The first day sans the structured itinerary of Contiki, we explored the main district of Sydney – City Centre. Of course, visiting the Sydney Opera House is an absolute must. The Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point of the Sydney Harbour, which is located at the northeastern tip of the CBD (Central Business District). This world-famous performing arts centre is one of Sydney’s most beautiful and unusual buildings. The iconic sails shape was designed by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, in 1973. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The white tiles of the sails have a beautiful luminescent quality in the sunshine; it is also a vision at night when it is lit up.
Located right across the harbour from the Opera House is the equally intricate and beautiful Harbour Bridge. On the steps of the Opera House, there was a newly wed couple posing for a photo session, and I snuck in a picture of my own!
We headed west of Circular Quay to the Rocks district, and stopped for a pleasant lunch and drinks at the Glenmore Rooftop Hotel. It was a quaint roofdeck serving delicious food, and the view of the harbour was spectacular. We New Yorkers love our rooftop bars!
After lunch, we strolled through the Sydney Botanic Gardens. There was a Louvre-like greenhouse in the middle of the park that looked intriguing.