Saturday 28 February 2009

Friday 27 February 2009

Thursday 26 February 2009

Gymea Bay, baths

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

Wednesday 25 February 2009

Gymea Bay

Gymea Bay is on the Port Hacking estuary. The bay and this southern suburb are named after the Gymea Lily which is found in this area.

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Monday 23 February 2009

Lilli Pilli, Port Hacking estuary

Fluffy white clouds moving quickly through the sky on a sunny day at Lilli Pilli Point, on the Port Hacking estuary, in the southern suburb of Lilli Pilli. 

Sunday 22 February 2009

Sylvania Waters, canals

This canal is in the southern suburb of Sylvania Waters, which has been built on land reclaimed from Gwawley Bay on the Georges River. Houses are built on a series of artificial islands with canals proviiding access. This was the location of one of the first factual/reality television series called 'Sylvania Waters', co-produced by Britain's BBC and Australia's ABC networks back in 1992, which followed the lives of a family that lived here.

Saturday 21 February 2009

Sylvania, Georges River

These waterfront homes are on the Georges River, in the southern suburb of Sylvania. We've had a couple of rainy weeks in Sydney but even when it's overcast, the river can still look quite picturesque.

Friday 20 February 2009

Blakehurst, marina

This boat was moored on the edge of the marina on Shipwrights Bay, looking out onto the Georges River at sunset on a hot summer's day, in the southern suburb of Blakehurst. To see what it looked like a short while later click here.

Thursday 19 February 2009

Chiswick, shops

A traditional corner shop in the inner western suburb of Chiswick (top). This business operated from 1928 and was attached to the shopkeeper's residence. The building has been used as a museum after being restored in recent years, including handpainted reproduced advertisements of the original time on the wall outside. The Chiswick shopping centre (bottom) is located just up the road with a distinctive decorative roof from the 1960s, in front of a rather unattractive block of flats from that era.

Wednesday 18 February 2009

Yowie Bay, shops

Corner Shops were once common throughout the suburbs of Sydney. Sometimes also known as General Stores, the introduction of supermarkets, shopping centres and convenience stores has seen the end of many of these small businesses. Yowie Bay is a suburb that doesn't have many shops, so the Yowie Bay General Store thrives in this community.

Tuesday 17 February 2009

Yowie Bay, marina

The Yowie Bay Marina uses this old timber house for its front office, in the southern suburb of Yowie Bay.

Monday 16 February 2009

Yowie Bay

A view of the Port Hacking estuary from the southern suburb of Yowie Bay. Curiously, there is no definitive explanation for how this bay and the suburb were named. Yowie or Ewey is an Aboriginal name that means 'place of echoes'. In the early days the area was known as 'Ewey Bay' and it has been suggested this was a corruption of ewes, which are female sheep. A Yowie is also a mythological Australian bush creature and a creature from Aboriginal folklore but there doesn't seem to be a connection to either of those.

Sunday 15 February 2009

Saturday 14 February 2009

Ramsgate Beach, gazebo

Cook Park is a perfect picnic spot on the shores of Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Ramsgate Beach.

Friday 13 February 2009

Kangaroo Point, Georges River, sunset

After a perfectly sunny day, the clouds rolled in to produce a glorious sunset. This view is from Blakehurst, close to Tom Uglys Bridge, looking over the Georges River towards the suburbs of Sylvania and Kangaroo Point.

Thursday 12 February 2009

Botany Bay, kitesurfing

Some more kitesurfing on Botany Bay, from the beach in the southern suburb of Monterey. A couple of kitesurfers are seen here launching their kites into the breeze while on the sand, before jumping on their boards that took them out into the bay.

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Botany Bay, windsurfing

I knew that windsurfing was always a popular sport on Botany Bay but what I hadn't realised was how popular kitesurfing had become. Another heatwave on the weekend sent the crowds out to the beaches and the strong breezes over the bay provided the perfect conditions for the windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. This lone windsurfer was outnumbered by the kitesurfers on the bay. Windsurfing or Sailboarding uses a board attached to a sail. Kitesurfing, also known as Kiteboarding or Parasurfing, involves a kite held by the hands and a board strapped to the feet.

