Sydney Harbour, Australia

2017 is upon us and it is my pleasure to start the year with images of one of my favourite global destinations.

Sydney is often rated in the top ten most beautiful cities in the world and for some leading travel writers it is at the very top of their list. I visit Australia’s most populous city from time to time but have never had the pleasure of visiting to purely take in the sights and enjoy its beauty. A recent article in one of UK’s leading daily newspapers convinced me that it was time to fly the 3,300 kilometres (2,000 miles) from Perth to Sydney to see what I was missing. The clincher for me was that the travel writer who wrote the article in question, had flown an arduous 34,000 kilometres (21,000 miles) return journey and still rated Sydney as the most beautiful city on the planet. The following are possibly some of the reasons why:

Sydney Opera House On Stormy Night

The Sydney Opera House is world heritage listed and is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Sydney Opera House has close to one thousand rooms, including five theatres and rehearsal studios, two principle halls, four restaurants, six bars and an array of souvenir shops. The roof is designed as a series of spherical shells that look like sails and the tiles are made of glazed white granite which were imported from Sweden. The Sydney Opera House was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973 and more than eight million people now visit it each year.

Sydney Opera House - Stormy Night

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge took eight years to construct and was opened in 1932. It joins the city of Sydney to the north shore and the bridge climb is rated as one of the top five tourist activities. At night the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a spectacular sight.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Area

The Sydney Harbour area is the city’s main tourist precinct and is a hive of activity both during the day and night.

Sydney Harbour Area

Australian White Ibis

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is in the heart of Sydney and is a great place for a stroll. It occupies over 30 hectares of land and has wonderful views of the Sydney opera House and Harbour Bridge. Besides the multitude of different plant species you will also discover many different birds including the Australian White Ibis.

Australian White Ibis

Camellia Japonica

The Camellias were in glorious bloom when I visited the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Camellia Japonica