🗓: 21th October
Flew to Sydney and arrive around 1400, checked into our hostel. @dfalvey89 first experience of a hostel we booked out a four bedded dorm between the three of us.
Matt and Alison then went and done their sydney harbour bridge climb. Me and Dean went for a walk around circular quay, got some gelato then spent the evening at the opera bar for happy hour, music and sunset (After happy hour pints were $18/£9.5 worst than London). We sat there for around three hours admiring the stunning view of the Sydney harbour bridge and the opera house watching the sunset!
We then headed over to the rocks for a drink at the German bar. Followed by dinner at the Glenmore Hotel with a beautiful view of the city, where we joined back up with Matt and Alison. Matt, Dean and I then went into the backpacker bar scary canary for a drink and a boogie for the boys.
The original competition drawings and plans by Jørn Utzon for the #Sydney Opera House. Jørn Utzon was awarded first prize of £5,000 on 29 January 1957. As a result Mr Utzon was commissioned by the Government of New South Wales to do final drawings for the #OperaHouse , and to supervise its construction✨ #iconic
Happy 46th Birthday to one of Australia’s most iconic buildings 😊🎂 @sydneyoperahouse
Here’s some interesting facts:
1 The Sydney Opera House was estimated to cost around $7m but ended up costing $102m
2 A contest was held in 1956 to decide who would design, there were 233 entries. Jørn Utzon from Denmark won and was awarded 5000 pounds for the design
3 Initial estimate for completion was 4 years. This was grossly underestimated as construction took 14 years
4 Built on Bennelong Point, famously named after Woollarawarre Bennelong, who was the first Indigenous Australian to visit and return from Europe. He learnt English and became Governor Philip’s interpreter
5 The roof has more than 1 million tiles on it. They cover 1.62 hectares and were made in Sweden
6 Seven A380s would fit, wing to wing on the Sydney Opera House site
7 Whenever the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is playing in the Concert Hall the temperature has to be set to 22.5degC to make sure the instruments stay in tune
8 Cooling is with seawater from the harbour, that’s pumped through 35km of piping. The circulation is enough to power heating and air conditioning in the building
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Have a great new week all.. 22degC to 32degC (72-87F) by the end of this week! 😊☀️
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