Discover Handa Opera’s Westside Story and the gems of Sydney

Tonight, tonight the world is wild and bright. Going mad, shooting sparks into space!

As sun sets and the lights of the Sydney Harbour skyline take hold, settle in and relax for Opera Australia’s incredible production of West Side Story. A uniquely magical experience, the production takes place on a purpose built stage spilling into the harbour.

Two and a half times larger than any indoor stage in Australia, the set itself is a sight to behold. Featuring graffitied subway cars, highway overpasses and the famous torch of the Statue of Liberty, the impressive stage sets the scene for a larger than life performance.

The stage itself ways 40 tonnes, and 16 pylons have been sunk into the ocean floor to support the stage. Custom built stadium seating allows you to enjoy this outdoor opera, with the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge completing the scene.

Handa Opera’s West Side Story is the centerpiece of our Sydney and Surrounds 6 day tour, departing Saturday 30 March 2019. With departure options from Brisbane and the Hunter, this is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and colour of Sydney.

Day one

This new All Australian Journeys tour also offers you the opportunity to step inside some magnificent architecture, including the 19th century mansion Vaucluse House, surrounded by its original gardens and grounds. Originally built and furnished in the 1840s, the house has been refurbished to reflect the lavish interiors enjoyed by Sarah and William Charles Wentworth, who developed the fine estate over five decades.

Vaucluse House
Photo ©: James Horan for Sydney Living Museums.

Day two

On day two, you also have the option to attend church at St Mary’s Cathedral, built on the site of the first catholic chapel in Australia, this church in the centre of Sydney is built in the Gothic Revival style, reminiscent of the great medieval cathedrals in Europe. After a day exploring the Rocks Markets, enjoy a twilight dinner cruise on the Sydney Harbour.

St Mary's Cathedral Hyde Park Sydney
St Mary’s Cathedral Hyde Park

Day three

Day three promises some more special experiences—cruise the Harbour to Taronga Zoo, catch the Sky Cable gondola to the top of the hill for a day with the animals at the zoo with the best view and top it all off from the top of Sydney—an indulgent dinner looking out over Sydney at the Tower Buffet. As the lights of the city take hold, choose from the diverse foods on offer.

Sydney Taronga Zoo
Sydney Taronga Zoo Giraffe

Day four

Day four is our day for shows and stars covering the breadth of Australian performances. From Palm Beach and a tour of the scenes of ‘Summer Bay’ to our evening at Handa Opera, this will be an enjoyable day.

Palm Beach Summer Bay
Palm Beach Summer Bay

Day Five

Begin day five with a fresh experience—visiting the Sydney Fish Market. In addition to a huge variety of the freshest seafood, enjoy browsing the numerous restaurants and cafés, bakery, butcher, gourmet deli and greengrocer. Shifting gears, take a look inside the interesting displays at the Power House Museum, the museum of applied arts and sciences and the NSW Art Gallery, home to a regularly changing collection of Australian and international works.

Art Gallery NSW
Art Gallery NSW

Day six

Day six is our last day exploring Sydney, finishing in a similar way to how the tour started, with a tour of Elizabeth Bay House, maintained by the National Trust. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, one of the most important public officials in colonial Sydney. As his fortunes changed, Alexander Macleay was forced to sell the house and much of its contents to stay afloat. But the detailed records of its contents have allowed the furnishings to be recreated to reflect its original lavish interiors.

Library, Elizabeth Bay House Sydney
Photo ©: Stuart Miller and Haley Richardson for Sydney Living Museums. Elizabeth Bay House

This is a fascinating and spectacular insight into Sydney, allowing you to see some of the gems of one of Australia’s most prominent cities.

To read the itinerary click here, or to book give us a call on 1300 631 383.


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