Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Overview

Go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous buildings on this superb guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Learn its controversial history, hear about some of the most memorable performances, and enjoy plenty of fabulous photo opportunities. Upgrade your tour to include a meal overlooking majestic Sydney Harbour.

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Silvana (via TripAdvisor)

‘I took this tour 18 years ago when I first visited Sydney and did it again this year with my family. They loved it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. You get to see the interior, learn about the construction of this masterpiece, and enjoy the magnificent harbour views.’

  • Duration:

    1 hour (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    Various

  • Departs from:

    Bennelong Point

Featured guest review

'I took this tour 18 years ago when I first visited Sydney and did it again this year with my family. They loved it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. You get to see the interior, learn about the construction of this masterpiece, and enjoy the magnificent harbour views.' - Silvana (via TripAdvisor)

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  • Get a wonderful all-round introduction to the Sydney Opera House
  • Learn about the controversy surrounding the building’s design and construction
  • Hear about some of the most famous performers who have graced the Opera House’s stages
  • Upgrade your tour to include a delicious tasting plate at Portside or a meal at the famous Opera Bar
  • Maximum group size: 9.
  • Guided group tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Optional dining upgrades (additional cost applies).

  • Silvana – Via TripAdvisor

    I took the tour 18 years ago when I first visited Sydney and did it again this year with my family. They loved it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. You get to see the interior, learn about the construction of this masterpiece, and enjoy the magnificent harbour views.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Get a wonderful all-round introduction to the Sydney Opera House
    • Learn about the controversy surrounding the building’s design and construction
    • Hear about some of the most famous performers who have graced the Opera House’s stages
    • Upgrade your tour to include a delicious tasting plate at Portside or a meal at the famous Opera Bar
    • Maximum group size: 9.
  • What's Included
    • Guided group tour
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
    • Informative commentary
    • Optional dining upgrades (additional cost applies).
  • Guest Reviews

    • Silvana – Via TripAdvisor

      I took the tour 18 years ago when I first visited Sydney and did it again this year with my family. They loved it! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. You get to see the interior, learn about the construction of this masterpiece, and enjoy the magnificent harbour views.

What You Can Expect

Every visitor to the Harbour City has the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House near or at the top of their must-see list. But don’t just see it — get to know it inside and out on the official Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour. You’ll spend a wonderful 60 minutes with a specially trained guide exploring what is undoubtedly one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

You’ll meet your guide and the rest of your small group at the appointed time, before heading off on your tour at a relaxed pace. As you stroll through the majestic interior, your guide will share the intriguing history of the Opera House — from its highly controversial design and construction, to the recent refurbishments and updates. The building’s distinctive design created a wealth of challenges during the construction phase. Danish architect Jørn Utzon was ultimately dismissed from the project and never saw the completed building that would become an architectural icon.

You’ll also hear about some of the more than 1,500 performances that are staged here every year, including opera, cabaret, musical theatre, comedy and so much more (it’s well worth browsing the Opera House’s website when you’re planning your Sydney visit to find out what’s on).

You’ll see one of the world’s largest pillar-free performance chambers and marvel at the spectacular vaulted ceilings that are one of the hallmarks of the Opera House’s design. As a bonus, you’ll be able to access some areas that are usually off-limits to visitors, and in the process, enjoy some unique photo opportunities.

There’s also the option to upgrade your experience to include a tasting plate of seasonal specialties at the Opera House’s Portside restaurant, or a meal at the waterfront Opera Bar. Both venues offer sublime views of the city, harbour and bridge.

Whether you’re a lover of architecture, history or the arts, this Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour will hold you spellbound.

This activity is included in the Sydney Flexi Attractions Pass.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour requires guests to navigate approximately 200 stairs. The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.

Cover image courtesy of Destination NSW

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