28 January 2012

Harbour-side - Australia Day

Stepping out of the train at Circular Quay station, looking out over the railing for this view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, officially opened in 1932.  Often referred to as the Coathanger, this bridge stands 134 metres above the harbour, and you can walk that arch with a guided tour if you choose to.

The black-front building to the left of the bridge is the Sydney Cove Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Down to ground level now, and just opposite the Circular Quey ferry wharves, these Aboriginal buskers are in their same location as always.  Playing the didgeridoo, with an electronic sound-system accompaniment.  What does a didgeridoo sound like?  You can hear one on this video.




Some had gotten a good vantage point to watch the ferry-races from going up those steps and around to the harbour view, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.





The buff-coloured awnings behind the crowd along the foreshore, are overhead coverings for various restaurants, eating out.  The stand at the bottom-right had live music happening and white tables/chairs are in front of that for those who wanted to sit a while.

Structural rigging complements one restuarant's nautical theme
..and an interesting galley-door, another.

The Opera House is opposite



Yes people had watched the ferry-race from way up there too




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16 comments:

Sivinden said...

So many interesting scenes, - the bridge structure is amazing!

Koh-I-Noor (Bettina) said...

Great shots and interesting story :)

Sydney Harbour Bridge is only 13 metres shorter than the highest point in Denmark, where I live!

eileeninmd said...

Carole, I hope you had a happy Australia Day. The ferry races look like fun. It does draw a big crowd and it looks like a beautiful day to be outside. I love the bridge and opera house and it is interesting to see the Aboriginal buskers. Great post and photos. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nadege, said...

I love the architectural shots. Nice post.

CameraCruise said...

Great series of beautiful shots!
Love the first!
Have a great day.
Mette

Maple Lane said...

Amazing bridge and opera house. Thank you for sharing with us.

Jeanne said...

Carol I so enjoyed this post, all of the awesome photos here. Love the aborigine photo and the you tube of the digeridoo.. LOts of great shots of this event. Really nice~!

TexWisGirl said...

that 'coat hanger' is really neat looking, as are the nautical touches on the restaurants in the area. a pretty nice area, all the way around!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing them and your interesting information.

Liz said...

Sydney Harbour is such a wonderful place with so many great photo opportunities. Well done.
I think I am long overdue for a visit to see my big (one year older) brother.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I'm WAAAAAY too gutless to do the bridge walk - I'd much rather 'hang' and check out the surrounds as you have!! So many years since I've been to Sydney - some things have changed, but many haven't!

hannah said...

Wonderful to walk around with you.
It made me sad to learn that the architect of the Opera House never got to see the finished project. They were rather hard on him I thought.

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Amazing...thank you so much.

Julie said...

I guess I walked that same walk maybe an hour after you. I was having coffee in a restaurant at CQ at 11am. Small world, eh?

mick said...

Great photos and a very nice tour of the Harbour and surrounds.

Geke said...

I would like to walk across the bridge, not climb! :0)
Like the photo of the aboriginals buskers. The Opera house is an amazing building. Thanks for sharing.