Friday 30 March 2012

OTC House, Elizabeth Street

This 16 storey office building, bounded by Elizabeth Street, Bathurst Street and Castlereagh Street, was formerly known as OTC House. It was once the headquarters of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission, before it merged with Telecom Australia to form Telstra, Australia's biggest telecommunications company. The façade on this corner cascades vertically and horizontally.

Thursday 29 March 2012

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is part of the University of Sydney. This main entrance, along Conservatorium Road, is part of an extension that was built in 2001. The original Greenway Building, which sits alongside this, was built as the stables for the nearby Government House in 1821 and converted to the Conservatorium of Music in 1916. The raised metal lettering of the "Sydney Conservatorium of Music" sign creates a shadow on the sandstone facade.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Pyrmont, Blackwattle Bay

The view across Blackwattle Bay is from Blackwattle Bay Park, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. The large blue building is the Sydney Fish Market at Pyrmont, with the Sydney skyline behind it.

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Vaucluse, South Head Cemetery

South Head Cemetery is located Old along South Head Road, near the junction of New South Head Road, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse. The first interment was in 1869 and there are over 6,000 graves and memorials on 4 acres. This large Celtic cross marks the grave of Sir Walter Edward Davidson, a Governor of New South Wales.
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Monday 26 March 2012

Vaucluse, St Michael's Anglican Church

St Michael's Anglican Church is located on the corner of Vaucluse Road and Gilliver Avenue, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse. This heritage listed sandstone church was designed by Edmund Blacket in the Gothic architectural style and built in 1877. Transepts were added by Cyril Blacket in 1907 and 1910 and then it was enlarged again in 1928 and 1938, with the addition of a new spire by Professor Leslie Wilkinson.
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Sunday 25 March 2012

Vaucluse, Parsley Bay

Parsley Bay is a narrow inlet of Sydney Harbour, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse. The Parsley Bay Bridge is a footbridge over the bay. The beach at Parsley Bay Reserve is popular with swimmers even on a cool Autumn day such as this. Along the rocky foreshore, there are also a number of access points deeper in bay and an unobtrusive floating shark net keeps them safe.
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Saturday 24 March 2012

Anzac War Memorial

The Anzac War Memorial reflected in the "Pool of Reflection" in Hyde Park South. It was designed by C. Bruce Dellit in the Art Deco architectural style and completed in 1934. It was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I and is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Friday 23 March 2012

Chippendale, Windwatcher

"Windwatcher" is a kinetic sculpture at the Central Park redevelopment site, in the inner west suburb of Chippendale. This 10.5 metre long windsock, created by Mikala Dwyer, features a pattern of concentric circles. It uses the 52 metre tall chimney stack of the heritage-listed, former Irving Street Breweryas a plinth.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Ashfield, monument

This monument is located in Ashfield Park, in the inner west suburb of Ashfield. It encourages the conservation of mother tongues, linguistic diversity and multilingual education. The United Nations International Mother Language Day celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide annually on 21 February. It remembers events such as the killing of four Dhaka University students on 21 February 1952, because they campaigned to officially use their mother language, Bengali, in Bangladesh which was then East Pakistan. The monument was unveiled in 2006 by the Ekushe Academy Australia, a Bangladeshi Australian organisation.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Botanic Gardens, Desert Waves

Desert Waves is a temporary art installation for the "Autumn of the Arts" festival, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was created by Sogetsu, a modern school of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It represents giant waves, constructed from strips of bamboo. The festival runs from 4 - 25 March 2012. Today is Harmony Daywhich celebrates cultural diversity in Australia each year on 21 March. This is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Cronulla, Bass and Flinders Point

Bass and Flinders Point is located at the southern end of the peninsula, at Cronulla. The memorial is dedicated to explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders, who explored the Port Hacking estuary. The memorial stone reads: "Memorial to Matthew Flinders, George Bass and the 'Boy Martin' who sailed past this headland in 'Tom Thumb' II on March 30th 1796 and discovered and named Port Hacking." The Esplanade, is the walkway that leads from Cronulla Beach past Shelly Beach and Oak Park, around the cliffs to this lookout. The lookout provides a view of the Port Hacking estuary, the Royal National Park and Bundeena.

Monday 19 March 2012

Cronulla, Elouera Beach, tower

The lifesaver's tower at Elouera Beach, one of the patrolled beaches in the southern suburb of Cronulla. The towers at Cronulla beaches were painted a sky blue, which can be seen here, but have recently been changed to a sandy yellow.

Sunday 18 March 2012

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge viewed from Tarpeian Way in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The forecourt of the Opera House can be seen in the foreground along with the sun shades of The Opera Bar, on the edge Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened on 19th March 1932, so tomorrow it celebrates its 80th Birthday.

Saturday 17 March 2012


Gateway is a 50 storey skyscraper located at One Macquarie Place at Circular Quay. It is bounded by Alfred Street, Pitt Street and Reiby Place. This office building was completed in 1989, with its retail space and a food court on the ground floor refurbished in 2009. The nearby AMP Tower and the blue sky above Sydney Harbour are seen reflected on the two halves of the facade.

