Ok, I didn’t actually see a show at the Opera House. My backpacker budget didn’t quite cover that. What I did do was stand from afar and gaze over a building so iconic, it’s up there with the Eiffel Tower, Houses of Parliament and the Petronas Twin Towers. When you travel Australia your mind conjures up images of the dusty outback and always the Sydney Opera House.
Australia Travel – Getting to Sydney Opera House
Seeing the icon yourself couldn’t be any friendlier on a backpacker budget. The generous Aussie council gifts us tourists with a free shuttle bus that travels through Sydney Central, ending up at the Harbour. Watch out for the free green bus 555, it runs in a circuit through the Central Business District. The whole area is jam packed with shops, restaurants and galleries and you can hop on and off as you please. If it’s a beautiful hot day, like it was for us, you don’t even need the bus, as Sydney is an exciting and scenic city to discover by foot.
Walking down towards the Opera House we were rather tickled to find the truly gargantuan Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship docked in the harbour. This magnificient ship, built in my home country, was right here in Sydney towering above us. It had the usual pensioners disembarking for a day in the city. I couldn’t help but fantasise about taking this luxury liner when I’m old and grey. This ship is one of the most decadent in the world with a taste of 1930’s high society and glamour. How wonderful!
Sydney Opera House
The grounds around the Sydney Opera House are immaculate. Joggers whisk past, despite the heat and humidity, doing laps around the country’s symbol. The building is a feat of engineering and it is a wonderful example of late modern architecture. It is a perfoming arts centre like no other. The gliding lines of each section’s structure are completely unique.
I definitely felt very small as I climbed the stairs towards the towering entrances.
Often, visiting landmarks such as these can be frustrating with boisterous crowds and an overkill of tourist traps, but I have to say the Sydney Opera House was a pleasure to see. Just like the Aussie way of life, it was chilled, relaxing and a happy tick off my things to see when I travel Australia.
All Images Copyright © Roscoe Duncan 2012