The most iconic image that comes to mind of Australia (Sydney in Particular) is undoubtedly the Sydney Opera House. Over the course of 14 years, the famous structure was finally completed in 1973 and inducted into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 2007. Basically, it means it is very important to the world as not only an economical venue but its social impact on humanity and should be preserved as such.
The first thing we noticed was the color. In the plethora of images scattered across the internet of the site, it tricks the mind into thinking the structure itself is white but instead, is an off-white/yellowish/dirt color. Let’s just call it “tan”. Also, from a distance, it was quite smaller than we imagined. Another cool aspect was that it was actually three different columns, not one entity (as seen in the picture below). During our visit, it was crowded, leading us to believe that this was the usual audience but it was due to an event (unsure what event, specifically). Upon more visits throughout the trip, we saw that it was quite empty around the venue and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, not just orchestral.
We enjoy seeing famous landmarks across the world and are greatly appreciative of our experience at the Sydney Opera House. When you see something online and in movies then see it in person with no influence, allows you to create your own opinion – I was a bit let down upon first seeing the structure, however, in the end, seeing it up close with little crowds (compared to our first day) really made me appreciate this beautifully placed complex, right along the harbor. Taking pictures of it (Opera House) as the sun gently set over the city, allowing faint rays to hit its yellow tainted titles, was the most adrenaline fueled moment, even compared to surfing!
Tip: Be sure to use harbor ferries as they take a convenient route that leaves the Opera House in a perfect frame, no matter the time of day – HIGHLY recommend to take a ferry around sunset.
Tip: Watch the sunset from the Botanical Garden and wait for the city to light up.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia