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  • Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000, Australia
  • Hours: Daily
  • Admission: Varies

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Sydney Opera House Tours

The Sydney Opera House, a world-class performing arts venue and iconic Australian landmark, defines the Sydney Harbour in the heart of the city. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the structure is a masterpiece of late 20th-century architecture, despite challenges that plagued the 15-year project before it was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Distinguished by soaring halls with a white ceramic-tiled exterior shaped to evoke the sails of a yacht, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see Sydney attraction. 
 
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.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Attending a performance at the Opera House is a must for music, dance, and theater fans.
  • Tickets for tours and events often sell out, so it’s best to book in advance.
  • 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).
  • 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, cafes, shops, and outdoor plazas.
 
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 easy to spot from around Sydney Harbour and from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
 
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 during the Vivid Sydney festival, when the Opera House exterior becomes the canvas for colorful light displays.

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Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour, Sydney, null
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Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 798 Reviews

Get an insider look at the World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House on this 1-hour walking tour. Go behind the scenes with a knowledgeable guide who will ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.01
Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour, Sydney, Half-day Tours
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Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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Go behind the scenes of the iconic Sydney Opera House on a backstage tour of one of the world's most famous performing arts centers! You'll gain exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.28
Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Half-day Tours
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Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

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Spend an afternoon or evening at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Sydney Opera House for an amazing performance by Opera Australia. This 2018 season includes ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.51
Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Dinner Package, Sydney, Opera
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Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Dinner Package

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Music lovers - why not enjoy dinner, guided tour of the Sydney Opera House and a Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance when you're next in Sydney. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $235.55
Sydney Opera House and Opera Australia Dinner Package, Sydney, Dinner Packages
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Sydney Opera House and Opera Australia Dinner Package

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Dinner, guided tour and an Opera Australia performance - experience the very best of Sydney on this all encompassing Sydney Opera House experience. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.29
Sydney Opera House and Australian Ballet Dinner Package, Sydney, Dinner Packages
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Sydney Opera House and Australian Ballet Dinner Package

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A must-do Sydney Opera House experience for lovers of ballet! This guided evening tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Opera House also includes your ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $258.96
Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Dinner Packages
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Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Enjoy sightseeing and seafood aboard a world-class cruise boat on Sydney Harbour. Sink your teeth into a lunch buffet including rock oysters, ocean king ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.77
Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise

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Experience the magic of Sydney Harbour at twilight on board an authentic tall ship. As you sail past Sydney's most iconic sights including the Sydney Opera ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.77
Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade, Sydney, Dinner ... 
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Sydney Morning Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise or Sydney Opera House Tour Upgrade

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Explore the best of Sydney on this half-day city tour as you visit Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Rocks. Explore the iconic Mrs Macquarie’s chair and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $48.01
Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Fly over beautiful Sydney Harbour by helicopter for a bird's-eye view of Sydney. Your expert pilot will provide informative commentary on all the sites as you ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.04

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