Hmmm I'm now seated on Sydney Cove - a small Bay on the Southern shore of Port Jackson which is a natural Harbour on the Coast of New South Wales, where Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay & Sydney Opera House are located.
The founding Site of Sydney & Australia – Sydney Cove was the location of Australia's 1st Euopean Settlement (picked by Captain Arthur Phillip) in Australia where possession of New South Wales was formally declared on 26 January 1788 – commemorated at Australia Day
Situated on Bennelong Point sitting on the Northeastern Tip of Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) is Sydney Opera House – a modern expressionist design with a series of large precast Concrete "Shells" each composed of sections of a Sphere of 75.2m radius, forming the roofs of its structure, set on a monumental podium.
Covering 1.8 hectares of land at 183m long & 120m wide at its widest point, & supported on 588 concrete Piers sunk as much as 25m below sea level – Sydney Opera House opened in 1973 & is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2007 - a multi-venue Performing Arts Centre - one of 20th Century's most distinctive buildings, & one of the most Famous Performing Arts Centres in the world.
Lots of Sydney Harbour Cruise Ships & Ferries…………………..
Here's Sydney Visitor Centre at The Rocks housed inside the old Sailors' Home (which from 1859 to the 1970s provided cheap lodging to seamen) – located at Corner Argyle Street & Playfair Street :
The Rocks is a sanitized precinct of narrow cobble laneways with original colonial buildings mostly made of local Sandstone that house galleries, boutiques, historic pubs, world class hotels, outdoor cafes & restaurants.
Established in 1788, The Rocks had a reputation as a Slum frequented by visiting Sailors & prostitutes during its Colonial days. Now, it's become a most popular attraction for both tourists & locals during holidays & celebrations, with outdoor entertainment, street theatre & busking
At one of The Rocks specialty shops are 2 charming Australian handcrafted wooden Rocking Horses that reminded me of my childhood Rocking Horse which was my most favourite play toy
Hey below's Me visiting The Rocks (& standing at pretty much the SAME spot too!!) during my uni Summer Vacation back in 1997 – still remember my fellow uni mates & I window shopped at The Rocks before dining at one of its lovely outdoor Cafes - hmmm yummy cuisines we had
Dear at The Rocks with lovely view of Sydney Harbour Bridge :
Sydney Harbour Bridge carries 6 lanes of road traffic on its main roadway, 2 lanes of road traffic & a Footpath on its eastern side, & 2 Railway Tracks, & a Bicycle Path along its western side.
Not completely stationary – Sydney Hrabour Bridge can rise or fall up to 18cm depending on whether it's hot or cold because the steel expands or contracts.
Now, here's a pic of Me standing on the Footpath of Sydney Harbour Bridge after visiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout on its Southeastern Pylon that also houses a small museum & Souvenir Shop - back in 1997 :
A pic of majestic Sydney Opera House taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout in 1997 :
Back to now here at The Rocks enjoying views of Sydney Harbour Bridge :
Ahahahaa Me with my cutie Australian fury Koala Backpack which I bought from Sydney's famous Paddy's Markets
Me again back in 1997 :
Well, Dear & I adore Sydney Opera House not to miss having lots more pics with it :)
An Asian lady tourist was also at the same photography spot right here across the Australian waters infront of Sydney Opera House who asked if we could help take pics of her – after which she would also help us snap shots hahahaa – OF COURSE we very gladly obliged
Ha the more I look at the below Sydney Ferry cruising by here in Sydney Harbour - the more it reminds me of the Hong Kong Star Ferry which I took & had so much fun in while touring Hong Kong – well, kinda similar huh!??! Well, at least both its base is green in color heheeee
Well, 2 more Souvenir shots of Dear & Me before we move on…………………..well cos see the sky's turning black & it's about to rain & we need to run for shelter fast!!!!!!!!!
But well in actual fact it never did rain at all………….hmm it's not surprising cos Australian weather changes fast within a day in itself
Walking on back towards where we came from earlier……………………
Lovely view of Sydney Harbour with part of its 240 km Shoreline with approximately 54 square km of water :
Located at the Northern edge of Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) on Sydney Cove (by the side where we were seated upon arrival here much earlier on) between Bennelong Point & The Rocks – We're now looking at the Hub of Sydney Harbour - Circular Quay (with Circular Quay Railway Station on its back!) that hosts 5 commuter Ferry wharves, & is the Ferry Terminal for all public Ferry (Sydney Ferries run by Government) routes in Sydney Harbour & the Parramatta River.
