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Sydney, some things never get old...

Whether you're a visitor to Sydney from an other country with only a few days to spare, or a tourist in your own city who has lived here all your life, it never gets old seeing the dawn of a new day gradually creep over Bennelong Point and the surrounding Harbour.

Opera House, Sydney (Dawn)

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In 1790 Aboriginal elder Woollarawarre Bennelong of the Eora Nation took possession of a small hut built for him by New South Wales Governor Arthur Phillip on what is now known as Bennelong Point. Within a year, the first known concert at Bennelong Point was held, hosted by Bennelong himself for the Governor and his guests.

Now situated on this very site, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinct and famous buildings of the 20th century and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

Opera House, Sydney (Sunrise)

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The building's original architect and designer, Jørn Utzon, reflected in 2003 that he took "great joy in knowing how much the building is loved, by Australians in general and by Sydneysiders in particular”, not to mention the affection felt by those visitors from all around the world.


Photo Tips:

If you are looking for the opportunity to capture this iconic sunrise view of Sydney's Opera House overlooking the harbour, then look no further than this easy to get to location situated close to public transport on the south side of the harbour bridge.

  • arrive earlier than you think!
  • use a tripod
  • take your time
  • watch the light change
  • stay longer than you think!