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Sydney Opera House Tours

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Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House, a world-class performing arts venue and iconic Australian landmark, defines the Sydney Harbour in the heart of the city. Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the structure is a masterpiece of late 20th-century architecture, despite challenges that plagued the 15-year project before it was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Distinguished by soaring halls with a white ceramic-tiled exterior shaped to evoke the sails of a yacht, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see Sydney attraction. 
 
The Basics
The Sydney Opera House is a highlight of any city tour or harbor cruise, and it’s well worth an up-close look, too. It’s best explored as part of a guided tour, either a guided walking option that hits highlights of the building's history and architecture or an in-depth tour that goes backstage to concert halls, green rooms, and studios usually off-limits to visitors. Given that this is a functioning performance venue, visitors can also experience the Opera House by attending a show, whether pairing a theater performance with dinner as part of an evening package, or dining along the waterfront before a night of ballet.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Attending a performance at the Opera House is a must for music, dance, and theater fans.
  • Tickets for tours and events often sell out, so it’s best to book in advance.
  • Public areas of the complex are wheelchair accessible, and accessible show seating  is available for all performances (seats must be pre-booked, and availability is limited).
  • Unless visiting on a guided tour, travelers are unable to access the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers or performance spaces.
  • The Opera House complex contains restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and outdoor plazas.
 
How to Get There
Located on Bennelong Point at the waters of Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, the Sydney Opera House is just a few minutes’ walk from Circular Quay and its ferries, trains, and buses. The site is easy to spot from around Sydney Harbour and from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
 
When to Get There
Shows and performances  run year-round at the Opera House, and with more than 2,500 of them taking place each year, you’re likely to find one during your visit. For a special experience, time your trip during the Vivid Sydney festival, when the Opera House exterior becomes the canvas for colorful light displays.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000, Australia
Hours: Daily
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Sydney Opera House Guided Digital Tour

Sydney Opera House Guided Digital Tour

Bring family, friends, or team, together on a digital tour hosted live by a Sydney Opera House guide. Hear how Utzon created the UNESCO World Heritage listed masterpiece, while taking a look inside venues, and experiencing an opera singer and The Australian Ballet in rehearsal. Participants can engage with our guide, asking questions along the way. Our guide will take you on a virtual journey and present the Opera House via a digital link, showcasing recorded content with live commentary. Share this amazing experience and connect with family, friends, or colleagues, across the country, or international borders, on our digital guided tour. Hosted live by a Sydney Opera House guide with Q&A The zoom link to join the tour and instructions will be provided prior to the tour. Please Note: The tour time and day is in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time or Australian Eastern Standard Time, please ensure the day and time works for you in your time zone.
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  • 1 hour
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$13.39
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Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour

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Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House for a fascinating look at this Sydney icon. Your knowledgeable guide leads you through the World Heritage–listed building on a walking tour, sharing entertaining stories about the revered performance center's history and providing access to off-limits parts of the house.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.23
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$31.23
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Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House

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Be sure to put a performance by Opera Australia at the iconic Sydney Opera House on your Sydney itinerary. See classic operas by composers like Mozart and Puccini, as well as iconic Broadway musicals, depending on the season. Take in stunning views of Sydney Harbour while enjoying drinks or a meal (own expense) at one of the Opera House's fine dining venues before or after the performance to top off this unforgettable experience.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$51.31
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Great Opera Hits at the Sydney Opera House

Great Opera Hits at the Sydney Opera House

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Experience the masters of opera at Sydney’s iconic performance venue. Choose from a variety of options and enjoy a 90-minute summer afternoon concert in this UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma,” Bizet’s “Au fond du temple saint,” and Rossini’s “Largo al factotum” are among the classics performed by Australia’s finest opera singers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$51.31
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Sydney Opera House Tour & Meal + Drink at Opera Kitchen

