The Location Tour of Home and Away is one of the easiest ways to take in some of the show’s key sights, while learning more about the locations and the show’s history. With hundreds of locations dotted around Greater Sydney, you could easily spend days working your way around the area, and a tour is the perfect option if you’ve only got a few hours to spare.
Tours cost just AUD $135 per person (around £73.60 GBP) and depart Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30am. From 9th May, the tour runs on Sundays instead of Saturdays. The tour lasts approximately 5 hours.
Since 2013, Flamin’ Galah have been Back to the Bay’s preferred tour partner, offering a unique tour of some of the most famous ‘Summer Bay’ locations throughout Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches.
Soak up the Summer Bay lifestyle and re-live your favourite scenes while you explore, photograph and discover the “home” of Home and Away – one of Australia’s finest beaches. As well as the golden sands of Palm Beach itself, you’ll see numerous other exterior filming locations such as the Summer Bay Surf Club, The Pier Diner/Alf’s Bait Shop and several Summer Bay houses.
You will even catch a glimpse of the iconic lighthouse on the headland from Palm Beach.
As a bonus, you’ll learn lots about Sydney and the beautiful natural surrounding areas, taking in views of national parks, coastal inlets and multi-million dollar real estate.
The tour will be run by an expert Home and Away tour guide—ready to fill your tour with exciting stories, gossip and interesting facts about the show—and you may even be lucky to spot some filming. Die-hard fans will never forget the thrill of watching Home and Away being created and the possibility of being up close to their favourite actors.
Lasting approximately 5 hours, tours depart Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat (Note: As of Sunday 9th May, the tours run on Sundays instead of Saturdays) at 10.30am from outside the Museum of Contemporary Art on George Street, The Rocks, Sydney. Please wait at the Museum entrance on the George Street side and NOT the waterside.
Tours finish around 3.30pm in Manly, where you can get a ferry back to Circular Quay in your own time (and at own expense). The ferry takes about 30mins.
- Tours start from outside the entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art on George Street, The Rocks.
- The bus travels to Palm Beach Wharf via Terrey Hills.
- From Palm Beach Wharf, the tour drives around to Palm Beach itself. Expert tour guides will be on hand to share their knowledge on the production, the filming, the people and what goes on behind the scenes. There are ample opportunity at Palm Beach to soak the Summer Bay lifestyle and visit some of the famous outdoor filming locations for those all-important-photo opportunities.
- Depending on the day you visit, either an actor will be present on the tour or there will be the chance to see filming and maybe meet some of the cast for some pics. Please note, that anything is possible on a filming day and there are no guarantees on exactly what experience each individual customer has on that part of the tour.
- After seeing everything Palm Beach has to offer, the tour then goes via some of the back roads and to view famous Home and Away houses.
- At the final stop, you can explore the world-famous Manly Beach and enjoy one of Sydney’s finest tourist destinations. Soak up the bars, the restaurants, the shopping, the beaches, the lifestyle, and to top it all off, you can take the ferry back to Circular Quay across the spectacular Sydney Harbour (at own expense).
With filming schedules varying from week to week, it can’t always be guaranteed that you’ll see the cast in action on Palm Beach. However many tourists are lucky enough, and some even get the chance to meet the cast and get their autographs.
Tours on Mondays and Tuesdays are classed as “Filming Very Likely Days. Tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Sundays from 9th May) are classed as “Meet an Actor Tours”.
To be crystal clear about what each one involves (and how they affect you meeting cast), we strongly urge you to read the product descriptions for each option that are listed below.
There are a number of tour types, depending on your chance of meeting the cast:
FILMING VERY LIKLEY TOUR
Want to see the drama of Summer Bay unfold right before your eyes? Book a “Filming Very Likely” tour to get a behind the scenes look at the action.
Here’s the CHANCE to watch filming take place, and MAYBE meet some of the Home and Away cast, as well as getting some awesome pics and visiting some of the major outdoor filming locations.
Most Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the year are considered “filming very likely” days (some exceptions apply).
