Tag Archive | Sydney

Wordless Wednesday: Cloud reflections

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On top

When I travel I love to go to lookouts to get an overview of the city. The world takes on a whole different perspective from up high. The first three photos were taken from the Sydney Tower viewing deck.

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Looking from the Tower across Sydney Harbour to the Heads.

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Looking across to the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz Stadium). The ocean is on the horizon.

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The famous eastern suburbs.

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This photo was taken in Queenstown, New Zealand from the Skyline Restaurant.

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Sydney – Taronga Zoo (the zoo with a view)

A few years ago some friends and I decided to go to Tooronga Zoo, after the conference we were attending ended. We didn’t have all day to spend there because we had to fly home mid-afternoon. We gave ourselves a couple of hours to take in as much as we could.

The journey from the city to the zoo starts with a ferry from Circular Quay to the Taronga Zoo wharf. Upon disembarkation we boarded mini buses to take us on a short drive up the steep hill to the main entrance. They were renovating the entrance when we were there so we went in the nearby temporary entrance. Starting up there was clever because you work your way downhill towards the exit rather than uphill.

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This cheeky gorilla refused to look at anyone. He kept his back to us the whole time. No amount of cajoling would make him turn around.

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The Taronga Zoo Wharf

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Admiralty House is the home of the Governor-General.

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The little specks you can see on the bridge under the clouds are people doing a Harbour Bridge Walk.

Chinese Gardens of Friendship

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The gardens are in Darling Harbour, Sydney, just outside the CBD which you can see in the background of some of the photos. I went there soon after they opened in 1988. Since then I’ve been several times when I’ve been to Sydney. They were a bicentenary gift to Sydney from it’s sister city Guangzhuo in China. Despite being beside a busy road it’s a very tranquil place to sit and lose yourself in the surroundings.

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Around Circular Quay, Sydney

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The old and the new…the modern buildings in the CBD behind the old colonial buildings of early Sydney.

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You will find plaques such as these around Circular Quay as part of the Sydney Writers Walk. There are more than 40 plaques on both sides of the Quay.

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Captain William Bligh was the captain of the ship The Bounty, famous for the mutiny on the Bounty, made famous by the Mel Gibson movie. However it’s not very well-known that he was a governor in the colony of New South Wales. He played an important part in colonial Australian history. Being a firm disciplinarian, he was made Governor at a time when the young colony of New South Wales needed strong leadership as the military was taking control. They were not meant to be involved in private trading given they were public officials. Bligh’s confrontational style and attempt to stop this trading put a lot of noses out of joint. In the end, Bligh became a part of another mutiny known as the Rum Rebellion.

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The Hotel Sebel Pier One. Opposite the Sydney Opera House, and almost beneath the Harbour Bridge, it has some of the most magnificent and close-up views of Sydney Harbour.

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More carvings in the sandstone walls.

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I love these sandstone blocks. These make up the wall around Hotel Sebel Pier One.

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