How To Best Enjoy The Sydney Opera House Tour
You can’t visit Australia without walking right up to (and hopefully inside of) the Sydney Opera House. Considered an architectural marvel, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular and famous performance venues in the world. Each year, more than 15,000 ballets, concerts, plays, and musicals are staged at the Opera House. When you sign up for the Opera House Tour, you are provided a behind-the-scenes look at this World Heritage site. These are guided tours and allow visitors to explore this famous building and learn the origin of its ingenious shape.
Visitors can upgrade their tours to include both a tour of the Opera House and a delicious tasting plate for two prepared by the Opera Kitchen. The Kitchen offers outdoor and indoor dining and is located on the plaza on the opera house lower level. Guests can relax and enjoy the incredible views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour. This gourmet cafe offers a three-tier tasting plate featuring dishes such as plank-roasted salmon, sushi, chicken burgers, mini wagyu, fries, and dumplings. Cocktails, wine, and beer are also available for sale and not included in the tour upgrade package.
The Sydney Opera House Tour takes approximately one hour. There are 200 steps which must be climbed and while there are moments of rest, tour participants stand for the majority of the tour. If a guest is unable to stand for prolonged periods of time, it is recommended they take the Sydney Opera House Access Tour which occurs daily at noon.
Tours run every thirty minutes between 9 AM and 5 PM and fill up early, so it is a good idea to make reservations early. The tours are offered in English, German, French, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish. The cost for an adult is $37. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 are $20 and children under age five are free. There are discounts available for families, Australian pensioners, and seniors, as well as for full-time students over age 16.
During the tour, visitors get an insider’s view of the opera house. They can touch the famous shell tiles, sit in the elegant white birch chairs and marvel at the glorious vaulted ceilings. The tour takes visitors to areas which are off-limits for the public. Guests have access to rare vantage points for once-in-a-lifetime pictures.
Friendly and skilled tour guides will offer information on the building’s history and why it took more than 14 years to complete construction. They will discuss the vision behind Jorn Utzon’s revolutionary design and how he solved the engineering challenges and made his vision a reality.
Even with reservations, it is a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Visitors can soak up the view while sipping on something from the Cafe. Guests should wear comfortable shoes since there is a great deal of walking. The dress code is very informal, but visitors should wear a shirt and shoes.
The Sydney Opera House Tour is the best way to see this beautiful building. Make reservations early and schedule the time to visit the Opera Kitchen.