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.
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.
Cockle Bay is at the end of Darling Harbour in Sydney. The three sides of the waterfront are lined with cafes, bars and restaurants. At this time of the day it was very busy with people eating and being merry. The building on the left is the Sydney Convention Centre. In the middle is the Novotel hotel with a shopping centre to the right.
This year I spent ten days exploring Port Jackson, mainly in Sydney Harbour. The majority of the time was focused on the two icons of Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Above is a wide view taken from Mrs Macquaries Chair, just next to the Royal Botanic Gardens. As 2012 draws to an end I wanted to finish some of the collections I have been working on.
This is the Fitzroy Graving Dock, with its huge rusty old crane towering above the concreate. 2012 was the 18th Biennale of Syndey, an international festival of contemporary art. The main venue was Cockatoo Island, a World Heritage Site in Sydney Harbour. A couple of fellow travellers had suggested getting the free ferry down to the island and so I decided to make the day of it. Cockatoo Island was a prison for re-offending convicts in the mid 19th century. By the early 20th century it had become one of Australia’s biggest shipyards. The first of its two dry docks was built by convicts.