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Backstage Sydney Opera House Tour

US$ 155.35 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Exclusive after-hours access to one of the world′s greatest performance venues
  • Guarantee your place on a tour that regularly sells out weeks in advance
  • Stand where superstars like Bryn Terfel, Dame Joan Sutherland and Rudolph Nureyev have performed
  • Exclusive small-group tour with no more than 8 people
  • Breakfast included

Overview

Experience Sydney Opera House through the eyes of the stars and back-stage crews on this exclusive peek behind scenes at the legendary venue. This ever-popular small-group tour regularly sells out weeks in advance.

You’ll get privileged back-stage access to one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world and see the preparations for the upcoming performances.

Explore areas normally reserved for staff and stars and let your imagination soar as you sit in the orchestra pit, stand where legends have performed, enter the stars' dressing rooms and hear about the real-life dramas that happen behind the curtain.

Technically minded guests will also enjoy touring the precincts of the stagehands and crew, including the scenery dock and fly towers.

And there’s more! You also get the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Green Room, the private domain of stars, performers and staff.

Whether you are a Sydney resident or a visitor to the city, you will love this fantastic tour.

Itinerary

Take a privileged peek behind scenes at Sydney’s number one attraction on the acclaimed Backstage Sydney Opera House Tour. This small-group tour, with no more than eight participants, grants you exclusive access to areas normally reserved for the stars and their crew.

The meeting point for the tour is the Stage Door, located on the vehicle concourse at Sydney Opera House. The tour begins at 0700h (7.00 am) sharp each morning, ensuring visitors can access the inner sanctum areas that are restricted later in the day when performers and technical crews are at work. Please aim to arrive at 0645h (6.45am) at the Stage Door to ensure the tour gets off to a prompt start.

You will set off with your English-speaking guide to discover the inner secrets of the magnificent Opera House. You will enter the private domain of the performers and their minders and will have the chance to tread the boards on the world famous Concert Hall or Opera Theatre.

Just imagine – you can stand on stage where legends like Bryn Terfel, Dame Joan Sutherland and Rudolph Nureyev have performed! Or, if you’ve secretly envied the conductor his role, you could stride through the orchestra pit like a maestro and step up onto the podium, baton in hand!

You will get the chance to relax in the star’s dressing room – complete with Steinway Grand Piano – and can also visit less glamorous parts of the building, such as the precincts of the stagehands and crew, including the scenery dock and fly towers.

Your guide can share insider stories about titans like Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland, Michael Bublé, as well as other (somewhat less famous) performers like the Australian Idol crew!

At the end of the tour, you will be taken to the Green Room or canteen, normally reserved for performers and staff. Here a choice of hot (Australian-style) or cold (continental) breakfast is served and there is time to reflect and take in the atmosphere as well as ask the guide any further questions. An insider tip says that if you opt for the hearty Australian breakfast, you won’t want to eat anything else until dinner-time!

On Sundays and public holidays, the Green Room is closed and a continental breakfast will be served in the Sidewalk Café.

Your tour takes 2 hours including breakfast and ends at the Green Room of the Opera House (or Side walk Cafe on Sundays and public holidays).

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Reviews

AN EXCELLENT TOUR NOT TO BE MISSED, FOR EVERY THEATER AND MUSIC LOVER.... KARIM BAWAB

Marvelous backstage experience. A thrill to go behind the scenes and see the opera house from a different perspective. Guide was marvelous and shared many details. I do think it... Henry F Cohan

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily except for 25 Dec, 1 Jan and 22 Apr.

Duration

2 hours

Start time

Start time: 0700h (7.00am). Please arrive at 0645h (6.45 am) at the Stage Door
Duration: 2 hours

Meeting point

The Stage Door, located on the vehicle concourse at Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour finishes at the Green Room at the Opera House

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Inclusions

  • 90-minute backstage tour at Sydney Opera House
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hot or cold continental breakfast in the Green Room Mondays to Saturdays (or continental breakfast in the Sidewalk café on Sundays)

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Do/Dont's

There are approximately 300 steps in this tour and guests are asked to wear comfortable, closed-in rubber soled shoes

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please make sure you arrive well before the start time of 0700h (7.00 am) because the tour cannot wait for latecomers.
Participants should be of average fitness as there are around 300 steps. Disabled access is not available on the tour.
All large items of luggage and backpacks must be checked into the cloakroom at the start of the tour.
Please advise dietary requirements (such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) at time of booking.
Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on the tour

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • On Sundays and public holidays the Green Room is closed. A continental breakfast will be served in the Sidewalk Café instead.
  • There will be no more than 8 participants on this tour
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Cancellation policy

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  • "OUR TOUR LEADER WAS EXCELLENT. THE TOUR WAS ALSO EXCELLENT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE COULD NOT VISIT THE BALLET THEATER, BECAUSE THEY WERE WORKING ON A NEW SET-UP. I WOULD HAVE WISHED THAT WE COULD TAKE PHOTOS OF ALL THINGS THAT WE SAW. BY ALL MEANS, IT WAS A SUPERB TOUR, WHICH ENDED WITH A NICE FRIENDLY AND GENEROUS BREAKFAST." AN EXCELLENT TOUR NOT TO BE MISSED, FOR EVERY THEATER AND MUSIC LOVER....
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