The World Famous Sydney Opera House Features On This Attractive Fridge Magnet
Situated on Bennelong Point in the world famous Sydney Harbour, the opera house, with its shell like appearance, is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions. Despite its name it is actually a multi venue building. Seven different performing spaces are home to the Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Theatre Company, and Opera Australia. Opened in 1973, and based on a design conceived by architect Jørn Utzon, the Opera House has gone from strength to strength. More than seven million people visit the building each year, whether just to sightsee, to take the official tour or to watch one of over 1500 performances which take place annually. This amazing structure is pictured on this resin fridge magnet, available to buy at World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
Sydney Harbour, The Opera House And Its Surroundings
The World UNESCO Heritage site of Sydney Opera House, together with the architectural elegance of its near neighbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, dominates this beautiful expanse of water. Opened in 1932 the bridge is elderly when compared to the Opera House, but it is no less magnificent. Designed by British firm Dorman Long and Co. Ltd. the structure carries pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles and trains from the Central Business District to the North Shore of Sydney. It is often called ‘The Coat hanger’ because of its shape. Sydney harbour is contained within Port Jackson which is an inlet of the South Pacific Ocean. The port was named by Captain James Cook, in honour of Sir George Jackson, one of the Lord Commissioners of the British Admiralty. Cook is the first recorded European to discover the area, and there has continued to be a European influence in the area.
The Rocks, Sydney
Most of the buildings in this historic area, on the southern shore of Sydney harbour, were built from local sandstone. Originally formed in 1788 ‘The Rocks’ had a reputation as a slum. Bubonic plague broke out in the area in 1900, amidst rapidly decaying buildings. A programme of demolition began and thousands of buildings were destroyed but progress was delayed by both World Wars. In the 1960’s demolition was again on the agenda but, after much argument and controversy, remaining buildings were renovated and are a popular tourist attraction today. Visitors can browse the myriad of shops selling everything from arts and crafts, to jewellery, books and souvenirs. If they need a rest there are several cafés selling food as diverse as cakes, kebabs, sandwiches, and chocolate.
Visiting New South Wales
The bustling city of Sydney, home to over four million people, is the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales. On the east coast of this vast country this area is a major tourist destination. The coastline is home to eight hundred and ninety two beaches offering a vast number of surfing opportunities for those eager to ride the waves. For those who prefer to remain on dry land, the world famous Blue Mountains are incredibly beautiful vision of nature. Caves, waterfalls and a botanic garden abound here, just ninety minutes from the busy city of Sydney. For those of an adventurous nature, hiking, bushwalking and white water rafting are all available in the New South Wales locality. Six hundred and sixty miles off the coast of this state lies the paradise of Lord Howe Island. Home to a marine park, beautiful beaches, and sixty four unique species of flowering plant, this is a very special place to visit. New South Wales is an amazing destination for travellers and is represented well by the picture of Sydney Harbour Bridge on this resin fridge magnet, available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.