Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

1. 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. The story of the Opera House rivals any dramatic opera for plot twists and jaw dropping cliff-hangers. Step inside and explore beyond the magnificent sails to hear the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable design. On this one-hour guided tour you’ll discover the intricate workings of a living, breathing icon.

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

2. Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the sights of Sydney Harbour on this sightseeing cruise. See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens and learn about the history of the city with informative live commentary. Along the way, help yourself to hot drinks and fresh fruits and cookies. Set sail from Eastern Pontoon in Circular Quay and choose from either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise. Pass by Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and all the sights in between. Refresh with a tea or coffee from the drinks station and help yourself to cookies and fruit. Along the way, enjoy live commentary from a knowledgeable skipper and make sure to bring your camera as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

Sydney: Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3. Sydney: Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by open-top, double decker bus. With two routes and 34 stops, discover iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Bondi Beach. Learn about the city's history through onboard commentary available in eight languages. Delve into Sydney's diverse culture and hop-off to explore the city’s fascinating sights and attractions such as the Maritime Museum, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Tower Eye. Choose to include a Fantasea 24hr hop-on, hop-off cruise along Sydney Harbour to admire breathtaking views of the city skyline, hidden beaches, and lush parklands. Discover the Bondi Beach tour as a perfect introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Let Big Bus take you to the best shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Explore stops including Central Station, Australian Museum, Bondi Beach and Rose Bay.

Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

4. Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

The 2hr Express Cruise is Sydney’s best value whale watching cruise. Reach the open ocean in only 20min from Circular Quay. Fantasea Crystal features an air-conditioned internal saloon with Lcd television screens, complimented by copious amounts of indoor and outdoor seating. Fantasea Crystal’s viewing areas are composed of a seated sun deck, covered rear deck and large windows along the internal saloon. Reaching top speeds of up to 20 knots, getting you from Circular Quay to the open ocean takes only 20min, leaving almost an hour and a half for whale watching. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the onboard bar. If no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you receive a free return cruise.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

5. Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

6. Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on a purpose-built whale-watching vessel, Fantasea Avalon. Take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean and enjoy more time watching whales. Experience your whale-watching cruise from spacious, wrap-around decks over 2 levels. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by a marine biologist or experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

7. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Brighten up your day with a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience departing from the iconic Circular Quay. Enjoy a buffet lunch and live commentary while passing by famous landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and more. Once onboard you will savor a delicious buffet lunch with 13 different food options. Hear live commentary whilst soaking in the beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. You will see the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, and other highlights of the city. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Spend some relaxing time in a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney: Sunrise Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour

8. Sydney: Sunrise Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour

Start your morning off with a beautiful cruise around Sydney Harbour and watch the sun rise over the Harbour Bridge. What to Expect: Brekkie and coffee credit of $20 provided by the local Flying Bear café after the tour! (https://www.birdandbear.com.au/flying-bear ) A fun-filled, friendly, and safe kayak session in Sydney Harbour, led by qualified guides Photo opportunities with iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge Safety briefing and equipment customisation at the beginning of your session Photos dropped by the end of the day **Please note we have 12 Single Kayaks and 5 Double Kayaks for each Experience.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

9. Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

Experience Vivid Sydney on a cruise and enjoy sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House as the sails are transformed by 3D-mapped projections created by award-winning international artists. Enjoy a meal and drinks as you are taken on a dramatic journey through time aboard a tall ship. The last Vivid Sydney featured a wild mix of projection mapping and interactive displays. The vessels on Sydney Harbour were also decorated with special colored LED lights, extending the show to the water. This year, you can expect another incredible display and more. Vivid Sydney cruises are a great way to see the lights in comfort and style as well as avoid crowds. Choose between the Soren Larsen or Southern Swan vessels to enjoy the festival from the water.

Sydney: Opera House Tour with Meal and Drink

10. Sydney: Opera House Tour with Meal and Drink

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera House and a meal and drink from a selection at either the House Canteen or the Opera Bar. Take in sweeping views of Sydney Harbor and the iconic Harbour Bridge. On the tour of the opera house, experience the history and magic of the venue as you follow your guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. Step inside the inspired theaters where more than 1,800 performances come to life each year. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House's many venues and theatres on this tour. After the tour, head to your choice of venue on the lower concourse level of Sydney Opera House: Either the House Canteen which has a pan-Asian inspired menu, or Opera Bar with modern Aussie classics. Easily redeem your ticket at the bar to choose one meal from a selection of options and a beverage of your choice (wine, beer, or soft drink). Tour & Dine menu is available from 11:30am - 6.00pm at Opera Bar or House Canteen on the day of your tour booking. A voucher will be provided for dining after you check in for your tour at the welcome centre.

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Sydney Opera House: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sydney: Opera House Guided Tour with Entrance Ticket

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. The story of the Opera House rivals any dramatic opera for plot twists and jaw dropping cliff-hangers. Step inside and explore beyond the magnificent sails to hear the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable design. On this one-hour guided tour you’ll discover the intricate workings of a living, breathing icon.

