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Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

1. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Museum Walking Tour

The SCG Guided Walking Tour is fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and the SCG Museum. The precinct is Sydney’s home of sport where international sporting heroes play cricket, rugby union, rugby league, football/soccer, and Australian Football League (AFL). Her entertaining stories of players, spectators and events as you take in the sporting architecture and ambience of the SCG. Venture behind the scenes of the Sydney Cricket Ground and see the field of play, the player’s dressing rooms, the historic members reserve, the media centre, the Walk of Honour, and the SCG Museum. With exclusive entry to the SCG Museum, you can see sporting treasures such as prized bats, balls and other cricket memorabilia: rugby league, football and AFL sporting treasures: and various featured temporary museum exhibits.

Sydney: La Boheme by Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House

2. Sydney: La Boheme by Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House

Experience a performance at the Sydney Opera House of La Boheme, the original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s. Admire the gorgeous costumes and impressive sets, as you watch this devastating love story play out.   A poet, a painter, a musician, and a philosopher walk into a bar to celebrate a sudden windfall in a lean winter. It’s Christmas Eve, and the poet has just felt the first pangs of great love. When a seamstress knocks on his door searching for candlelight, the pair fall in love.   Between the ideals of love and art, and the cruel realities of cold winters, bitter jealousies and empty pockets, two sets of lovers are trying to find their way. By the time the curtain comes down, you’ll know the answer to the eternal question, is love enough?

Sydney: Great Opera Hits Ticket at the Sydney Opera House

3. Sydney: Great Opera Hits Ticket at the Sydney Opera House

Stroll down to the Sydney Opera House and join the stars of Opera Australia for a concert of the greatest hits of opera. Listen to famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and more performed by some of Opera Australia’s finest opera singers, accompanied by piano.

Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

4. Opera Performance Tickets at the Sydney Opera House

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House, the city’s most famous building. And what better to do when visiting the Sydney Opera House than to spend a pleasant evening inside enjoying an opera performance. The season features some of the world’s favorite operas from composers such as Puccini, Verdi and Halévy. No matter what sort of entertainment you're in the mood for, there's always an opera to fit the bill. Typically, performances start at 07:30 PM and run for 2-3 hours, with an interval or 2. All performances have full English subtitles projected on a screen above the stage. Attila - October 29. November 1, 3, and 5.Il Trovatore - July 15, 19, 23, 25, 28, and 30.La Bohème - January 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 25, 29, and 31. February 4.La Juive - March 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, and 26.La Traviata - July 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, and 29. October 22, 26, 28, and 31. November 2 and 4.Madama Butterfly - June 29. July 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, 20, 22, 26, and 30.Otello - February 19 and 25. March 2, 5, 8, 12, 16, and 19.The Marriage of Figaro - January 27 and 29. February 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18.Turandot - January 12, 15, 19, 22, 24, and 28. February 2, 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, and 26. March 5, 10, and 14. The Sydney Opera House has a range of eateries for all price types, including Bennelong and the Opera Kitchen.

Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

5. Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

Join a walking tour to explore the halls and foyer spaces of the Sydney Opera House with your entrance ticket. Learn what makes this building a World Heritage-listed masterpiece from your guide. You might catch a rehearsal in action or the crew working on a set. Discover the stories, history, and magic of the Sydney Opera House as you follow your guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. Explore some of the 1,000 rooms, 300 corridors, and hundreds of tales and secrets.  Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1800 performances come to life each year and learn how the Danish architect Jorn Utzon's groundbreaking design and vision for world-class performing art came into existence.

Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

6. Sydney: Madame Tussauds Sydney General Admission

Experience the glittering world of fame on a day out at Madame Tussauds. Interact with the world’s most famous figures – strike a pose for the paparazzi on the red carpet, challenge your favorite sports heroes, and sing along with your favorite music stars. Madame Tussauds opened in Sydney in 2012, giving Australian and international visitors the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. A unique collection of amazingly lifelike wax figures allows you to get up close and personal to your favorite celebrity heroes. Madame Tussauds Sydney combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. With a whole host of constantly changing stars and legends as well as interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds is a place the whole family can enjoy. Interactive Experiences: • Raised catwalk: step onto the catwalk and trigger sensors which light up the runway as you walk down. Megan Gale’s figure is waiting at the end of the runway and Magic Memories can take a snap of you posing alongside her

Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

7. Sydney Convicts, History & The Rocks 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Join this tour for an immersive exploration of Sydney’s notorious heritage as you uncover the stories, sights and secrets of its hidden convict origins in The Rocks. As you navigate your way past the forgotten relics and ruins of this historic quarter, your guide will unpack the process of criminal transportation to Australia and its immediate effect on Sydney’s indigenous population at the turn of the 19th century. You'll discover the curious case of the convict architect and the ambitious Governor who wanted to decorate the prison settlement, and you’ll retrace the steps of the teenage girl who rose from chains to riches by conquering Sydney’s economy. Expect unique examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, hidden corridors, convict cut sandstone, abandoned slums and enormous cellars for spirits and stores. Get lost in charm of The Rocks as its past is brought back to life by your expert history guide, and develop a d great understanding about how early Sydney came to be. Crafted to suit both locals and visitors, this tour will keep your eyes wide open, your ears pricked and your imagination ignited.