Circular Quay was originally mainly used for shipping & slowly developed into a transport, leisure & recreational centre - now a major Sydney Transportation Hub with a large Ferry, Rail & Bus Interchange.
Elevated with the Cahill Expressway roadway directly above it – lying directly behind Circular Quay Ferry Terminal - Circular Quay Railway Station was opened on 20 January 1956 - a CityRail Station (that provides commuter rail services, & some coach services, in & around Sydney, Newcastle & Wollongong – the 3 largest cities of New South Wales) – located on the City Circle Line (of largely underground passenger railway lines located in the CBD).
A quick stop for yummy Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream
Hmm hmmmm so yummy – Dear's enjoying his Mint Chip Supreme & Honeycombe & Butterscotch Copenhagen Ice Cream
Below is Sydney Harbour's premier cruise operator – haa Dear & I would love to go on a Cruise if not for our limited time here in Sydney
Well, I cant resist not shopping at any day any time of a day especially during my travels, so here I found my Australian Souvenirs while browsing through the only few small Souvenir Stalls inside Circular Quay Ferry Terminal :
And of course my favourite World Souvenir – a Metallic Sydney Opera House Souvenir Fridge Magnet
A snapshot of Me with the Sydney Harbour Bridge from across the Harbour waters :
Hey the Sydney Harbour Bridge does look very much like a Clothes/Coat Hanger huh?!?! No wonder it's nicknamed "The Coat Hanger"
Me again back in 1997 here at Sydney Harbour :
Walking towards Sydney Opera House :
Lovely alfreso dinning of Cafes & Restaurants at Sydney Opera House :
Well, the "Shells" Roof structure of the Sydney Opera House are actaully Precast Concrete Panels supported by Precast Concrete Ribs. The Shells are covered in a subtle chevron pattern with 1,056,006 glossy White & Matte Cream colored Swedish-made tiles from Hoganas AB, though from far they appear to be White in color.
Apart from the tile of the Shells & Glass Curtain Walls of the Foyer spaces, the building's exterior is largely clad with Aggregate Panels composed of Pink Granite quarried in Tarana.
Here's a close-up view of magnificently designed Sydney Opera House - conceived & largely built by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who received the architecture's highest honour Pritzker Prize in 2003 :
The Pritzker Prize citation stated " There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his Masterpiece. It is one of the Great Iconic buildings of the 20th Century, an Image of Great Beauty that has become known throughout the World – a Symbol for not only a City, but a Whole Country & Continent."
Well, here's one more snapshot of Me seated on the adjacent monumental steps of the Sydney Opera House on its large stone-paved Forefront Podium back in 1997 :
Well, I still remember above Me just had a 2hr guided Tour inside the Sydney Opera House with my uni Mates – visiting its Concert Hall which sits 2,678 – home of the Sydney Symphony & used by a large number of other concert presenters. It also houses the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ – the largest Mechanical Tracker Action Organ in the world, with over 10,000 pipes.
Touring various other Theatres inside the Sydney Opera House that hosts many well-known touring Theatre, Ballet & Musical Productions, we also enjoyed an interesting guided walk-&-talk tour through the dramatic history of the House, a tribute to the genius of its Danish architect Jorn Utzon, & learn about his modern Masterpiece & its miraculous design.
Here's a the only 2 pics taken during my guided Tour inside Sydney Opera House – of its "Shells" design, & an artistic "Fish" featured Artwork :
A look-behind lovely cool view of Circular Quay from where we just came from – see the Australian sky has now turned from gloomy dark to beautiful bright blue color
View of large Parkland & garden infront of Sydney Opera House :
Some shopping time inside Sydney Opera House Store by myself while tired Dear rests outside for me
Here's a last snapshot of Sydney Opera House as one of the busiest Performing Arts Centres in the world that hosts over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people :
Well, let me now say goodbye leaving you to enjoy my following Slideshow while I go meet up with Dear who's resting outside the Sydney Opera House