Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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From $120.21

192 reviews   (4.81)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Sydney, Sydney

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Uncover the mysteries of the backstage world.
Meet us at Stage Door before you take a journey behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House. Discover spaces and places normally hidden from the public, as you explore unseen backstage areas where performers like Julie Andrews, Bob Dylan and Prince have all gone before. In your intimate group, follow your tour guide and get ready to see first-hand what our stage crew and performers get up to side-of stage, including a trip to the orchestra pit, our private dressing rooms, and after the tour enjoy breakfast with your tour guide by the harbour at House Canteen.

What's Included

Behind the scenes tour - with a professional guide

Light breakfast with tea or coffee

What's Not Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 10 - 99

Additional Info

  • Due to safety requirements - fully covered enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn for the duration of the tour
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Minimum age to participate is 10 years old
  • Patrons are also required to wear a face mask at all times during the tour, unless lawfully exempt. Please bring your own mask.
  • Please note patrons aged 18 years and over entering the Opera House building for the Backstage Tour are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt).
  • Please note: There are over 300 stairs on this tour, a moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate on the tour
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please meet your tour guide at the Sydney Opera House Stage Door at 6:45am - your tour will commence at 7:00am sharply
  • Please note patrons aged 18 years and over entering the Opera House building for the Backstage Tour are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt). Patrons are also required to wear a face mask at all times
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Sydney Opera House
Arrive at Stage Door for this backstage experience, and join an intimate tour group to begin your exploration. Experience first-hand what it’s like to walk through Stage Door where thousands of actors, performers and famous names have walked before. Get ready to explore places usually off limits to the general public to find out how the magic of theatre happens.

Relish the opportunity to get a glimpse into the demanding, passionate, dramatic (and sometimes scandalous) world of our performers – as our guides recount the stories and insider secrets of what really happens behind the curtain.

From pulleys to props, sequins to sound-checks, we take you through nooks and crannies not known to the public. Discover what makes the Sydney Opera House both a world-renown icon and a world-class performance venue. Complete the experience with a delicious light breakfast at House Canteen - our newest dining venue with the best views of Sydney Harbour.

• Admission Ticket Included


What a breathtaking experience
JayTriv, 08-09-2022
Actually went during 19/20 had a great time though. Went for NYE party New Year’s Eve party ball. We had to secure tickets right away but it was amazing. Sydney is a wonderful place although we did travel before covid and restrictions.
Most Visitors Never Get To See This
NorthernExpat, 02-04-2020
My wife and I didn't really know what to expect. Frankly we aren't theatre people and don't really have a grasp of what happens behind the scenes, so this was really an eye opener for us. We were so impressed with the entire operations of the Opera House below the floors and behind the scenes. This is one giant, constantly moving operation. I was blown away at how they get the sets moved around and keep so many plays, shows and performances happening at the same time.

So even if you're not a theatre person take this tour. You will never look at a play or performance the same again - and you'll be seeing behind the scenes of the most impressive theatre/opera house in the world.
Great tour of a beautiful building
pitaToronto, 29-03-2020
Informative and interesting. Saw several theatres . Guide was lovely and knew much about ttthe venue.
Such a mind blowing experience!
Katiegrant531, 26-03-2020
We had no idea what to expect coming into this tour and have to say it was money well spent! I moved to Sydney from California 3 years ago and my mom came out to visit for the first time, we did this tour before seeing an opera that night. This tour absolutely made the experience!

Our guide, Tom, was so passionate and full of information about the opera house and opera in general. We got to see the props they used that night, even walked on the stage and through the orchestra pits. Just an incredible experience for anyone interested in the Sydney Opera House. Make sure to ask for Tom when you book this tour, he really made it special!
Iconic building with an interesting history
ogerkan, 25-03-2020
Everyone knows the iconic SOH from the outside but it is quite different on the inside. Definitely recommend a guided tour to understand how the SOH was created (design, funding, fabrication, etc.). Our tour guide was very knowledgable and insightful. The inside is very contemporary and smaller than I expected. Many design vs. functionality trade-off that are evident from the inside. We tried to see Six while we were in town but unfortunately it was sold out.

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