we pass a more upscale area
the waterfront near the Opera House
a barge full of sand is brought in
seems this ship is late, centuries late actually
the Sidney Opera House
looking back we see a part of the skyline
a nice place to conclude our first Australia tour
the old lighthouse at fort Denison
Sydney
The metropole of Sydney sprawls around a large natural harbour in the south east of Australia. It is the country's largest city and its only economic powerhouse. Although the official capital is Canberra, Australia is mostly governed from Sydney.

Aboriginals had lived here for 30.000 years before the British First Fleet arrived in 1788 and established a penal colony at Botany Bay. The convict transports finally ended in the 1840's.
 
In 1901 the Commonwealth of Australia was founded and Sydney became the capital of the new state New South Wales.
 
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was build during the Great Depression years.
 
Another major landmark, the distinctive Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon opened in 1973 and has since been the city's hallmark building.
 
We started and ended our 1999 Australia vacation in Sydney, and took a harbour cruise to see this impressive city from the waterfront..
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 the Harbour Cruise starts here
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the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge
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