Opera House / Harbour Bridge, Sydney
By Gilbert and Sullivan.
We decided to do a night at the Opera for her birthday. So with two tickets in hand we dressed up a little but not over the top and felt just slightly overdressed.
They even did a touch of improv making fun of the horse flu that was going around at the time.
I was back and forth on the merits of doing a bridge climb.... it's so expensive. In the end I decided it's one of those things that you will probablly only do once, even if you visit Sydney multiple times, so I plunked down my money (or more properly my credit card) and up I went.
Up, that is, after an hour's safety briefing, jumpsuit fitting, training session, and last-minute toilet visit.
The climb takes 3 and 1/2 hours (prep, up and down), and as I was in the 9:35 pm group, I actually *was* on the bridge at midnight.
Was it worth it? Definitely. I might even consider doing it again on some future visit to Sydney.
Dress Code: Wear whatever is comfortable. You will be issued a jumpsuit to put on over (or in place of) your clothes. Remember that you will be getting some exercise and may get a bit sweaty.
Wear closed shoes. If you don't have your own, they will loan you some rather uncomfortable-looking rubber trainers.
Ah. Almost forgot... you will have to do a breathalyzer test before the climb, so don't have that second beer to try to get your courage up!
On my Birthday Night (October 18th); Chris and I went to see The Gondoliers at the Sydney Opera House. It was an incredible night from beginning to end. We had beautiful weather and the stars were out in all their splendor. The Opera House was beautifully illuminated in the night sky; which only added to the magic of that night. We had great seats and were very close to the stage. The production was well done and the actors were fabulous. During intermission were were able to have some yummy celebratory champage and see the beautiful Harbor views.
Dress Code: We were overdressed for the Opera; it seems that they do not dress up as much as we do in New York for an Opera.
One of my favorites during our visit to Sydney was being able to stroll at night . I enjoyed seeing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House Illuminated against the dark night sky. The city skyline was beautiful at night.
Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Years Eve
You simply can't get any better place in Australia (except maybe Lorne Fall's Festival) than this on a New Years Eve... Fireworks, street parties, thousands of people - what more do I need to say?
Although this bar is quite expensive, it is in the BEST position to view the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and the city at night. It is situated right next to the Opera House, right on the water and has both indoor and outdoor seating. They often have live bands play music (and they actually sound really good!) such as jazz, funk and latin. It is always busy with both tourists and locals alike, so try to head there before sunset to grab a good table near the water and enjoy!
Dress Code: No dress code
This is a nice bar located at the foot of the Opera House with beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Circular Quay and Kirribilli. There is also a large outdoor area too.
Dress Code: Preferably dress to impress!
The Sydney Harbor Bridge is lit after hours with white lights from end to end, they light in succession, flickering back and forth across the harbor.And the towers at each end are lit by colored spotlights. It's quite a spectacle!
One of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Opera House has become the icon for modern Sydney.
As Australia’s premier cultural centre for opera, ballet, theatre and music, the Opera House features four theatres and several fine restaurants.
Although the next tip could also come under the tourist trap section, I think seeing a performance at the opera house is a good bet
Dress Code: Many different codes of dress are required depending on the show you are seeing. These range from Billy Connolly to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sitting at the footsteps of the world Famous Opera House....the Opera House Wine & Bar is ideal place for a drink or a quick bit......located on the lower level section it faces the downtown and harbour bridge......both outdoor tables and slick looking indoor section is also an option. The prices are great for the venue......the list for drinks long, and the wine list simple !!!! Looking for a nice night out on the town....this is the place to do it without losing your wallet !!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT !!!!!!
Dress Code: Very casual.....outdoor tables have heaters (it's late winter right now)
Ifyou walk up the road that goes under the harbour side of the bridge you will find the bar on your right just next to the road. It`s a German style beer house with plenty of real German beers and food in the style of the great Munich beer houses, a great night out (if you can drink)
Look out for the fruit bats or flying foxes, these things have a metre wide wing span and live in the botanical gardens adjacent to the opera house, by night they wheel about over the city in great flocks and by day they just hang upside down in the trees, go see them at dusk when they start to wake up and leave,a fantastic site.
Take time, sit-back and relax sippin' up cocktails or Toohey's New around the Opera House. The night view here is awesome, lots of cool bars and restaurants at your choice, from chill-out live-jazz session at the Opera Bar to hip nightspots like the Aqua Luna on the other side of the Quay. Or even if you're not interested in any one of those, take a short walk to the Rocks, there you'll surely find some ideal place to hang out for a night.
Dress Code: Casual
Things come to life as the sun sets. The beauty of the harbour changes quiet dramatically as the lights come on. There are lots of restaurants along the walk and regular shows at the Opera house.