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Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour

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    What to Expect
    Meet your small-group tour guide in the morning to hear the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, as well as the insider stories and industry secrets that play out behind the curtain. Performing arts fans of all stripes will relish the chance to experience the inner workings of this famous venue.

    Get started early in order to ensure that you can access rehearsal areas, dressing rooms and concert stages; access is restricted later in the day. You might catch a glimpse of actors, dancers or musicians as they warm up backstage. You may might step onto the conductor's podium and view the orchestra section, then walk onstage where countless artists have performed, seeing the majesty of the opera house from their perspective.

    After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full Australian breakfast served in the Green Room — which is usually only accessible to performers and staff. As you enjoy a hearty meal, you can ask further questions and hear more stories. Choose from several hot and cold dishes with options for different dietary needs. It's the perfect ending to a memorable tour of this iconic performing arts center.
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    Departure Point
    Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Easy walk from Circular Quay Train Station, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    2h 30m
    • Behind the scenes tour - with a professional guide
    • Breakfast - Full hot breakfast with tea or coffee
    • Entry/Admission - Sydney Opera House
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Minimum age to participate is 10 years old
    • Please note: There are over 300 steps on this tour, a moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate on the tour
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Due to safety requirements - fully covered enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn for the duration of the tour
    • Please meet your tour guide at the Sydney Opera House Stage Door at 6:45am - your tour will commence at 7:00am sharply
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    An hour ago I was finishing breakfast in the green room, after one of the best guided tours I've taken! Don’t miss this tour if you really want to understand the development, history and day-to-day workings of the Sydney opera House. We lucked out with a wonderful guide Bella,
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    This was a fascinating tour; we got to stand in the orchestra pit and see so much of the inner workings of the building, we and our 11 year old truly enjoyed it.
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    First a shout out to our guide Steve! Thank you for such an entertaining and informative tour. You had to make some quick adjustments on the fly as the schedule had changed but it didn’t affect the quality at all. So fun to “conduct” the orchestra and to stand on stage.
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    Response from sydneyoperahouse, Team SOH at Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Dear 63mimi, Thanks for taking the Backstage Tour with us here at the Sydney Opera House. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour with Steve as you explored the behind the scenes of this incredible performance venue. Great too that you were able to have a go at conducting and could explore the stage! Thank you for recommending the tour and we hope that we will be seeing you again soon for a show now that you know how it all comes together. Kind regards, Team SOH
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    We were able to see how the different theaters functioned, stand on a stage, and learn the intricate details of changing the sets during a performance. The good breakfast was an extra treat. Be aware there are lots of stairs.
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    Response from sydneyoperahouse, Team SOH at Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Dear Nousername77, The Backstage Tour is a great way to get an insight into how the Sydney Opera House runs behind the scenes. It's interesting to see how it all comes together when it's showtime. We are delighted you enjoyed the breakfast in the green room at the end of the tour to recharge. There are a number of stairs involved in the Backstage Tour, so we advise to bring comfortable walking shoes along. Kind regards, Team SOH
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    I have been to Sydney a couple of times before and had wanted to do this tour but had not been staying close enough for the early start! Finally staying close enough and worth the early start. Got to see all 5 theatres and learned some interesting facts from a knowledgeable and
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    Response from sydneyoperahouse, Team SOH at Sydney Opera House Guided Backstage Tour
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Dear Hornsbrie, It's true, the 6:45 meeting time for the Backstage tour is not for the faint of heart but we're so glad that you managed to make it in this time. It's wonderful that seeing all five theatres and getting to see the interesting inner workings of the Opera House made it all worth it for you. That's the advantage of getting up early. You get the whole Opera House to yourself! We hope to see you again soon, though maybe you could visit us to see a show next time, at a much more civilized hour in the evening. Thank you for your review! Kind Regards, Team SOH
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    By: Sydney Opera House
    Nicola H
    Reading, United Kingdom
    Iconic building does not disappoint
    This iconic building is awesome in its design. The tour of the building is very interesting and worthwhile.
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    Satellite Beach, Florida
    A must visit place in Sydney Australia. Easy access from the downtown, train station, and overseas passenger
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    Tim P
    Don't waste your money
    Took guided tour for $42....waste of time and money. We were shown one concert hall, private dining venues, public
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    Swansea, United Kingdom
    Walking tour of Opera House
    Whilst the SOH is just such an amazing building with such an interesting history, I didn't think this tour was up
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    Robert B
    Distinctive architecture
    The Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO site. We viewed the site from both sides of the harbor. The architecture
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    Vienna, Virginia
    Access Tour is Superb
    My wife was unable to handle all the steps on the normal walking tours of the Sydney Opera House. Fortunately,
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    Leighann Z
    Suffern, New York
    Great tour of the Opera House
    This one hour tour was given by Julia and was very informative. The headsets are a real help, especially for those
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    guided tour
    This was a wonderful tour as we had access to many parts of the opera house you would not normally see. Given a
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    Laurent C
    Saint-Jeannet, France
    This iconic landmark hosts some of the best shows and operas in the world! Do not miss the opportunity of seeing
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    Bangkok, Thailand
    We booked the guided tour of the Sydney Opera House online at 10 am. We met the guide at the tour meeting point #
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