Saturday, 31 March 2012

Early morning walk in Sydney

One of my favourite activities when staying in Sydney is to take an early morning walk around the Harbour area and return to the city via the Botanical Gardens.

As I wander it provides a chance to gaze at some of Sydney's most iconic sights, commune with nature and look back in history.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and one of the fast ferries waiting for passengers

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most photographed attractions in Sydney.  Opening in March 1932 its construction took more than 1,400 men 8 years to build.  It greets me as I arrive at Circular Quay and wander past the ferry depot.
Today the Bridge carries an enormous amount of traffic as people travel between the city of Sydney and the North Shore.   Some of the best views can be experienced from the top of the Bridge if you're game enough to go on a Bridge Climb.
The Bridge also forms an amazing backdrop to Sydney's New Year celebrations each year.

The iconic Sydney Opera House

Designed by Denmark’s Jørn Utzon the Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Its a masterpiece of modern architecture and recognised all around the world as being located in Sydney. So much so that it was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in June 2007.

 For some strenous exercise many people run up the steps

The Royal Botanical Gardens cover 30 heactares of prime land at the edge of Sydney Harbour and around Farm Cove.  The Gardens historically created a buffer for the Governor from the general public, which of course in those days consisted predominately of convicts.  They were opened to the public in 1831, and now many people enjoy their beauty and serenity.

View towards the Botanical Gardens from the Opera House steps

Throughout the Garden there are a number of featue gardens, an extensive collection of trees and a range of flowers and art.

One of the many sculptures within the Botanical Gardens

The Garden is also a haven to a range of wildlife and birdlife. You can find out more information on the various species on the Garden's site.

At the entrance to the Botanical Gardens

The gardens near Macquarie Street

There are also a range of building within the Gardens including Government House, Herbarium, Pavilions and a Garden shop.

Walking back to the hotel I love to wander through the streets close to the Harbour where many lovely old buildings remain.

One such building is the Justice and Police Museum  which was a historic police and court building between 1856 and 1886. Today it holds an archive documenting police investigation and other important records proving insight into NSW's social history.

The Museum of Sydney building blends the history of Australia's first Government House with modern architecture. Interestingly it is also the first point of contact between the Gadigal people and the British arriving on the First Fleet.


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