The Sydney Money Shot

When visiting Sydney there’s 2 iconic structures that you can’t leave without seeing, shooting & being shot in front of. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to not see them or snap a picture of them while you are here.

We are talking of course about the money shot of The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. When you see them together in a photographic frame it’s as if they were always there and were put there for aesthetic photographic symmetry.

Yet, when you break it down these two structures represent such different eras and ideas in design and construction. The bridge from an industrial era of steel & stone works and hardworking labourers painstakingly slotting it all together. Rigid but magnificently grand Sydney-siders affectionately know it as the Coat-Hanger.

The opera house represents the limits of the combination of architectural engineering and abstract design and you would be hard pressed to find a building constructed after it that attracts so much attention. Thanks must go to Danish architect Jørn Utzon for his abstract forethought and serendipitous experimentation – it is said he was inspired by segments of a cut orange peel, we Sydney-siders call them the Opera house ‘sails’ in an attempt to portray that he was actually thinking of sailing boats on our harbour.

The other concept one needs to grasp is that as well as being aesthetically pleasing to view and photograph, both the Bridge and the Opera House are massively important to the beating heart of Sydney transportation and arts culture respectively. If we didn’t have them Sydney would feel naked and deformed.

AEA Luxury Tours run a morning and afternoon small group tour called Panoramic Sydney Sights and the Bridge and the Opera House play a starring role as we move to different vantage points around the harbour allowing you to take short walks to enjoy and photograph these 2 icons, amongst other iconic elements of Sydney. We’ll happily drop you off near the Bridgeclimb office or the Opera House if you wish to get more up close and personal with the money shot icons.

On a private tour called Sydney City Luxury Charter (half day or full day) we can get you to even more angles to view, to shoot and be photographed in front of. These experiences also include a drive over the Sydney Harbour bridge to the Northern suburbs. Seeing the icons from the north shore of Sydney adds a whole new  wonderful perspective.

Following are just a few examples of the money shots taken while out on tour with gleeful visitors soaking in the glory and making the Sydney money shot dream a reality. We welcome you to join us in Sydney for a luxury small group tour or private tour to let us make it a reality for you too.

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