Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Australia Square Foyer

Modern Art inside the lobby.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lady Northcott

Lady Northcott tied up at Circular Quay.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Fernery Royal Botanic Gardens

The Sydney Fernery was opened in 1993, and made possible as the result of a generous gift to the Gardens from the (Vincent) Fairfax Foundation. Other (earlier) ferneries had stood on this site. Architects: John P. Barbacetto, University of Technology, Peter Dorreen & Associates. Engineers: Tierney & Partners. Construction: Torresan Engineering Pty Ltd. Landscaping: staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Open 9 am to 4.30 pm daily. (from RBG website)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sydney Opera House

Early morning from Campbell's Cove.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

In the loch
blood stricken
time hidden lay lost
under this place of birth
under your mind lies a tunnel
under this stone salty darkness
forgotten place of docks and ships.

"Sydney's buried history you'll never get to see.
The historian Grace Karskens was incredulous. The Museum of Contemporary Art intended marking the nation's oldest dockyard buried beneath the gallery's $53 million extension with an arrow pointing to concrete. Andrew, a contemporary artist of Wiradjuri and Scottish descent, whose flashing arrow will be unveiled at the museum's re-opening this month, said it would help to make the history visible. Drawing on an indigenous shield design, the arrow's zig-zag black and white pattern would be animated in LED lights, creating a hypnotic effect and drawing attention to the site from as far as the Opera House, he said. ''It's a pretty significant reference … the LED is a strong light source, so you are going to be drawn to it,'' he said. His words, inspired by archaeological reports on the dockyard and by his heritage, will be laser cut into the ground below the arrow."  SMH 17 March 2012

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Sydney Half Marathon

On the run down Macquarie Street.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Darrell Lea Chocolates

This Australian company was founded in 1927, and makes my favourite chocolate. This store is on the corner of King and George Street, directly opposite the Sydney Apple store.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sydney Half Marathon

Over 10000 runner race on May 20 in this event. 21.1km around Sydney's foreshore.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sydney Writer's Festival

Over the last few days Sydney has been hosting the annual writer's festival. The precinct around Walsh Bay was alive with bookish types. Loved the deckchairs so I could laze in the sun and soak up the brain waves in the ether.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sydney Monorail

Soon to be demolished, monorail above Pitt St.

Friday, May 18, 2012

National Museum of Australia

In Canberra is this modern looking museum.The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum. It explores the land, nation and people of Australia. Opened in 2001, the National Museum building is an architectural landmark. Inspired by the idea of a jigsaw puzzle, it reflects the many intertwined stories that make up Australia’s history.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Norway's National Day May 17

Today there were lots of Norse in Hyde Park celebrating their National Day. Wiki says "The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation." I must say they all looked very smart, many in their national costume.

Commonwealth Bank sculpture York St

This panel sculpture in sandstone on the York Street wall of the Sydney Commonwealth Bank. By Gerald Lewers 1905-1962 and symbolises Australia as a federation of states. (1954)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Scary Canary

A backpacker pub on Kent St. From its web page:'Picture a bar where anything goes… Where young people come to pay homage to the saying ‘here for a good time, not a long time’. That dream is now a reality with the birth of the ultimate backpacker experience. Every night of the week, expect cheap drinks, quality food and an interactive introduction to Sydney’s cultural melting pot... it’s the Scary Canary baby. Any night out here is a DRINKING EXPERIENCE so expect to be greeted by wet t comps, vibrator racing, international DJs, bands, goldfish racing, karaoke, live bands, male strippers and loads for party bar games. If that’s not a shopping list of awesomeness… Tell me what is… ' mmm ...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Martin Place Forest

A lego tree forest in the busy Martin Place.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Archibald Morning

The Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park. Early morning.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Australia Square

Another Harry Seidler building, officially called the TOWER BUILDING it was completed in 1967. It is round so why is it called Australia Square?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Herb Shop

I passed this shop on Oxford Street and doubled back for a look. What sort of herbs are they selling here? Cooking herbs? They actually have a very informative web site, click here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bilgola Beach - Hot Autumn Day

The last few days in Sydney have been beautiful, I was able to start the day with a walk along the beach and a swim, water temp still 20 degrees. Sydney Morning Herald Sydney basks in record May temperature May 10, 2012 A warm autumn has followed Sydney's cool summer, with the city recording its hottest May day in 70 years today. The temperature at Observatory Hill was 29.1 degrees about 1.30pm, making it the hottest day in May since 1942, Weatherzone meteorologist Doug Fenton said. The hottest May day on record for Sydney was May 1, 1919, when the temperature reached 30 degrees.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ibiza Coffee Shop

Avalon is full of coffee shops, this is one of the oldest. Read my food blog here for my review.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Looking up at the ANZAC Bridge.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bambini Cafe

This cafe is across the road from Hyde Park and looks inviting on a sunny morning. It is a bit swish.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Sydney Buses

Latest Sydney bus with Waratah Logo. Our state emblem.

Sydney buses on Elizabeth Street, travelling in threes?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

St James Station

A busy station in the heart of the city. Just before peak.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Street sweeper St James

Sweeping all the leaves in Hyde Park.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Luminous Tree

The morning sun caught this Plane Tree in Hyde Park.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Balancing Act

In Hyde park these boys were doing some freestyle gymnastics

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Specialized against St Marys Cathedral

What this is I do not know, something car related?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Peaceful reflection

In the area I like to call the Robbie Burns Garden.