17.10.2011 - 17.10.2011 13 °C
Arrived back in Sydney this morning. Light rain and below seasonal coolness early on but got to around 20 C in the afternoon once the sun came out.
Took the river ferry from Parrametta all the way to Sydney harbour this morning which was about a 45 min direct ride . Very cold and blowy sitting at the front of the boat but worth the views . We then took in a tour of the Sydney Opera House which is highly recommended. ( note get a coupon from the Sydney tourist center first to save 20%) ( found this out after the fact). There are many steps to the opera house but worth the climbing around. This opera house started construction in 1959 but took 16 years to build and over 106 million dollars. Lots of design dilemnas took place to construct the roofs ( actually the roof are segments of a sphere) The roof has over a million tiles ( 17 different tile sizes ) and is self cleaning with the sydney rain storms. There are off white to cut down on the glare in the sunlight. The top capacity of people that can be in each of the rooms and events is 9000 people. There has been some reconstruction but the opera theatre will be undergoing a major reconstruction going down a further level and added a new balcony and larger orchestra pit. They are just waiting for the funding to come in before it can begin. The main architect's son is now working on this design. Very informative if you get the right tour guide.
Then we went over to the Rocks. Lots of cafes and designer shops and several opal shops. Looked around but failed to buy anything.. could have dropped 16K for a small black opal .
There is so many tall skyscrapers in sydney with a population around 4 million. The natural harbour with all the magnificant houses and boats takes one's breath away. There is much marine life in the harbour and rivers.. saw a nasty looking black snake in the river...
Also on the way home, saw what I have heard many do in town.. get active.. there were many rowing boats going up and down the river - great to see the unison of several people all rowing together followed by a guy in a power boat and megaphone giving instructions . There were probably at least 15 of the teams going up and down the river.
Tomorrow is another driving day north of sydney.... till then