Sydney Opera House Tour & Meal + Drink at Opera Kitchen

Make the most of a day out at the Opera House by going on our 1-hour tour followed by a lunch at one of the best dining venues by the harbour - Opera Kitchen. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and this is your chance to join us on a guided experience beneath its sails. Step inside and discover the extraordinary stories of this vibrant performance space. Be amongst the first to also venture into our new purpose-built space to witness unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, brought to life by a 270 degree immersive digital experience. After the tour enjoy a show-stopping meal at Opera Kitchen, located beside the famous sails and with some of the best views in Sydney.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.49
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$59.49
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

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Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the iconic Sydney Opera House during a 1-hour walking tour. Learn about the performances, history, and architecture of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House as your expert guide takes you behind the scenes of the venue. Get photos ops from vantage points that are normally off-limits, and have the option to include a tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen or dine at the famous Opera Bar. Tours are offered throughout the day, making it easy to schedule into your sightseeing when your cruise ship docks in Sydney.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.23
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Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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Visit some of the top 35 attractions in Sydney with the convenience of the Sydney Attractions Pass, the perfect travel companion for exploring Sydney and its surroundings. Whether you plan to check out the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, or you wish to go out to Manly and the Blue Mountains, the Attractions Pass is a cost-effective choice. Save up to 40% off regular admission prices, and have a choice of six different pass options.
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  • 90 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.55
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$111.55

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter

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Enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and beyond during a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney. Take to the skies for a quick flight that provides stunning panoramic views of Sydney’s eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney’s spectacular Harbor and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House. Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable pilot as you fly along the coast of the Pacific Ocean before your pilot whirs over Sydney Head marking the harbor’s entrance.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.87
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Sydney Bike Tours

Sydney Bike Tours

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Cycling around Sydney is the perfect way to sightsee in this gorgeous harborside city. Join your expert guide for a fun and fascinating look at up to 30 top sights, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, along with many others. As you pedal around the city, learn about the history, culture and favorite local spots on your choice of four cycling routes. Choose from various tour durations depending on your schedule.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.23
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$97.23
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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Enjoy the delights of present-day visuals as you explore The Rocks and hear the story of Sydney’s convict past as you discover shady courtyards, narrow laneways and hidden areas that even the locals do not know about. Stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove. Tour Highlights: • The shoreline of Sparkling Sydney Cove • Harbour views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge • Cadman’s Cottage, The Rocks oldest surviving cottage built in 1816 • Campbell’s Cove, offering fantastic views of Sydney Harbour • Awe inspiring Argyle Cut begun with convict labour in 1843 • Within The Rocks historic precinct, we will wander through Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal, Foundation Park and much more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$23.80
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$23.80
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Go Sydney Explorer Pass with Hop-on Hop-Off, Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Aquarium

Go Sydney Explorer Pass with Hop-on Hop-Off, Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Aquarium

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Visit Sydney's top attractions and enjoy savings of up to 45% with the Sydney Explorer Pass. Browse the list of 25+ experiences and have your choice of three, four, five, or seven popular attractions, and tours to take in anytime within a 60-day period. Options include a tour of the Sydney Opera House, a Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney and Bondi Bus Tour, WILD LIFE Zoo, and admission to the Australian National Maritime Museum.  Simply save your pass on your mobile device after purchase and enjoy direct entry to each attraction — no voucher redemption required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$61.00
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$61.00

Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

Sunset and Sparkle Sydney Harbour Cruise

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Get the best possible views of stunning Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge onboard a 35-foot (10.5 meter) catamaran. Relax and soak up the colorful sky as you cruise through the water at sunset while nibbling on an appetizer platter and sip on a cold beverage, or bring your own alcoholic beverages onboard with no corkage fee. Watch as the sun sets and the twinkling city lights come to life.
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  • 1 hour
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$34.36
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Sydney Half Day Luxury Private Tour - Morning or Afternoon Avail

Sydney Half Day Luxury Private Tour - Morning or Afternoon Avail

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See the best of Sydney in this comprehensive 4-hour tour. Visit major sights like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach, as well as some hidden gems off the tourist track. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea with incredible Harbour views. This private tour can be customized to suit travelers’ interests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.28
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$260.28
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Sydney Shore Excursion: Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Sydney, enjoy a family-friendly hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers Sydney and Bondi Beach. Travel by double-decker bus with an open-top that allows for unobstructed views of all the sights, including Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Have the freedom to create your own itinerary, choosing from 34 stops where you can hop off and explore in depth. Ejnoy the informative pre-recorded onboard commentary in your choice of eight languages along the route, which includes Circular Quay, Kings Cross, the Rocks, Double Bay and Bondi Beach.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.06
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Lunch at Cottage Point Inn by Seaplane from Sydney

