Photos: Vivid Sydney 2013

Vivid Sydney 2013 is on at the moment. Each year they expand the number of buildings and things to do, and this year they have included the Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour in the displays. Last night I started from Milsons Point and walked across the Harbour Bridge to get photos of the city and Opera House lit up.

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Photos: Hiking Wahroonga to Mt Kuring-gai

I spent today hiking 16km from Wahroonga train station to Mt Kuring-gai station via Bobbin Head in the Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park.

The hike starts out with a 3km walk from the station through the suburbs of Wahroonga to the start of a fire trail. It is always fun walking through an urban area with hiking boots, packs and poles. The first section of the track proper is a fire trail that runs along a ridge for a few kilometers before narrowing and dropping into a track that runs along Cockle Creek through to Bobbin Head. Along this first fire trail we encountered a very small red belly black snake that we initially all stepped over assuming to be a branch. After having lunch at Bobbin Head we then continue on the trails that run alongside Cowan Creek before climbing up to Mt Kuring-gai.

The photos below show some of the highlights of the trip.

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Adventures in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This afternoon I went with a mate for an adventure through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park which is north of Sydney. Below is a selection of photos from the adventure. The afternoon was spent randomly stopping on the sides of roads to take photos, racing down small hiking trails, and a bit of bush whacking. The highlight of the trip was coming across a wallaby.

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Photos: Happy 2013 New Years Fireworks from Sydney

Happy New Year!

For this New Year’s Eve a friend of mine won us tickets to be on the Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay for the midnight fireworks – giving us some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge. Because we couldn’t access the expressway until 10.30pm we watched the 9pm fireworks from Observatory Hill.

All up the evening was fun, and different to previous years which have been spent at Barangaroo. Observatory Hill would be a great place to watch both sets of fireworks, it doesn’t have the best angle on the bridge but you can see a lot of the harbour. While the views from the expressway were great, not staying in one place the entire evening was rather annoying, and we learnt that crowds of families push forward in lines worse than most young people do! A little bit of extra excitement was also added to the evening when something caught fire just before midnight in Circular Quay sending flames and smoke high into air.

Below is a selection of photos from the evening.

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Photos: Warragamba Dam Wall Walk

For the first time since 1998 the Dam Wall on Warragamba Dam has been opened to the public.

I went up today with a few friends from uni to check it out. The dam itself is impressive in it’s height, the water is over 100m deep on the storage side of the wall.

After grabbing lunch we headed down to the Nattai lookout to check out the views of Lake Burragorang. A set of photos of the day are below.

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Photos: Sculpture by the Sea 2012

This morning I went down to Bondi Beach to check out Sculpture by the Sea.

I did a pretty good job of getting in before all the crowds, although, there was still many people along the coastal walk.

The photos below are just a mere sample of the many sculptures along the walk between Bondi and Tamarama and it is well worth checking out in person over the next three weeks.

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Photos from 18th Biennale of Sydney

I spent yesterday at Cockatoo Island exploring this year’s Biennale of Sydney.

My favourite installation was of a Chinese classroom where some of the desks had animations projected onto them telling a story.

Below are a few photos, however, the Biennale is best experienced in person. It is free, and runs until mid September.

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