Entering Sydney’s glorious harbour is a highlight of any seaborne journey. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge creates the perfect backdrop for the equally familiar white sails of the Sydney Opera House, with miles of sandy beach framing the scene.
“Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are known as ‘Sydneysiders’. Sydney is the second official seat and second official residence of the Governor-General of Australia and the Prime Minister of Australia [after Canberra, the capital city] and many federal ministries maintain substantial presences in Sydney.
“In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city’s landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.” — Wikipedia
The Sydney Opera House is undeniably Australia’s most recognizable building. It is a reflection of the country’s creative and technical achievements. Constructed between 1957 and 1973, the building, with its distinctive white shell roof above a granite platform, is an internationally acclaimed architectural symbol of the 20th century. A thriving hub of art, culture and history, the Sydney Opera House hosts a wide variety of performances and exhibitions.
Fondly known by locals as the “coat hanger,” the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. This engineering marvel opened in 1932 and supports vehicle lanes, rail lines, a foot way and cycle way. An extremely popular activity is the BridgeClimb, where visitors (wearing special blue overalls and a safety harness) embark on a thrilling climb to the bridge’s summit to experience breathtaking views.