Lunch at Cottage Point Inn by Seaplane from Sydney

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Create a special experience in Sydney with a seaplane tour that includes a gourmet three-course lunch at Cottage Point Inn. The charming waterside restaurant boasts a spectacular location: Cowan Creek in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Enjoy views of lushly forested waterways before your seaplane gently lands near the restaurant’s dock. Take time to savor a gourmet 3-course lunch and soak in the scenery. Wrap up with a scenic flight that provides an excellent perspective on the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour before landing at Rose Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$431.31
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$431.31
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Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

Sydney Harbour Luxury Sailing Trip including Lunch

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Enjoy an exhilarating half-day sailing cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard a luxury yacht with an experienced captain. Take in stunning views of Sydney's waterside landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Mrs. Macquaries Chair, Fort Denison, Watsons Bay, Sydney Heads and more. Anchor in a secluded bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with time for beach walks, swimming, snorkeling and a delicious lunch with Australian wine and beer. This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a personalized experience with your knowledgeable captain.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.04
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$229.04

Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

Private Tour: Sydney City Highlights

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Get around Sydney in a day aboard a modern and spacious 8-seater Volkswagen minibus. With this private city sightseeing tour, you’ll cover plenty of ground, from Bondi to Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay. Hop off to linger at sights like the Sydney Opera House, and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge from The Rocks to Milsons Point. This comprehensive itinerary offers one of Sydney’s best sightseeing values.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$261.29
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$261.29
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Sydney Scenic Flight by Seaplane

Sydney Scenic Flight by Seaplane

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Enjoy a scenic flight over Sydney in an immaculately restored historic seaplane that evokes the golden age of Australian seaplanes in the 1930s and ‘40s. Your 15-minute air tour starts from Rose Bay and flies over Sydney’s top landmarks, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Upgrade to include a delicious 3-course a la carte lunch at Catalinas, an elegant waterside restaurant with views that overlook Sydney Harbour.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.04
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$171.04
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Half Day In Sydney With A Local: Private & Personalized

Half Day In Sydney With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Ditch the guidebook and explore Australia’s most populous city with a local host. Craft an itinerary that suits your interests and hit the streets with a local, visiting landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as amazing hidden spots and vibrant neighborhoods. Enjoy an insider’s view on this beautiful, diverse metropolis.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.75
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$123.75
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Secret Food Tours Sydney w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Sydney w/ Private Tour Option

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Benefit from exploring Surry Hills with a food-loving guide on a half-day tour of this fascinating district in Sydney. Discover places that most visitors miss as you stop into restaurants and cafes that serve up a range of delectable bites, with enough samples to make a hearty meal. You’ll also see landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden, and The Rocks.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$260.28
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$260.28
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30-Minute Sydney Harbour and Olympic Park Helicopter Tour

30-Minute Sydney Harbour and Olympic Park Helicopter Tour

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Experience Sydney from a unique viewpoint: the seat of a helicopter. Soar over sights like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Olympic Park, the Parramatta River, and the beautiful coastline. Your pilot with narrate throughout the ride, and answer your questions. An ideal trip for travelers who want to fit a lot of sightseeing into a short time, for those seeking a memorable activity, or for a romantic occasion.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.78
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$156.78

Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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SYDNEY HARBOUR DINNER AND LATINO SHOW CRUISE Planning a night out or a special occasion? Look no further than Sydney’s premier Latin themed dinner cruise for over 20 years. Enjoy nibbles at your table, grab a drink at the bar, chat it up with your friends and dig into the delicious 3- course menu served to your table. After dinner, kick back and enjoy the show! Experience Brazilian samba with live drums and the rhythmic horns of Cuban salsa as our cast of professional dancers take you on a tour through South America. Join in on the action, learn a step or two and compete for first place to win some cool prizes (or at least give your friends a good laugh trying). After the show, the lights go down and the DJ turns the music up so you can dance the night away, grab some more bubbles, indulge in some decadent chocolate cake or head outside and take in the stunning views.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.21
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$63.21
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Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

