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Beyond the Stage Tour

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look

 

The Beyond the Stage Tour is currently not available. We look forward to sharing more information shortly on when the tour will return.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Uncover what happens before the curtain call when you travel Beyond the Stage and step behind closed doors into areas traditionally reserved for performers and workers on this exclusive small-group tour.

Let our tour guide take you to unseen vantage points around the House, and listen as they divulge fun facts, anecdotes and history on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House.

Relax after the tour with a delicious, leisurely brunch beside Sydney Harbour at the city's newest market food hall - Opera Kitchen.  Brought to you by Matt Moran, take a seat in the shadow of the sails for simple, fresh food with a view.

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House's many venues and theatres however please note the Concert Hall is currently closed as it is undergoing renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works.
 

COVID-safe tour information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Patrons and visitors aged 16 years and over entering the Opera House building are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt) until at least 15 April, 2022. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Visitor vaccination status after 15 April will be determined at a later date;
  • Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres including during the tour, unless lawfully exempt. We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times;
  • We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in at Stage Door;
  • To help maintain physical distancing, tours will not exceed 10 guests per tour;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the tour date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their tour.

Please check our Plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Tour runs on Saturdays at 9.30am We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online

The Beyond the Stage Tour departs at 9.30am on Saturdays from January 2022 (excluding New Year's Eve).

There is a maximum of 10 people per tour. If you would like to make a group booking or are unable to book online, please call 02 9250 7250 to place a reservation via our Reservations team.

Running time approximately 1+ hours

This is the time from when your guide greets all guests at Stage Door through to the end of the tour. After your tour enjoy brunch at Opera Kitchen at your leisure. 

Tour in English

The tour is currently only available in English.

If you wish to make a group booking of 8 or more guests in another language, please reach out to our Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 to make an enquiry.

Standard tickets from $90 per person

This tour is available for adults, as well as children aged between 10 and 15 years who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household. For safety reasons children under the age of 10 are not able to take part in the tour. 

Terms and Conditions 

What to know before you go

  • Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.
  • The tour moves through areas that at times have variable lighting, including dark spaces with low visibility, as well as lower ceiling space. Please contact our Tourism Booking Team if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Wear flat closed in, rubber-soled comfortable shoes, as this is a walking tour with 300+ steps.
  • We stage lots of live performances, so venues are subject to availability at the time of your tour. Please note the Concert Hall is currently undergoing renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works. 
  • Due to the nature of this tour and limited accessibility of backstage areas, this tour is not suitable for those with mobility concerns. You may wish to take a Mobility Access Tour. Click here for more information. 
  • We can’t store suitcases or large bags, however you can contact the nearest storage facility on circularquay@baggagestorage.com.au.
  • Videoing is not allowed. 
  • There are plenty of photo opportunities - your tour guide will advise you if photos are not to be taken at any point. 

Take a peek off the stage

Arrive at Stage Door for this VIP backstage experience, and join an intimate group to begin your exploration. Experience first-hand what it’s like to walk through Stage Door where thousands of actors and performers, famous names such as Cate Blanchett, Dame Joan Sutherland, Prince, the Wu Tang Clan and Lizzo have walked.

We'll take you to places usually off limits to the general public to find out how the magic of theatre happens. Discover what makes the Sydney Opera House both a world-renown icon and a world-class performance venue.

Then for your grand finale, indulge in brunch beneath the sails at Opera Kitchen including:

- Baked Italian Eggs with a side of focaccia
- Granola with yoghurt
- Ricotta and chocolate cannoli
- Amaretti cookies

Brunch also comes with your choice of one hot and one cold beverage from the following:

- Prosecco
- Parkers Juices
- Orange, cloudy apple, pineapple or cranberry juice
- Sparkling or still water
- Soft drinks
- Single O coffee
- Tea by Truly Tea

Please note menu items are subject to change according to seasonality and availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a COVID Safe business?

Yes. The Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.  

