08 Oct 2005
A few weekends, I decided I needed to show Flat Stanley something a little more exciting. I decided to take him to Circular Quay, which is one of the busiest parts of Sydney Harbour. From there, you can see the Harbour Bridge, the world famous Opera House, the oldest parts of the city, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. So Adam and I grabbed Flat Stanley and hopped on a bus headed for the Quay. Here is a picture of the city as we go by Central Station in the bus.
Finally the bus stopped at Circular Quay. One of the first things you see there, before you get to the water, is the Customs House. It was built in 1885 on the site where Australian aborigines watched the first Europeans sail into Sydney in the First Fleet.
One of the best things about Circular Quay is that you can take a ferry across the harbour or up the Paramatta River. Sydney has had ferries since the 19th century, and before the Harbour Bridge was built there was no other way to get directly from the south side of the harbour to the north and back.
Here's a picture of Adam with Flat Stanley in front of a view of the Harbour Bridge.
Around the corner from Circular Quay is the famous Sydney Opera House. The Opera House is probably one of Sydney's best-known landmarks, and there are always plays, concerts, and other performances being held there. Here I am on the front steps of the Opera House.
Here is another view of the Opera House where you can see all of the distinctive arches that make up the building.