Thursday 31 July 2014

Woolloomooloo, Tilbury Hotel

The Tilbury Hotel is located along Nicholson Street, in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo. This heritage listed pub was designed by architects Copeman and Lemont and built in 1921 in the Inter-War Free Classical architectural style.

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Abbotsford Bay

Abbotsford Bay on a sunny winter afternoon, in the inner west suburb of Abbotsford. This view from Abbotsford Cove Foreshore Park looks out towards Parramatta River and Gladesville Bridge in the distance.

Monday 28 July 2014

Mosman, Headland Park, sculpture

This contemporary sculpture is located in Headland Park, in the north shore suburb of Mosman. The parkland features bush-walking tracks, historic fortifications and artists studios. The Headland Park Artists Precinct is a former military site that has been converted to more than 15 artists’ studios with sculptors, painters, potters and photographers working as a community. A number of artworks are displayed in the park.

Sunday 27 July 2014

Mosman, Balmoral Bathers Pavilion

The Balmoral Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral Beach overlooks Middle Harbour, in the north shore suburb of Mosman. This heritage listed building was built in 1929 with influences from Mediterranean, Spanish Mission and Moorish architectural styles. Located along The Esplanade, it originally contained the changing facilities, lockers, showers and a kiosk for Balmoral Baths which were in use until 1967. It was converted into a restaurant and has had extensive modifications over the years but continues to operate as a restaurant and cafe today.

Saturday 26 July 2014

Coogee, Giles Baths

Giles Baths are located at the foot of the northern headland at Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It is a natural rock pool, also known as the "Bogey Hole" that looks out onto the Pacific Ocean. Oscar E Giles, a masseur, took over the lease of a building and pool at Dolphin Point in 1929. The building which contained a gym, hot sea baths and a sunbaking area was demolished in 2000 but the original doorway and sections of the wall remain as an entrance to the baths.

Friday 25 July 2014

Coogee, substation

This heritage listed electricity substation No.141 is located along Brook Street, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It was constructed by the Municipal Council of Sydney in 1931 in the Interwar Stripped Classical architectural style. It was designed to sympathetically match the adjacent St Brigid's Catholic Church. The extension in front of original building was added in 1953.

Thursday 24 July 2014

Coogee, Surf Life Saving Club

The Coogee Surf Life Saving Club is located high on the cliff, at the southern end of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. The club was founded in 1907 by a group of concerned locals who thought that the bathers needed protection from the dangers of the surf. The original clubhouse was a wooden shack built in 1910 which was replaced this art deco design clubhouse.

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Coogee, benches

These aluminium benches follow the shape of the sandstone wall along the cliff at the southern of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Located near the Coogee surf Life Saving Club, they provide a view of Wedding Cake Island, one kilometre off the coast in the Pacific Ocean.

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Coogee, Reclaiming Spirit

'Reclaiming Spirit', also known as the Bali Memorial, is located in Dunningham Reserve at Dolphin Point, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Located at the end of a winding pathway, this bronze sculpture was created by Sasha Reid in 2003, dedicated to the Australian victims of the Bali bombings in 2002. There were twenty victims from the eastern suburbs, including six members of the Coogee Dolphins rugby league team. The sculpture represents three linked figures signifying family, friends and community. 

Monday 21 July 2014

Coogee Beach, Dunningham Reserve

These picnic shelters are in Dunningham Reserve near Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It can be quite cool on the coast at this time of the year so there aren't many people using them for picnics. The blue and yellow colours are perfectly suitable for this beach locale.

Sunday 20 July 2014

Woolloomooloo, hotel

This former hotel is located on the corner of Sir John Young Crescent and Palmer Street in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo. The Royal Domain Hotel was built around 1876 in the Victorian Classical architecture with elements of Romanesque Revival detail. It was later known as the Merryfield Hotel and is today divided into residential apartments.

Saturday 19 July 2014

Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre

The Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre sits partly below the square along College Street. It has lots of reflective surfaces, from its glass walls and ceilings to its rooftop and courtyard fountains, and all the indoor pools. The Parkes-Farmer Wing and the Barnet Wing of the Australian Museum, along William Street, can be seen behind it.

Friday 18 July 2014

Drummoyne, The Serpent

The Serpent is a sculpture located along the winding Henley Marine Drive, in the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. The artwork was created by former Drummoyne resident Jason Wing, an artist who identifies with his Aboriginal and Asian heritage. It was inspired by the ‘Rainbow Serpent’ from Aboriginal mythology and a ‘winding road’ street sign. The Iron Cove Bridge can be seen in the background crossing Iron Cove.

