My wife, my son and I moved from Canberra, the capital city of Australia, to Sydney, where I found a new job.
During the first days of our staying in Sydney we decided to know the most important places of the city, the public transportation we should use and the best ways to reach the areas where we wanted to go; for that I used the Sygic app that I had installed on my iPad.
Sydney is the largest city of the country and the capital of the eastern state of New South Wales; it is located on the south-east coast of Australia, on the Tasman Sea, on the Pacific Ocean, and was founded in the 18th century (1788) as the first penal colony of the United Kingdom.
The first place we visited is one of the icons of the city the Sydney Opera House, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The building, located at Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor, was designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon and open to the public in 1973.
The Opera House presents a modern expressionist style, with their large precast concrete shells, being each one of the shells formed by sections of a sphere that constitute the roof of the building, which is seated on a kind of a large podium; the walls are composed by glass curtains and aggregate panels of pink granite extracted from the small town of Tarana, located at also in New South Wales.
Other icons of the city we visited was the Sydney Harbor, within the complex of Port Jackson, the natural harbor of the city and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, across the harbor, connecting the Sydney Central Business District to the North Shore the primarily residential area of northern metropolitan of the city, opened in 1932. The bridge is steel through arch structure and has a span of 440 feet.
The Harbor is the base of numerous events of the city, such as the Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations and the starting point of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Sydney is a city with an enormous area of green spaces, some of them we visited – the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Sydney Park, the Hyde Park, the Centennial Park and The Domain.
We also visited some of the museums of Sydney, such as the Australian History Museum, the Australian Museum (featuring animals, dinosaurs, mummies, aboriginal peoples, geology and insects), the Justice and Police Museum, the Fort Denison (a fort from the 19th century, located at an island and that was a former penal place), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Powerhouse Museum (science and technology), the Sydney Harbor Bridge Visitor Center and the Sydney Observatory.
To finish our first visits to the city we went to some of the beaches of Sydney that are between the most famous and finest beaches in the world Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Long Reef and Fairy Bower, on the northern area, and Tamarama, Malabar, Little Bay, Wanda and Cronulla Beach, on the southern area.