Sydney: Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and More

Last year, well before Christmas I published a series of posts on Sydney. It has just come to my attention that I didn’t publish the final one on the most iconic of Australian landmarks – the Sydney Opera House. So finally, here it is…

Sydney Opera House

When someone mentions Sydney, or even Australia, it is the Sydney Opera House that comes to mind. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is easily one of the most iconic of structures – much like the Eiffel Tower of Paris. Perfectly situated at the end of Circular Quay and on the expansive Sydney Harbour, it defines Sydney.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the facility formally opened on 20 October 1973 after years of engineering and construction woes with resulting escalating costs.  For example, the technical challenge of how to construct the roof sails alone took 4 years to solve.

I have been to Sydney several times and each time I am there I take pictures of the Opera House. It draws your attention by day or night. Here are a few of my favorites.

Front of Opera House

Front of Opera House

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Sydney Opera House reflections

Opera House lights up the night

Opera House lights up the night

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Sydney Opera House on the Harbour

Sydney Opera House and CBD

Sydney Opera House and CBD

Opera House back view

Opera House back view

Australia Day

The place to be for any special event is the Circular Quay on the Sydney Harbour, with the Sydney Opera House front and center. Ed and I traveled to Sydney one year to celebrate Australia Day. What a wonderful day. We wandered around the Quay enjoying the crowds. We had to wait several hours, but it was so exciting to watch the tall ships come in, the decorated yachts and small boats traveling around the harbour and planes and helicopters traveling overhead. Later, that afternoon, we attended an afternoon opera performance.

Opera House and Opera Bar

Opera House and Opera Bar

Diane and Ed in Sydney

Darling Harbour

Later that evening we made our way over to next door neighbor Darling Harbour to end the day watching fireworks.

CARnivale

During the day we wandered along the city streets walking through what seemed like miles of old cars on display for the Australia Day celebrations. It really was fascinating to see these cars from bygone eras, which had been lovingly restored by proud owners.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Also front stage at this harbour location is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It demands attention. Not only is it an agent for vehicular travel, it is a tourist destination in its own right, offering climbing opportunities and always a beautiful view by day or by night …

Sydney H Bridge

Sydney H Bridge

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Cruise ship enters under the Story Bridge

Story Bridge from Walsh Bay

Story Bridge from Walsh Bay

Story Bridge

Story Bridge

Harbour Bridge at night

Harbour Bridge at night

Luna Park

Well, that wraps up Sydney for the purposes of this website – at least for now.  Sydney is a fascinating place to visit with so much to offer.

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