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. What inspired him to base his revolutionary design on ships’ sails? How did he solve an engineering challenge considered one of the most difficult attempted anywhere in the world? You’ll find out on this very special one-hour guided tour into the intricate workings of a living, breathing Opera House.
You will explore the hallowed theatres and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year and your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history. You’ll run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar-free chambers in the world.
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 half the story.
Save 10% by booking online at sydneyoperahouse.com/tours, or call the Box Office on 9250 7777.
Tours run daily from 9am-5pm with a maximum group size of 35 people. Available in English, French and German.
There are over 200 stairs included on the tour; if you have limited mobility there is a daily 12pm Access Tour, bookings are essential. Please click here for more information.
VIVID SYDNEY - TOURS EXTENDED HOURS
27 May - 18 June
Exclusively for Vivid Sydney, the Sydney Opera House Tour is extending its hours, offering a rare glimpse into the making of this iconic event and the perfect starting point to begin your Vivid Sydney experience.
As the sun goes down and the House lights up, explore inside the Opera House’s famous theatres and foyers collecting a unique insight into the history of the festival and the famous light displays that illuminate the Sails in spectacular fashion every year. Finishing up outside in the glow of the Sails this is a uniquely special way to experience Vivid and the Opera House.
Departs daily during Vivid Sydney (27 May - 18 June) at 5.30pm and 6pm.
Please note bags larger than a standard handbag will need to be cloaked on arrival and may be subject to a search before being cloaked. It is not possible to store suitcases or large backpacks within the Sydney Opera House cloaking facilities. Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to allow sufficient time for this to occur before your tour.
From October 2015 there will be road closures in the CBD for the light rail construction scheme along George Street. Plan ahead for your trip to the Sydney Opera House, click here for more information.