You can’t visit Sydney without stopping to see the iconic Sydney Opera House! Check out our helpful guide for visiting the Sydney Opera House Tour, packed full of tips for visiting, ways to save on admission, other nearby attractions, and more.
Looking for Sydney Opera House Tour Tickets?
We’ve got you covered – Sydney Opera House Tour admission is available with the below money saving options, so you can choose the attraction pass that’s right for you:
1. Explorer Pass – Choose as you go. Includes admission to your choice of attractions.
2. Build Your Own Pass – Select the attractions you want to visit prior to visiting.
History of the Opera House
Nowadays it’s impossible to envision Sydney without seeing the Opera House in your mind, but the famous landmark wasn’t constructed until 1959.
Before the Opera House existed, shows were held at the Sydney Town Hall, but the bustling city quickly outgrew that venue. In an effort to create a larger gathering place for the arts, the Opera House was proposed.
An international competition was hosted to find an architect to design the building that would become the focal point of the harbor. The winner was Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, who went on to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his work.
On October 20th, 1973, Queen Elizabeth of Australia opened the doors of the Opera House for the first time.
Fun Facts about the Opera House
- The projected cost of the Opera House was $7 million. It cost $106 million by completion.
- The project required over 10,000 construction workers.
- The Sydney Opera House was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2007.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger won his final Mr. Olympia body building title in 1980 in the great hall.
- Utzon’s design was initially rejected by three of the competition’s judges.
Tips for Visiting the Sydney Opera House Tour
- Plan to be on the tour for approximately one hour. Factor in some extra time in your day to explore the nearby Botanic Gardens and all that the harbor has to offer.
- Buy tickets to a show. The ballets are some of the best around.
- Stop at a nearby restaurant and enjoy harbor views while dining.
Best Time to Visit
The Opera House is open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm, with tours running every 15 or 30 minutes. We recommend planning a visit earlier in the day to beat afternoon foot traffic. Furthermore, this will leave time for you to explore the promenade and surrounding areas when your tour is through.
What You Should Bring
- Comfortable footwear – you’ll be walking a lot on this tour!
- A camera
What to Do There
Take an hour-long guided tour of the Opera House and learn more about the history and architecture of the iconic building. Your guide will give you exclusive access to areas that are usually off-limits.
Have your camera ready, there will be tons of unique sites and rare vantage points for you to snap photos of.
Step inside the famous theaters
This is your all-access pass to some of the most famous theaters and concert halls in the world. Take a seat in the plush theater chairs, marvel at the sky-high ceilings and touch the famous shell tiles for yourself. If you’re lucky, you might catch a rehearsal in progress too.
Discover the story
Be lead through every part of the building’s 14-year construction and 58-year history by your expert guide. Learn what inspired Utzon’s unique design and how he brought it to life.
The Opera House is located near Circular Quay, one of Sydney’s best and most lively hubs. There are plenty of sights and attractions in the area to add to your itinerary.
Sydney Jet Thrill Ride – this 30-minute jet boat ride whips you all around Sydney Harbour at speeds of up to 50 mph. Your skilled driver will perform 270-degree spins, fish tails, wave rides and power brake stops that guarantee a giant splash on board.
Magistic Cruising Cafe Mezze & Champagne – this catamaran cruise takes off in Circular Quay and includes light bites and a bottle of The Riddle Australian champagne. Explore the 3 open-air decks on board as you cruise by famous landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Luna Park and more.
Sydney with Conviction Walking Tour – explore the good, the bad and the little-known on this two-hour walking tour led by a local history enthusiast. See a whole new side of famous landmarks like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House. In taking the path less-traveled by tourists, you’ll learn all sorts of unique facts about Australia’s greatest city.
Places to Eat Nearby
Opera Bar – with the Sydney Opera House as a backdrop and the Sydney Harbour Bridge right in front of you, it’s no wonder Opera Bar has become a tourist favorite. Enjoy local dishes and divine seafood with the best views in the city.
Bennelong Restaurant and Bar- located right in the Opera House, Bennelong’s two-floor dining experience has something for every visitor. Looking for an upscale meal after a show? Try the lower level for exquisite a la carte options, or opt for The Circle on the second floor for a more casual (but equally delicious) experience.
Cafe Sydney – diners enjoy sweeping views of the harbor from this rooftop restaurant. The a la carte dinner and drinks menu includes unique dishes and some of Australia’s best wines.
Save on Admission with a Sydney Pass
Remember, the Sydney Pass is one of the best choices for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes the Sydney Opera House Tour tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.
Save up to 45% on top sightseeing tours, and popular activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple attractions for one low price with The Sydney Pass.
Easy Related Posts
Top Museums in Sydney to Visit During Your Trip
Explore the history of Australia's aboriginals, peruse art from prehistoric times to today, and learn ...read more
5 of the Best Beaches to Visit in Sydney
Check out 5 of the best Sydney beaches for locals and visitors alike. From great ...read more
Visiting Sydney on a Budget – How to Save on Your Vacation
Despite its reputation for being one of the most expensive cities to visit in the ...read more
Things to Do in Sydney in Spring 2018 - Attractions, Activities & More
Looking for things to do in Sydney in spring? Check out these seasonal events and ...read more