The Magical Sydney Harbour
You know when you see something you think is just so beautiful you could never tire of the sight? It actually strikes a chord deep inside of you and you know instantly this beautiful thing will never become old to see. The Sydney Harbour is one of those things to me.
When I first laid eyes on the magnificent Sydney harbour I was in awe of its beauty. The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the boats gliding across the sparkling water, it is all spectacular. It truly struck something inside me. I felt like I could sit there and take in this beautiful sight all day long. A feeling of calm and peacefulness came over me. That was back in 2006 and the same feeling still comes over me today, five years later.
What is it that makes the Sydney harbour “magical” as I like to call it?
The Sydney Opera House is an amazing work of architecture set in a perfect location. It’s a work of art in my eyes. It is beautiful to view from afar and also such a unique structure to examine closely as you walk around it. I saw a musical performance in the Opera House back in 2000 and still remember that experience to this day. I haven’t seen one since and it’s definitely something I’d like to do again soon. Ozdane and I had a very special dinner at Guillaume At Bennelong restaurant that is located within the Opera House building itself. This was actually the night he proposed to me in April outside the Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the background! Now that was truly magical and makes this place even more special!
The Harbour Bridge is a spectacular sight any time of the day. Being a Northern California native I feel very proud of the Golden Gate Bridge but I have to say the Harbour Bridge is right up there for me. I love watching all the boats, large and small, smoothly sail beneath this beauty of a bridge. Sometimes you see these massive cruise ships just fit under the bridge. This is quite a sight to see. If you’re feeling adventurous you can do a bridge climb over the top of the bridge on a guided tour. It is an amazing experience and I highly recommend doing this while in Sydney. I had the pleasure of doing this in 2007. When we climbed up the first portion it was daylight still and as we made our way down the other side it was nighttime. We were able to see the incredible views oneither side of the bridge in day and night which was quite a treat.
The water is probably the most peaceful element of the harbour itself to me. It is the perfect backdrop to these magnificent structures. Beyond the bridge and Opera House there are always a number of boats of all kinds blissfully gliding across the sparkling water. Going out on a boat in the harbour is another must-do when visiting Sydney. Whether it is the Captain Cook cruise tour to see the surrounding sights in an hour or a private charter, it is an amazingly pleasant and memorable experience. Having a drink and enjoying a meal at one of the many spots around the harbour is also a nice thing to do also. Sit back, relax, enjoy a glass of Australian wine and simply take in your beautiful surroundings. Bliss!
Last but not least one of the most jaw-dropping views you will get of the Sydney Harbor is from an airplane. If you’re lucky enough to be sitting on the side of the plane to catch a glimpse of this spectacular sight you will be amazed. I distinctly remember the first couple of times I experienced this returning to Sydney after visits to the US. Not only did the sheer beauty of the Sydney harbour strike me yet again but also a feeling of comfort washed over me. That was when I knew Australia had truly become my second home.
What are your special places you will never tire of seeing and visiting?