Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Rocks, Campbells Cove

A view of Campbells Cove at The Rocks, below the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The replica of a square-rigged colonial sailing ship mast adorns the outdoor dining area of the Waterfront Restaurant housed in the former Campbell's Stores built in 1839. This will be one of the best positions to watch the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks displays and celebrations on Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Darlinghurst, Christmas tree

This contemporary, metallic Christmas tree is located along Oxford Street at Taylor Square, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. This year the decorations were changed to the jewel-coloured stars, designed by Boccalatte, which the City of Sydney now uses across the city on metrolights, flags, banners, posters and light projections.
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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Darling Harbour, lighthouse, Santa Fest

The Cape Bowling Green lighthouse is located at the Australian National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour. It was originally built in 1874 at Cape Bowling Green, south of Townsville, Queensland. It was replaced in 1987 and then transported to the north wharf of the maritime museum in Sydney in 1994. Santa Claus keeps watch from the balcony during Santa Fest.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Darling Harbour, ferry restaurant, Santa Fest

The S.S. South Steyne is a steam ferry built in 1938 which was in service between Manly and Circular Quay for over 36 years. It was restored in 1987 and is now used as a floating restaurant at Darling Harbour. This view is from Harbourside, showing Santa Claus on the top deck and banners along the Pyrmont Bridge as part of Santa Fest.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Surry Hills, Christmas stars

These Christmas star lights have been installed along Crown Street, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. The stars are displayed in the Southern Cross or Crux formation, a constellation that is visible from the southern hemisphere. It is used as a national symbol of Australia and also appears on the Australian flag. Since 2011, the City of Sydney has been using faceted, jewel-coloured stars, designed by Boccalatte, across the city growing each year so they now appear on metrolights, flags, banners, posters, light projections and Christmas trees. In past years, these star decorations had also been created in neon.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

World Square, Christmas tree

This contemporary Christmas tree has been located in the middle of World Square shopping centre. The tree is covered in fairy lights and light icicles hang above part of the square.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Rocks, Christmas tree

The Rocks Christmas tree  is located along George Street, outside the Museum of Contemporary Art. "A Flock of Christmas Colour" is a 10 metre living evergreen coniferous cedar that features a flock of 25 native birds. The cockatoos, rosellas and rainbow lorikeets were created by Madeline Fountain using recycled street banners. The other hanging decorations are waratahs, the floral emblem of New South Wales. Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Harbourside

Hourbourside is a dining, leisure and shopping centre on the western side of Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour. Santa Claus peeks over the glass awning and Santa faces cover lamps as part of Santa Fest. A People Mover Train makes a stop here to pick up and drop off passengers.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf

This view of Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour is from the eastern end of Pyrmont Bridge. Santa Claus hangs off the facade of the Cockle Bay Wharf building and Santa faces appear on lamps as part of Santa Fest. A People Mover Train makes its way along the promenade as a water taxi travels in the bay.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Santa Fest

These huge inflatable Santas are part of the Santa Fest celebrations at Darling Harbour. There are 21 huge Santas on 3 pontoons bobbing on Cockle Bay. Harbourside and the Pyrmont Bridge are in the distance.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Coogee, The Impressionists' Seat

This view of Coogee Beach is from Dunningham Reserve, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. "The Impressionists' Seat" is a sculpture created by Eileen Slarke in 2005. It depicts famous Australian impressionist artists Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Tom Roberts, who painted coastal scenes of Sydney in the late 1800s. Conder’s Coogee Bay and Roberts’s Holiday sketch at Coogee, were painted on the same day of the 1888 Easter weekend from this headland looking over the sweep of the bay. Streeton's Sunny South Coogee Bay (2) was a painting from 1890 of the same iconic view.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Paddington, post office

The Paddington post office is located on the corner of Oxford Street and Ormond Street, in the inner city suburb of Paddington. It was designed by James Barnet and built in 1885 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. A large British Coat of Arms located to the centre of the Oxford Street facade parapet.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Sydney Exhibition Centre

The Sydney Exhibition Centre is located at Darling Harbour. It was officially opened in 1988 and extended for the 2000 Summer Olympics. The mosaic features the emblem of New South Wales and was created for the state's bicentenary in 1988. It is located between Exhibition Hall 1 and the Chinese Gardens. The flags flown here are two Australian flags, two New South Wales flags, the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag. The building will soon be demolished as part of a redevelopment.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Dance of Love

"Dance of Love" is a 1.6 metre bronze sculpture created by Larissa Smagarinsky in 1987. It is a bit of a risque sculpture for such a public place, on the lawn outside the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Darling Harbour, Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is located between Harbour Street and Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour. It recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways.

Darling Harbour, Darling Park

This sunset view of the Darling Harbour footbridge and the Darling Park Monorail Station was on the last day of operation of the Sydney Monorail. The bridge takes pedestrians over the Western Distributor and links to a ramp in Market Street, near the corner of Sussex Street. The monorail track is currently being demolished with the monorail stations to follow later.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tamarama Beach, sign

Looking out on the Pacific Ocean from the beach in the eastern suburb of Tamarama. The beach is normally packed with swimmers and surfers on such a beautiful day as this but as the sign indicates, on this day the beach was closed due to dangerous rips in the surf.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tamarama, lifeguard tower

This life guard tower is located on the beach in the eastern suburb of Tamarama. This normally busy beach had no swimmers on this unusually chilly day but surfers were daring enough to surf the ocean waves in their wetsuits.

