Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia’s largest and most famous city and well known for its landmarks; the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and as the venue for the 2000 Olympics, the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the Newyears Eve fireworks from the bridge.
The city offers a huge range of attractions to the many visitors that land here each year and even has excellent beaches, most famous of them all Bondi and Manly. Also it has a few National Parks bordering the city so if you want to escape the city the bush is never more than an hour or so away.
To the west of the city lie the Blue Mountains and a little further inland you will find the Hunter Valley, famous for its wine growing and tasting.
Sydney offers something of interest to everyone, from history to a bustling nightlife to nature based activities and general sight-seeing.
A visit to Sydney simply can not be completer without a visit to the Opera House, Sydney’s most famous landmark. It has an interesting history; a design competition in 1955 produced 233 entries but it was Danish architect Joern Utzon who won the job though he never finished it as he quit in 1966.
He had run into huge arguments with the builders who had considerable trouble to convert his ideas from a design on paper in to the real thing, and he was pushed out by Sir Davis Hughes who downgraded his role in the project and with held payment of his fees.
Construction took far more time and money than expected and ran from 1959 till 1973 when it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II . The original $7 million budget had blown out to a whopping $102 million and a team of Aussie architects were left to finish the interior design after Utzon quit, by then it was realized that though it looks nice from the outside it is a bit cramped inside. Utzon left the country and passed away in 2008, and had never returned to see his creation.
In June 2007 the Sydney Opera House gained World Heritage Listing, joining more than 800 other sites including the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China and Egypt’s pyramids.
Listed below are all the links you need, to book your holiday directly:
- Click here for Sightseeing Tours in Sydney
- Click here for Transfers
- Click here for Sydney Airport
- Click here for Car Rental
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