Our first morning in Australia and hubby and I are up in the darkness of the early hours, full of excitement and a whopping dose of jet lag. It’s the perfect chance to stroll to the Sydney Harbour bridge to watch the sunrise over Sydney Opera House.
The skies colours are already performing it’s dawn show. I stand looking, not quite believing I’m there.
Feeling a little shaky I lean on the edge with my camera. Hubby thinks this is funny. He snaps away poking the camera through the gaps. Bit cocky really.
We watch little boats make their way out of the Harbour, making guesses on their tasks. It’s all so peaceful up here. Even with a few cars rushing over the bridge behind us, the air is warm and still.
All of a sudden the sun pops over the horizon and the sky bursts into gold.
Aeroplanes have begun to glide overhead and ferries leave Circular Quay.
The bridge is lit up by the new morning suns rays.
It’s a beautiful bridge and happens to be the world’s largest steel arch bridge.
We are on the pedestrian and cycle path. It’s all very safe with ‘guards’ patrolling all along.
As we watched the sun steadily climb, behind us trains and cars rumbled past.
The sun has started to light the Quay with it’s glass skyscrapers and dwarfing cruise ship.
It feels special to share a love of photography with hubby. We both see it as capturing moments. Memories.
There is a light hearted competitiveness between us as we share our shots with each other. We share ideas and compare cameras. It’s been good.
Everything is coming to life all around us.
Circular Quay is the nucleus of Sydney but for now it is having a gentle start.
As we point the cameras back at the sunrise, the sun is now blazing.
The Sydney Opera House looks like it defies gravity, as if it is being pulled towards the sun.
A huge brick chimney looms large from an area beneath the footing of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, called The Rocks.
With one more gaze at my first Australian sunrise we head off the bridge to meet the kids for a much needed cup of coffee.
The city is well awake now and we want to reach the Opera House before the crowds.
Coffee and smoothies were ordered easily enough. Good and healthy drinks and snacks are readily available here, so before you know it we are refuelled and ready to explore some more.
We reach the Quay and can’t believe the scale of things. The cruise ship is enormous!
We all get our cameras ready.
Charlotte snaps the iconic Sydney Opera House with all it’s shell-like shapes.
Ferries are coming and going constantly and the sound of the city is beginning to rise along with the sun.
But we are ahead of the crowd and only a few joggers join us.
Glasses are switched to sunglasses. The Australian sun beginning to show it’s strength.
There are actually 10 ‘sails’ making up the roof. It’s designed to counter the suns rays at dusk and dawn with it’s ceramic tiles, which take on a lustrous glow.
The whole place is brilliantly odd.
Sunnies selfie in the sunrise.
Sometimes getting the perfect snap had us (well them, not me really) leaning over the railings.
The graceful sweep of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was captivating, as it has been for artists for generations.
This cool bar has the astonishing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge one side and the harbour side Botanical Gardens the other.
By now the sun is bouncing off the Opera House sails (still looks more like shells to me).
It’s hot already and time for us to leave the harbour, as crowds begin to flood in. We are ready for some breakfast and then explore more that Sydney has to offer…
More Sydney fun coming soon!