Annandale, Booth Street

These shops are located on the corner of Booth Street and Nelson Street, in the inner west suburb of Annandale. The bullnose awnings add some character to these shops and residences built in the Federation architectural style.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Erskineville, mural

This mural has been painted along the retaining wall of the railway station, in the inner city suburb of Erskineville. It was painted by the children of Erskineville Public School under the guidance of a local artist. Part of the school can be seen above at street level.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Domain, The Offerings of Peace

The Offerings of Peace” is a large bronze sculpture which sits outside the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in The Domain. It is paired up with a sculpture on the other side of the main entrance called “The Offerings of War”. Both are the work of the English sculptor Gilbert Bayes and completed in 1923.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Rushcutters Bay, Sydney skyline

Looking across Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay, this view of the Sydney skyline at sunset is from Yarranabbe Park, in the eastern suburb of Darling Point.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Haberfield, St Oswald's Anglican Church

St Oswald's Anglican Church is located on the corner of Dickson Street and Dalhousie Street, in the inner west suburb of Haberfield. The original building was built in 1908 but was extended three times and it now mainly features elements of Inter-War revived Gothic architectural style.
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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Newtown, shops

These commercial buildings are located on the corner of King Street and Queen Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The heritage listed "J Palmer Buildings" were built in 1896 in the Victorian Filigree architectural style .

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Watsons Bay, cannon

This historic cannon is located at South Head, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. Fortifications at South Head were completed in 1854 but weren't armed with guns until later. This 9-inch cannon, which was previously located near the Hornby Lighthouse, was one of six brought to New South Wales from the Royal Gun Factory in England in 1872. This gun emplacement is located near Camp Cove Beach and points into Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Circular Quay, jet boating

These thrill seekers are getting ready for a jet boating trip around Sydney Harbour. The Shark Boats depart from the Eastern Pontoon wharf at East Circular Quay for a high speed sightseeing adventure past many harbour landmarks.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Cook and Phillip Park, Spring Cycle

This colourful display was located in the square at Cook and Phillip Park, as part of the annual Living Colour Festival. This year's theme was "Spring Cycle, featuring bicycles, white picket fence and floral displays in a number of squares and streets around the city. The Australian Museum can be seen in the distance.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Circular Quay (Theme Day: Looking Out)

Looking out across Circular Quay to Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This view was from the walkway beside the Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay railway station. It was a busy day at Circular Quay, with the cruise ship Carnival Spirit visiting and a variety of ferries arriving and departing.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Friday, 29 November 2013

Australia Square Tower

Australia Square is an office and retail complex, bounded by George Street, Bond Street, Pitt Street and Curtin Place. The Australia Square Tower was designed by Harry Seidler and was completed in 1967, becoming Australia's first true skyscraper. O Bar and Dining is a revolving restaurant and bar on the 47th floor, previously known as The Summit Restaurant and Orbit Lounge. The 48th floor houses an observation deck.
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Eveleigh, Locomotive Workshop, carriage

This old train carriage is on display at the Australian Technology Park, in the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. The building was formerly the Locomotive Workshop, part of the Eveleigh Railway Yards which were the largest and most technologically advanced workshops in the southern hemisphere in the late 19th century. This type of single deck steel rail car operated on the Sydney Suburban system from 1925 until 1992.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Eveleigh, Locomotive Workshop

The former Eveleigh Railway Yards are part of the Australian Technology Parkin the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. This heritage listed Locomotive Workshop was built in 1877, consisting of 16 bays originally used for one or more trades required to repair or manufacture locomotives and their components. It now houses commercial office and exhibition space.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Eveleigh, pivot crane

This crane is on display in Innovation Plaza, between the Engine Shop and Locomotive Workshop at the Australian Technology Park, in the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. This was once the site of the Eveleigh Railway Yards, which were the largest and most technologically advanced workshops in the southern hemisphere in the late 19th century. This pivot crane was used from about 1925 in the now demolished Wheel Shop in the manufacture of locomotive wheels. A maintenance man is giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Haberfield, St Joan of Arc Catholic Church

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church is located on the corner of Dalhousie Street and Deakin Avenue, in the inner west suburb of Haberfield. The original St church was built in nearby Ramsay Street in 1909. It was believed to be the first church in the world to be named after St Joan of Arc, following her beatification and canonisation. This blonde brick building was completed in 1955.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tamarama, bus shelter

This bus shelter is located along Tamarama Marine Drive, in the eastern suburb of Tamarama. This bus stop sits behind Tamarama Beach and Tamarama Park, flanked by flag poles featuring a variety of international flags.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Tamarama, Sculpture By The Sea

M.130901 by Toshio Iezumi
Chicken Cafreal (2012) by Subodh Kerkar
Camel Country II by Koichi Ogino
The Museum by Paul Selwood
This is my final look at the Sculpture by the Sea, the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition which ran from 24 October to 10 November 2013. These sculptures were located along the two kilometre coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tamarama, Sculpture By The Sea

Transfiguration "Engage" VII by Mitsuo Takeuchi
East Of The Mulberry Tree - Legend Of The Ten Red Crows by Mikeala Casledine
Inclusion by Greer Taylor
Redjar Redbottle by Philip Spelman
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition which ran from 24 October to 10 November 2013. These sculptures were located on the cliffs beside the two kilometre coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Bondi, Sculpture By The Sea

Semaphore (2000) by Bert Flugelman
Oushi-Zokei 2013 2 Rings by Keizo Ushio
Moon Buddha by Vince Vazzo
Coral by Coral Collective
The Great Bondi Sharehouse by Margarita Sampson
Sculpture by the Sea is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition which ran from 24 October to 10 November 2013. These sculptures were located on the cliffs at Bondi and continued along the walkway for two kilometres to Tamarama. A view of the rock without the decorations can be seen here.
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