MEET AN ACTOR TOUR
On days when filming is not expected (Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun) either Colby, Mackenzie, Robbo, Heath Braxton, Tane or Nikau will be present on part of the tour.
You’ll see all the same sights as the “Filming Very Likely” tour but you’ll also get quality time with one of these actors, including opportunities for photos and autographs and some awesome Q&A time.
REDUCED RATE – FILMING UNLIKLEY
Filming occurs on almost all Mondays and Tuesdays, however there are certain times of the year (e.g. 2 weeks in July and around Christmas time) when the Production takes a break. On these days the tour is available at a reduced rate.
NOTE, ON “REDUCED RATE” TOURS, THERE IS NO FILMING AND NO ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO MEET AN ACTOR.
The tour does still visit the same famous sites and film locations as the “Filming Very Likely” tour and the “Meet an Actor” tour. It also has the same information and commentary from an expert Home and Away guide.
Please be advised that the tour includes exterior filming locations only and does not include a visit to the Home and Away studios—these are located on the other side of Sydney and are closed to the public.
I had an amazing time during the Home and Away tour. The coach took us on a pleasant scenic drive through North Sydney to Palm Beach (Summer Bay) on what was a beautiful warm and sunny day.
When we arrived we saw filming was already taking place, it was a scene involving Leah, Zak and Irene. It was quite an intense scene involving an argument between Zak and Leah about him cheating on her with a woman called Sam.
Raechelle Banno and Scott Lee (Hunter and Olivia) were also on set. They came over to where we were all watching and I managed to get my photo taken with them. Shortly afterwards I saw Emily Symons coming out of the trailer nearby! It was quite surreal actually seeing her and Lynne McGranger close-up after seeing them on Home and Away since I was a child.
It was great seeing the familiar landmarks such as the lighthouse and the pier as well as the iconic beach I’ve seen so many times on TV. Walking into Alf’s bait shop was pretty awesome and I had a wonder around the surf club too.
As we drove away from the beach we saw another scene up the road being filmed! This one appeared to involve VJ and Marilyn. As we drove past Emily waved at us as we left and I felt pretty chuffed to have seen the two scenes being filmed.
We then carried on down to the road where Marilyn’s and the Morgan’s homes are located. It’s nice and quiet around there so we were able to get a good look and take some photos. On the way back to Sydney we drove past ‘Northern Districts Hospital’ which is a real working hospital.
This tour was on of the highlights of my trip to Australia, I’d wanted to do it for a long time and really enjoyed my day out. Hopefully I’ll get to go back one day.Lee
We had a really good experience with Paul and Lisa showing us around the Northern Beaches and some of the H&A set. They were very informative and new their stuff.
Even though we didn't get to meet any of the actors, we did get to see a bit of filming from afar. They were up front from the start about not getting our hopes up as it is the luck of the draw, but they did their best to get the most out of the visit.
It was so exciting to see part of the set like the Pier diner and the surf club in real life. Being shown around this part of Sydney and seeing all the beautiful scenery was amazing and really added to the tour. I would recommend this tour to any H&A fan.Kylie Everest
Myself Laura, Husband Matthew and my sister Ceri are big fans and always watch home and away in the UK, so when we got the chance to travel Australia in November 2016 we had to do the home and away tour experience.
The tour guide we had was brilliant telling us lots of interesting facts about the show and cast.
It was a beautiful day at the bay and we got the chance to see some filming and even had some photos with some of the cast which made the day!
It was an amazing experience for us which we will never forget.Laura Tinsley
I would like to say a big thank you for the amazing experience I got when visiting the bay. I do love the show and when I decided to go on a trip to Australia that was the first thing that I looked into doing. It's didn't fail. The staff was lovely, with a good information on the set, the location was lovely just a shame the day I went was the only day that was Raining in 3 weeks being out there. I love the idea of dropping us off in manly and got the ferry back to see the sites. The whole experience was soo good.
I was upset that I didn't get to see any filming or the cast. I do understand that it depends on the filming times and when they are around. It would of been nice to see that and see how it is made but still was worth the experience.Rebecca