Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

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Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

From USD 27.98

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Offered in: English


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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Traveller 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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Fabulous! Get the lunch!
Christina_B, Sept 2023
Wow, what an incredible building and equally incredibly tour! I'm so happy we chose the lunch option too, it was Delicious!
Tour guide was very...
Nilusha_F, Sept 2023
Tour guide was very comfortable delivering the content, presentation was rich with the historical aspect to the magnificent Opera House, highlighting the politics and drama involved in its development but how it all ends on a positive note. A keen interest in opera and theatre has begun for myself and family. Highly recommended.
Just go!
Nicola_B, Sept 2023
Definetly recommended to know more about this landmark of Sydney and Australia. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Sydney Opera House
Andrea_H, Sept 2023
Our tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and the tour was well led. He was able to answer all questions.
Sydney Opera House 1 hour guided tour
Andrea_P, Sept 2023
An hour long as the perfect amount of time. Going through this incredible building on a beautiful day really showcases the internal architecture. Having a headset to hear our guide Ian was very helpful.
Opera house internal tour
David_S, Sept 2023
Very informative and interesting tour Would recommend this tour. It may be difficult if not very good mobility or find it difficult to walk. Lots of steps and fair distance to walk. But if fit and able would recommend.
It was the most interesting day
Nichola_L, Sept 2023
The information about the tiles for the opera house was off white so people could look at it and the tiles are gritty so the don’t need cleaning or get pollutants on them, how the different areas have different coloured carpets
Opera House
Kiren_S, Sept 2023
A very informative tour. A great experienve we had. The opera house is simply amazing. One of the best tour experiences we had. Our guide was superb
Well worth the money.
Wendy_H, Sept 2023
Our guide was brilliant. We really enjoyed seeing the inside of the theaters and loved all the background information our guide gave us which we would never have leant had we not had a guided tour.
Nigel_A, Sept 2023
Our host was great And of course the information and wOW factor of the opera house Great history Thankyou
amazing opportunity to know the history and reserved places of the Opera House
fernandooliveira, Sept 2023
The Opera House is an astonishing place to visit. the tour gave us the opportunity to better understand it´s history, how it was build, the challenges of the construction, etc, etc. And, of course, having the opportunity to visit the main venues and understand several aspects it´s architecture and engineering.
Good Tour
Tak_L, Sept 2023
Very educational tour to learn about history of the Opera house and it was great to book the last minutes Miss Saigon show ticket with the tour discount.
Our Guide was very knowledgeable, spoke clearly and we enjoyed his sense of humour! :-)
Roslyn_R, Sept 2023
My brother in law, sister in law and myself have visited Sydney many times, known the Opera House has been there for 50 years as well as watched the opening of the Operas House by the Queen on TV so decided it was time to go and look 'inside' the Opera House!
Good experience
mqgutierrez, Sept 2023
Well-organized. Hassle-free experience. Tour guide was very well-informed, engaging and accommodating to the group.
Beautiful inspirational building.
ChavaEva_L, Sept 2023
The guide was terrific. She showed and explained the building and it was fascinating, interesting and beautiful. It is a very beautiful building and the stories around it, are very inspiring . The Australian people truly love art.
Sydney Opera House Tour
Robert_H, Sept 2023
Very interesting & informative tour of the Opera House. Well worth the time & money to do. If you're staying in the CBD, this is in easy walking distance. There are stairs in the tour.
Must do in Sydney
Helen_B, Sept 2023
Excellent, clear spoken instructions, friendly informative guide. Love the backstage access. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
Great tour
LISA_G, Sept 2023
Our guide, Emily (I think) was great. She was informative and friendly. Able to answer every question. The tour covered the history, architecture and we even got to see an active set for Miss Saigon.
Nice tour, not too long
Alexandra_L, Sept 2023
This tour is pretty cool and not too long. We started our day with on our first day in Sydney and then just walked around and did some shopping. Learning the background of the Opera house and getting to see parts of it we likely wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Russell_M, Sept 2023
sitting in main concert hall. Also viewing architecture and how both concrete and wood are used in the construction.

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