16 April 2011


In the morning we took a direct bus from the hotel to The Rocks.  We alighted at Circular Quay station and walked across the road, a short distance to our destination.  The weather was cloudy and cool with strong breeze.  A nice day to enjoy an outing.

Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney.  The quay is a vibrant, bustling place with ferries leaving every few minutes.  There is a major railway station at the quay, it is part of the underground City Circle, which skirts around Central Business District.

Historic harbourside area with shops, hotels, pubs and restaurants

There are great views of the Harbour Bridge.  Climb to the summit to get a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour

Sydney Opera House is admired internationally and proudly treasured by the people of Australia.   It is a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building.  It has earned a reputation as a world-class performing arts centre and becomes a symbol of both Sydney and the Australian nation.

The Opera House was created by a young architect, Jorn Utzon who understood and recognized the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.  The iconic symbol was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973 and Utzon was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Architects Australia.

The distinctive roof comprises sets of interlocking vaulted 'shells' set upon a vast terraced platform and surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses.

Sail or take a cruise on the diamond-sparkled water or to enjoy the lovely landscape and relax at the lovely parks

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