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How to spend a day at the Sydney Opera House

From sunrise to sundown, our picks of what to do at Circular Quay

Gabrielle Anschau


Explore Sydney’s pristine harbourside

Find out what goes on backstage

Sweep back the curtains and join us on a Backstage Tour of the Opera House. Tours run daily at 7am and include a delicious breakfast in the Green Room – the exclusive domain of our crew and performers.

Take yourself on a stroll (free)

With so much still to explore, take a wander around the precinct and touch the famous roof tiles and take in the breadth of the Opera House from a multitude of vantage points.

Settle in for a snack

Enjoy a coffee and snack at Opera Kitchen while basking in the views as the morning gets warmer. Watch the ferries as they come and go.

Welcome to Gadigal country

Make sure to stop by and listen to a Welcome to Country from Rhoda Roberts, our Head of First Nations Programming, as you enter the Opera House precinct. You can hear the welcome at the plinth as you enter the Forecourt from Circular Quay (from 8am).


Relax and refresh

Meet the Seagull Patrol

Say hello to our Seagull Patrol Dogs who patrol Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen during the peak lunch time period. These plucky pups scare away the seagulls so you can enjoy your delicious harbourside meal. You can even ask them for a ‘pawfect’ selfie.

Have a bite al fresco

Enjoy lunch at Portside, the hidden gem of the Opera House, while taking in uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge.

Take a tour in one of seven languages

After lunch, step beneath the sails and discover what makes the Opera House so inspiring. Join us on an Opera House Tour – available in English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Mandarin.

Take a souvenir home

Check out our gift shop and pick up a unique memento from your Sydney Opera House experience. Care for the environment with a sustainable Opera House straw or reusable coffee cup, take a piece of Australian fine art home with the Utzon Tapestry Collection, or buy a fine Bausele watch with a fragment of an Opera House tile embedded in its very crown.

Go for a stroll in the Gardens next door

Then take a wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and see the full beauty of the Opera House from a distance (another great photo opportunity).

Say hi to our staff

Keep an eye out for our friendly Welcome Team – they’re the staff in orange shirts. Ask them for tips and tricks on how to make the most of your afternoon at the Opera House.


Be inspired after dark

See a show

There’s lots going on at the Sydney Opera House every day, and your favourite band or opera might just be in town when you are. Check out the What’s On section for all other show times and pre-show talks.

Fresh oysters and cocktails

Don’t have time for a three-course meal? Enjoy some freshly shucked oysters and al fresco wine and cocktails at Opera Bar while listening to live lounge music. It’s the quintessential Sydney experience.

See ancient art projected on the sails

Watch the free Badu Gili sails lighting on the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

The perfect dessert

Indulge in a picture perfect post-show dessert and drink at Bennelong Restaurant.

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