Opera and so much more in Sydney

It may not be a capital city but, around the world, Sydney, with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, is probably the best known city in Australia.

If there is a single image that identifies Sydney, it must be the bright, photogenic silhouette of the city looking out over the harbour. The great arch of the Harbour Bridge and the unfurled 'sails' of the Opera House are known and recognised all around the world. But the Opera House is not the only venue in town and now, until the middle of April, 2012, Opera Australia are providing an additional incentive to discover Australia's oldest and most populous city as they present Verdi's romantic classic, La Traviata, on a purpose built stage on the harbour waters. Whether you manage to attend this glorious outdoor spectacle, or visit another time, there's plenty to do: explore The Rocks, the area where everything began, with its historic warehouses, themed pubs and narrow streets, or Circular Quay, the modern heart of the city. Enjoy a meal high up in the Sydney Tower – at 305 metres, it's the country's second highest building and offers an incredible view of the city with the Pacific in the background. Check out the ambience of Darling Harbour, the nightlife of Kings Cross, the skyscrapers and bustle of activity on George Street, and beaches such as Manly Beach and Bondi Beach, where the legendary Australian surfers ride the waves... Our photo gallery will give a tase of what's in store for visitors.

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