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See Sydney’s top sights on a half-day private city tour that still leaves you with time to enjoy the rest of the day on your own. You’ll check off Sydney’s must-see attractions, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay. Hear about the city’s history and modern-day culture from a private guide-driver, and take in daily life around neighborhoods like Paddington and Darlinghurst.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$244.27
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$244.27
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Portside Sydney: Sydney Harbour Shared Antipasto Platter Including Beverages

Portside Sydney: Sydney Harbour Shared Antipasto Platter Including Beverages

If you're looking for a good spot to dine while taking in views of the Sydney Harbour, consider booking a table for two at Portside Sydney. With this package, you'll get cheeses, meats, olives, sourdough bread, and your choice of beer or wine, while you take in city views.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.14
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$38.14

Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National Park

Sydney Harbour, Northern beaches and National Park

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Take a day away from Sydney and head north: filled with beaches, historical sites, and Australian bushland. This private tour includes time to linger at Manly Beach and a stop at West Head Lookout in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to view aboriginal rock art. At Palm Beach we visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse and have a nutritious lunch. We then have a brief stop at Avalon and Bilgola Beaches, and catch a return ferry on Sydney Harbour from Manly. The day covers a lot of ground, with exceptional scenery.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.47
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$178.47
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Private Sydney Full Day Tour Including Sydney Opera House, Bondi and Manly

Private Sydney Full Day Tour Including Sydney Opera House, Bondi and Manly

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First time in Sydney? Tick off all of Sydney’s most memorable sights on a private full-day tour that can be customised to your preferences. See star attractions like Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House; take in the views from Mrs Macquarie's Chair and The Gap; and stroll along glamorous Bondi Beach. The day is yours to do as you please, so you can visit fashionable Paddington, drive through the waterfront suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay, or ride the ferry from Manly to Circular Quay.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$377.85
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$377.85
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Private Sydney City Customized Tour

Private Sydney City Customized Tour

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Explore Sydney with a local guide on a private full-day tour that efficiently covers the highlights. See top destinations including the historic Rocks district, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Opera House, and learn about the Aboriginal heritage and colonial history of Australia. You’ll also take in attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, stop at Bondi Beach for a walk and lunch, and more.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.79
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$160.79
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Sydney Self-Guided Audio Tour

Sydney Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Sydney at your own pace with a downloadable audio tour. This self-guided walking tour includes insightful cultural and historical commentary and a map of the tour route. See the Sydney Harbour and its spectacular bridge and opera house with added context in your ear. Walk through The Rocks and learn about the city’s convict past, then dig deeper into Sydney’s past with a visit to the museum of Sydney. Ideal for visitors who enjoy privacy and prefer to explore on their own.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$16.11
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$16.11
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4-Day Sydney Tour: City Sightseeing, Sydney Harbour Cruise and Blue Mountains

4-Day Sydney Tour: City Sightseeing, Sydney Harbour Cruise and Blue Mountains

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Take a 4-day Sydney tour that makes it easy to see the highlights of Sydney and the Blue Mountains with a guide, and still leaves free time for you to explore the city on your own. See iconic sights such as Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Manly, the Blue Mountains, Jamison Valley and more. Meet native Australian animals at Sydney Zoo and cruise the waters of Sydney Harbour. Includes your choice of 4-star accommodation, breakfasts, guided tours, transportation and airport transfers, providing a comprehensive and worry-free experience.
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  • 4 days
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$693.40
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Sydney Opera House hours of operation?
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Sydney Opera House hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Sydney Opera House tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sydney Opera House can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 147 Sydney Opera House tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Sydney Opera House 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sydney Opera House costs USD 13.39. Guided Sydney Opera House tours start around USD 13.39 per person. See all 147 Sydney Opera House tickets and tours on Viator.
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