What safety and hygiene measures are in place at the Opera House and Opera Kitchen?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. Our COVID-19 health and safety information is available on the Plan your visit page.

Opera Kitchen is committed to being a COVID safe environment. View their COVID-19 health and safety measures here.

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Opera House?

Yes. Patrons and visitors aged 16 years and over entering the Opera House building are required to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt) until at least 15 April, 2022. This includes visitors and patrons attending a performance or event, taking a tour, or visiting the box office, retail store, bar or restaurant operated within the building (Bennelong and Portside). Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Visitor vaccination status after 15 April will be determined at a later date.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Yes, please bring and wear a mask. Face masks continue to be required for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance (unless medically exempt). We highly recommend children aged 11 years and younger wear a mask at all times. Please bring your own mask.

Some members of the community may have issues wearing masks due to health conditions. We ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious.

How are you managing contract tracing?

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Do I need to book in advance?

We encourage you to purchase your tour in advance online or via the phone where you’ll receive an eTicket. Please bring this with you and present it upon check-in at Stage Door.

Can I make a booking for 8 people or more?

Yes, though the maximum capacity per tour is 10 people. For capacity reasons the booking must be made by calling 02 9250 7250. Our Reservations team will assist with your reservation.

Can children join this tour?

Yes, children aged between 10 and 15 years can join the tour however they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Under 16s not fully vaccinated must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult from their household. For safety reasons children under the age of 10 are not able to take part in the tour. 

Are there vegetarian options available for brunch?

Yes, vegetarian options are available.

What happens if I can't make my tour?

Please contact our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you.

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 minute walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car, head to the roundabout at the bottom of Macquarie Street where staff will direct you to a safe place to pull over.

Driving? Park in Wilson’s Car Park, you’re just minutes to your tour meeting point. Need a bit more info? Click here

Where do I go for the tour?

The tour meeting point is at Stage Door which is located beneath the Monumental Steps.

What time do I need to arrive before my tour?

It’s a great idea to arrive early, grab a drink and soak up the view. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak all your bags and personal belongings.

This should allow enough time for the mandatory visual inspections and/or cloaking of all bags and personal belongings by Opera House staff before starting your tour.

Where possible, please leave bags at home. Please note we are unable to cloak bags larger than A4 size. 

If I am late for my tour what can I do?

If you are going to be late for your tour please call our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 for assistance.

What should I wear?

So long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, whatever you like. We’re pretty informal here at the Opera House. There’s no real dress code for tours, so you’ll fit right in with casual attire. 

You’ll be on your feet for a guided tour, there are over 300 stairs. Flat, enclosed, rubber-soled shoes must be worn or patrons may be refused entry on the tour. Your feet will thank you! 

What can I bring with me on the tour?

Where possible, please do not bring bags to the Sydney Opera House. Bags larger than A4 size will need to be cloaked before you can go on the tour.

Cameras are allowed on the tour and there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the entire tour. Your tour guide will advise you whilst on tour if photographs are not to be taken inside any venues. Please note there is no video filming on the tour.

Mobile phones are permitted on the tour however please ensure they are switched off or on silent for the duration of the tour.

Will we go inside all the theatres on the tour?

You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House’s many venues and theatres on this tour.

Please note that as we are a busy performing arts centre, venues and theatres are subject to availability at the time of your tour. 

The Concert Hall is currently closed for renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics and accessibility.  

Click here to learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works. 

Will the building works at the Opera House affect the tour?

You'll notice that Sydney Opera House has building works underway around the precinct. These works will not impact your visit, it's business as usual!

Do ensure that you arrive at the Sydney Opera House at least 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak any bags and personal belongings.

For more information head to the Renewal pages

How do I find Opera Kitchen?

Opera Kitchen is located on the Lower Concourse.

Opera Kitchen will have a single entry and exit point to ensure registration and venue capacity are effectively managed. This will be located under the parapet along the Lower Concourse.

Queues will be managed to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.  We ask that you please follow the directions of our staff at all times.

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