Sunday, 11 December 2016

Hyde Park Obelisk

The Hyde Park Obelisk is an obelisk located on the western edge of Hyde Park, at the junction of Elizabeth Street and Bathurst Street. This view is from the 14th floor balcony of OTC House, an office building across the road. This monument was unveiled in 1857 by the Lord Mayor, George Thornton and was originally used as a sewerage vent, so was jokingly referred to as Thorton's Scent Bottle. The monument is 22 metres high, including the 6.5 metre high square sandstone base and a filigreed bronze pyramid vent at the top. This obelisk was modelled on Cleopatra's Needle, on the banks of London's Thames River.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Millers Point, Moore's Wharf

Moore’s Wharf is located on Walsh Bay in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. It was established in the 1830s by Henry Moore, the first Australian P&O agent. The sandstone warehouse was built by William Long using convict labour and stone quarried on site. Moore bought the wharf and accompanying building from Long in 1837. The warehouse was originally located further west but in 1978 was moved, stone by stone, to its present location when it became the Operational Headquarters of the Sydney Ports Corporation. The vessels moored at Moore's Wharf are used by Sydney Ports Corporation on Sydney Harbour.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Cockatoo Island, water tower

This water tower from the industrial past of Cockatoo Island still dominates the skyline. The concrete tower is the tallest of three that provided water to the island. For a distant view of how it dominates the skyline of the island, there's a shot here from across the harbour.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Cockatoo Island, main entrance

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour, located at the junction of the Parramatta River and the Lane Cove River. This is the main entrance from the ferry wharf, which sits alongside the administrative building. The island was originally heavily timbered in red gums which attracted many sulphur-crested cockatoos.  Cockatoo Island has been the site of a prison, reformatory, industrial school and shipyard. The heavy industry ceased in 1992 when the shipyard closed and ten years later it became a major venue for art exhibitions and festivals.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sydney view

St Peters, railway station

This contemporary building at St Peters dwarfs the heritage buildings on the platform of St Peters railway station, in the inner city suburb of St Peters. The station opened in 1884 as part of the Illawarra railway line to Hurstville and later also served the Bankstown and East Hills. Since the early 1990s only services on the Bankstown line stop here.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Arncliffe, tunnel mural

Continuing the look at the mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. Students at the nearby Al Zahra College provided drawings centred on the school's vision and purpose, which the artist used to create this mural.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Martin Luther Kirche

Martin Luther Kirche is a German Lutheran Church, along Gouburn Street, has historical significance as possibly the oldest Lutheran Church in Sydney, and the only Lutheran church surviving in central Sydney. It was designed by T. Dixon Chater and built in 1883 in the Victorian Romanesque architectural style.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Gymea Bay, baths

The Gymea Bay Baths on Gymea Bay, part of the Port Hacking estuary, are in the southern suburb of Gymea Bay. The Gymea Bay Swimming Club have been using the heritage-listed baths for over 40 years.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Alfords Point, sunset

The sun sets over bushland in the southern suburb of Alfords Point, viewed from Lugarno.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Botanic Gardens, flowers (Theme Day: Transitions)

This floral display has been installed to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens were founded by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and opened to public in 1816. The display has been in transition throughout the year with seasonal flowers displayed.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Government House, garden

The fountain in the formal gardens of Government House, surrounded by the Royal Botanic Gardens and looking out towards Sydney Harbour. It was the official residence of 27 New South Wales Governors from 1846 to 1996. The Historic Houses Trust now manages Government House as a museum and a 'working State House' with public guided tours, government, community and cultural events taking place there every week.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Domain, Barrel Roll

"Barrel Roll" is an art installation by Peter Lundberg created in 2011 and located beside Mrs Macquaries Road at The Domain, just outside the Royal Botanic Gardens. This sculpture was the winner of Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney in 2012 and is part of a scheme to display the winners of that competition in the Botanic Gardens or adjoining Domain for ten years before being moved on to other public gardens.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Arncliffe, tunnel mural

These are part of a mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. Students at the nearby Al Zahra College provided drawings centred on the school's vision and purpose, which the artist used to create this mural.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Glebe, St James Hall

St James Hall is located on the corner of Woolley Street and St James Street, near St James Catholic Church, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. It was built in 1940 and houses the church hall on the lower level and school classrooms on the upper level for St James Catholic School. In the far distance you can see a glimpse of Sydney Tower which gives you an idea of the distance of this suburb from the city..

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Sydney Opera House, Sydney skyline

This view of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney skyline, across Sydney Harbour, is from north shore suburb of Kirribilli. The tall ship Southern Swan is making its way across the harbour.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Cockatoo Island, Sutherland Dock, crane

This crane is on Cockatoo Island which has a long history of ship repair and shipbuilding activities. Sutherland Dock was built with free labour between 1882 and 1890. Nearby Fitzroy Dock was built using convict labour between 1847 and 1857. The shipyard closed in 1992 and the island is now being revitalised as a public attraction on Sydney Harbour.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Arncliffe, pedestrian tunnel

This recently opened pedestrian tunnel is under the railway line, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. This is part of a mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. The internal walls feature mural inspired by drawings made by students at the nearby Al Zahra College.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Campbells Cove, Sydney Harbour Bridge, water taxi

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Randwick, monument, Captain Cook

