From across the harbour; the Sydney Opera House looked like a ship.
Closer up; it looked like a collection of seashells.
Getting closer; we saw more complexity in the shapes.
I had seen pictures of the Opera House many times; but the patterned surface of the shells was a surprise.
There were lots of people along the edge of the harbour as we approached the Opera House. This colorfully dressed asian tourist had a friend along to take her picture.
This tourist brought along her selfie stick.
The area near the Opera House was a great place to sit; enjoy the views and eat at one of the many restaurants.
schoolkidsuniformP1070293 We saw groups of schoolkids in several locations. These kids were quietly working.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is another signature Sydney landmark.
There were boats of various shapes carrying tourists and locals around the Harbour. You can see a bit of daylight between the pontoons of this catamaran.
Another catamaran. This one for harbour cruises.
This boat was especially long and sleek.
This boat (ferry I think) looked more traditional.
After seeing the Opera House; we visited the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens. We don't take a lot of pictures of ourserlves but here's one of Lesley.
One pleasant surprise was seeing a number of bird sapecies in the gardens. Of course; we see many more Australian magpies like this one but it was nice to start in the middle of a big city.
Seeing an ibis in a city park was a pleasant surprise. Finding out that these Australian white ibis are an urban pest was a bit disappointing.
This lapwing wasn't a pest but it was foraging for food left by people.
This magpie lark was making a pest of itself at a cafe in the Gardens.
This surphur crested cockatoo was hanging around a family on this bench. It was curious and not shy about people who might have food.
More cockatoos collecting food with two ibis and several pigeons looking for scraps on the ground.
These rainbow lorikeets were not bothering the tourists but just looking beautiful as they ate flowers.
This Australian wood duck looks kind of happy.
We saw several dusky moorhens in the Gardenms including one in a flower bed next to a keep off sign.
It was early spring in Sydney but the Garden had nice flowers in bloom like these snapdragons.
and these colorful poppies.
A more traditional urban bird: a seagull on a statue.