North west of Sydney’s central business district is McMahons Point. This is the closest point to the Harbour Bridge where the view is almost straight towards the bridge. As you can see in the background on the opposite side of the water is the Sydney Opera House. This catamaran ferry called is bringing people from Circular Quay.
Exploring new cities with my camera is one of my favourite things. Especially finding interesting buildings or beautiful parks to walk through. This was taken on my first day in Australia. On an afternoon walk I was walking through the City Botanic Gardens and came across this small pool and fountain. Being new to the city and country there were many strange plants, trees and even birds around me. A great introduction to Australia.
The first thing that struck me about Sydney was how much larger the harbour bridge is than I was expecting, it dominates the harbour completely. In contrast, the Sydney Opera House looks very small unless you are stood right in front of the building. This photograph of the Opera House, taken at dusk was taken from next to the ferry wharf at McMahons Point. With the camera around a mile away from the Opera house but zoomed in. The bridge is about half way between the camera and building. It is so large however that zooming in and pointing the camera under the bridge I was able to completely illuminate it from this photograph.
One of the first walks out with my camera in Australia was around the city centre of Brisbane. Walking along Ann Street from my hostel I came to King George Square. As you can see from this photograph, the square is dominated by the city hall on the south west side. It was opened in 1930 and surprisingly only has three floors. With the huge 70 metre clock tower I thought at first this could have been a church or cathedral. Clearly, the architects were influenced by St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, Italy.
This coastal gorge, surrounded by high cliffs is part of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria on the south coast of Australia. Access by the Great Ocean Road it was one of many stops my tour guide made. The gorge was named after a fast sailing ship called the Loch Ard. She ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on the 1st June 1878 after a three month journey from England to Melbourne. Of the 45 crew only two survived. Never will I complain about “long haul” flights again!