Tours & Experiences
Behind the scenes, walks, tours and experiences
The Sydney Opera House Tour
The Sydney Opera House Tour has been reimagined and we’re excited to take you on a journey to uncover untold stories, anecdotes, and history – it has a story to tell, and now’s your chance to discover the magic beneath the sails.
Hidden House Tour
For the first time since opening our doors, you’ll venture into back-of-house spaces including the Concert Hall’s world-famous organ, its follow-spot room and the Joan Sutherland Theatre’s rear stage lift – one of the biggest lifts in the Southern Hemisphere – to see the inner workings of this complex building.
The Backstage Tour
Sweep back the curtains and explore behind the scenes with an intimate small-group Backstage Tour. Journey through rehearsal spaces not open to the public, and be tantalised with insider secrets from our expert guides.
Join us on this tour where you'll learn how in the mid-1950s, Australia and a man from Denmark, Jørn Utzon, created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour that changed the course of twentieth-century architecture. To quote US architect Frank Gehry, “(it) changed the image of an entire country.”
Mobility Access Tour
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for patrons with limited mobility, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Vivid LIVE Audio Described Lighting of the Sails
Sydney Opera House is excited to invite visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to join us for a personalised live audio-description of the Opera House’s Lighting of the Sails, Vivid LIVE’s most public event.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for French speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for German speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for Spanish speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for Japanese speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for Korean speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Our Sydney Opera House guided tour tailored for Mandarin speakers, taking you underneath the world-famous sails.
Taste of the House
Wine and dine your way around Sydney Opera House restaurants and bars to experience the culinary delights of some of Sydney's best chefs.
Tour and Dine
Step inside and discover the extraordinary stories of this vibrant performance space, then relax by the harbour in true Sydney-sider style, as you enjoy Australian-inspired cuisine at Opera Bar.
Kids and family tours
Junior Adventure Tour
Curious minds and adventurous beings uncover mysterious secrets and unusual facts with this jam-packed journey through the Sydney Opera House.
Junior Day Pack
Make the most of your visit with a Junior Day Pack including a show ticket, explore with the kids on a Junior Adventure Tour, and then enjoy a delicious Junior Lunch and drink at House Canteen.
Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails
Distilling the essence of Olsen’s esteemed career, spanning over sixty years, the animated artwork Lighting of the Sails: Life Enlivened spotlights Olsen’s enduring interest and fascination with Australian nature and landscape. Through images selected by curator Dr. Deborah Hart and animated by creative technologists Curiious, Life Enlivened (2023) celebrates the propulsive power of Olsen’s painterly brush to envision the natural world anew.
Badu Gili: Wonder Women
Badu Gili - meaning 'water light' in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people - is a free daily experience that explores First Nations stories in a spectacular six-minute projection on the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sails.
Badu Gili: LIVE
Gather from sunset for a free outdoor event that will transform the Opera House’s Monumental Steps into a festival that celebrates First Nations music, art and food.
Draw the House
Join like-minded creative souls to explore the Opera House through an artist’s eyes in our free monthly walking and drawing tours.
Draw the House: Digital Sketchbook Tour
Explore the Opera House through an artist's eyes, livestreamed from the comfort of your own home, in our free digital drawing tours.
Plan your visit
Information for visitors to the Sydney Opera House.
Our goal at the Sydney Opera House is to provide barrier-free access, making the site, building and the experiences they offer accessible to all people.
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