Sunday, 9 January 2011

The best view of iconic Sydney

Participating in Sunday Bridges.

From the top of the GI observation tower.
Garden Island ceased being an island during WW2 when the navy connected the two bits of land with a massive dry dock. The northern tip of the 'island' was opened to the public in 2005, and is only accessible by a very short ferry trip from Circular Quay on the Watson's Bay route. Ann from Sydney Meanderings and I jaunted over to GI for a reconnoitre last Thursday.

The detail to the left of the first photograph.
On the highest point of the original island, stands the original port of Sydney shipping control tower, the roof of which is now a 360 degree lookout, with the most stupendous views of the city and the harbour.

The detail to the right of the first photograph.
The ship docked in Sydney Cove (beyond the Opera House) is the 'Rhapsody of the Seas'.

26 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a wonderful and informative tour. A few years ago we stayed in the Intercontinental hotel, which must be one of the high rise buildings on the left side of your photo. We had a view in the opposite direction of your photos.

Jo said...

Visiting Australia is on my bucket list, Julie. And whenever I forget this, I'm treated to another tour of your beautiful city and I'm even keener to see it. Greetings from Jo, South Africa

Tulsa Gentleman said...

The Sydney Opera House has to be one of the most iconic structures in the world. I hope I live long enough to visit your beautiful city some day. I will ask you for a guided tour.

lewi14 said...

Fantastic views indeed. I like them. It was an outstanding experience to stand in front of the Sydney Opera House. A dream came true.

Steffe said...

It's an impressive view.

Luis Gomez said...

Love these views Julie.

bfarr said...

What an interesting trip. I hope to travel to Sydney some day.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful, Julie. In Sydney on our way home after a month in Queensland 1982, my little brother and I went to a play at the Opera House. After I bought the tickets, he told me it was his first experience with live theatre. We had a wonderful time!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

RedPat said...

Great shots and nice tour!

Peter said...

Another place I need to visit, a different panorama.

Mark Bellamy said...

I never knew this park existed. Great pics that show Sydney at its best.

paul said...

This is a great sequence of pictures!

Ann said...

The bottom one came out well, they all did but I know you were trying to get the ship/OH and bridge. Seeing as you're using your's now, I'll leave mine for a week or so. They are almost identical.

Julie said...

Yes, I have other combinations to go yet. The one where I was waiting for the ferry might be Tuesday.

There are 4 of us with images of the coat-hanger today. You might as well join us!!

Bob Crowe said...

Nice city shots. I'm sure much has changed since I was there 18 years ago. We did attend a performance in the opera house on our last night before flying home. Indelible memories.

J Bar said...

I think I'd like to visit there.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

J Bar said...

The first shot would be perfect for a link on the 'Sunday Bridges' meme.
http://bayphoto.blogspot.com/

wanderer said...

I spy with my little eye something beginning with ABC - Andrew Boy Charlton pool (the best public pool in the world) - pic 2 opposite the naval vessel.

Cezar and Léia said...

Your pictures are wonderful, I can't choose because I'm enchanted here, I love then all!
I hope to have the opportunity to visit there someday!
Bon dimanche!
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Joan Elizabeth said...

Blue sky ... lucky you.

diane b said...

It sure is the most beautiful harbour in the world.

Davine said...

I know I am from Melbourne and they say there is a thing as Sydney/Melbourne rivalry - but I still think Sydney Harbour is amazing.

Francisca said...

Happy New Year, Julie! I'm so glad you linked your iconic shot to Sunday Bridges! You picked a beautiful day to go up to GI control tower for these marvelous shots.

[I've had my work plate overflowing in the past few months, with not enough time for visiting friendly bloggers.]

JM said...

Beautiful views of your city, Julie!

Lesley said...

what a perfect spot to get everything in in view!

Louis la Vache said...

Outstanding, Julie! «Louis» welcomes you to Sunday Bridges and invites you to join any Sunday you have a bridge no matter how big or small you want to share. Sunday Bridges publishes at 0001 hrs central Europe time each Sunday so that bloggers from Australasia and Europe have more time to participate.