Sunrise over Sydney Opera House

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

All of a sudden the sun pops over the horizon and the sky bursts into gold.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Aeroplanes have begun to glide overhead and ferries leave Circular Quay.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and 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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sunrise over the Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

As we watched the sun steadily climb, behind us trains and cars rumbled past.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

The sun has started to light the Quay with it’s glass skyscrapers and dwarfing cruise ship.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

It feels special to share a love of photography with hubby. We both see it as capturing moments. Memories.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Everything is coming to life all around us.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Circular Quay is the nucleus of Sydney but for now it is having a gentle start.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

As we point the cameras back at the sunrise, the sun is now blazing.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

The Sydney Opera House looks like it defies gravity, as if it is being pulled towards the sun.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

A huge brick chimney looms large from an area beneath the footing of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, called The Rocks.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

The city is well awake now and we want to reach the Opera House before the crowds.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

We reach the Quay and can’t believe the scale of things. The cruise ship is enormous!

We all get our cameras ready.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Charlotte snaps the iconic Sydney Opera House with all it’s shell-like shapes.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Ferries are coming and going constantly and the sound of the city is beginning to rise along with the sun.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

But we are ahead of the crowd and only a few joggers join us.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Glasses are switched to sunglasses. The Australian sun beginning to show it’s strength.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

The whole place is brilliantly odd.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sunnies selfie in the sunrise.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sometimes getting the perfect snap had us (well them, not me really) leaning over the railings.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

The graceful sweep of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was captivating, as it has been for artists for generations.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

This cool bar has the astonishing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge one side and the harbour side Botanical Gardens the other.

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

By now the sun is bouncing off the Opera House sails (still looks more like shells to me).

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

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…

Sydney Opera and Circular Quay

More Sydney fun coming soon!

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2 Comments

  1. Andy
    April 29, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Brilliant post!! Well written honey 🙂 it was an amazing morning xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      April 30, 2016 / 6:06 am

      Love our early mornings on holiday. They’re the best. xxx