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.
These photos were taken at Circular Quay in Sydney one late afternoon. The buildings are those that rises up high visible as far as Harbour Bridge. We visited Watson Bay in Sydney at that time, had lunch at the Opera House and after a brief photography at the Sydney Botanical Garden, it was already late in the afternoon, the sun is about to set off, and so this was the spectacular result – golden glow all over the high rise buildings where the sun’s ray penetrates and reaches them out.
This is the Featherdale Wildlife Park located in Western Sydney, now a prime tourist attraction here and the best wildlife park in Australia. It was just a poultry farm in 1953 and now holds a lot of enormous collection of Australian mammals, birds and reptiles.
I’ve been here two times now and the last was when a friend held a birthday party of his first born son at the function room inside the park. I would recommend for you to visit it someday. I noticed that visitors love most to get closer to the Australian animal icons like Kangaroos and Koalas, fed and touch them more than any other animals, and the crocodiles, they’re just curious to see them especially when they open up their big mouth.
Inside the zoo, birds do abound, they have native birds including eagles, owls, brolgas, emus, cockatoos and lorikeets. Also they have penguins, marsupials including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, bilbies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and, of course, koalas and reptiles including, crocodiles, lizards, snakes and frogs. They even have a farmyard with an assortment of farm animals for the kids to watch, become familiar with and feed. Do you love the wildlife, too?
A day before the Queen’s birthday last year we decided to visit the Nan Tien Temple which is about 80 kilometers south of Sydney in the city of Wollongong. We travelled even though the weather was somewhat not cooperating because it was cold, showering at times, and windy, but when we were at the shrine we’re surprised to have then a sunny day for the duration of the visit.
The temple has become the most popular tourist attraction in that place. History recorded that the hilly land where the temple was constructed was donated by the Australian government to Master Hsing Yun of the Fo Guang Shan, a sect of the Mahayana Buddhist based in Taiwan.
Nan Tien temple literally means the “Southern Hemishpere Temple” and is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere, the construction was completed in 1995.
There’s a feeling of comfort, calm and reverence when inside the shrine much more when inside the Pagoda, a towering seven story structure, and at the main temple both of which they require that all shoes of pilgrims and visitors be taken off before entering the temple.
The architecture of all the structures inside the compound is somewhat distinct to each other because they incorporate several styles of Buddhism; those in China and Tibet. The gardens in the compound are Japanese in style, too. The statues and shrines are from Southeast Asian color schemes.
What attracted my attention for both the Pagoda and main temple were those thousands of tiny statues of golden Buddha on their walls and I know for sure that they are precious, carefully and delicately laid down.
The temple is huge and heaps of visitors were here when we visited it and the car park was full, too.
Lorne Pier is another stunning beach front for swimmers and fishermen alike in Victoria. We had a brief stopover in this place when we travelled down the Great Ocean Road. Actually, it isn’t an ordinary pier and as the buildings up the road implied visitors come here most often to enjoy the place with complete eatery and lodges to complement their travels, most notable are the Grand pacific Hotel and Lorne Hotel.
Pier fishing is popular in Lorne Pier as well as salmon, silver trevally, garfish, squid, pinkies or barracouta. As we have seen when we arrived here, some anglers enjoyed their day fishing down the alley walls of the pier. The weather was good, sunny, and not too windy.