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Sydney Opera House Architecture Tour

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    Learn about the history, and magic of Sydney Opera House on this guided tour of its architecture that takes you directly beneath its world-famous sails!


    • Walk beneath the sails and find out what makes the Sydney Opera House so amazing.

    • Explore the history and architecture of the building with an expert guide.

    • Take photographs from vantage points, and learn about how this engineering marvel was built.


    • English-speaking guide

    Cancellation policy

    These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

    Ratings & Reviews

    210 Ratings
    William B Dring



    Jan, 2024

    The guide, Peter, made all the difference. He was knowlegeable an passionate about the building.
    Sumati Govind



    Jan, 2022

    Graeme Ebsary



    Jun, 2021

    The booked architectural tour did not run and I was offered an alternative time slot which turned out to be only the general tour.

    Back in the 1950s, a Danish man, Jørn Utzon, created a sculpture on Sydney Harbour that changed the course of 20th-century architecture. When it was finally inaugurated in 1973, US architect Frank Gehry said it "changed the image of an entire country." The Sydney Opera House consists of three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which house two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-like structures rest upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that serve as pedestrian roads.

    On this tour, you will get to learn how visionaries, architects, engineers, and artists came together to build this architectural and engineering masterpiece. It truly was at the cutting edge of what was possible at the time. Admire their work up close on this special tour around the Opera House every Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM. You might even see a rehearsal in action, or catch the crew working on a set!

    Sydney Opera House

    Monday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Friday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Saturday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday8:45 AM - 9:00 PM

    Important Information

    • Infants aged 0-5 can enter for free.

    • Sydney Opera House stages lots of live performances, so venues are subject to availability at the time of your tour. Please note the Concert Hall is currently closed as it is undergoing renewal works to improve theatre machinery, acoustics, and accessibility.

    • Suitcases or large bags can't be stored, however, you can contact the nearest storage facility.


    • Videography is strictly prohibited inside the venue.


    • Sat: 10am onwards
    • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

    • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the ticket redemption point.

    • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

    • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

    Ticket Redemption Point

    • Redeem your ticket at the Sydney Opera House.

    • Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

    Get Directions to the Ticket Redemption Point

    Getting there

    Circular Quay is a six-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. Several modes of public transport can be found at this point.

    By Bus

    • Get off at Circular Quay using buses 304, 333, 333N, 373, 374, 377, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399, 500, 507, 515,518, 520, M52, L94, X94, and X97.

    By Ferry

    • Take ferry F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7 or F8 to Circular Quay.

    By Train

    • Take train T1, T2, T3, T7 or T8 to Circular Quay.
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