S: Australia 2012
BC: DEPARTED | AUSTRALIA | 22 MAR 2012
FC: Sydney,Australia March 2012
1: SYDNEY | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 13 MAR 2012 | is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea.
2: I can't believe it!! I am finally going to a place I have dreamed of ever since I was a child...a place where kangaroos roam, where I will get to hold the cutest sleepy bears (or marsupials) in the world and a place where the ocean is full of amazing world renowned reefs and sea life. Australia...I MADE IT!!
3: After quite the long flight, Heather took me to Surry Hills, NSW. We freshened up a bit in their one bedroom loft apartment, then we hit the streets...!! | View from the Apartment | Central Station
4: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957.
6: MRS. MACQUARIE'S POINT The point offers a breathtaking view of the harbour with both the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge providing the perfect backdrop for picture taking. This place has been made famous as a "getaway" spot for Elizabeth Henrietta Macquarie (1778-1835), wife of Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824) who was Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. A rock formation on the point, where Mrs Macquarie used to sit, is known as Mrs Macquaries Chair. It is said that if you sat in Mrs Macquaries Chair and made a wish there was a great chance your wish would be granted.
8: COASTAL WALK | new south wales | 14 MAR 2012
9: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.
11: The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a combination of beaches, parks, and spectacular views. The walk has been around since the 1930s and is still one of the hidden gems of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. It is about 6k long and includes Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, and Coogee Beaches.
12: WAVERLY CEMETARY is situated on dramatic coastline and has some amazing ocean views. Dominated largely by white marble headstones, this graveyard is home of many famous Australians.
14: COASTAL WALK | new south wales | 14 MAR 2012
15: COOGEE BEACH is a beautiful, bowl-shaped beach popular with the locals and tourists alike. The surf is more sheltered than some of the other beaches already encountered, so is ideal for families and swimming.
17: sydney harbor bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbor since it opened in 1932. It is the worlds largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Bridge has always been the focal point.
20: SYDNEY TOWER | is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland's Sky Tower, though Sydney Tower Eye's main observation deck is almost 50 m (164 ft) higher than that of Auckland's Sky Tower). The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
22: ColourConference | SYDNEY
23: COLOUR CONFERENCE At the very core is a strong humanitarian message. Our passion and labour is to place value upon womanhood, so that we in turn can arise from a place of strength and cohesion and place value upon fellow humanity.
24: The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love - Christine Daaé. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island not knowing what is in store for them.
26: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA
28: FEATHERDAIL Established on 7 acres of land originally purchased by Charles and Marjorie Wigg in 1953, Featherdale has evolved from a poultry farm into one of the best privately own wildlife parks in Australia.
29: FEATHERDAIL WILDLIFE PARK
32: BLUE MOUNTAINS KATOOMBA, NSW
36: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year. Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colourful in spring and refreshing in summer. The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour.
38: Farewell Australia... until next time....