Thursday 17 July 2014

Macquarie Street, heritage plaque

This commemorative plaque is located along the footpath Macquarie Street near the state parliament building. These brass heritage plaques around the city commemorate heritage buildings, lost buildings from the past and some proposed buildings that were never built. This elaborate building was planned in 1888 to be built by 1901 but the plans were never realised.
Linked to: Signs, Signs

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Millers Point, Sydney Harbour Bridge

This view of Dawes Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is from Observatory Park on Observatory Hill, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. The gun sits behind the South African War Memorial, which is dedicated to those who fought in the Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa. It was one of eight Krupp 75mm QF Feldkanone L/24 used by the Transvaal Staatsartillerie from 1895.

Monday 14 July 2014

Customs Square, sculpture

This giant coin sculpture has been installed in Customs Square at Circular Quay to encourage recycling and promote a Container Deposit Scheme. It consists of coloured water bottle to form an image of an Australian ten cent coin. Drink containers are the most littered items in Australia but with a cash for container scheme, a ten cent refund could reduce litter and increase recycling rates to 95%. The sculpture was made by Paper Moose productions, where over 50 per cent of the staff ride their bikes to work, even in winter. The structure is made with Thankyou Water bottles, where sales from each bottle contributes to one month's supply of water to a developing country. It also features LED lighting for a low-energy night-time display.

Saturday 12 July 2014

Darling Harbour Marina

Looking across Darling Harbour Marina at Cockle Bay Wharf on a sunny day. Sydney Imax and the Western Distributor flyovers are in the background. An iceberg is floating in Cockle Bay as part of the Cool Yule winter festival.
 Linked in: Weekend Reflections

Friday 11 July 2014

Martin Place, redevelopment

This former office building at 20 Martin Place is currently being redeveloped. Much of the building has been demolished but the steel beams and girders remain, suggesting they will be reused in the construction of the new building. The skeleton of this building was lit up during the recent Vivid Sydney festival which can be seen here.

Thursday 10 July 2014

The Rocks, Arena Calcetto

Arena Calcetto is an installation along Playfair Street at The Rocks. Each of the six timber towers, 10 metres high, hide an individually handcrafted foosball table with custom-made players. They were created by a community collective known as Archrival, originally for the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2012 and will be here until 30 September 2014.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Circular Quay, ferry

This view of Sydney Harbour and the Circular Quay ferry wharves, towards Sydney Opera House and East Circular Quay is from the footpath beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station. The Queenscliff is a Freshwater Class ferry acquired in 1983 and is part of the fleet that operates from Circular Quay to Manly. It was named Queenscliff after the northern suburb near Manly.

Tuesday 8 July 2014

The Rocks, post box

This historic post box is located along Playfair Street at The Rocks, near The Rocks Square. These cylindrical cast iron red painted pillar boxes were produced around 1870 by Triggs and Marr. They feature a letter slot on two sides and a finial of a stylised waratah with embossed acanthus leaves on top of the box.

Monday 7 July 2014

Newtown, stencil graffiti

This stencil graffiti is located on the side of a commercial building on the corner of King Street and Bray Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. A small political poster with a drawing on it for an alternative political party has also been posted on this wall.

Saturday 5 July 2014

Cockle Bay, tree

This is one of the illuminated trees that has been installed along the shore at Darling Harbour. It is part of the Cool Yule winter festival celebrations. In the distance is an iceberg that is floating in Cockle Bay.

Thursday 3 July 2014

Mortdale, hotel

Mortdale Hotel is located on the corner of Pitt Street and George Street, in the southern suburb of Mortdale. It was built in 1930 in the inter-war architectural style and replaced the Saltwell's Hotel which had operated near Memorial Park since 1895.

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Botanic Gardens, flowers

These flowers are located in front of the Conservatorium Gate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, close to Macquarie Street. There aren't many plants in bloom at this time of year so these bursts of colour are welcome sight.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Camperdown, Victoria Park Pool (Theme Day: Celebrating Summer)

Victoria Park Pool is located in the middle of a nine-hectare park in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. Victoria Park is on the corner of City Road and Parramatta Road. It's actually winter in Australia right now so this outdoor pool wouldn't attract as many swimmers right now but this photo was taken in the middle of summer.
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