The Opera House And The Harbour Bridge in Sydney
When you think about Sydney, Australia two of the most iconic images that spring to mind are the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There is a lot of history that is attached to both of these structures that people may not be aware of.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was first opening in 1932. Today it connects the North Shore to the main business district of Sydney. The bridge has an arch shaped design and this has led to it being given the nickname ‘The Coathanger’ by locals. The bridge itself was based on the design of the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City and was designed and constructed by a British firm that was based in Middlesborough.
It is possible for pedestrians to walk the whole length of the bridge and this gives great views of the whole harbour and the Opera House. There is also a cycle path that runs over the bridge if you would prefer to make the journey by bicycle. There is also a road and a railway track that run over the bridge. If you are driving over the bridge in a car then there are tolls that will apply.
One of the best ways to get a great view of the harbour is to participate in a Bridge Climb. You will be lead up the bridge by a climbing expert and when you reach the summit you will be rewarded by stunning views. You will also receive a certificate and a group photo at the summit to remind you of the experience.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings that was constructed in the twentieth century. An international competition was held to find the architect for the building in 1957 which was won by Jorn Utzon. However, it took longer to complete than expected and the building did not officially open until 1973. The architect ultimately ended up resigning from the project and this did overshadow the opening a little.
There are a number of different venues that are located within the Opera House. These can be used for all types of concerts and performances and it has also been used as a sporting venue. Over 1500 performances are held at the venue on an annual basis and visitors to these performances exceed 1.2 million. It is also possible to go on a guided tour of the building without actually attending a show. Over eight million people visit Sydney Opera House every year.
It was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of Australia and is one of only three cultural sites in the country which has been given this status.
If you ever visit Sydney then you should definitely head to the harbour at some point during your visit to take in these sights. It can be busy around this area but it is something that you may regret if you do not take the opportunity to see it for yourself.
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