KarryOn was lucky enough to experience the Viator Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour earlier this week.

The early start was definitely worth it as the group headed into the epicentre of Australia’s most famous icon. Led underground by a fabulously knowledgeable guide, the tour began behind the scenes of the Joan Sutherland Theatre; the group learning how the massive set and props are moved from below ground to the stage for each performance, along with lights, acoustics and costumes. After being led further into the winding corridors, there was the chance to check out the stars’ dressing rooms, followed by secret under stage trap doors, the orchestra pit and a sneak peek at the stage director’s workspace.

Two hours later, the tour wound up in the green room with a full breakfast and animated tales from the guide on how the Sydney icon was built and the interesting politics behind it.

This tour is only one of 15,000 that can be booked though Viator.com. The online booking engine offers experiences across 1000 destinations worldwide, including exclusive tours, limited access and off the beaten track options. All destination experiences can also be booked through their new ipad and iphone app.

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Photos courtesy of Viator’s VP of Engineering, Jeff Lewis.