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The House After Dark 2022

Take a late-night tour of the Sydney Opera House.
By Sarah Ward
April 27, 2022
By Sarah Ward
April 27, 2022

Before you ever watched your first horror movie, you probably learned one of the genre's undying truths: that, by turning out the lights, things instantly get spookier. That idea also proves accurate at The House After Dark, which sees the Sydney Opera House opening its doors for late-night tours.

Returning for a new season between Thursday, May 19–Thursday, June 30 — after a successful couple of runs in 2021 — the tour marks one of the rare occasions that you'll be able to explore the Opera House when all of its performers, patrons and staff have gone home. And, if that isn't eerie enough — because wandering through big public spaces when they're free from crowds is always a little disconcerting, as the pandemic has taught us — you'll also hear ghost stories, learn secrets about the site and discover all the mysterious occurrences that have taken place in the famed venue's halls. And, you'll mosey through hidden tunnels and passageways, too.

Tickets cost $55 per person, and you've got six chances to head along: on Thursday, May 19; Friday, May 20; Sunday, May 22; Thursday, June 23; Friday, June 24; and Thursday, June 30.

Each session kicks off at 10pm, with arrivals at the State Door at 9.45pm. There's a maximum of ten people per tour, so you won't have much company.

And, when tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday, April 27, getting in quick is recommended — as the first round of tours sold out quickly.

Trent Parke

Top image: Hamilton Lund.

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