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The Opera House, the Bridge, the blimp et al
Favorite thing: Okay, you're from overseas and I suppose it's a must see. I must admit I even go there every couple of years just for a look. However, there is a new ride you may not be aware of - it's called the Aussie Duck and it's based at The Rocks. It's a modern version of the old 'army ducks' as we called them. They are an amphibious vehicle and this one is, well, different. It costs about $55 Aus but you will never have an experience like it! I can also recommend the sailing craft (I've personally been on the 'Bounty' and the 'Windeward Bound') or most of the cruises. Another option is to catch the local ferries, especially to a North Shore destination like Taronga, and walk to the next ferry stop. Pack your lunch and have a lovely day in the sun.
Another idea is to go up in a DC3, a plane dating back to World War II. They fly out of Bankstown and give you a great overview from a low height, aeronautically speaking that is.
There was a time when you could view the harbour from a lighter-than-air vehicle such as shown in my picture. Sadly, this is no longer available. You can, however walk up to the top of the Harbour Bridge with an escorted tour.
Fondest memory: And this is a part of the blimp story. You see, once upon a time there was a trophy called the Americas Cup. Something to do with yachting. At some ungodly hour in the morning Australians were awake to see the longest winning streak in sporting history end. Our yacht had beaten the Americans 4-3 after trailing 1-3 at one stage. The then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, uttered the famous words, "Any boss that doesn't let his employees have a day off is a bum" (or words to that effect). Could you imagine an American president saying that?
It was extraordinary and the man behind it all was named Alan Bond. Originally a Pom he had made his fame and fortune out here doing deals of extraordinary magnitude. One of his indulgences was the blimp you see here, another was porchasing "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh. Sadly for Alan, it all came crashing down and he ended up in jail. Turns out a lot of what he was doing was dodgy.
These days he's a free man again, legally bankrupt but still managing to be chauffeured around in a Rolls Royce.
The Americas Cup was returned when the Yanks thrashed us next time out. Only the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House remain the same. Enjoy.
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The View from the Famous Bridge
Favorite thing: Without a doubt, this is one of the best views of the city you can get. You could actually go higher than the view I show here, by paying the extra money and going to one of the observation platforms. Alternatively, you can climb onto the uppermost section of the bridge. To do that you need to pay even more money, plus rent a protective poncho.
Fondest memory: Stop off at the Glenmore for a beer after you're finished, and before you go.
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Sydney, much more than an Opera House
Favorite thing: Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! There is a bridge climbing company with very reasonable prices located at the base of bridge on the Opera House side. Call in advance to make a reservation and purchase tickets. I have done both a day and a night climb and they both have pluses. Go during the day when you first arrive in Sydney to acclimate yourself to the city, and then do a night climb to see all the lights.
Fondest memory: I miss the Royal Botanical Gardens that are adjacent the Syndey Opera House. The gardens are perfect for walking around to enjoy a beautiful day or for laying out to soak up the sun. Definitely a must see/do.
Not have too much to drink...
Favorite thing: Not have too much to drink whilst watching the harbour bridge. I did this and started seeing little people walking over the top of the bridge. A sober person then informed me that she could see them too. But seriously, you can get a guided tour and walk over the top of this bridge. I am afraid it was a bridge too far for me.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge...
Favorite thing: The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout is open to the public daily.
There are 200 stairs to climb to the Pylon with rest stops on the way up showing displays of the history of the construction of the Bridge.
The Pylon offers magnificent views of Sydney Harbour, Botanical Gardens and the surrounding areas. On a clear day you can see are far as the Blue Mountains.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is 134 metres high, 502 metres long, 48.8 metres wide and weighs 52 800 tonnes. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was constructed between 1923 and 1932. It's nickname is 'the coathanger'.
Nowdays you can also climb The Bridge! yes climbe it!!! that's why is so fantastic, If you want the website just ask me!
Favorite thing: Visit the "coathanger", the nickname for the "Sydney Harbour Bridge". Spanning the harbour from Dawes Point to Milsons Point, the Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most imposing structures. The bridge is 135 metres high, 502 metres long, 49 metres wide and weight 52 800 tonnes. It was constructed between 1923 and 1932.
Climb the bridge...
Favorite thing: But the bridge isn't something you only drive over, you can also do a Bridge Climb But alas, even I didn't. The reason for it was that you have to make a booking ahead, and I was there at a very busy time that the only space I had was at (maybe) 6 am. I had to ring them at 5.30 am to be sure there was a place. Even that was too early for me, and to be honest, they take an alcohol test before you are allowed to climb the bridge…and we went to bed at 3 am ;-) In the end I couldn't do this because of my broken shoulder!!!
We were there a few days...
Favorite thing: We were there a few days before the beginning of the Olympic Games. The city was full of excitement and anticipation. Many reporters and sportsmen were crowding the city. Everywhere preparations were undertaken. And the highlight was the evening the Olympic rings were lit. You can see them on this picture in full daylight.
See the Harbour Bridge. This...
Favorite thing: See the Harbour Bridge. This view is from the roof of my hotel in 'The Rocks.' You can make a reservation to 'walk' the arch of the bridge - I understand it requires a good level of fitness and no fear of heights!
Krystynn's General Tip
Fondest memory: Here's another view of the majestic SYDNEY HARBOR BRIDGE on New Year's Day.
The famed Sydney to Hobart Yacht race is one event you shouldn't miss too. It finishes in Hobart, Tasmania where there'd be a big bash honoring the victors.
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House
Favorite thing: The obvious places like Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House... I think the nicest part of Sydney is Darling Harbour with all the nice restaurants and shops...
For more information on the Sydney Opera House phone 02 92507111 or visit sydneyoperahouse.com
Sydney Harbour Bridge....
Favorite thing: See the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I guess most people see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in photos of Sydney but that's because they look so good in photos.
You can even climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I think it costs about $99 and you can join a group of people on a special tour. I haven't done it myself but it sounds like fun...
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climb the Harbour Bridge, take...
Favorite thing: climb the Harbour Bridge, take a seaplane ride, take the Manly Ferry, go to Harry' Cafe de Wheels.
Fondest memory: I love the laid-back Aussie attitude to life, and the way the city combines big-city life with a life lived outdoors on the water
An absolute must is the...
Favorite thing: An absolute must is the Harbour Bridge climb - even for those who are not good with heights.
Darling Harbour is superb, bustling with activity. I could sit there people-watching all day. There are lots of v good restaurants.
A trip on a harbour ferry to Manly etc is a relaxing way of seeing the area.
Fondest memory: We then did a 5day cruise from Mackay around the Whitsunday islands and to the G B Reef. (Reef disappointing).
After that we drove up to Port Douglas via Undara Lave Tubes where we stayed in v old railway carriages amongst many kangaroos.Port Douglas quiet - excellent food down at the harbour(bucket of prawns (and wine) at dusk)
Spend some time on the Harbor Bridge
Favorite thing: I like spend some time with sunset. I spent two hours on the Harbor Bridge. A littlebit hard to find the entrance the bridge, but you have to go there. Looks great.
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