Lovely Lavendar Bay

Recently I had the opportunity for an evening stroll around an area of Sydney called Lavender Bay. On my walk down from North Sydney I passed this Secret Garden, complete with lavender plants. Not sure about the signage.

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Here I caught a glimpse of the boats moored in the Bay. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park formed a spectacular backdrop. Lavendar Bay is on the north side of the  harbour, to the west of the Bridge, and has a good view of the city.


Real estate on Lavender Bay is expensive due to waterfront location and stunning views. Yachts and cruisers nestle into their moorings, apparently unaware of their spectacular surroundings.
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Notice anything alarming about the roof of this boat? A snake. Someone’s idea of a joke, or perhaps in lieu of a guard dog?


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From this wharf we have a good view of the Harbour Bridge and the central business district on the south side of the harbour.

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Here you can see the walkway which goes around past Luna Park and under the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Milsons Point is crammed with apartment blocks jockeying for a good view.

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Looking back at Lavender Bay at dusk.

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In the next post we will take a closer look at Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can read more about my evening walk by the harbour and view the out-takes in a post called Finding Focus on my May and September Blog.


A Winter’s Day in Bulli Australia

While staying in Austinmer to the north I decided to take advantage of the local bus for a day trip to Bulli, the final stop off on our virtual holiday on the Illawarra Coast. My only memory of this area was hair-raising trips down the notorious Bulli Pass, the steep mountain pass which links the top of the Illawarra Escarpment to the coastal area below.

After alighting from the bus I proceeded to walk east to find the ocean. Little did I know the coastal strip is much wider here than at Austinmer, and it was quite a long way before I saw any water. I was relieved to come across an afternoon soccer game at Bulli Park, with the Pacific Ocean behind it.DSC01212

As I approached the headland I could see parasurfers taking advantage of the waves off the point.


Looking to the north towards Sarandon Point, the sun was gleaming on the water of the bay.


A traditional Australian seawater pool looked lovely, but being mid-winter, no-one was having a splash.


Instead, families were making the most of the nearby playground.


To the south was a long sweep of beach towards Bellambi.


A nice day to be out with the metal detector looking for treasure.


This is how we do winter on the Australian east coast. I guess I am pretty lucky to live in such a temperate part of the world.

I found a bus stop and was happy to continue my day trip in the area in the comfortable, if infrequent, local buses.

Austinmer Headland

Little Austi is the second beach at Austinmer, located to the north of the main beach. At its northern limit is a tall headland, surrounded by and extensive rock platform.


On top of this Headland is the Headlands Hotel, scene of the 2005/2006 Australian TV series called, strangely enough, headLand. This was taken in 2010, so it may have changed since then.


The headland rises towards the sea to form a high cliff face, with a steep drop to the rock platform below. Its a dangerous area as this sad memorial testifies.


At the base of the cliff is a flat, wide, rock platform, criss-crossed with lines in the rock. Here is a man collecting shellfish or bait.


This image shows the triangular pattern in the rock platform.


Water rushes in and out of this opening in the rocks. Its best to keep away from the edge of this type of rock platform as freak waves can catch you unawares.


Standing on the rock platform, the cliff face reveals the geology of this area, which includes and abundance of coal.


On a nearby rock platform, a keen rock fisherman prepares his kit.


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Dusky Austinmer Beach

The Beach at Austinmer New South Wales is popular with summer holiday makers but on dusky winters evenings, it can take on a less welcoming character.

The steps down to the saltwater pool look like steps to nowhere.


Some people are keen.
From the northern most end of the beach I can look back at the pool and change sheds, not tempted to get wet myself this evening.
The trees take on a spooky character in the dusk.
On the way home the fish and chip shop beckons, a splash of colour and warm light.
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Historic Brickworks at Sydney Park

Across the highway from the entrance to St Peter’s Railway Station in Sydney Australia is Sydney Park, featuring remnants of a historic brick works.

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The area is located on Wianamatta Shale which is excellent brick-making clay, and provided bricks for the building of Sydney for over 100 years.

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This is the site of the old Austral company brickworks, now providing a sheltered space for homeless people who appriciate the cool shade it offers in the summertime.

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The area is now preserved as a historic site within the park, and offers some interesting shapes and textures for photographers.

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As you can see, I was there in the hot, bright, contrasty early afternoon. I’d like to try dusk or dawn, although I think it could be rather spooky.

Smoky Night in St Peters, Sydney Australia

I’ve been enjoying sharing pictures of my travels on ImageChest, however most of the time, I am in ordinary places, out and about in Sydney Australia. In this post I am going to share a fragment one of my shorter journeys, catching the train home from St Peters station in Sydney.

St Peters is handy to Sydneys trendy King Street Newton, and I am in the area on a fairly regular basis. On this night, in 2007, the journey took on an eerie quality. To the west of Sydney, major bushfires were raging, casting a red glow in the evening sky.

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Although we were far from harm in the inner city, there was a scent of smoke and an air of menace. Despite this, the night sky was also beautiful.

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My favourite image from this night is of this small shed at the end of the platform. It epitomises life in inner city Sydney. However the railway and the artistic graffiti are overshadowed by the glow of the bushfire in the night sky. The fire seems to be reminding us that however trendy we think we are, we are not too cool to be affected by the forces of nature.

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Looking back in the other direction, everything appears to be going on as normal.

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The express train roles through, taking city commuters home.

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