Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bennelong Point

The Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point with the despised 'Toaster' apartments to the right. Between the two is the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Australian Hotel

A venerable hotel in The Rocks, but remember ...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Polar Bears at Bilgola

You need a thick skin to swim at this time of year.
Morning at Bilgola Beach.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

P&O under Sydney Harbour Bridge;postID=7254797859840165832 Founded in 1837, this year we celebrate 175 years of heritage. The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) first offered voyages known as 'excursions,' when passengers from England travelled with the Royal Mails to ports on the Iberian Peninsular and the Mediterranean, returning home on other P&O mail voyages. (P&O)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Conservatorium of Music

When the doors of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (at that time known as the NSW State Conservatorium of Music) opened to students on 6 March, 1916 its stated aims were "providing tuition of a standard at least equal to that of the leading European Conservatoriums" and to "protect amateurs against the frequent waste of time and money arising from unsystematic tuition". (Source

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rock Fishing Sydney

The most dangerous sport in Australia. Rock Fishing.
Taken at Bilgola Beach.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sails of the Opera House

Three points of the Opera House. Could we have another one of these at Barangaroo?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Laptop in park

Outside the 'Con' in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Overseas Passenger Terminal

The balcony of the OPT. The Overseas Passenger Terminal is where the big ritzy liners tie up. It is a great spot to view the harbour and in particular to Bennelong Point and the Opera House.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sydney Oprah House

Taken again from the Overseas passenger Terminal.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sydney Opera House

Taken from the Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Govenor Arthur Phillip Fountain

In the Royal Botanic Gardens, just off Macquarie street, is this ornate statue of the Captain of the first fleet and our first Governor. It is popular at lunchtime, nice grass and a sun trap. For a great site about this fountain go to this link. An interesting fact is that the captain's bones are missing. Has anyone noticed that (almost) all the statues of our mariners are facing towards the heads. Which one is not?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beauty and the Beast

Viewed from Dawes Point - 1948 substation in foreground. Beauty and the beast. Visit other Weekends in Black and White.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Park and Elizabeth St

Early morning workers at the intersection of Park and Elizabeth Street.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Horizon Building Darlinghurst

The Horizon Apartments, another Seidler design is a residential high rise building in Darlinghurst, at 184 Forbes Street. This controversial highrise (aren't they all?) was completed in 1998. The controversy stems from the height of the building and the shadowing effects on surrounding buildings.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Captain William Bligh

Looking out towards the open ocean is this trim statue of the infamous Captain Bligh.
Bligh had an illustrious career, immortalised in film as captain of the HMS Bounty. He was also the fourth governor of NSW. He had some trouble here too. "Bligh had gained the reputation of being a firm disciplinarian. He was offered the position of Governor of New South Wales by Sir Joseph Banks and appointed in March 1805. He arrived in Sydney on 6 August 1806. The conflict between Bligh and the entrenched colonists culminated in another mutiny, the Rum Rebellion, when, on 26 January 1808, the New South Wales Corps under Major George Johnston marched on Government House in Sydney and arrested him. A rebel government was subsequently installed and Bligh, now deposed, made for Hobart in Tasmania aboard HMS Porpoise. Bligh failed to gain support from the authorities in Hobart to retake control of New South Wales, and remained effectively imprisoned on the Porpoise from 1808 until January 1810." Wiki

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art entrance

The entrance from Circular Quay.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rainy wet day in Sydney

George St, The Rocks

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ben Chifley in Chifley Square

A representation of one of Australia's Prime Minister's - Ben Chifley. Joseph Benedict (Ben) Chifley (1885-1951), prime minister and locomotive engine driver, was born on 22 September 1885 at Bathurst, New South Wales. He was the 16th Prime Minister of Australia. He took over the Australian Labor Party leadership and Prime Ministership after the death of John Curtin in 1945. Chifley Labor went on to retain a majority in both houses of Australian Parliament at the 1946 election, before his government was defeated in the lower house at the 1949 election.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

First Fleet Class Ferry

Ever reliable First Fleet class ferry with a RiverCat in the background.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Balaclava Art

I have found two of these around Sydney, one on Macquarie Street and the other at the base of a monorail stanchion in Pitt St. Any more?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Martin Place Crowd

Yesterday was the anniversary of the 6 June 1944 D-Day landings,the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000 troops involved. This crowd was there on another remembrance day - 11 Nov 2011.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Transit of Venus

Today there will be the sight of Venus passing in front of the sun. There is an exhibition in the Royal Botanic Gardens as advertised on the glass pyramid here.

Transits of Venus are rare and historically important astronomical events. Transits of Venus occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by gaps of 121½ years and 105½ years.  Since the phenomena was first recognized there have only been six transits of Venus – 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and the most recent one in 2004. The 6th June 2012 transit is our last opportunity to observe a transit of Venus, as the next event occurs on 11th December 2117.  The 1769 transit has a vital historical connection to Australia. Lieutenant James Cook was dispatched to Tahiti on HMS Endeavour to observe the transit. After a successful observation he was directed to search for the “great south land” thought to exist in the South Pacific Ocean and following that search he discovered and charted the east coast of Australia. (source

Monday, June 4, 2012

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Grave

Up at Barrenjoey Lighthouse is this lonely grave of the first lighthouse keeper George Mulhall - his grave said he was struck by lightning but on another plaque it says he died of natural causes. This is the most northern most point in Sydney. Literally the end of the road. It is a hard 30 minute walk up, but the views are spectacular.
View other entrants of Grave Tuesday here

Lone fisherman

At Bilgola Beach

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mona Vale Beach

A welcome sign on Mona Vale Beach, sorry that the quote ending is buried in the sand. Perhaps ask Benny or Langy about it.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Free Books

A new idea on Oxford Street Darlinghurst, but ...'people are taking more than they are giving'. Not cool.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Deutsche Bank Forecourt

On Hunter Street is Deutsche Bank building. Is there anything more tranquil than an empty food court? See other City Daily Photo participants in the June theme 'Tranquility' Click here to view thumbnails for all participants