Sydney

Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

From $28.65

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • No Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

What To Expect

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.

Sydney Opera House

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note the standard guided tour contains approx. 300 stairs - Low Impact. If you have limited mobility there are daily mobility access tours 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, or New Year's Day before 1pm, subject to change
  • 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 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips


There are many steps so not a good idea if you are not fit or injured in some way.
It is also worthwhile to visit the restrooms which reveal some of the structure.
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Sydney Operahouse lots of stairs
Evabritt_B, Feb 2024
A very nice tour, with lots of stairs, 250 I think. We get to see some arenas and the guide was informative. You leave your big bags at an bag drop for free. A very interesting building. Restaurants and souvenir shops in the building where you meet the tour guide and get your ear phones.
Beautiful Opera House
David_H, Feb 2024
Jennette was an excellent guide for our architectural Sydney Opera House tour. She explained many features and history including the inside, outside structure and foundation. What a great tour of this impressive building.
Enjoyable Opera House Tour.
William_S, Feb 2024
The tour was as expected and didn't disappoint. The provided earphones were a big plus. Our tour guide was excellent.
If you don't have time for a concert but want to see the inside
Peter_S, Feb 2024
Very interesting and informative tour. Nice views of the inside including some of the large halls. But no backstage tour, only places you would see when you book a concert or drama anyway.
Great experience
Diane_L, Feb 2024
We would highly recommend this tour. It was a perfect length of one hour. We saw everything we expected to see. Our guide was exceptional.
Beautiful Tour
Kimberly_L, Feb 2024
I wish I could remember our guide's name, but we really enjoyed the walking tour of the Sydney Opera House. He was so knowledgeable and cared so much for the Opera House that his enthusiasm permeated the tour. The Opera House is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I highly recommend this tour. This is one of those touristy things to do that is completely worth it.
Nice tour
Sheila_A, Feb 2024
The tour was informative. The tour guide was knowledgeable. There was an on-going set up in one of the theater which was a treat.
Informative
Christian_M, Feb 2024
The unique design of the Opera House is actually quite fascinating. The story behind it is something to be remembered.
The tour of the Opera...
Mary_D, Feb 2024
The tour of the Opera House was excellent. Our guide was known and enthusiastic about telling us the history of the Opera House.
Wonderful experience
Tamara_M, Feb 2024
It was wonderful to see the different performing halls in the building and to hear how many of them have a different purpose than originally intended. The colors are vibrant and beautiful, and the acoustics were well thought out. I also liked learning the history of the conflict with the original architect.
Enjoyable back stories
Frances_S, Feb 2024
Tour guide was great! Stories were interesting. Just seeing the opera house without the history woukd not have been as interesting. Guide was enthusiastic! He nade the tour fun!
Wonderful Sydney Opera House
David_O, Feb 2024
Beautiful architecture both in and outside. Great stories about the construction. A bit taxing on stairs, just take your time. A must do in Sydney.
Spot On
gailcarruth, Feb 2024
Very good presentation by guide. Use of mic and headphones made it exceptionally clear. Appreciated going inside a smaller theater as well as the magnificent orchestral hall. Up close outside to the tiles and shells was immersive.
Excellent
Thomas_B, Feb 2024
It is a beautiful facility. The tour guide was excellent. The story of the building was done very well.
Fab!
Richard_J, Feb 2024
Great tour with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Learned a lot in an hour. Stunning architecture!
Very interesting worhwhile
Elaine_P, Feb 2024
Listening to the opera rehearsal. Seeing the structure within hiding the pipes and electrical conduit
Interesting tour
Carole_N, Feb 2024
Very interesting and informative tour of the inside of the Sydney Opera House, historical information on construction and current info on uses of various stages.
So easy to get tickets
ptwoodworker, Feb 2024
We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very informative about the history. This was a great overview tour
Worth it!
Cassandra_A, Feb 2024
It was a nice tour and really informative. They gave us access to see the different venues. They provide individual headsets so it’s easy to follow the guide and not miss any important points.
Worth the trip
George_C, Feb 2024
Very informative. Such a unique architecture and engineering marvel. The guide was friendly and the communication through headphones was excellent but one of our parties headphones was not functioning properly.
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