Tuesday 10 February 2009

George Street, theatre

The former Plaza Theatre along George Street is one of the few surviving heritage buildings in what was the theatre district. It is a stucco building in the Spanish Baroque style. The building housed a 'Planet Hollywood' restaurant back in the 1990s. The globe that was used by the once popular chain throughout the world has been retained by the current tenant, the 'Star Bar'. A gelato shop and fast food restaurant occupy the ground floor.

Monday 9 February 2009

Laiki Bank House, Castlereagh Street

This heritage listed building in Castlereagh Street was once the City South Telephone Exchange, built in 1922 and designed by commonwealth architect John Smith Murdoch, in the commercial palazzo style. To deal with the expanding city, a new telephone exchange was built next door many years later, with a less attractive facade. When advances in technology meant that telephone exchange equipment could be contained in a much smaller site, so the older building was vacated and sold by Telstra, the telecommunications company. The building was restored and now houses the Consulate of Greece, as well as a bank branch and headquarters of Laiki Bank (Popular Bank of Greece).

Sunday 8 February 2009

Martin Place, Seven Network

The Colonial Centre is a contemporary office building along Martin Place that now houses the television news studios of the Seven Network. This glass and marble commercial building opened in the 1980s as the corporate headquarters of the State Bank of NSW, in the heart of Sydney's financial district. It featured office space, a bank branch on street level and a small shopping centre underground, linked to Martin Place railway station. It became the Colonial Bank in 1996 and then was taken over by the Commonwealth Bank in 2000, which aleady had other branches in Martin Place. The Seven Network moved its studios into the space occupied by the bank branch in 2004. I chose to run this photo today because it also happens to be the first day of the official television ratings season in Australia, when all the top television shows return to our screens. The Seven Network has been the top television network in terms of audience for the past two years. News and current affair programs are broadcast from these studios, including 'Sunrise', the breakfast program that often ventures into Martin Place outside.

Saturday 7 February 2009

Haymarket, Railway Square, post office

Continuing the theme of converted buildings is this boutique hotel. This heritage building at Railway Square was the old Parcels Post Office. Railway Square was once a major commercial hub featuring major retailers including the Marcus Clark department stores, banks and hotels. These hotels were often occupied by visitors from the country, who arrived in the city on trains that terminated at nearby Central railway station.

Friday 6 February 2009

The Downing Centre

The Downing Centre is a large court house complex on Liverpool Street that features local courts, district courts and a law library. This iconic building was originally known as 'The Piazza' and was the site of Mark Foy's department store which operated here from 1909 to 1980. Following its demise, another iconic department store called Grace Brothers traded at this site until 1983 before the building fell into disuse. It was acquired by the New South Wales Justice Department which restored it in 1991 when they converted it into a court.

Thursday 5 February 2009

Hyde Park, Frazer Fountain

This magnificent monument is Frazer fountain, a drinking fountain located up the stairs from College Street, opposite Sydney Boys Grammar and the Australian Museum. It was originally located at the corner entrance to Hyde Park at Oxford Street around 1908. It was later moved to the centre of the park in 1917 when the SMS Emden Gun was installed and then moved again to this location in 1935, to make way for the Anzac Memorial and Pool of Reflection.

Wednesday 4 February 2009

Hyde Park, Sandringham Gardens, fountain

This decorative fountain is in the middle of Sandringham Gardens, which are located on the eastern side of Hyde Park, on the corner of Park Street and College Street. Sandringham Gardens were developed to commemorate the intended visit in 1952 of King George VI, which was cancelled due to the sudden death of the King. The gardens were then created as a memorial to King George VI and King George V.

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Hyde Park, kick

Sydney was sweltering through another scorching hot day but that didn't stop these two blokes from kicking the ball around in Hyde Park in the midday sun.

Monday 2 February 2009

Cronulla, Gunnamatta Bay

This view of Cronulla is across Gunnamutta Bay, from the southern suburb Burraneer. A picture perfect day.

Sunday 1 February 2009

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