Sydney Tower Eye: Entry with Observation Deck

8. Sydney Tower Eye: Entry with Observation Deck

Skip the big queue and enjoy faster entry by going straight to the prepaid voucher queue. Then stand on the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, 820 feet (250 meters) above the street, and be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views as far as 48 miles (80 kilometers) into the distance. Then, discover a new dimension to Sydney with a 4D cinema experience. Nestled at the highest point of the city, the Observation Deck offers the ultimate view of Sydney’s beaches and neighborhoods, with vistas as far as the Blue Mountains. Offering both day and night viewing slots, state-of-the-art multilingual touchscreens provide an interactive introduction to some of the city’s famous landmarks, and the high-powered binoculars give you an even closer look. Then, uncover a new dimension to Sydney with the brand new 4D cinema experience. See what makes Sydney work, through a new perspective of spectacular footage that transports you across Sydney Harbour and coastline, and takes you to iconic landmarks and events.

Sydney Opera House: Verdi's Aida Opera Performance Tickets

9. Sydney Opera House: Verdi's Aida Opera Performance Tickets

Lose yourself in the monumental music of Aida, Verdi’s historic epic. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience. Ten towering digital screens create ever-changing floor-to-ceiling set pieces. Immersive digital video design ranges from rich symbolism to vivid landscapes. Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendor of Egypt at the height of its power. Together with dramatic video, the massed grandeur of the famous Triumphal March is a visual and musical feast. Lorenzo Passerini and Tahu Matheson conduct two magnificent casts. Sensational American soprano Leah Crocetto performs as the enslaved princess, Aida, before Elena Guseva takes over. Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris, sharing the role with the stunning Agnieszka Rehlis. Italian tenor Stefano La Colla performs as Radamès, the man they both love, sharing the role with Najmiddin Mavlyanov, making his Opera Australia debut.

Sydney: 2, 3 or 5-Day iVenture Unlimited Attractions Pass

10. Sydney: 2, 3 or 5-Day iVenture Unlimited Attractions Pass

Explore some of the finest attractions Sydney has to offer, unlocking the charms of the capital of New South Wales at your own pace. Choose from up to 30 museums, tours, and activities and discover them at your own pace with the Sydney Unlimited Attractions Pass. The Sydney Unlimited Attractions Pass allows you to save up to 40 percent on several of the city's top attractions. Once your pass is activated, get an early start and indulge in a bevy of sightseeing tours, attractions, cruises, watersports, and wildlife encounters over the course of 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days. Included Attractions: • Sydney Opera House • The Rocks Walking Tour • Australian National Maritime Museum • Manly Bike Tours • Blue Mountains Explorer Bus • Bygone Beautys • Chinese Garden of Friendship • Featherdale Wildlife Park • Oz Jet Boating Jet Boat Ride • Entermission Sydney • Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour • Surf Ski Paddle by Sydney Harbour • Virtual Room Sydney • VR Kingdom • Escape Hunt Sydney • Adventure Clues - Bloomin' Botanic Gardens Sydney • Adventure Clues - Unlock The Rocks • Adventure Clues - Secret Sydney • Calmsley Hill City Farm • Sydney Archery at Bondi • Sydney's True Crime Tour • Adventure Clues - Bondi Beauty • Adventure Clues - X-Fierce Nights & Neon Lights • Bonza Bike Tours

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Excellent tour of the SCG. We were given the opportunity to visit the dressing rooms, the commentary boxes and even go onto the ground (well just the edge)! Our tour guide provided a thorough explanation of all aspects of the ground along with a few good stories as well. Highly recommended.

It was an interesting place to visit. I could see many celebrities from old times to today. Some of them I didn’t recognize but I’m sure they were all famous from different fields and times. They all looked so real that seemed to move at night.

Lovely tour. There are 200 stairs but not all at once so you can pace yourself. Get tickets well in advance. Also, you are very close to the Botanic Garden. Set aside 30minutes for this as well.

Friendly staff and nice view! Enjoyed this alot. You can also explore the shopping mall below the tower, they have excellent choices of food and shopping.

The tour guide was passionate and full of information. I would highly recommend the tour!