Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Exquisitely our harbour

McElhone Park in front of Elizabeth Bay house
Using a printed Google map, we weaved our way via lanes and walking paths from Rushcutters Bay to Beare Park and McElhone park in Elizabeth Bay. This entire area is to die for. And talk about secluded ... on the final weekend of winter there were people sunbathing in swimming costumes!

Elizabeth Bay house is the georgian style building with the dome in the centre of this photo taken from a ferry in the harbour
The view back across Elizabeth Bay as I made my way between the apartments up toward McElhone Park
Elizabeth Bay lies between Rushcutters Bay and Wooloomooloo Bay all of which are accessible via walking paths. In the suburb named after the wife of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, Elizabeth Bay house was built in 1837 for Alexander Macleay who was the Surveyor-General of the colony. Is is managed by the Historic Houses Trust and is open to the general public. I did not have enough time to do it justice, so will return next week.

And from the top, looking back over the park to the harbour beyond. Clark Island lies straight ahead

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27 comments:

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Interesting photos from a bright clear day in Sydney. Your colors are intense. You made good use of a days walk.

Limar said...

Beautiful pics, love the first one :)

jennyfreckles said...

It looks idyllic - beautiful park and a lovely view over the water. I'll bet that was a gorgeous place to live, even in 1837.

Stephanie V said...

How beautiful. Thanks for taking me along.

The Gardener said...

Oh, lovely, lovely sights! What a beautiful place.

Thanks for sharing and for visiting my garden.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm sure it was beautiful in 1837, Jenny, but I'm sure they didn't have Google maps.
They didn't have Google maps in 1982 when I was in Sydney, either, so my young brother and I had to be content with the usual tourist things ...the bridge, the zoo, a play at the Opera House.
I'd love to go back, Julie, but I need a ship to take me there because I can't handle the long flights from Canada. I do keep my eye open for cruise ships going from Vancouver to Sydney, and it is possible. My husband could then fly over to meet me, so we could do the Google map thing together.
Beautiful photos. I do love your depth of color.
K

Francisca said...

What a wonderful tour to take through your lens, Julie. The photos are so vivid. Just a beautiful place' or at least you make it look beautiful.

Jo said...

What a beautiful tour you took us on, Julie. I love the vivid colours of the harbour and apartment blocks. Thanks for sharing.

J Bar said...

Fantastic shots Julie. Especially the one at McElhone Park in front of Elizabeth Bay house. I went there quite recently, for the first time ever. The views are spectacular.

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One can only be glad to know that you are living in such beauty.


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paul said...

Beautiful shots of a very picturesque part of your city!

Bruce Caspersonn said...

In Canberra we had the last weekend of winter. Julie, your first photo has EVERYTHING,,,,I love it.

Julie said...

oops ... indeed ... we had winter here too ... just seemed like summer!!

Thanks for that, Bruce.

caughtbymycamera said...

I do love your Sydney photos. The harbour is the most beautiful in the world. (or did I tell you that before?)
Jossie

Barb said...

What a gorgeous day for exploring! I like your photos of the cityscape.

Indrani said...

Truly an area to die for! Great captures of the place.

Ann said...

don't think I've ever been there. Definitely worth a look.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful!!!

Misalyn said...

Beautiful photos, as always. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for educating us as well. One of the things that I appreciate with photoblogs are the tidbits of info that goes along with the photos.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photo

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful place. Very scenic.

Regina said...

Definitely a must see place!
I'm supposed to be visiting here last month ( still winter right?).

Thank you for sharing Julie.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
xo

Joan Elizabeth said...

We visited Elizabeth Bay House some years ago. They had a fascinating linen collection on display ... bored my hubby to tears but I was entranced. The weather down in the city is nice at the moment, compared to up here ... I was down there several days last week.

Andrew said...

There is a good reason why Sydney tourist maps don't go west of the city. Great photos of very nice a very nice part of Sydney. In about 1982 we tried to find Elizabeth Bay House and failed. Perhaps we were a bit half hearted. Next time.

noel said...

aloha,

what beautiful vistas of your area, i would love to visit here someday, the bay is really striking

my tuesday post is located on my plant fanatic blog today, come and drop by :)

nprimopiano said...

fantastic views. So bright and clear ...

Linnea W said...

Some of these scenes look like they could be right out of San Francisco!