Friday, 25 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Opal Tower

Opal Tower is a residential building located along Australia Avenue, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. This 37 storey skyscraper was designed by Bates Smart Architects and completed in 2019. 
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, railway station

The main entrance of the railway station, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. It was designed by Hassell architects and built in 1998 for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. It is an underground station that is located on a balloon loop. It is served by Sydney Trains T7 Olympic Park Line services from Lidcombe station but during major events at Sydney Olympic Park, train services run direct from the intercity platforms of Central, also sometimes stopping at Redfern and Strathfield.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Amenities Building

This Amenities Building is located on the corner of Dawn Fraser Avenue and Edwin Flack Avenue, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. This is one of three structures in red, blue and yellow, designed by Neil Durbach, Camilla Block and David Jaggers and constructed in 1999 for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Chiron

This sculpture is located outside the
Sydney Showgrounds Main Arena, on the corner of Grand Parade and Orana Parade, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. It was created by Andy Scott and consists of intricately woven mild steel bars. "Chiron" was a centaur, half-man and half-horse responsible for the teaching of arts and medicine to ancient Greek mythological heroes such as Apollo, Achilles, Jason and Hercules. It evokes the spirit of the Sydney Showground's signature event, the Royal Agricultural Easter Show, through its linkage of man and animal. It also resonates strongly with Sydney Olympic Park's history. It was installed to coincide with the 2004 Royal Easter Show, before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Australia Map Mosaic

The Australia Map Mosaic is located in Maiden Gardens, on the corner of Dawn Fraser Avenue and Showground Road, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park, The mosaic was designed by Cynthia Turner and consists of a colourful image of a sheep, a pig and a cow with the words “Metropolitan Meat Industry Board State Abattoir Homebush Bay 1915–1988” written underneath. It is located outside the former administration block for the State Abattoirs. The Abattoir Heritage Precinct buildings were redeveloped for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games for use by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. They are now used for sporting administration offices, visitor information and a café.The garden is named after botanist and public servant Joseph Henry Maiden.

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Hyde Park, Olympic Memorial

 

The Olympic Memorial in Hyde Park was unveiled in 2000, near the Anzac War Memorial. This monument commemorates Olympians who lost their lives as a result of armed conflicts and also their Olympic achievements. The inscription reads: 
This plaque was dedicated by the New South Wales Government, the Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch), the Australian Olympic committee, the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the City of Sydney to fallen Olympians and commemorates their Olympic lives. 
On 3 September 2000, surrounded by schoolchildren carrying the flags of all the nations about to compete in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, people gathered here to honour those Olympic athletes who have died in war and to celebrate the cause of peace. This inaugural Service for Peace and the Remembrance of Fallen Olympians was a project of the New South Wales Government, the Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch), the Australian Olympic committee, the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the City of Sydney.  One of the prime motives of the Olympic Games competition is to foster friendship and goodwill between nations.
Sadly though, war has forced the cancellation of three celebrations of the Olympic Games (1916, 1940 and 1944) and hundreds of Olympians have lost their lives as a result of armed conflict. The purpose of this Service, in a city anticipating an imminent Olympic Games, is to provide a reminder of the true spirit and the values of the Olympics.Essentially, this monument symbolises both a collective tribute to athletes who have become casualties in warfare,and enduring hope that the Olympic Games of 2000 will encourage the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, fountain

A view of the Northern Water Feature beside Haslam Pier, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. A green algal bloom currently covers a large part of Haslams Creek behind it. A view of the fountain in operation can be seen here.

