My first day in Sydney I spent the whole day focusing on photographs of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and as far as I am concerned, it has paid off. In the end I walked across the bridge from the central business district where I was staying twice. Once to scout possible locations (when I took this image) and a second time to capture a slightly different view of Sydney and the bridge at dusk. The above photograph was taken from in front of the Luna Park, an amusement park on the north shore. In this view you can see the Sydney Opera House under the bridge on the other side of the water.
Many of the major cities in Australia seem to have fantastic parks and gardens where locals come jogging, cycling, walking and sun bathing (although not so much of the sun bathing in winter). Above is Brisbane City Botanic Gardens just by the river on an area known as Gardens Point. As you can see from the buildings in the background, it is close to the central business district of the city. The gardens include special collections of palms, figs and bamboo.
One photograph I knew I wanted to captured in Brisbane was a skyline of the city that included Story Bridge. Having got to this point the previous night but fallen asleep due to having been awake for nearly two days (I flew in that morning from Singapore), it wasn’t until my second evening in the city that I stayed alert enough to capture this night photograph of the bridge all lit up. The sun had set probably about half an hour before, off to the right of the view.
Looking on a map of central Brisbane and the Brisbane River I could see that The South Bank Parklands would be worth exploring. What I wasn’t expecting was the streets beach. Being about half an hours drive away from the coast this artificial beach is evidently extremely popular in the summer. In some ways coming to Australia in winter has meant that things aren’t as busy. In this case the beach was closed for maintenance, so I was able to get a rare view of the beach completely empty in the middle of the day.