The iconic sail shaped Opera House is on the right side of Sydney Harbour. Boldly conceived by Danish architect John Utzon opera house is synonymous with Australian identity. Underneath the ten spectacular roofs of varying planes and textures, lies six auditoriums where dance, concerts, opera and theaters are staged. The roof tiles were fixed in their places individually in panels to give a smooth and continuous roof surface. The shell membrane roof was pre casted.
On the left side it is the dramatic steel presence of Sydney Harbour bridge which links city areas with north Sydney. The arch spans 503 meters. One can even climb the 134 meters high peak of bridge looking down the shimmering harbour and across the immense sky scrapers.
Watching whales 15 kilometers down in deep sea is another unforgettable experience in winter months. Other tourist attraction point on the north of Harbour is Taronga zoo. The Rocks on the side of Harbour bridge offer colonial architecture, historic pubs, modern restaurants and shopping galleries.
The next best attraction after Opera House is an impressive 1.5 million liters Sea Life Sydney Aquarium on the Darling Harbour. It houses the world's largest collection of Australian aquatic. The highlight is a walk "on the ocean floor" through the floating oceanarium with 165 meters of underwater tunnels.
Wild life Sydney zoo and Madam Tussads museum are adjoining Sea Life Aquarium. Chinese Garden is just at 10 minutes walk from here. Other tourist attractions in Darling Harbour area are I Max theater which boasts of world's largest cinema screen, National Maritime Museum and Star casino.
Another way to get the overview of the city is observation deck of 305 meters high Sydney Tower. The lifts takes you to the observatory deck from where one can see in all directions of the city and beyond that. One can walk outside the tower on a sky walk under expert guidance. A water tank above observation deck holds 162,000 liters of water and acts as an enormous stabilizer during the windy days.
The blue mountains are at two hour journey by road or rail from Sydney. Here one can enjoy the beautiful and rugged valleys eroded through an ancient plateau. The breathtaking views and hidden valleys support lush rain forest and spiraling waterfalls. Besides Jenolan caves and echo point, the ride on scenic railways with steepest incline in the world is really enjoyable.