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Sydney Opera House Tours

Sydney Opera House
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This building with white sails blossoming from its roof is an unmistakable icon. The face of Sydney, one of the most photographed buildings in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sydney Opera House stands on the edge of Port Jackson and is a renowned facility for performance arts.

If you are visiting Sydney, a tour of the Opera House must be on your itinerary. To say the least, the inside is what forms the heart of this iconic structure and no amount of pictures from different angles on the outside can be as enriching as taking a guided tour of the multiple halls within the Sydney Opera House.

The Sydney Opera House Tours is a collection of tours offering a variety of perspectives on the building from which tourists can have a pick. These include the On-site tour, the Backstage Tour, Architectural Tour, and Mobility Access Tour.

  • Location: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

How to reach the Sydney Opera House?

  • By public transport (bus, ferry, train): You can reach Circular Quay from where a 6-minute walk takes you to the Sydney Opera House. For the elderly and people with mobility issues, a Courtesy Bus is arranged from Circular Quay to Vehicle Concourse within the Opera House.

 

  • By car: You can drive towards the Opera House and park at Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is located at 2 Macquarie Street (Northern end). The car park also has undercover access to the Lower Concourse.

About the Sydney Opera House Tour

On-site tour

An expert tour guide will walk you through the various performance halls of the Sydney Opera House, each having a unique architectural style. An oral explanation and film experience of the history behind each of these halls further enhances the Opera House’s charm. Apart from this, the tour allows you access to photo vantage points that are generally off-limits to the public so you can be sure to click some mind-blowing and cherishable images. These tours are held daily at nominal prices. During some months, special adventure tours for school children (Kids Tours) are also held. The experience is worth the one hour you spend. The On-site tour accommodates a maximum of 35 people with group bookings of up to 11 people. This tour is also available in languages other than English such as Spanish, German, and French among others.

Mobility Access tour

This tour focuses on those who have limited mobility and Sign Language Interpreters are also offered on demand. The tour is a similar experience to the On-site tour. This tour requires registering and booking by email beforehand.

Meeting Point: Welcome Centre on the Lower Concourse

Tours run daily and tour times for On-site Tours can be confirmed on booking.

Timings (for Mobility Tours): 11.30 am to 2 pm AEST

Duration: 1 hour

Price: Rs.2,363/- (Adults), Rs.1,264/- (Children between 5 and 15 years), Rs.5,991/- (2 adults and 2 children). Concessions are available for senior citizens, pensioners, and full-time students with proper proof.

Backstage tour

Over 1500 performances, not just operas but also theatre, contemporary concerts, orchestras, workshops, magic shows, and comedy among others, are featured in the Sydney Opera House every year. If you want to experience the grandeur of the Opera House, we recommend booking a seat and watching a show during your visit! But these on stage performances are the end products of efforts in the background. To learn the secrets and stories from rehearsal rooms and behind the screens, join the small group Backstage Tour. This tour starts early at 7 am AEST and will be a good 2 hours in length. The tour includes a breakfast at the end at the House Canteen, the newly opened restaurant at the Opera House where you can enjoy a meal sitting beside Sydney Harbour. The Backstage Tour requires booking at least by 5 pm AEST a day prior and only a maximum of 10 people are taken. This tour also includes children between the ages of 10 and 15 who are accompanied by an adult at all times.

Meeting Point: Stage Door, located beneath the Monumental Steps

Timings: 7 am AEST (must arrive at 6.45 am at Stage Door) on Sundays and Mondays

Duration: 2 hours

Price of tickets: Starts from Rs.9,620/-

Architectural tour

The Sydney Opera House is famous for its white sails on the roof but did you know these are actually a series of precast concrete sections of a sphere or that the cathedral interiors were designed by a different architect than the white sails on the outside? If you'd like to know more about architecture, join the Architectural Tour on Saturdays at 10 am AEST. This is a special tour of the history of the construction and an in-depth portrait of Jørn Utzon, the main architect of the exterior. A knowledgeable guide takes you through the stories that form the Opera House. This tour accommodates a maximum of 35 people with group bookings up to 11 people.

Meeting Point: Welcome Centre on the Lower Concourse

Timings: 10 am on Saturdays

Duration: 1 hour

Price: Rs.2,363/- (Adults), Rs.1,264/- (Children between 5 and 15 years), Rs.5,991/- (2 adults and 2 children). Concessions are available for senior citizens, pensioners, and full-time students with proper proof.

Foodie Tour

The Opera House has multiple light dining options from The Lounge for coffee meals, the Opera Bar for cocktails and cuisine local to Sydney, the new House Canteen (formerly Opera Kitchen) which is a pan-Asian outdoor restaurant open all day, and Portside Sydney offering an à la carte menu perfect as a pre-show option. This summer, the Northern Broadwalk also features fish and chips from the new opening of The Harbour eatery. For more special occasions, a fine dining restaurant, The Bennelong is also available at the Bennelong Pavilion which is known as a miniature of the Opera House. A tour and dining option are available and most apt for those who wish for stunning views of the harbor or to sit under the white sails at leisure, and enjoy food and drink.

In case you plan to take a tour around mid-day, a Foodie Tour that includes the fully guided tour and lunch at the House Canteen or Opera Bar might be perfect for you. The meals can be taken anytime before or after the tour. The menu is categorized for adults and kids with suggested food and drink pairings.
 

Meeting Point: Welcome Centre on the Lower Concourse

Timings: Meals can be taken between 11.30 am and 6 pm AEST

Duration: 1 hour (tour duration)

Price of standard tickets: From Rs.4,397/-

Know before you go to Sydney Opera House
  • The tours are guided walking tours with over 300 stairs so flat, enclosed, rubber-soled or comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended.
  • No bags larger than an A4 size are allowed within the Opera House. In case you are carrying any such luggage, you can use the cloakrooms to keep them for the duration of the tour. It is recommended to not carry anything on your tour except essentials.
  • No videoing is allowed within. In any spot, if photos are not allowed the tour guide will inform you of the same.
  • If you are running late for your tour, it is recommended to call and inform the Reservations Team.
  • All the halls in the Opera House may not be available for touring as it is still a fully functional facility.
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