This is called the Archibald Fountain which is the centre piece at Hyde Park located right beside the St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. The fountain was designed by François-Léon Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia’s contribution to World War I in France.
Foreign and local tourists flocked here every day and sometimes by the truck loads. They usually make the monuments as a background to their photos. The monument is a good piece of art anyway and very attractive to all, the park wouldn’t be that lovely and awesome without it.
I usually dropped by here when I go the city to take photos of it but sometimes I can’t because of the number of people taking turns in their photography of the monument and fountain, just like the photos I posted here.
This is the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge that connects the Sydney central business district and the north shore and is the iconic image of Sydney. During Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, fireworks are positioned and fired below or around the bridge. Guided tours are available for those who wish to walk on top of the bridge; this is one of the many attractions of the bridge.
History, records that there was a dramatic events involved during the planning and construction of the bridge, and so the people were so ecstatic during the construction and later celebrated the moment of its final or time it was finished. Also, at the cutting of the ribbon during the formal opening, there was a man with a sword who rode a horse, grabbed the moment and cut the ribbon before the New South Wales Premier at that time could do so. The ribbon was retied and the Premier did cut again the ribbon after the military man was arrested. It was formally opened on Saturday, 19th March 1932.
Sydney is dotted with old and new buildings, standing laterally and vertically the high rise buildings symbolize modern architecture. The old buildings fascinate me more that the new ones because the former includes some form of arts in their architectural designs mostly in human forms or animal sculptures usually fronting or added at the roof tops. The new ones have a unique style that our modern architecture holds and portray a design that evolves every now and then.
Here are some photos of the buildings I took that make up the Sydney central business district busy as ever, some areas of which the old and new ones stand side by side to each other.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital or RPAH is one of the oldest hospitals in NSW and the largest hospital in the Sydney Local Health District, with approximately 700 beds (circa 2005). Here, an Australian television documentary, RPA, is filmed there and depicts the everyday workings of a major metropolitan hospital.
I came to know about this hospital in their series of television shows depicting stories of patients to doctors’ treatments of major and serious health issues, then during the winter of last year when a friend was admitted to this hospital for serious medical treatment. The building is huge, is the major public teaching hospital in New South Wales, and also the home to the largest volume of medical research undertaken within NSW.
Just click the link included here to learn more about the RPA hospital.
Another simple bridge located in Winsor beside the Hawkesbury River, recently built and named after Private Luke Worsley, born in Winsor who was killed in action in Afghanistan in late November 2007. Took this photo December last year while on our way to the Sandsculpting Championship in Winsor, New South Wales.
This is the Hampden Bridge in Kangaroo Valley a two hours’ drive from Sydney or Canberra between the South Coast and Southern Highlands. The bridge is wonderfully attractive because of its built and the most photographed in the country. It is the longest suspension bridge built across the kangaroo river and arguably one of the most important examples of bridge engineering heritage in Australia, second only to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
As recorded, construction began in 1895 and the bridge was opened on the 19 May 1898, just six days before floods washed the old bridge away, a just in time engineering feat for the community.
We were here for a weekend getaway two years ago with some friends and had a night slept at the Kangaroo Valley Glenmack Park’s cabins.
We’ve been planning to have a long driving getaway during this day but majority of our friends opted to go to nearby places to celebrate the holiday because as always, north and south expressways will be packed up with holiday makers, before and when the holiday ends. Traffic will be surely be encountered on the roads … as usual!
Popular beaches like Cronulla, Manly, Bondi, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Palm beach and other beaches close to Sydney will be full with beach goers too and so we avoided them as well.
So here are the places where we celebrated the holiday, people here are not that much, it was in Wattamolla beach where we saw heaps of people enjoying the holiday.
We arrived here early before ten in the morning, there were only ten cars parked, and one family was eating at a picnic table but moved out later. The area surrounding the parking area together with the picnic grounds is awesome, which is bounded by mountains and fronting the sea. It was cloudy with some drizzle and sea breeze was cold. The beach has big waves and not recommended for swimming but for surfing and fishing yet still was spectacular. Bushwalking is detailed in their website including bird watching and it was here where I saw big and small birds as well as feathers and remnants of dead birds, I don’t know why birds behaved that way here.
The beach has spectacular rocky shore excellent for good photography and a nice sandy beach where kids could play on. At midday, cars kept on coming and people tried to look at empty spaces where they could have a nice picnic area.
The beach seems to be in secluded area that’s perhaps the reason why two police cars were here patrolling the beach that day. The road leading to the beach is zigzagging and narrow, a two way road.
Wattalolla beach is a popular place because of its beach and fresh water lagoon, located in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Teenagers love to go here because of its waterfall, actually it is prohibited to dive from above the waterfall, and they even built a fence around it and put up warning signs of no diving but city councils can’t help it, teenagers still are there gleefully diving down.
There is also the beach for those who love the sea, watch waves big and small, swimming and fishing and the lagoon connects the river into it. Picnic grounds are available too, and it was full.
While the rest of our friends went swimming I decided to go bushwalking. It was here where I encountered some flowers and plants that I haven’t seen before, and another stunning rocky river with awesome view. I can’t get any good photo of this place because of some teenagers (boys and girls) sun bathing on top of the rocks that dammed the water before falling right below.
Sea Cliff Bridge
Before going back home, we passed by the Sea Cliff Bridge because some guys in our company haven’t seen the place yet. Again, there was no available parking area here, we finally got parked in a park about 800 metres away from the bridge.