Behind the Scenes Tour

Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Product code: BTS



As attention on Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues around the world, Sydney Fish Market is taking precautionary measures to protect its staff, workers, visitors and business operations.


Sydney Fish Market’s auction is the only market of its kind in Australia, servicing the seafood trade of hundreds of suppliers and buyers every weekday. Any closure to the auction would cause major disruption to this operation and of those we conduct business with.


Therefore, we have decided to suspend all non-essential access to the auction area to reduce the risk of a potential market closure. This includes a temporary suspension of our Behind the Scenes Tours.


We are monitoring the situation daily and are complying with and responding immediately to any relevant guidelines which are issued by the Australian Department of Health and the NSW Department of Health.


Please refer to the Sydney Fish Market website for updates on the reopening of Behind the Scenes tours.


As the rest of the site remains open and accessible, we will be continuing to operate our popular ‘Brunch Tour’. The Brunch Tour is a great way to learn about Australian seafood and the best ways to select and cook it. For more information about this tour and to make a booking please visit

Ever wanted to know where Australia’s seafood comes from? What the Australian seafood industry does to ensure its seafood is sustainable? Or where the top restaurants go to get the freshest of the fresh? On a behind the scenes tour of Sydney Fish Market you'll have all these questions answered and more!

Your guide will explain the history of Sydney Fish Market and the workings of the Dutch auction clock system. You will then be led through the auction floor, viewing the freshest seafood available – including live crab and huge tuna! Learn about sashimi, watch oysters being shucked and view the displays in our specialist seafood retail stores.

Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the third largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world. About 2,700 crates (50-55 tonnes) of the freshest possible seafood is auctioned each day, through the computerised Dutch auction system, to around 160 buyers. The incredible variety of seafood is sourced from individual fishermen, co-ops, fishing businesses and aquaculture farms in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region, with over 100 species available to buyers daily.

What you will experience on the tour? 

Go behind the scenes with one of SFM’s trained guides to explore all facets of the market.     

Hear the history of Sydney Fish Market.        

Learn how the Dutch auction and buying system works.  

Tour the auction floor, viewing over 100 species.   

See oysters being shucked. 

Find out about sashimi, live seafood products and our specialist
seafood retailers.

Where and when?

Tours are held every weekday (except public holidays and between Christmas and New Year)

Tours begin at 6:40am sharp and end around 8:30am        

Meeting point is outside Doyle's Restaurant and Christie's Seafoods in Sydney Fish Market's Waterfront Arcade. View our Retailer Map. 

In the interests of safety, the minimum age of tour participants is 10 years of age, this includes new born babies in carriers.  Please note, there are no exceptions.

Parking at Sydney Fish Market is included - just bring your parking ticket with you to the tour and we'll validate it.

What to wear?        

Due to occupational health and safety concerns, all visitors to the auction must wear enclosed shoes. Those who do not wear enclosed shoes will not be granted access to the auction floor.        

The auction floor can be wet and it is best to avoid wearing leather shoes as they tend to absorb the water.  It is recommended that you
roll up your long pants/jeans.

School and Group Tours

SFM tries its best to accommodate school and group tours. Small groups of up to 10 people may be accommodated on a regular behind the scenes tour on any weekday. Bookings essential and places are subject to availability. Payment for all tours must be made at the time of booking. No refunds will be issued . Please ensure that the group arrives promptly by 6.40am.

Please Note:·        

Places on the tours are strictly limited and bookings are

Due to the nature of the environment and for safety reasons, SFM cannot
offer wheelchair access to the auction floor portion of the tour.        

Photography and videography are strictly prohibited on the auction