Australia is home to many unique wonders. From the outback, to the Blue Mountains, to the various (potentially deadly) creatures. But when it comes to architecture, The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge stands out amongst the rest.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened on Saturday the 19th of March, 1932. The design was inspired by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City, New York, USA.
The purpose of the bridge (like all bridges) was to connect the north side to the south, providing a more convenient was to travel and transport goods via road and railway. The bridge also has a walkway for those who like to walk or ride their bikes to and from work.
On New Years Eve, Sydney uses the bridge to hosts its annual fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. The best places to view these displays would have to be either on a hired boat in the Harbour, in one of the waterside restaurants, along Port Jackson, or on the bridge itself!
In the south-east pylon of the bridge is a built in lookout with information on the history of the bridge. This includes information on the development of the bridge, starting with when the bridge was first proposed to Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1815 by convict and architect, Francis Greenway.
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is on most adventurers and travelers bucket lists. The go to place for enquires is BridgeClimb. You can choose to climb the bridge during the day and see the cities from a new height, or wait until dark to do the night climbs and take it the view of Sydney in its glorious night life.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House opened October 20th, 1973. The design of the Sydney Opera House was the winning design in an international competition held in 1957 by a Dutch man name Jørn Utzon. The design is meant to represent the sails of the ships from the First Fleet that made port in Sydney on the 26th of January 1788.
The Opera House is famous for hosting events and shows from musicals to operas, inspirational talks to comedy shows, dance performances and light shows, and even book readings by famous authors. You can also go on a guided tour of the Opera House with many translated tours provided for all languages.
This remarkable building is a must see when visiting Australia! For the locals, it is a good place to past while on their morning run, or just a good place to hang out and relax by the Harbour. Inside is their famous restaurant, Opera Kitchen. Eating at Opera Kitchen is usually included in the guided tours of the Opera House.
So if you plan on visiting Australia for those of you that are overseas, make sure you check these architectural wonders out for yourself!