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Old October 20th, 2008, 02:19 PM   #1
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SYDNEY: Stunning harbour city

I've had a few requests to repeat here on SSC a series of posts re-visiting Sydney, Australia's greatest and most densely urban city (pop 4.3 million) . Here they are:

I called this : Without the Harbour Whattya Got? (these are from Dover Heights, near South Head entrance to the Harbour ):














Up there, the Harbour glistens at the end of every street:










Unusual Dover Heights house:













From Kincoppel, the Sacred Heart above Rose Bay on New South Head Road














South Head:











But we were staying on the Lower North Shore: house with a wonderful view from Little Sirius Cove in Mosman, above the historic Artist's Camp site, where famous painters Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin and others did their thing in the early 1900s


It's a beautifully proportioned skyline, which has grown up immensely since we were last in this house. The Boyd Tower will be among the big additions to this view:














































North Sydney from thereabouts:






Post 2: 'I Have A Dream'


Newtown - in Sydney's Inner West - has developed a tremendous 'vibe'. Suprised at how gentrified the streets behind have become too since I was last here, when it still had a pretty gritty feel.






























Corner pubs and the former Red Light District:


I want to tell you that i was never really a boozer - but now that the Australian Hotels Association is no longer able to suppress the more intimate and civilised forms of drinking and dining I have developed a whole new affection for the corner pubs of inner Sydney - with their tiled walls and framed period beer posters.


There are hundreds of them, and they add immensely to the local 'feel.'


This is The Cleveland in Surry Hills:













And the fashionable East Village off Palmer Street East Sydney is a pub with a history. When it was The Tradesman's Arms (the old name still visible) an outsider would take his life in his hands to go in here during the 'Razor Gang Wars' of the 1930s'






The Tradesman's Arms was the drinking hole of crime queen 'Tilley' (Matilda) Devine's gang during their sly grog and prostitution wars with rival Kate Leigh's mob centred in nearby Surry Hills, just up across William Street.


These were the red light lanes of East Sydney, once dark places thronged mainly by sailors and lonely migrant men brought out for the Snowy Mountrains Scheme, and forced to seek the dubious charms of some of the worst-looking women you'd ever see.







But, wonderful sandstone Sydney, it's all gentrified now:















A couple of scenes from what was once Kate Leigh's territory in Surry Hills: The car's a Ford Zephyr
















Surry Hills Dude:




Getting in Touch with My Inner Tourist

Fort Denison






In Australia we take these two great structures too much for granted






The old World War 11 vintage hammerhead crane on the Garden Island Naval Base





so blue





Art Gallery of NSW





opposite





from Darling Harbour




Across Darling Harbour












The Pitt Street Mall in the CBD is a great success - in that without vehicle traffic you view the heritage buildings as never before. This singer was pretty good too.













arcade of more recent times



1,2,3...




The wonderful Strand Arcade






Mrs B and I spent some time discussing whether there is anything elsewhere in the world quite like the Queen Victoria Building, and while there may be (it would have to be in Italy?) ...with quite a few cities behind us, we just couldn't think of any.














Conclusion


Well, we're in a city so lush here that you can feel your toe-nails growing.













Sydney does not have the construction levels of Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Melbourne or even Perth at present - but there's a lot of catch-up involved in that imo.


As an outsider, I could see immense progress in the city since I was last here.





It's been a while since we'd driven into Sydney - so we were unprepared for the M5 motorway and tunnels which swept us straight into the city and across the Harbour without a stop - not the draining 60-70 sets of traffic lights you previously had to negotiate between Liverpool and the city.





I guess it was the constriction of the streets that made Sydney councils reluctant to embrace pavement dining for a long time: About 8 years ago a Sydney visitor looked at the thousands dining out on Fitzroy Street in my home suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne and said: 'We don't have anything like this in Sydney.' Well, that's no longer the case. It's everywhere there.

We loved the Manly Pier re-development, which is buzzing at all hours, has excellent food and atmosphere: This is a single poor night shot as I don't have a tripod.





I keep mentioning the light:






One of the things that Sydney has preserved wonderfully is the greenery on the Harbour Foreshores.






