As our hotel (Citigate Central) is not too far from Central Station, we decided to catch the train to Circular Quay. The return ticket cost $4.40, as we were only going to Circular Quay and back, so it wasn’t practical to buy the multi- trip ticket.
Walking around Circular Quay gives you a spectacular view of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Both are well known icons in Sydney.
Unfortunately since Paula had a bit of a cold and wasn’t feeling too well, we didn’t spend too much time around the Harbour. We walked up to the Opera House from the train station, took some photos and then walked back and got on the train back to our hotel.
We didn’t mind so much since we have been to Sydney numerous times and Paula spent most of her growing up years living in Sydney so it wasn’t like we hadn’t seen it all before.
The Opera House was designed by Denmark’s Jørn Utzon who won the contract to build his unique design when he won a design competition run by the NSW Government. It was officially opened in 1973 and the Opera House was World Heritage Listed in June 2007.
The Opera House is world renowned for it exquisite acoustics and as a venue for the performing arts.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in May 1932 by the then Premier Jack Lang. It was promptly nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’ because of its unique shape.
While you are visiting Sydney why not do the bridge walk where you get to walk to the top of the bridge and take in the views of Sydney and the beautiful harbour. This activity is recommended for the fit.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It is not the longest as that distinction belongs to the New River Gorge in the USA.
Nestled to the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is Luna Park, which is a historical theme park at Milson’s Point. It was opened in 1935 and since the closure of the Fantasy Glades, Sega World and Wonderland it is the only theme park in Sydney.
Entrance is free, so bring the family for a stroll around this historic park and let the kids ride on the age old delights of the mad mouse, the dodgems, the ferris wheel, the Tumble Bug and take a ride on the Pirate Ship which does a 360 degree turn. There is plenty to keep the kids amused.