Friday, 18 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Boomerang

Boomerang is an apartment building located on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Sarah Durack Avenue, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. This 39 storey skyscraper was designed by Bates Smart Architects and completed in 2019.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, Netball Central

Netball Central is located along Olympic Boulevard, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. Built in 2015, this award-winning sport facility was the first built since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It features netball courts, education rooms, Netball NSW offices and NSW Swifts training facilities.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, The Millennium Athlete

This steel sculpture of “The Millennium Athlete” logo for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is located along Dawn Fraser Avenue, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. Yesterday, Sydney celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games, which opened on the 15 September 2000, by relighting The Cauldron now a sculpture in Cathy Freeman Park. The sculpture was unveiled on 14 September 1996 at Darling Harbour, which was the other major site of Olympic venues. It was relocated to Homebush Bay during the redevelopment of Darling Harbour, which resulted in the demolition of the Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centres.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Homebush, post office

This former post office is located along The Crescent, in the western suburb of Homebush. The building was designed by Walter Liberty Vernon and built in 1895. It now houses a Medical and Dental Centre.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Newtown, mural

This mural is on the walls of a former factory beside Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It was built at the turn of the 20th century and was converted into a residential property. This mural was painted in 2020 when the property began being used by the lifestyle television show The Living Room.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Homebush, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church was built in 1955 and is located along Underwood Road, in the western suburb of Homebush.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Sydney Olympic Park, fountain, sunset

A sunset view of the Northern Water Feature beside Haslam Pier, in the western suburb of Sydney Olympic Park. A view of the fountain in operation can be seen here.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Rydalmere, ferry wharf

This ferry wharf is on the northern side of the Parramatta River, in the north western suburb of Rydalmere
The Sydney RiverCats are a class of catamarans operated by Harbour City Ferries on the Parramatta River from Circular Quay to Parramatta.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Newtown, shops

These two-storey terraced shops are located along King Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The heritage listed buildings were built in 1906 by Josiah Jubilee Gentle, a well-known business man who owned the brickworks in nearby St Peters.
Linked to: Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

North Strathfield, railway station

North Strathfield railway station was built in 1918 and is located in the western suburb of North Strathfield. It is the first station on the Main Northern line after it branches from the Main Suburban line at Strathfield and is served by Sydney Trains T9 Northern Line services.
Linked to: Wordless WednesdayOver the Moon, My Corner of the WorldWednesday Wisdom.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The Rocks, Argyle Street

This view of Argyle Street towards the Argyle Bridge at The Rocks is from George Street. Normally, this place would be full of people but since the coronavirus pandemic things have been very quiet and many outdoor restaurants and cafes are not opening at night.

Monday, 7 September 2020

Marrickville mural

This mural is on the side of a warehouse used as a barista training school, on the corner of Chalder Street and Victoria Road, in the inner west suburb of Marrickville. It was created by street artist Reubszz.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Ryde, court house

The former court house is located along Church Street, in the north western suburb of Ryde. The heritage listed building in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style was used as a courthouse from 1863 to 1923 and briefly used as a council chamber for Ryde Council. Since 1923 it has had church-related community uses related to St Anne's Anglican Church since 1923, known as Young Life Australia.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

East Circular Quay

A First Fleet Class ferry has just departed from the Circular Quay ferry wharves and heads past the Bennelong apartments at East Circular Quay at dusk

Friday, 4 September 2020

Bondi Beach, sunset

Looking across Bondi Beach at sunset from Biddigal Reserve, in the eastern suburb of North Bondi.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Gladesville, shops

These shops and residences are located on the corner of Victoria Road and Pitttwater Street, in the north western suburb of Gladesville. The former Kebab, Pide, Pizza shop must have originally been a butcher shop considering there is a cow's head adorning the facade.
Linked to: Signs, Signs, Fences Around The World.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Gladesville, fire station (Theme Day: Public Safety)

Gladesville Fire and Rescue is located along Pittwater Street, in the north western suburb of Gladesville. The fire station was built in 1926 in the Inter-war style.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Sydney Opera House, dusk (Theme Day: A Favourite Photo)

The Sydney Opera House at dusk viewed from West Circular Quay. It's been a while since I've been able to walk around the city due to lockdown, social distancing and working from home, so once I was back, I had to take a photo of my favourite building 
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