One reason that so much foreshore bushland is preserved is that since colonial times vast tracts of it have been owned by the military.




North Head






Thank heaven for posterity , the guy the previous Howard Government appointed to sell off a lot of redundant military installations around the foreshores chose to do it very judiciously. In the main, the land has been preserved, along with the historic gun emplacements - of which there were once 41 around Sydney Harbour.











At Chowder Bay, the old naval ammunitioning depot on Middle Head, a lot of military buildings have been converted to artists studios, with cafes down by the wharves. It's a lovely place to walk down to for breakfast.











So many people get hung up on the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry. Personally, I'm delighted that we have both of them, and that they are so very, very different.






I actually think Sydney's natural rivalry as a city should be with Hong Kong: an edge it has perhaps lost with the scale of economic progress in China. But Hong Kong (and this is just a personal preference) has never been one of my favorite cities - partly for its sense of constriction, something to do with the rootlessness behind its treaty port colonial history, and maybe because in the past I think some of the most brash kind of Australians tended to gravitate there.

Ian Fleming (James Bond author) would have disagreed: he wrote a book calling HK the most exciting city in the world. I just very much prefer Sydney.











The rest of this is just some leftovers from previous topic areas, as I reached for a spread of areas.


Surry Hills:






Art Gallery of NSW:




Double Bay:






Queen Vctoria Building









CBD:












Newtown: backstreets








famous Bondi Beach:



















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Old October 20th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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Awesome city and pics!
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Old October 20th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #3
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If Australia were closer I would have gone by now! I don't think a lot of Americans realize how beautiful Sydeny is. I'm surprised I don't hear more about it besides the bridge and opera house.

Thank you for sharing!
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Old October 20th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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Very nice pics
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Old October 21st, 2008, 12:04 AM   #5
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Simply the most stunning city in pictures. Sydney is the reason I registered to SSC. I would do anything to visit.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 04:53 AM   #6
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Great pictures. I want to go to Sydney some time. I'll have to look at your pictures again some time while looking at a map.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 02:51 PM   #7
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Newtown is the lesbian district, isn't it Bronteboy? The [nearby] University of Sydney certainly adds a lot of flavour to the city.

Amazing photos.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 03:09 PM   #8
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A beautiful pictorial homage to the city I always have to come back to even though I love Paris, of course, can't wait to see London again, almost wet myself with excitement in NY, get all romantic in Prague, was overwhelmed by the sad grandeur of Budapest, wear my eyes and feet out in Roma, etc, etc, etc, I am always so anxious to get back home to Sydney.
Thanks for those amazing pics from a suddenly homesick Sydney-sider, even though I'm sitting in the middle of it right now.
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Old October 21st, 2008, 03:11 PM   #9
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REAL nice angles man. love this stuff
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 03:10 AM   #10
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You got to some great neighbourhoods there. And some great density shots too!
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Looks amazing. Those little alleys remind me of Boston and Philadelphia. Nothing in the US can match Sydney. With regards to the landscape and topography, the city reminds me a bit of San Francisco and Seattle but with a distinctive east coast period of architecture (like Philadelphia and Boston and a little New Orleans) thrown in. I wish the West coast of the US was older and had rowhomes like that it makes a great blend!

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As i said in ohter thread... there is no other city like Sydney in the world... its so unique, spectacular setting and simply picture perfect....




you would not mind in spending $4-$5M at least to have abode with a stunning view like this - would u?
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 07:23 PM   #13
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Amazing city!
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the Dover Heights home is breathtaking.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #16
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Spectacular insight on the city!
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Old November 30th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #17
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Wowww..amazing thread. It's difficult to see a city like that..very diverse, with a huge mix of people, thousands of great beaches and so amazing constrast with nature and great buildings!!

It will be my home next year..i'm excited to go!

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omg those pictues are so awesome!! very very good job!

sydney ist just BEAUTIFUL
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Simply amazing!
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Old December 9th, 2009, 06:30 AM   #20
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great city, great photos. Hopefully it quickly recovers from its current disasterous ecconomic and governmental prediciment
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