A Quick Trip Down Under: Part 5 – Sydney Opera House Tour

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I made a last-minute trip to Australia to surprise my mom on her 60th birthday where she was visiting my sister.  And I planned this trip literally 3 days before I left.

We had a lovely stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney, ate incredible food, toured the Sydney Opera House, and enjoyed the friendly Aussie hospitality!

Sydney Opera House Tour

Sydney’s Best-Known Landmark, the Sydney Opera House, Is Open for Public Tours

A Quick Trip Down Under Index:

Part 1 – United Airlines International Business Class to Australia (and, Food!)

Part 2 – Park Hyatt Sydney Views and Diamond Breakfast

Part 3 – Park Hyatt Sydney – Opera Deluxe Room

Part 4 – Park Hyatt Sydney – City Harbor King Room

Part 5 – Sydney Opera House Tour

Part 6 – United Airlines Global First Review

If you’re in Sydney, don’t miss a tour of the spectacular Sydney Opera House.

Tours run every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and are available in several different languages.  Tickets are 37 Australian dollars (~$27) for adults.  You can buy them online (lock in the exact time and date) or at the kiosk (if you’re the spontaneous type!).

The tour took about an hour and included most public areas of the immense building.

Sydney Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House Has a LOT of Stairs – Inside and Out!  Be Prepared to Do Some Walking

The Sydney Opera House includes 2 main performance venues – The Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Sydney Opera House Tour

See the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia Perform in the ~1,500 Seat Joan Sutherland Theatre, Named for Australia’s Most Famous Soprano

It’s an incredible space!  And it’s not just for opera, ballet, and classical music.  They have rock concerts here, too.

Sydney Opera House Tour

The Venues Are Massive!  I Would Have Loved to See a Performance Here

There’s a behind-the-scenes tour available, too, but it runs at 7:00 am only and costs 165 Australian dollars (~$120).  So we skipped it.

Sydney Opera House Tour

Space to Relax During Intermission, With a Terrific View of the Harbor

The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973.  Its exterior “shells” are covered in ceramic tiles, which are stunning on their own.

Sydney Opera House Tour

Seen Close up, the Sydney Opera House Roof Is Even More Intricate Than It Seems – There Are Over 1 Million Ceramic Tiles

The building took ~14 years to complete!  And we were blown away by just how majestic it is.  Viewing it from far away doesn’t do it justice.

Sydney Opera House Tour

The Opera House’s Expressionist Design Has Won Awards, but Was a Source of Conflict During Construction

Don’t miss a tour of the Opera House while you’re in Sydney!  It’s well worth a visit!

My visit to Sydney was far too short.  See my next post for a review of my First Class flight back to the US!

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One response to “A Quick Trip Down Under: Part 5 – Sydney Opera House Tour

  1. I am an expat who moved to Sydney this past January with my wife, it truly is an amazing place to visit and live in! I would have to say that the long tour starting at 7am is completely worth the 165 AUD. You get a full behind the scenes tour, we got to go underneath, on stage, in green rooms, through pathways, and every where in between! All that and a full late breakfast in the SOH in the large common area reserved for staff and performers.