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The Backstage Tour

What you see on stage is only half the story.


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

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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. Learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works.

Tours run daily at 7am

except Christmas Day and Good Friday

A Backstage Tour departs at 7am daily, and we ask guests to please arrive at Stage Door at 6.45am, (15 minutes prior to departure time) to check in with your Tour Guide and cloak your bags. 

Bookings are essential. Please ensure you book your tour no later then 5pm EST the day prior to departure.

Running time up to two and a half hours

This this tour can take up to two and a half hours in duration, and is the time from when one of our guides meets guests from the Stage Door entrance, through to the end of the tour in the Green Room. 

In English

The Backstage Tour is provided in English only.

Costs from $175  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. For safety reasons children under the age of 10 are not able to take part in the tour. 

Terms and Conditions 

Closed in, rubber-soled shoes must be worn on this tour

For safety, flat, enclosed, rubber-soled shoes must be worn on this tour or patrons may be refused entry on the tour. 

For those with a good level of fitness

On the Backstage Tour you will climb around 300 steps as you move throughout foyers and spaces. While there are railings and a number of rests throughout the tour when the guide shares our stories, you will not have the opportunity to sit for any long period of time during the tour until you reach the Green Room to enjoy your morning breakfast amongst the staff and performers. 

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. 

What to know before you go

  • The environments the tour moves through include areas with variable lighting states, including dark spaces with low visibility. 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. Learn more about the Concert Hall renewal works.
  • If you have mobility concerns, you may wish to take a Mobility Access Tour, which are available daily at 12pm. Learn more about the Mobility Access Tour.
  • We can’t store suitcases or large bags, however you can contact the nearest storage facility at circularquay@baggagestorage.com.au.

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

-Sumo, Tripadvisor

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On stage on the Backstage Tour

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. 

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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. 

Backstage Tour Breakfast

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What are the transport options to the Opera House?

You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. If you’re getting dropped off in a car head to the roundabout at the bottom 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 seat.  Need a bit more info? Click here

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

If you are going to be late for your Backstage Tour please call our Tourism Reservations team on 02 9250 7250 between 8.30am and 5.00pm or our Host Team on 02 9250 7400 outside of these business hours.

Can children join this tour?

For safety reasons, children under the age of 10 are not able to take part in the Backstage Tour.

What should I wear?

Flat, enclosed, rubber-soled shoes must be worn or patrons may be refused entry on the tour. 

What time do I need to arrive before my tour?

Please arrive at at 6.45am, which is 15 minutes before your tour to allow sufficient time to cloak any large bags.

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

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

How many people can join the tour? 

The group size of a Backstage Tour is limited to a maximum of 12 people per tour. This smaller number helps us to bring you to the best backstage areas possible. 

Will the building works at the Opera House affect this event? 

  • In February 2020, the Opera House will begin major Concert Hall renewal works to transform the world-famous venue for 21st century performances. You can find out more here.
  • While the Concert Hall is closed, the rest of Opera House will remain open and vibrant, with unmissable performances and experiences across all other venues and the wider precinct.
  • We are working hard to minimise disruption associated with these important works.

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