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The Backstage Tour

What you see on stage is only half the story.


Tours Notice
Updated 14 October

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be reopening tours from Thursday 5 November with a reimagined 1-hour guided tour where we'll take you beneath our sails to experience this World-Heritage masterpiece up close. Uncover the magic, untold stories, anecdotes and history from on and off the stage. 

Be amongst the first to also venture into our new space to witness unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, brought to life by a 270 degree immersive digital experience.

We hope to have more details to share about the reopening of our other tours soon.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support. We look forward to seeing you at the Opera House.

Sweep back the curtains and explore behind the scenes with an intimate small-group Backstage Tour. Breakfast in the exclusive domain of our performers, journey through rehearsal spaces not open to the public, and be tantalised with insider secrets from our expert guides. 


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. 

“The tour was outstanding. It was worth the time to get up early for it.... Amazing"

-Sumo, Tripadvisor

The Opening Act – start the day like a VIP

Meet at Stage Door for this backstage experience, and join an intimate group to begin your exploration. Get ready to see first-hand what it’s like inside the orchestra pit, explore inside a dressing room and hear insider stories and secrets from your tour guide along the way. 

The Real Story – as Much Drama Back-stage as On-stage

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

A Grand Finale – the Inner-Workings of a Living House

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, hot breakfast in the Green Room - the exclusive domain of our crew and performers.

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