Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Around Australia Cruise - Day 2 in Sydney - Touring The Sydney Opera House

As I mentioned in a previous post, we had been to Sydney before. It was a post cruise stay and we did a bunch of touring but never got up close and personal to the opera house. That was a mistake I planned on fixing this trip.

We were up early ... thank you time change ... 14 hrs. ahead of home. We headed out for breakfast at this little cafe, Spring Espresso, right up the street from our hotel. The weather was beautiful, we ate outside, and had a great breakfast.

The Sydney Opera House offers several different types of tours. We decided on the basic Sydney Opera House Tour. I made reservations and paid for the tour from home. The website was very easy to navigate and I had my receipts in hand when we approached the tour counter.

We arrived around 10:45 a.m. for our 11:30 a.m. tour but there was still space in the 11:00 a.m. tour so we moved it up. There were about 20 people on the tour and everyone received headphones and a receiver box.

The tour started with pictures taken of each tour member in front of a green screen. After the tour, these photos showing the tour member in front of the opera house was available for purchase. (We declined so I don't know how much the pictures were.) After this bit of fundraising, the tour started for real.

We learned about the history of the opera house, got to see several of the theaters (we could not take photographs in most of them), and generally enjoyed this quick overview of the building. A heads up to anyone with mobility issues ... there are a LOT of steps on this tour.

One of the main lobbies

One of the sets of stairs between theater levels.

One of the main concert theaters

We had several opportunities to rest between stair climbs.

This was a Saturday and, as mentioned previously, a weekend with a major sporting event. The area around the opera house was mobbed, including its many restaurants. We stopped for ice cream, calling it lunch, and then decided to take the ferry to Manly. Again, we just got on and stayed on, riding it round trip.

On the ferry to/from Manly

On the ferry to/from Manly - Fort Denison in the middle of Sydney harbor

On the ferry to/from Manly



By this time we were pretty wiped again. Headed back to our hotel and dinner this night was at a restaurant across the street, Fratelli Paradiso, a bit overpriced but good food and excellent service.


Unknown said...

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Opera House, it is very spectacular from the inside as well as from the outside. We had a conducted tour a few years ago by our niece who was in the orchestra and saw even more than you would have. But yes we would agree that you need to be fit to do all the climbing up and down!!
Pity you didn't get off the Manly ferry, it is a nice walk to the beach and there are some lovely restaurants on the way.

diane said...

Hi Mike

Actually, we did that post-cruise. Yes, a very nice walk to a lovely beachl

Unknown said...

There is an accessible tour that we used since I had polio as a child and use a scooter for mobility. We took elevators between the levels and had a great tour.