The Sydney Opera House from Sunrise to Sunset

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The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels.  But, it’s so much more than its sails. Within lies hallowed halls that are ready to be explored, and trust us — there’s lots of exploring to be done. From backstage tours to cabarets, you can always find something incredible to take in.

We’ve curated some must-do Opera House activities that will keep you entertained from sunrise to sunset.

The Backstage Tour

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Get the VIP treatment with the Sydney Opera House backstage tour. Following the footsteps of people like Oprah, Bob Dylan, and Lizzo, this tour will have you exploring areas that are usually closed off to the public. Kicking off at 6:45 am from Thursday – Monday, the early rise is worth it for those sunrise Sydney Harbour views. Meeting at the stage door, you’ll be taken through the inner workings of the House.

From everything to the mechanics that make performances run smoothly, to standing in one of the world’s most famous orchestra pits, this approx. two-hour tour will have you seeing the venue in a completely different light. And you’ll have breakfast in the green room — right where the stars eat.

Archie Rose Gin & Tour

For a limited time, you can spend Friday afternoons at the Sydney Opera House with a special tour of the building’s history, before topping it off with an experience to delight the senses.

After the tour, you’ll head to the Sydney Opera House’s newest restaurant, Midden. Here, you’ll experience a special tasting of Archie Rose Harvest gins. You’ll enjoy drink pairings with canapes, a cheese platter, and stunning Sydney Harbour views. Be quick, though, this tour is only running on Fridays between February 23 and March 22.

Badu Gili: Celestial

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Of course, once the sun sets, there’s still plenty to marvel at. Step outside into the forecourt and gaze in awe as the ‘Badu Gili’ projection lights up the sails.

‘Badu Gili’ translates to ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people. This stunning six-minute projection will play multiple times a night throughout February and March. It celebrates the work of Meriam artist, Gail Mabo from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, and international First Nations artist Nikau Hindin, a Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi woman from Aotearoa/New Zealand. The projections are accompanied by an immersive soundscape with music by Nigel Westlake, Te Kahureremoa Taumata (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), and Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rangitihi).

If you’ve got tickets to see one of the many events taking place at the Sydney Opera House over the coming months, be sure to marvel at this gorgeous, fluid art before stepping inside.

GATSBY: At The Green Light

Exploring the inner workings of the Sydney Opera House is one thing, but it’s hard to beat the magic of watching a performance on stage. And, GATSBY: At the Green Light is no exception. A sparkling world inspired by Fitzgerald’s classic novel will transport you. This cabaret show features aerial displays, delectable bites and cocktails, and mesmerizing choreography. Don’t miss this ultimate summer soiree at Mr. Gatsby’s very own club, The Green Light, for a night you won’t forget.

A Night at the Concert Hall

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Take your seat at one of the most famous stages in the world and enjoy everything from pop to indie rock. 

On March 6, fans can immerse themselves in the sonic universe of Angélique Kidjo. In a career spanning over four decades, this icon has shown no fear when traversing genres, from Afropop to dance to jazz and beyond. She’ll be showcasing all of this, and more, when she takes to the stage for one night only. You’ll also see the Hall’s Northern Foyers transformed into an African Bazaar, featuring stalls, a selfie wall, drinks, and even hosting a live percussion workshop.

If alt-rock is your vibe, then look no further than one of Wilco’s first Australian shows in over a decade. Being stalwarts of the scene for 30 years and counting, this legendary band, led by Jeff Tweedy, is set to deliver a career-spanning set that proves why they have held such longevity. Find your Sydney Opera House now, and explore the many experiences this Australian icon has to offer.

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