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 5 April 2020
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Sandie S
Cleveland, OH58 contributions
Feb. 2020
Behind the scenes, informative and worthwhile tour. Cannot imagine how the original designer of the Opera House must have felt when he was removed from the project. His perfect vision had all but vanished. I was so very glad to learn that in his 80's he was asked to make one of the rooms his entire project. He did so without every having seen it. Politics plays such a nasty role across the entire globe, unfortunately.
Much to my daughter's and my delight, we had tickets for Carmen the same day as our tour and we were absolutely intrigued and pleased beyond all expectations, knowing the rich history of the Sydney Opera House.
Written 23 February 2020
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Faseela Farooque
106 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
The iconic Opera house looks beautiful during the day or at night.
it has a various plays/musicals inside it during the week, check the website for ongoing plays or shows.

The harbor along has many restaurant/cafes/bars bustling with people.
A great place to visit, eat and get pictures with the backdrop of the Opera house or the Bridge.
Written 17 March 2020
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Dear FaseelaF4, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of your time here at the Sydney Opera House. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit with us and were able to see this beautiful building during both the day and the night. Circular Quay has some really wonderful restaurants and cafes, especially the Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen located at this historic site! We hope you were able to take many wonderful photos and memories home with you and we eagerly look forward to your next visit. Kind Regards, Team SOH
Written 18 March 2020
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Nic
9 contributions
Mar. 2020
Ok, I’m going to give you some free advice. If you really want the best out of your experience at the opera house, go and book yourself into see a show. It doesn’t even have to be something that you are really into, but it gives you a much better appreciation for the building.

Such great history. An iconic building that I can now tick off my bucket list.
Written 10 March 2020
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Dear Pepe18d, That is some great advice! A trip to the Sydney Opera House would not be complete without checking out what we are known for...perforamances! There's always something interesting playing whether you're into dramas, operas, classical or contemporary music, or simply want to treat yourself. Great that you were able to tick us off your bucket list. Thanks for the lovely review! Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 11 March 2020
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RPW
4 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
We were able to see how the different theaters functioned, stand on a stage, and learn the intricate details of changing the sets during a performance. The good breakfast was an extra treat. Be aware there are lots of stairs.
Written 18 January 2020
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Dear Nousername77, The Backstage Tour is a great way to get an insight into how the Sydney Opera House runs behind the scenes. It's interesting to see how it all comes together when it's showtime. We are delighted you enjoyed the breakfast in the green room at the end of the tour to recharge. There are a number of stairs involved in the Backstage Tour, so we advise to bring comfortable walking shoes along. Kind regards, Team SOH
Written 19 January 2020
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John L
Broadstairs, UK218 contributions
Feb. 2020
The tour of the Opera house allows you to get close to the design and history and construction of the building. It was interesting to see the various spaces within the building but more interesting was the details regarding the construction. A must visit when in Sydney.
Written 17 March 2020
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Dear John L, We are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed your tour of the Sydney Opera House! It truly is a remarkable site with an incredible history behind it, and you are absolutely right in saying that it is the details regarding the construction which truly make our historic landmark stand out even more. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards, Team SOH
Written 18 March 2020
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