This statue of explorer Captain James Cook is located at the crossroads of Avoca Street and Belmore Road, in the eastern suburb of Randwick. The sandstone statue and pedestal are the work of colonial artist Walter McGill. It was unveiled in 1874 by Captain Thomas Watson in the grounds of his residence Cooks Lodge, which is now The Cookhouse, a pub and restaurant.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Arncliffe, tunnel mural

These are part of a mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. Students at the nearby Al Zahra College provided drawings centred on the school's vision and purpose, which the artist used to create this mural.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Glebe, St James Parish House

St James Parish House is located beside St James Catholic Church along Woolley Street, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. This heritage listed presbytry was designed by John Kirkpatrick and built in 1878 in the Victorian Filigree architectural style.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Farm Cove, Man O'War Jetty

Man O'War West Jetty is one of two floating jetties connected to the Man O'War Steps at Farm Cove at Bennelong Point. They are adjacent to the Sydney Opera House and an entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The names come from a Man O'War ship that was once anchored nearby in Sydney Harbour. Garden Island dockyard can be seen in the distance at Potts Pont.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Cabarita, Prince Edward Park

Prince Edward Park runs along the shoreline of the Parramatta River, in the inner west suburb of Cabarita. It features a number of gazebos scattered throughout the park built in the federation style of architecture and painted in federation colours.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Haymarket, light rail bridge

The Eddy Avenue Steel Tram Underbridge is loacted in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It carries the light rail line over Eddy Avenue up to the Sydney Terminal Building at Central railway station. It was built in 1923 and was originally used by trams turning into and from Elizabeth Street. The office buildings in the background are along that street in Surry Hills. The trams ceased operating in 1958 but the Sydney Light Rail line began operating in 1996.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Harbour Bridge, catamaran

The Fantasea Escapade is a 23 metre catamaran which often seen cruising around Sydney Harbour. It's seen here heading towards Circular Quay as it passes the Sydney Harbour Bridge, viewed from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Camperdown, bandstand

This bandstand is located in Camperdown Park, in the inner west suburb of Camperdown. It was built around 1884 in the Victorian architectural style and originally stood in Hyde Park but was reconstructed at Camperdown Park in 1911.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Newtown, mural

This is part of a mural painted on the side of a shop and restaurant on the corner of Church Street and King Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The main mural depicts two people using a tin can telephone created by street artist Fintan MageeThe blue and red patterned artwork above was created by graffiti artist Elliott Routledge also known as NumskullA view from a further distance can be seen here.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Coogee, St Brigid Parish Hall

St Brigid's Parish Hall is located beside St Brigid Catholic Church, along Brook Street, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It was built in 1935 in the Byzantine architectural style.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Centennial Park, Duck Pond, sunset

Friday, 11 November 2016

Rushcutters Bay

Looking across Rushcutters Bay at sunset from Yarranabbe Park, in the eastern suburb of Darling Point.
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Daceyville, Dacey Gardens

Dacey Gardens is a formal garden on the corner of Gardeners Road and Bunerong Road, in the eastern suburb of Daceyville. The sign also acknowledges the entrance to the City of Botany Bay. This sign will probably be removed soon since this local government area has been merged with the adjacent City of Rockdale to form the new Bayside Council.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Botanic Gardens, Wurrungwuri

Wurrungwuri” is a sculpture in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Wurrungwuri is an Aboriginal name meaning “this side - on this side of the water”. The sculpture created by Chris Booth and unveiled in 2011, consists of two parts. One part is built from 16,000 threaded quartz pebbles in the pattern of a rare Aboriginal Shield, the "Sydney Shield", after gaining permission from Allen Madden on behalf of the Cadigal people. The other part is a wave-like sandstone that cascades down the lawn towards towards Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour. It is an evolving piece of art where native flora and fauna can make it their home. The Johnson Estate Sculpture was a gift to Sydney by a keen art lover, who committed the bulk of his estate for a sculpture overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Botanic Gardens, trees

Monday, 7 November 2016

Enmore, street art

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Ryde, Holy Cross College

The main entrance to Holy Cross College is along Victoria Road, in the north western suburb of Ryde. This Catholic school was established in the tradition of the Patrician Brothers. The heritage listed main building was designed by J.J. Sheerin and built in 1896 in the Federation Free Classical architectural style.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Park, pond

This pond is located in Sir Joseph Banks Park, a 28 hectare park in the eastern suburb of Botany. The park is named after. Joseph Banks, a naturalist on the expedition of the Endeavour led by James Cook that explored the eastern coast of Australia in 1770 and landed at nearby Botany Bay.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Matraville, Pioneer Memorial Park

Pioneer Memorial Park is part of the the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, in the eastern suburb of Matraville. It was created in 1976 as a memorial of early pioneers and prominent citizens of the colony of New South Wales. It features 746 surviving memorials that were transported here in 1901 from the early Sydney burial grounds, Town Hall Cemetery, beside St Andrew's Cathedral and the Sydney Burial Ground, also known as Sandhills or Devonshire Street Ground Cemetery.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Haymarket, fire station and railway station

The Rail Emergency Response Unit and the clock tower above Sydney Terminal Building at Central railway station, viewed from the footpath along Pitt Street near Eddy Avenue at Haymarket. The emergency signs are lit when the unit responds to emergency incidents involving the rail network such as derailments and automatic fire alarms within the underground rail network and nearby stations.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond, flowers

The spring flowers are in full bloom in the flower beds near the Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The flowers grow in interesting formations which I'm sure would look brilliant from high above. The old flower bed arrangement can be seen here.