No other building on earth looks like the Sydney Opera House. The building is in fact a complex of theatres and halls linked beneath its famous shells.
The Sydney Opera House is considered by many to be one of the 7 new wonders of the modern world. It is Sydney's most popular icon and is home to The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, and the Sydney Theatre Company, among other performances.
Come and see the fantastic views of the city from atop the Pylon Lookout. There are 200 stairs and 3 levels of exhibits before you reach the top – 285 feet above sea level.
The Roofs – Although apocryphal, the theory that Jørn Utzon’s arched roof design came to him while peeling an orange is enchanting. The highest point is 221 feet above sea level.
A close-up view of the Sydney Opera House's famous roof.
To avoid the anticipated crowds, I was at the Opera House at 6am with my tripod. No tourists in site!
The Sydney Opera House is Australia's most recognizable building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Its birth was long and complicated. Many of the construction problems had not been faced before, resulting in an architectural adventure that lasted 14 years.
Northern Foyers – the Utzon Room and the large northern foyers of the Opera Theatre and Concert Hall have spectacular views over the harbour and can be hired for conferences, lunches, parties, and weddings.
Concert Hall – this is the largest hall, with seating for 2,690 guests. It is used for symphony, choral, jazz, folk and pop concerts, chamber music, opera, dance, and everything from body building to fashion parades.
Completed in 1932, the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was an economic feat, given the depressed times, as well as an engineering triumph. The single-span arch bridge, colloquially known as the “Coathanger,” took eight years to build. The bridge was manufactured in sections and totaled almost $6.25 million Australian dollars.
Interesting Perspectives – the Sydney Harbour Bridge, reflected above the glass windows of the Sydney Opera House.
One of the most exciting ways to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to climb to the top of it! Exhilarating and utterly unforgettable, BridgeClimb Sydney gives you the incredible opportunity to walk to the summit of the bridge and enjoy one of the world's most spectacular views.
Another view of BridgeClimb Sydney.
Since its opening in 1998, more than 3 million visitors from over 137 different countries and territories have participated in BridgeClimb Sydney including Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Usain Bolt, and yours truly.
The “Coathanger,” viewed from the Rocks.
Another view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay.
Circular Quay is often referred to as the “birthplace of Australia.” It was here, in January 1788, that the First Fleet landed its human freight of convicts, soldiers and officials, and the new British colony of New South Wales was declared.
French designer Pierre Cardin called the Queen Victoria Building “the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.” Yet this ornate Romanesque building, better known as the QVB, began life as the Sydney produce market.
The market closed at the end of World War I. By the 1950s, the building was threatened with demolition.
Refurbished at a cost of over $75 million Australian dollars, the QVB reopened in 1986 as a shopping gallery with more than 190 shops.
Take the Sky Safari gondola to the top entrance of the Taronga Zoo. Be sure to admire the wonderful views from above!
"Darwin," one of the male koalas at the Taronga Zoo.
The lion is said to be majestic, the leopard ferocious and shrewd, but elegant and graceful best describes the cheetah.
The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah is a marvel of evolution that can go from zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!
The home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of a nation, Parliament of Australia is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra, the capital city of Australia.
The 2014 charity giving tree inside the Parliament of Australia. Visitors can purchase and personalize a decoration for $2 or more. Proceeds will benefit the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and Lifeline Australia.
Old Parliament House was the home of the Federal Parliament from 1927 to 1988. During this time, great changes took place in Australian social and political life. This is the building in which democracy matured in Australia. It was here the nation was shaped.
(Photo of the old House of Representatives).
Maungawhau, better known as Mount Eden, is the highest volcano in Auckland, New Zealand at 643 feet high. A trip up the peak offers striking 360 degree views of the downtown area and harbor.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is home to millions of objects and is one of the country's most popular man-made tourist attractions.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum protects and cares for an outstanding and significant collection of Maori treasures. It has two dedicated Maori galleries along with a yearly Matariki exhibition.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most important museums. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.
Every year, over 50,000 people vie for tickets to the WOW World of Wearable Art Awards show in Wellington, New Zealand. This exhibition at the museum gives you the best spot in the house.
A storm is brewing over Auckland, as seen from Bastion Point.
The pohutukawa tree, with its crimson flower, has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi tree, which is often featured on greeting cards and in poems and songs, is an important symbol for New Zealanders at home