Monday, 26 January 2015

7. What wouldn't I miss? The sheer size of my city ...

Both these image were taken from the Pylon Lookout on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first image is facing east, ie pointing down the harbour to the Pacific Ocean. The second image is facing north-west, ie facing upstream, and inland.

Sydney has a population of 4.75 million, which is just under 20% of the entire Australian nation. Sydney covers an area of 12,367 km2, with a density of 380 people per square kilometre. Sheer urban sprawl.

From Bondi to Penrith (ie, from the ocean to the mountains), is 65 kms. This is the east-west axis.

From Cronulla to Berowra is about 60 kms, ie the north-south axis.

From Palm Beach to Campbelltown, the diagonal axis, is 100 kms.

We live in enclaves, sometimes determined by socio-economic factors, sometimes by education factors. Often, however, people live where they do from choice, or because their "people" have always lived thereabouts.

If I had to leave Sydney, I would hope that I moved to a more densely populated city, ot to a smaller town.

8 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

Incredible views from the pylon. I did this climb only once when I was about 12 or 13. Not sure I could handle a more dense city. I do treasure some space and a view of water near me.

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William Kendall said...

Beautiful views. I'd love to have a go at making that climb.

Bruce Caspersonn said...

Great photos, great city. I left it in 1971. Whenever I return for a visit, my pulse quickens round about Liverpool. Sydney is special to me. I would love it even more if it was still 1948.

Jim said...

Brilliant views.

Joe said...

The enormity of Sydney is quite frightening Julie.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Oh yes it is the size of Sydney that overwhelms me and why I have never grown to like it. The only way I can tolerate it is to live in the very inner city. Travelling by public transport into it I can thankfully ignore all the suburbs and just enjoy the centre of the place which I like.

Julie said...

Yes, I can well empathise with your opinion, Joan. I suspect you might enjoy my Theme Day post, in this case.