Friday 16 March 2012

Cronulla, Wanda Beach

The view from the sand dunes behind Wanda Beach, the northernmost patrolled beach of the southern suburb of Cronulla. This sunny Autumn day provided blue skies with the only clouds around, in the distance, over the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday 15 March 2012

Cronulla, Glaisher Point

The view from from Glaisher Point, in an area nicknamed Sandshoes, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. The breeze was perfect for yachts racing on the Pacific Ocean, which were being watched by a flock of seagulls on the rocky foreshore. These brightly coloured information and hazard signs have been erected at all the local landmarks around Cronulla.

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Cronulla, Oak Park Pool

A sunny Autumn day at the rock pool on the edge of Oak Park, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. Oak Park Pool, also known as Glaisher Point Baths, provides protected swimming from the Pacific Ocean waves.

Monday 12 March 2012

Cronulla, Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach Pavilion is located in the southern suburb of Cronulla. This art deco style building is located on the edge of Shelly Park overlooking Shelley Beach and the Pacific Ocean. A beach pavilion is where people can change in or out of their swimwear and shower the salt water off before leaving the beach.

Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club

The Cronulla Surf Club is at Cronulla Beach, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. The Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club was one of the first surf life saving clubs established in Australia in 1907. It had very humble beginnings in a tram carriage but this club house in the art deco architectural style was built in 1940 on the beachfront.

Saturday 10 March 2012

Circular Quay, ferry

A view of the Circular Quay ferry wharves yesterday, out towards the Sydney Opera House. The Golden Grove is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1986 and is part of the fleet that operates on the Inner Harbour. It was named Golden Grove, after one of eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787. This view is from the viewing platform beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station.
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Circular Quay, ship

A view of a cruise ship berthed at the Overseas Passenger Terminal  looking towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is currently peak cruise season and there have been cruise ships coming and going at Circular Quay all week, such as the P&O Arcadia on Friday. The much smaller Lithgow, is the restored deck timber passenger ferry just arriving at the front. This view is from the viewing platform beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station.
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Friday 9 March 2012

Waterloo, stack

This chimney stack is located on the corner of Potter Street and Gadigal Avenue, in the inner city suburb of Waterloo. This part of the suburb has undergone gentrification in recent years with high rise apartments, shops, cafes and landscaped public spaces replacing many industrial and warehouse buildings. The stack has been retained as a reminder of that industrial past.

Thursday 8 March 2012

Jesse Street Gardens, sculpture

This sculpture in Jesse Street Gardens at Circular Quay was installed to celebrate Australia's Bicentennary in 1988. It was commissioned by the Women's Pioneer Society of Australasia in recognition of the courage and endurance of Women Pioneers and their vital role in the development of Australia. Today is International Women's Day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Waterloo, Gadigal Avenue

This cascading fountain runs along the length of Gadigal Avenue in the inner city suburb of Waterloo. This part of the suburb has undergone gentrification in recent years which explains why the trees along this avenue are still quite young.

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Bronte, Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery is located along a cliff, in the eastern suburb of Bronte. This angel monument on one of the graves is impressive but so is the spectacular backdrop of North Bondi and the Pacific Ocean.

Monday 5 March 2012

Kirrawee, mural

This mural is located at the entrance of the railway station in the southern suburb of Kirrawee. Railcorp commissioned local resident and artist Pierre Comarmond to created this artwork which was installed in 2010. It features various images of culture, trade, occupations, history and the future. The mural is 1.2 metres high and 7.2 metres wide, printed on vinyl, mounted on aluminum and coated with an anti-graffiti proofing protector.

Sunday 4 March 2012

Botanic Gardens, Tarpeian Way

This view of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House is from the Royal Botanic Gardens, beside Tarpeian Way. The Tarpeian Way is the pathway that runs along the northern edge of the steep cliff known as the Tarpeian Wall, at the edge of the Botanic Gardens. When the rock at Bennelong Point was cut away to build the road that now leads to the Opera House, the wall and the path were named after the Tarpeian Rock which overlooks the Roman Forum.

Saturday 3 March 2012

Scout Place, Windlines

"Windlines: The Scout Compass of Discovery" is a public sculpture located at Scout Place, outside the AMP Building along Alfred Street at Circular Quay. This artwork commemorates the centenary of Scouts in Australia in 2008 and was completed by Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford in 2011. It is a kinetic work which comprises of a 5.5 metre wind vane above a 12 metre compass rose. Place names from the Sydney area are contained in lines of text embedded in the ground.

Friday 2 March 2012

1 Bligh

This 29 storey skyscraper, known as 1 Bligh, was completed in 2011. It can be accessed from Bligh Street, Bent Street and O'Connell Street. This office building is an ecologically sustainable development with green features such as a naturally ventilated, full height atrium, a double-skin façade with external louvres, solar panels on the roof for energy generation, air conditioning by chilled beams, rain water collection and a basement waste water recycling plant.

Thursday 1 March 2012

Surry Hills, Sharpie's Golf House (Theme Day: Electricity)

Sharpie's Golf House was a golf shop on Elizabeth Street, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills, near Central railway station. For decades it featured this animated, electric neon sign above the shopfront that had become a Sydney landmark. Since the 1950s, train commuters out of the city at night had marvelled at the golfer sinking the golf balls in the hole. The shop closed a few years ago but the Sharpie's Golf House Sign was heritage listed for its value as a unique example of 20th century advertising. The sign is currently in storage with the intention to reincorporate the reconstructed sign on the building after it has been redeveloped.
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