|The setting sun lights up the city. Taken from Cockatoo Island, facing East with the setting sun at my back.|
There are 9 islands in Sydney Harbour, although one is now permanently joined to the mainland. To the East of the Harbour Bridge there are:
Shark IslandTo the West of the Harbour Bridge there are:
Garden Island, and
Goat IslandI dont think the hoi poloi is allowed to visit all of them, so it will take some ingenuity to get you photographs. Let's see what I can do ... Prior to this project, I have visited Cockatoo Island twice, Fort Denison twice, Shark Island for my daughter's wedding and Goat Island.
Snapper Island, and
1839 - 1850 : A prison houses convicts withdrawn from Norfolk Island
1850 - 1870 : Prisoners build the Fitzroy Dock to service Royal Navy ships.
1870 - 1880 : Prisoners move to Darlinghurst Gaol and the island becomes a reformatory (no kidding!)
1900 - 2001 : Becomes the Commonwealth Naval Dockyard
2001 - now : The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust restores the island and opens it to the public.
The island has two distinct precints: the lower island which is where the ship-building occured; and, the plateau which is where the reformatory and the administration and draftsmen worked. Both areas are engrossing for a photographer: I will be out there many more times. The detail is superb. And now that it is an officially sanctioned "arts precinct" there will always be an incentive.
It is a great site. Get out there ...
|A 15 minute ferry return to the city costs a bit over $5|
Below, the winter sun sets behind the ridge on the northern shore of the harbour over the suburbs of Woolwich and Hunters Hill. By now the wind is whipping the waves and the slight winter sun has disappeared leaving hardy day trippers freezing their body parts on the pier waiting for the ferry that will return them to Circular Quay.