There are few things in Australia that are more instantly¬†recognizable¬†as Australian than Sydney’s Harbour (Uluru, Kangaroos and Koalas perhaps, and I’m sure it changes for everyone). Many countries have an item or two that, as soon as you see it, you know what city you are looking at. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Christ the Redeemer…and in Sydney’s case, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge rising behind it.

Pretty much right after dropping my bags at my hostel I headed to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair (a park), which gives some of the best view of the two Sydney icons.

Continuing to walk, I headed to Circular Quay, which on the right has the Opera House, and hidden to the left is the Harbour Bridge. This is the main passenger ferry terminal in the downtown, and also frequently hosts a cruise ship.

I’d save the crossing of the Harbour Bridge for another day, but for now I wanted to get up close to it.

It’s one thing you don’t realize quite so much from the pictures, but the Harbour Bridge (also called the Coat-Hanger by Sydney-siders) is absolutely massive.

Finally, I circled back around to the view of the Opera House.

Such a unique design, I hadn’t realized how distinct and separate the different ‘sails’ were. From afar the building looks like a singular object, but the sails are only somewhat connected to each other.

My first day in Sydney complete, I was off to a good start. The downtown harbour area is simply spectacular, and lives up to it’s reputation as one of the finest in the world!

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