Sydney Opera House
BridgeClimb guide Tara Sculley-Pope said the top regret she hears from Sydney visitors is that they didn’t venture inside the Opera House to catch a show or at least take a tour.
I had just come from an hour-long tour of the Opera House where I sat in on a couple of rehearsals, walked underneath its famous sails and learned how the iconic structure I was now overlooking from another Sydney icon — the Harbour Bridge — came to be.
I’m glad I decided to venture into the building I’d spent so much time gawking at. Sometimes a selfie outside just isn’t enough.
The views of the city from the Opera House are as good as the building itself. It is a photographers dream of a structure and the perfect challenge of one's Architectural Photography skills!
The structure looks different throughout the day due to the angle of shadows and it is lit up brilliantly at night.
Take a trip to Manly beach to spend the morning or afternoon on the sand, or peruse the boardwalk of shops and restaurants. Go by ferry or water taxi to Watson's Bay and have lunch at Doyle's restaurant, established in 1885. Best known for their signature fish n' chips, you'll enjoy a meal while admiring distant views of Sydney. Choose to spend the day with koalas at Taronga Park Zoo. You'll find a ferry at the Quay for that too.
Whatever you decide, it's a great to way to see Sydney's Harbor Bridge and Opera House from the water. Enjoy,...I did.
I captured the one of the most beautiful buildings all aglow!
After dark, the streets of the Rocks are buzzing with activity; cafes are full, music pumps out from everywhere, and every human has a camera out. The iconic sail boat roof of the Opera House becomes a massive screen, projecting changing colors and images. Boats whiz through the harbor, adding to the color and speed of the event.
Plan your trip around Vivid.
In 1956 Danish architect Jorn Utzon sent his drawings along with 221 other architects to the Sydney Opera House Design Competition. At number 218, it was one of the last entries before the competition closed on Dec 3 1956.
On Jan 29, 1957, thirty-eight-year-old Jorn Utzon was awarded first prize and became the design architect to bring the Sydney Opera House to reality. The expected cost was seven million dollars.
The design was derided and revered. It was called sculpitecture. The shells were freeform. Nothing about building them would be easy.
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You've admired the sail-inspired exterior of this world-class dame from every angle: Now what? Get the inside scoop, of course. Danish architect Jørn Utzon's masterpiece might not be as spectacular on the inside as out, but there's an austere beauty to the interiors, and the scale of some of the performance spaces is jaw-dropping. Hour-long tours operate daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (though not during shows). Afterward, grab a cocktail at the bar or lunch at the Bennelong Restaurant, where you can gaze out at the city from the best seat in the house.
Second, the interior is SPECTACULAR. The lobby pictured is beautiful and designed to cast the most complex shadows and shapes. The concert venue is a masterpiece of hand made woodwork. Think of the fine work that goes into building a violin. Now imagine that skill large enough to hold an orchestra in the round and the audience. Put it on your bucket list.