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Sydney: Morning or Afternoon Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the sights of Sydney Harbour on this sightseeing cruise. See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanical Gardens and learn about the history of the city with informative live commentary. Along the way, help yourself to hot drinks and fresh fruits and cookies. Set sail from Eastern Pontoon in Circular Quay and choose from either a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise. Pass by Sydney's most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and all the sights in between. Refresh with a tea or coffee from the drinks station and help yourself to cookies and fruit. Along the way, enjoy live commentary from a knowledgeable skipper and make sure to bring your camera as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

Sydney: Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Sydney: Open-Top Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by open-top, double decker bus. With two routes and 34 stops, discover iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Bondi Beach. Learn about the city's history through onboard commentary available in eight languages. Delve into Sydney's diverse culture and hop-off to explore the city’s fascinating sights and attractions such as the Maritime Museum, the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Tower Eye. Choose to include a Fantasea 24hr hop-on, hop-off cruise along Sydney Harbour to admire breathtaking views of the city skyline, hidden beaches, and lush parklands. Discover the Bondi Beach tour as a perfect introduction to Australia’s beach culture. Let Big Bus take you to the best shopping and dining precincts, plus Centennial Parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks. Explore stops including Central Station, Australian Museum, Bondi Beach and Rose Bay.

Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

Sydney: 2-hour Express Whale Watching Cruise

The 2hr Express Cruise is Sydney’s best value whale watching cruise. Reach the open ocean in only 20min from Circular Quay. Fantasea Crystal features an air-conditioned internal saloon with Lcd television screens, complimented by copious amounts of indoor and outdoor seating. Fantasea Crystal’s viewing areas are composed of a seated sun deck, covered rear deck and large windows along the internal saloon. Reaching top speeds of up to 20 knots, getting you from Circular Quay to the open ocean takes only 20min, leaving almost an hour and a half for whale watching. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from the onboard bar. If no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you receive a free return cruise.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

Sydney: Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on a purpose-built whale-watching vessel, Fantasea Avalon. Take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean and enjoy more time watching whales. Experience your whale-watching cruise from spacious, wrap-around decks over 2 levels. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by a marine biologist or experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Brighten up your day with a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience departing from the iconic Circular Quay. Enjoy a buffet lunch and live commentary while passing by famous landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and more. Once onboard you will savor a delicious buffet lunch with 13 different food options. Hear live commentary whilst soaking in the beautiful panoramic views of the coastline. You will see the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, and other highlights of the city. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Spend some relaxing time in a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

Sydney: Sunrise Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour

Sydney: Sunrise Kayak Tour on Sydney Harbour

Start your morning off with a beautiful cruise around Sydney Harbour and watch the sun rise over the Harbour Bridge. What to Expect: Brekkie and coffee credit of $20 provided by the local Flying Bear café after the tour! (https://www.birdandbear.com.au/flying-bear ) A fun-filled, friendly, and safe kayak session in Sydney Harbour, led by qualified guides Photo opportunities with iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge Safety briefing and equipment customisation at the beginning of your session Photos dropped by the end of the day **Please note we have 12 Single Kayaks and 5 Double Kayaks for each Experience.

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise

Experience Vivid Sydney on a cruise and enjoy sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House as the sails are transformed by 3D-mapped projections created by award-winning international artists. Enjoy a meal and drinks as you are taken on a dramatic journey through time aboard a tall ship. The last Vivid Sydney featured a wild mix of projection mapping and interactive displays. The vessels on Sydney Harbour were also decorated with special colored LED lights, extending the show to the water. This year, you can expect another incredible display and more. Vivid Sydney cruises are a great way to see the lights in comfort and style as well as avoid crowds. Choose between the Soren Larsen or Southern Swan vessels to enjoy the festival from the water.

Sydney: Opera House Tour with Meal and Drink

Sydney: Opera House Tour with Meal and Drink

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera House and a meal and drink from a selection at either the House Canteen or the Opera Bar. Take in sweeping views of Sydney Harbor and the iconic Harbour Bridge. On the tour of the opera house, experience the history and magic of the venue as you follow your guide underneath the sails and into the UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece. Step inside the inspired theaters where more than 1,800 performances come to life each year. You will have the opportunity to visit some of the Opera House's many venues and theatres on this tour. After the tour, head to your choice of venue on the lower concourse level of Sydney Opera House: Either the House Canteen which has a pan-Asian inspired menu, or Opera Bar with modern Aussie classics. Easily redeem your ticket at the bar to choose one meal from a selection of options and a beverage of your choice (wine, beer, or soft drink). Tour & Dine menu is available from 11:30am - 6.00pm at Opera Bar or House Canteen on the day of your tour booking. A voucher will be provided for dining after you check in for your tour at the welcome centre.

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Overall rating

4.6
(4,507 reviews)

I am really happy with the value of this tour, from the boat and commentary, to the food provided. There was plenty of time to eat, didn’t feel rushed. Good value bar on board too. We slowly floated around the harbour, which provided opportunities for photos at different angles. Thanks! :)

Very leisurely cruise around the harbor with a bar and as advertised coffee and cookies. Guide spoke for the whole time with information about what we were looking at. Boat had two inside levels and open top great for photos. Was a very enjoyable trip.

The guide made us feel welcome and the presentation was skillfully crafted with just the right amount of information. I would highly recommend it.

It was enjoyable and informative Very good commentery Well recommended . .

just seeing the inside of the Opera house which is amazing