Undercover tour reviewer

It’s the spontaneous moments that lift us and remind us why we do what we do.

Recently Sylvia, a US war veteran with MS and confined to a wheelchair, visited Sydney and booked one of Australia In Style ‘ No Steps ‘ wheelchair accessible tours – ‘ The Sydney Opera House Secrets tour.’

 She made no mention that she ran a website especially for people in wheelchairs who love to travel


Here is how her tour unfolded:

 ‘After the fascinating tour of the Opera House I got to hear it again in the most unique way possible when real magic happened.

 I met up with a veteran of the opera world named Marie Claire. She has been coaching singers at the Sydney Opera House for years and was good friends with the opera legend the late Joan Sutherland.

 Marie Claire and I sat down to talk about her amazing experiences before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of some restricted areas in the opera house, like the areas where they prepare the wigs and the stars apply their makeup before shows.

 Afterwards, Marie Claire asked me if I had planned on attending that night’s opera on the front steps of the opera house, which would be a retelling of the history of the building. I told her I didn’t think I could get tickets, so she offered to give me her staff discount and helped me get a ticket for that night. I couldn’t believe it! I would be seeing not only an opera at the Sydney Opera House, but on the front steps under the stars! Amazing!’

 You can read Sylvia’s full story on her blog and website  – http://www.spintheglobe.net/

Her experience , its spontaneity and impact , inspires us to continue to create our collection of accessible tours. You can check out more tours for less mobile visitors in our ‘ NoSteps tours collection.

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