About Bec F
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since May 2014
35-49 year old female
Former global gypsy now calling Sydney home. Currently: studying journalism, mother to newbie-awesome-little-person Delilah, working in PR, and generally over-eating becfoley.wordpress.com
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
It took 16 years of building - and let’s not mention the blow-out budget - but no one would now say that the Sydney Opera House wasn’t worth all that. Conceived by Danish Architect Jorn Utzon, the now iconic building dominates the harbour, its enormous sculptural shells resembling the sails of boats. It’s home to a myriad of performance halls, so that on any given night you might find "La Traviata" playing alongside The Australian Poetry Slam or a talk by Salmon Rushdie as part of the always controversial Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
Affectionately known as "the ol' coathanger" (because of its arched design), the Sydney Harbour Bridge is 1,149 metres (about 1 mile) and 58,000 tonnes of pure awesome steel. Originally opened in 1932, she quickly became an icon of the city, and those fortunate enough to drive or ride the railway across her have one of the prettiest and grandest commutes in the world.
This monolithic, Art Deco masterpiece of a building feels like a still from the movie "Metropolis". Housed inside is a staggering reserve of the MCA’s collections and current exhibitions. There’s a focus on Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander works, plus a good number by young emerging artists.
Sydney Ferries' famed Manly Ferry has been operating since 1855, and these huge beasts of the sea certainly feel like they are straight out of the industrial revolution. Along the way, you will see Neutral Bay, Taronga Zoo, the Quarantine Station, and you’ll drift past Watsons Bay to that vast stretch between the South and North heads.
When all that touring the Circular Quay has worked up a hunger (and thirst!) take a mesmerizing dusk walk to the Opera House and find yourself at Opera Bar. With a lively atmosphere, good food and drink, and the harbour and city skyline as a backdrop, this is one of Sydney’s best bars. On any given night, the crowd is a happy mix of locals and tourists, and there’s often live music in the think acid jazz or funk vein.
At double the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, SKYWALK boasts the best views of the city - and beyond. On a good day, it's said that you can see right out to the Blue Mountains. The glass flooring allows visitors to not only look OUT over the city, but also DOWN upon it.
After a long day of sightseeing (and hopefully a glass or two of champers at Opera Bar!), it's either time to have a good feed or to keep the champers flowing and hit a karaoke club. Either way, you'll find your night in Chinatown. A metropolis unto itself, Sydney's Chinatown can be daunting at first, but don't feel nervous - just give into the chaos. The Chinese are fantastic late-night dwellers, so you'll find restaurants, noodle bars, cafes and bars packed and heaving late into the night. A 1 am, venture to BBQ King, for example, could find you sitting on a table next to Sydney's top chefs, celebrities, or even the occasional rugby team.