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Sydney Opera House Tour (Times, Prices, Options) 2020

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The Sydney Opera House is one of the most sought after Australian attractions you’ll find. Whether you’re viewing it from the river or walking its corridors, nothing can prepare you for a visit to one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Its stages have seen the likes of Pavarotti, John Cleese, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their primes. Like the variety of performers it boasts, the theater also boasts a multitude of ways for you to tour it.

Below, you can find some of our best choices for you to make use of. Tours designed to get the most out of your visit. With over 1000 rooms and 300 corridors, one can only imagine the stories they’ll hear and legacies they’ll learn about this place.

Since its completion in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has captured the hearts of all who have been fortunate enough to enter its doors. In that time its gathered a history worth exploring.

Highlights:

  • Walk the roof of the Opera House
  • Explore its 7 main venues
  • Get skip-the-line or VIP access to usually off-limit areas

Know before you book:

  • Book in advance to avoid missing out
  • Morning slots are generally less full than afternoon and evening
  • Tours come in English, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean

Sunset at Sydney HarborWelcome to one of the most recognizable and distinctive buildings in the world. An argument could be made that it’s the most iconic building in the world! As its “sails” stand prominent over the harbor, you could see why.

Sydney Opera House boasts over 1600 performances throughout the year, spread across its 6 main venue halls. Walking its interior, you’ll get to see its 1000 rooms, 300 corridors as well as walk its iconic tiled roof.

Did you know there are over 1 million tiles covering the entire structure? When Danish architect Jorn Utzon decided to pursue his dream of designing and building a world-class performing arts building, he didn’t hold back.

As the tiles were laid, and its first concrete “ribs” erected, who’d have thought Bennelong Point and Sydney, on the whole, would be changed forever.

Sydney Opera House Tour Price 2020

Sydney Opera House tickets price out at $42 USD. However, you can receive discounts depending on group size, booking online and which tour options you choose.

Guided tours are generally around $15-$20 USD more expensive, as seen below.

TimesSydney Opera House from across the harbor

The Sydney Opera House opening hours go from 9 am to 8:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9 am to 5 pm on a Sunday.

On a side note, you should know the surrounding Bennelong Point is open to the population throughout the day. It’s also the perfect spot for watching a sunrise or sunset.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Best Time to Go

With the Opera House being open 7 days a week, you get versatility when deciding when to go. Morning or late evenings are usually the more preferable options. Try to catch the tours before 11 am or after 4 pm.

October, November, March, and April are some of Sydney’s prime sightseeing months!

Sydney Opera House Inside Tours

You may be wondering what’s in store when you visit Bennelong Point. Majority of the guided tours are somewhat customizable. You’ll get to choose just how in-depth you want to go.

With so many stages and rooms inside the complex, it would be wise to do some research into which Sydney Opera House rooms pique your interest.

Be warned, some stages may be closed due to preparations for a show or renovations, so make sure you’re prepared and structure your tour accordingly.

Sydney Opera House Tour OptionsIntricate tiles on the roof

The Opera House has a lot of variety when it comes to touring its many rooms. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and limited time to do it, so it pays to have some good tour options.

Below you can find some of our best picks for you to make use of.

Walking Tour

On this Sydney Opera House walking tour, you’ll discover not only what went into the designing and building of its 300 corridors and 1000 rooms. You’ll also get to walk on the roof of the building, touch the tiles and get a stunning view of Sydney Harbour.

The Opera House is filled with tales and folklore and goes beyond its construction. You’re in for a detailed and entertaining tour.

What we liked: Perfect for those looking to get the standard look-see into the buildings past.

INCLUDES:
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • English, German, Spanish, and French options
  • Roof Walk

EXCLUDES:
  • Transport to and from the venue
  • VIP access to off-limit areas
  • Meals and snacks

If your goal is to go on a detailed tour of the theater, perfect for the whole family, then this is the best option you could take. It’s neither long enough to be boring nor overstuffed with information.

You can explore, learn and appreciate your surroundings without asking your kids to focus for too long.

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Opera House Inside VIP TourView of the harbor from inside

This tour is for those travelers looking to go above and beyond a typical visit to the theater. You’ll not only get to enjoy all the benefits of the standard tour, but you’ll get access to rooms and locations within the building normally off-limits.

The tour is limited to a small group as well, which means you get a more personal experience. You’ll see where the stars rehearse for their performance, stand on stage, and get to eat where they eat: the famous Green Room.

What we liked: Great for those looking to go above and beyond the regular experience.

INCLUDES:
  • Access to normally off-limit areas
  • Breakfast in the Green Room
  • Professional Tour Guide

EXCLUDES:
  • Transport to and from venue
  • Refunds
  • Afternoon tours

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If you’re an arty soul or have a desire to stand on the stage that so many famous stars have stood on before then you have to try this tour out.

Other than getting to explore the VIP sections of the theater, you’ll also get added insight into some funny behind-the-scenes stories. One’s a regular tour wouldn’t be able to provide.Silihouette of the Sydney Operah House

8.3Expert Score
For first-timers to Sydney, a visit to the Sydney Opera House should be number one on your list of things to do. As mainstream sites go, the opera house is one that does not disappoint. It’s neither overcrowded with tourists nor a let-down.
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PROS
  • Lots of activities included
  • Meals can be included
  • Multiple Options
CONS
  • No transport to and from the venue
  • Wheelchair access is limited
  • Tour can feel short

Specification: Sydney Opera House Tour (Times, Prices, Options) 2020

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

1 hr, 2.5 hours

Includes

Rooftop access, Audio guide in mutliple languages, Professional tour guide

Excludes

Refunds, Transport

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified)

Pickup

Not included

Suitable For

Couples, Families, Families with older children, Solo travelers

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  1. Anonymous

    Do not be worried if you have mobility issues. They have a handicap tour every noon that takes you to see all of the wonderful theaters utilizing backstage elevators. It also enables you to see many sections of the Opera House unavailable to the regular tours

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  2. Anonymous

    This was a well organized tour of an amazing structure with a very good guide.

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