Sydney Opera House Tickets

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Opening hours

Tours of the Sydney Opera House operate daily from 9am until 5pm.

Tours are conducted every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The last tour of the day begins at 5pm.

How to get there

Public Transport- there are numerous bus, train and ferry services that operate to Circular Quay. From there it is a six minute walk to the Opera House entrance.

Taxi- you can take a taxi to the roundabout at the end of Macquarie Street, it is then a short walk to the entrance.

Car- Wilson’s Car Park is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there is a courtesy bus from here for visitors requiring mobility assistance.


Should I book tickets in advance or can I just turn up and take a tour?
Lots of tours do sell out in advance, so it is recommended that you book your tickets in advance of your visit.
How many tours are there each day and how long does each tour take?
Tours begin every 15 or 30 minutes from 9am until the last tour of the day starting at 5pm. Each tour lasts about one hour.
How much does a tour cost?
An adult ticket for the tour costs $42. The price of children’s tickets (aged from 5 to 15) is $22 with concessions tickets costing $32 (Australian seniors and full time students aged 16+). Children aged younger than 5 have free entry. Family tickets are available for $106 (2 adults and 2 children).
Will we visit all the theatres during the tour?
During the tour you will visit some of the theatres. The Sydney Opera House is a busy performing arts centre and access to each theatre and other venues is determined by their being available on the day of your visit.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code for the tour. The tours are informal and providing you are wearing a shirt and shoes there should be no problem. You might want to consider your feet as there are over 300 stairs to negotiate on the tour, so a flat pair of comfortable shoes is recommended.
What can I carry with me on the tour?
Any bags larger than A4 size have to left at the cloakroom as they are not permitted inside for security reasons. Cameras are permitted inside and you will be instructed when it is suitable (or not) to take photographs. There is no video filming permitted during the tour. While phones are allowed inside, we request that they are either switched off or in silent mode during the tour.
How long should I arrive before my tour begins?
You are requested to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your tour. This allows you time to place any items into the cloakroom and complete the mandatory visual security check before the tour begins. If you are going to be late for your tour you should contact the Tourism Reservations Team where if possible your tour time can be rescheduled.

Must know

Tours are available in seven languages
In addition to English, tours are also available in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Security at the Sydney Opera House
Security is of the highest priority with regular updates on the methods used to ensure the safety of all visitors to the venue. The security checks include visual inspections as well as x-ray screening by trained security staff before you enter the venue.
Vehicle access on the forecourt
The Sydney Opera House has removed all access to parking and vehicle movements from the forecourt for reasons of increased security. Any visitors requiring mobility assistance are requested to use the car park adjacent to the Opera House where a courtesy vehicle is available if required.
Multiple Performance Venues
The name, Sydney Opera House suggests a single venue. However, the building contains multiple performance venues with more than 1,500 annual performances. The performances staged here are watched by over 1.2 million people each year. In addition to visiting artists there are also three resident companies: Opera Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Theatre Company. It is one of Australia’s biggest attractions with around 350,000 people taking the tour of the building each year.
Performance venues and facilities
Concert Hall- the concert hall has seating for 2,679 and is the home venue of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Pride of place in the concert hall is the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. It is the world’s largest mechanical tracker organ containing more than 10,000 pipes. The Joan Sutherland Theatre has 1,507 seats and is home to Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. The 544 seat Drama Theatre is primarily used by the Sydney Theatre Company as well as other dance and theatrical presentations. The Playhouse is a smaller theatre with seating for 398 while the Studio is a flexible space with 280 permanent seats and a maximum seating capacity for 400. The Utzon Room is a small sized room with multiple uses such as parties, corporate entertainment and small productions such as performances of chamber music. There is also a Recording Studio and the Outdoor Forecourt can be used for a range of events for the community requiring outdoor performances.

Places Nearby

Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the best known landmark of the city until the Opera House was constructed. The bridge was constructed in 1932 and remains as the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It connects the north and south shores and the single arch is 134 metres above the water at its highest point. There are two railway lines and eight road traffic lanes. Pedestrians can use the walkways or if you feel daring join a guided tour to ascend the bridge. If you just wish to discover the history of the bridge then visit the museum at the southeastern pier.
The Rocks
The Rocks is the site of the first settlement of Europeans to the west of Sydney Cove. Today you can visit more than 100 heritage sites and buildings along the narrow streets of the settlement. It also includes the oldest house still standing in Sydney, the 1816, Cadman’s Cottage. The Rocks Discovery Museum takes you on a journey from traditional aboriginal lands, to convict slums through to today’s hotspot for visitors. Among the narrow streets are souvenir shops, restaurants, art galleries and market stalls. You can if you wish join a nighttime guided ghost tour.
Harbour Cruises from Circular Quay
Circular Quay was first built by convicted labourers and is now home to one of Sydney’s finest entertainment venues. During the day thousands of commuters travel through here using the ferry terminal. A popular attraction for visitors to the city is to take a harbour cruise. Other popular excursions that depart from here include the seasonal activity of whale watching.