Visit to the Sydney Opera House: timetables, prices and advice

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Now become a real symbol of the city of Sydney and throughout Australia, this theater is a very famous building with a very unique architectural structure, recognizable by the domes of the roof that resemble gigantic sails, all in reinforced concrete covered with over a million white tiles.
It was designed by John Utzon, a Danish architect, and was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973.
It stands on a promontory called Bennelong Point and stretches out towards the oldest bay in the city.
This theater, fruit of art and human creativity, is one of the most curious urban sculptures of the twentieth century and since 2007 it has been registered on the Unesco World Heritage List.


  1. Hours and prices
  2. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  3. What to see and how to visit the Sydney Opera House
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • from 9:00 to 17:00. The only closing days during the year are Christmas day and Good Friday
  • Best time to avoid queues: 11:00 or 15:00 are peak hours, prefer more unusual times, perhaps taking advantage of the lunch break
  • 40 Aud full (€ 24,69)
  • Reductions: 32 Aud for students and pensioners (€ 19,75), 22 Aud for children aged 5 to 15 (€ 13,58), 105 Aud for families of two adults + two children (€ 64,80)
  • Free: provided for children under 5

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

The theater includes a series of different and very interesting tours, which will guide you in a curious way to discover it. Here are below:

Tour of the Opera

A very interesting guided tour inside one of the most famous theaters in the world, which will allow you to discover its ancient history 58 years old, and of explore its most hidden corners, areas usually off limits to the public, the panoramic points from which to take pictures, admire the vaulted ceilings while comfortably seated on the white birch wood armchairs.
At the end of the tour it will also be possible to purchase an exclusive photographic souvenir of the theater. The duration of the tour is about one hour and the cost is 42,00 Aud (€ 25,89) per person - book online

Backstage tour

Face to discover what happens "behind the curtain". On this tour you will have the opportunity to see the orchestra pit up close, the changing rooms: realms of sequins and props, discovering hidden corners and internal secrets that have never been told.
At the end of the tour it will also be possible to refresh yourself with a hot breakfast consumed directly in the Green room: kingdom of crew and artists.
The duration of the tour is about two and a half hours and the cost is 175,00 Aud (€ 107,88) per person - book online

Tour with tasting

This tour allows you to taste succulent dishes based on fresh fish, mini burgers and salads, prepared directly from the Opera Kitchen, to be enjoyed immediately after the tour inside the theater.
The duration is approximately one hour and the rate starts from 82,80 Aud (€ 51,04) per person - book online

Tour with dinner

Dedicated to the sweet tooth, this special tour provides typical Australian meals, based on fish and chips with beer, ricotta gnocchi and O'Connor Angus rump, to be enjoyed directly at the Opera Bar.
The duration is approximately one hour and the cost is 73,00 Aud (€ 45,00) per person - book online

Junior Adventure Tour

Dedicated to children, this incredible tour will allow you to discover the history of the iconic theater in a curious way, offering the opportunity to dress up in costume and learn while having fun.
The duration is about one hour and the cost is 22,00 Aud (€ 13,56) per child

What to see and how to visit the Sydney Opera House

Considered one of the most important attractions to see in Sydney, the theater attracts thousands of visitors every day, who are struck by its design: a true expressionistic masterpiece, which has the curious characteristic of not having a main facade, so to be visibly beautiful from every angle.

It is advisable to book your visit in advance.
Theater it is divided into several sections can be visited, and every year it offers over 2.000 performances, including ballets, concerts and theatrical performances. Among the most beautiful rooms we point out:

  • The Auditorium, the Concert Hall is the largest and is where the acoustic performances take place. Inside there is an organ made up of 10.500 pipes, made by Ronald William Sharp and installed in 1979;
  • The hall of the opera house, Opera Theater hosts performances of opera, classical ballet and contemporary dance;
  • The Prose Theater, Drama Theater is used for traditional plays and dance;
  • The Playhouse it is a multifunctional room where film screenings, projections and conferences are held;
  • The Studio where film screenings, cabarets, cocktail parties and circus performances are still held;
  • The Utzon room where parties, screenings and shows of various kinds are held.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: North of the Royal Botanic Garden, only five minutes from Circular Quay train station - Get Directions
  • By bus: via lines 333 (from Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction in 40 minutes), 392 (from Unsw Library, Kensington in 50 minutes), B1 (from Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale in 59 minutes), L94 (from Airport - Domestic Mascot in 75 minutes), M52 (from Westfield Burwood, Burwood in 66 minutes)
  • By metro: Via T2 (from Town HallStation, Platforms 5 & 6 in 19 minutes), T3 (from Hornsby Station, Northern Concourse in 26 minutes) and T4 (from Bondi Beach in 67 minutes)

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Buy the city card: We recommend purchasing the Sidney Flexi Attracions Pass which allows you to save up to 40% on entrance fees to the main attractions of the city, including the Opera House.
    This special pass will allow a guided tour of the theater, lasting 60 minutes, discovering areas off limits to the public, exploring the foyer where the shows take place and taking photos from hidden vantage points. The expected fare is € 27,08 (adults), € 14,18 (children).
  2. Watch out for restrictions: Some attractions and museums are not allowed to bring water or food - make sure you don't have any with you
  3. Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The idea of ​​building the theater belongs to Joseph Cahill, then premier of the state of New South Wales, who wanted one a structure that represented a more united and enlightened community. An international competition was launched and it was Utzon's idea that won first place.
Some curiosities about the Opera House say that it took seven years to build the model and seventeen for the actual structureFurthermore, it is said that in creating its shape, Utzon was inspired by the action of peeling an orange (it seems that the 14 external shells, if reassembled, would form a perfect sphere).
As already mentioned, the theater is composed of several rooms, each used for different uses and representations. The rooms can all be visited. The Concert Hall which is the main one is inspired in shape by a large wooden cathedral and accommodates 2.679 seats.
The theater has a large parking area.

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