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Sydney Opera House

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Bennelong Point, Sydney, 2000

The Basics

The Sydney Opera House is a highlight of any city tour or harbor cruise, and it’s well worth an up-close look, too. It’s best explored as part of a guided tour, either a guided walking option that hits highlights of the building's history and architecture or an in-depth tour that goes backstage to concert halls, green rooms, and studios usually off-limits to visitors.

Given that this is a functioning performance venue, visitors can also experience the Opera House by attending a show, whether pairing a theater performance with dinner as part of an evening package, or dining along the waterfront before a night of ballet.

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Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
$31.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved it. A must do.
Loved the tour. I had never been to the Opera House before and this was a great introduction. The guide was informative and very personable. We will be back.
Tanya_L, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

star-5
Very good tour, excellent guide
clemenswannemacher, Oct 2019
Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour
Chris was a wonderful guide and showed us around in this amazing building, giving us heaps of informations, answering a lot of questions and being very passionate about the sydney opera house. Thanks for the tour Chris!
star-5
Great photo opportunities
Lee, May 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Amazing tour! We got to see all the behind the scenes parts of the Opera house, plus a digital show. Highly recommended.
star-5
Tour and a show.
Boni, May 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
The tour was just right, not too long and great information. And we got a discount off tickets to a show.
star-5
Great Time In Sydney
ksb2women, Jun 2019
Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach
Jason picked us up from the hotel and took us all over town. He took us to Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, and other main attractions around Sydney. He was knowledgeable, professional, and humorous. We totally enjoyed this tour and felt like we understood the area better when the tour was over. When we were done he returned us to our hotel. It was a great way to see Sydney in 4 hours.
star-5
Oh what a beauty
Julie_M, Apr 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Seeing the Opera House from the inside was a fabulous experience, we feel very proud to be Australian. She is amazing and quite unique
star-5
This tour was the highlight of my visit to Sydney
Janice_F, Feb 2020
Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour
Very interesting! Seeing all the venues except Performance Hall which was under renovation was so fascinating. The attention to detail with both the structure design and interior design is mind blowing! Our guide, Jessie, was charming and so informative. The history about the architect Otzen and the political turmoil that short changed him was heartbreaking. This is a must do I’m Sydney. Just taking pics of the exterior is just not enough.
star-4
The story behind the Opera House
Louisarose, Apr 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
I loved touring the inside and outside of the Opera House. It was beautiful. A very interesting design with so much fascinating history, controversy, sadness and triumph! I would definitely recommend when visiting Sydney.
star-5
Fantastic guide
Michalina_Z, Mar 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
The tour guide was the best! Thank you for teaching our group so much about the Opera House in such an engaging and fun way, we’ll be recommending the tour for sure!
star-5
Beautiful sets and costumes.
Christine_S, Jan 2020
La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House
This is a relatively short opera with a sweet story. The singers/actors were wonderful. Good price and easy to exchange voucher for the tickets. Subtitles are provided above the stage.
star-5
Highly Recommend!!!
Amanda_T, Dec 2019
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
Awesome tour! Had an amazing guide, Rosemary, who gave a really good tour and it was amazing to learn about the history of the Sydney Opera House! If you are visiting Sydney, book this tour!
star-5
Half day tour
Charlene_H, Jan 2020
Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach
Half day tour. Danny, our guide, was terrific. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. We saw everything and totally enjoyed his narrative. Would book him again for another tour!
star-5
Opera House Tour - highlight of our Sydney holiday.
Pearse, Feb 2021
Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
A 1 hour, very informative and entertaining tour behind the scenes of this outstanding structure. Our guide David (a former dancer) was very good and really connected with us. We loved his knowledge and engaged the tour group. A highlight of our Sydney trip! The lunch was good too.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Attending a performance at the Opera House is a must for music, dance, and theater fans.

  • Public areas of the complex are wheelchair accessible, and accessible show seating is available for all performances; seats must be pre-booked and availability is limited.

  • Tickets for tours and events often sell out, so it’s best to book in advance.

  • Unless visiting on a guided tour, travelers are unable to access the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers or performance spaces.

  • The Opera House complex contains restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, and outdoor plazas.

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How to Get There

Located on Bennelong Point at the waters of Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, the Sydney Opera House is just a few minutes’ walk from Circular Quay and its ferries, trains, and buses. The site is also easy to spot from around Sydney Harbour and from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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When to Get There

Shows and performances run year-round at the Opera House, and with more than 2,500 of them taking place each year, you’re likely to find one during your visit. For a special experience, time your trip for the Vivid Sydney festival, when the Opera House exterior becomes the canvas for colorful light displays.

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Other Sydney Harbour Attractions

Although the Sydney Opera House is perhaps the most recognizable Sydney Harbour attraction, there are many more to explore. Don't miss the Circular Quay, from where ferries depart for various Sydney destinations; climb atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge from some truly bird's-eye, panoramic views; or take a dip in the waters off Sydney Harbour's many beaches.

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