Visiting the Sydney Opera House

Delve deep and uncover the mysteries of one of Sydney’s most popular icons.

You can’t visit Sydney without experiencing the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s premier performing-arts centre. Not only are there more than 1,800 inspiring shows and concerts each year, but there are also daily tours and a splendid variety of dining options. At the heart of the city, Sydney Opera House is your ultimate destination.

When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in 2007, it was hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”. Now it’s your turn to step inside this iconic landmark and discover the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable achievement on the Sydney Opera House Tour. What inspired him to base his revolutionary design on ships’ sails? You’ll find out on this very special one-hour guided tour into the intricate workings of a living, breathing Opera House. Once you’ve visited areas off limits to the general public and captured photographs from rare vantage points inside the majestic Sydney Opera House, you’ll realise that from the outside you’re only getting a fraction of the story. Tours run daily from 9am to 5pm and are available in English, French and German. You can even save 10% off the ticket price by booking online.

Have you ever dreamed of taking centre stage in an iconic performance venue and treading the very same boards as the likes of Cate Blanchett, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald and Dame Joan Sutherland? On the Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour you’ll do all that and more. Take the two-hour experience, and the tour guides will lead you through the building and through it’s hallowed theatres and behind the curtains to step foot on stage. You’ll also see the brand new recording studio and visit the scenery dock. You might even catch the hard-working crew in action as they set up for a musical performance or if you’re lucky – catch a glimpse of the artists in the middle of warm-up and rehearsal. In the Green Room, you could even rub shoulders with one of the stars relaxing before a performance! You’ll then enjoy a full continental breakfast. For lovers of dance, opera, theatre and performing arts of all kinds, The Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t soon forget. Tours operate daily at 7am only, run for 2 hours, and are available in English only.

In a food venue like no other, what could be better than dining by the edge of the world’s most beautiful harbour? Dining at the Opera House is a deliciously rewarding experience, by day or by night. Sip a cocktail over a tasting plate to live music as the sun sets behind the Harbour Bridge at Opera Bar; settle by the Harbour at Opera Kitchen for fresh seafood, hand-made burgers and Asian cuisine or grab a delicious dinner at Bistro Mozart or refreshment at one of the many Theatre Bars, before a performance. The Sydney Opera House is the quintessential Sydney experience for connoisseurs of culture and cuisine.

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