Iconic Sydney

On Monday, my brother, sister-in-law and I took three of our nephews down to Circular Quay to explore the Sydney Harbour Bridge/Opera House/Botanic Gardens area.  We dealt with the bright midday sun for photos of these iconic sights, but I thought I’d share them anyway. The highlight of the day for my nephews happened during our picnic lunch.  The six of us were sitting eating our food on a hillside when all of a sudden a kookaburra swooped down right beside us and landed in front of us with a piece of ham in its mouth. My seven-year-old nephew, John, called out, “Ouch!” and held his sandwich up to us. The kookaburra had taken the piece of ham out of his sandwich that John was holding up beside him between bites! It was unbelievable! Thankfully John wasn’t hurt badly and now he has a good story to tell.  🙂

In the afternoon, my brother Lee and I did the Bridge Climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime memorable experience.  The only bad part was that I couldn’t take a camera with me, but at the same time I was forced to just take it all in and not worry about camera settings. 🙂  We had perfect weather for the trek- the sun lit up the opera house and city skyline perfectly.  It’s hard to describe how beautiful it was up there with a 360 degree view.  They gave us lots of time to drink it all in.  It was great to see the bridge construction from so many angles by climbing through it and above it.  At one point we were climbing a ladder with cars driving past on both sides of us.  The view was honestly breathtaking- the harbor out to the coast, the opera house, the city buildings and suburbs sprawling all the way out to the blue mountains.

Here are some photo highlights from the day.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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A close-up of the opera house roof tiles.

A close-up of the opera house roof tiles.

View from the Botanic Gardens

View from the Botanic Gardens

With my nephews by the opera house

With my nephews by the opera house

My brother and sister-in-law with our nephews.

My brother and sister-in-law with our nephews.

The kookaburra that stole John's ham in the tree.

The kookaburra that stole John’s ham in the tree.

Lee and I on our bridge climb.

My brother Lee and I on our bridge climb.

Walking back to the train after the climb- this was a great walkway off of Cumberland St.

Walking back to the train after the climb- this was a great walkway off of Cumberland St.

View from Circular Quay

View from Circular Quay

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Sydney at night

Sydney at night

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Just in case you haven't seen enough pics of the opera house, here's one more.  :)

Just in case you haven’t seen enough pics of the opera house, here’s one more. 🙂

3 responses

  1. MOM

    Love them ALL, but those evening shots are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I didn’t realize you had been there in the evening. Love, love, love that you are documenting the Bitner’s final days in OZ as they prepare to return to the USA.

    July 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

  2. These pics are amazing. I used to live in Sydney and worked just 10 minutes walk from here. I have never seen it look more beautiful than through a visitor’s eyes.

    July 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

  3. So many great ones Jenni! I love Circular Quay.. and the Opera House really is magnificent at night. Can’t wait to hear about the bridge climb!!

    July 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

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