Sydney — the iconic and the unexpected

It was a long time since I had been to Sydney. I was there in a previous life, when the trips were about conferences, meeting people, chatting in pubs and over dinner. This time we were tourists, wandering and meandering through Australia’s oldest and biggest city. Not the the capital city, mind you. That is Canberra, deliberately built half way between Melbourne and Sydney because the leaders at Federation couldn’t decide which should be the capital.

You all know that it is built on the Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. You know that the Sydney Harbour Bridge spans from one side to the other.

The harbour like a glittering jewel (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)
The harbour like a glittering jewel (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2014)

You also know that the Sydney Opera House sits grandly on the edge of the harbour.

You can see the age of Sydney in its  narrow and higgedly-piggedly roads. We have terrace houses in Melbourne, but not many of them are built on odd triangles of land nor right onto the footpath.

If yard space is small, then take over the footpath!

There were other little delights that caught my eye, like these words of the Garigal tribe that owns the land that Sydney is on….

….or these charming little sculptures in the rocks near the Manly beach.

And look, I even found some artists working outdoors! In a later post I will show you some of the sketches I did on the trip, the first ones outside. So it was great to find some others who were brave enough to work in public!

10 replies on “Sydney — the iconic and the unexpected”

Lovely seeing Sydney from a visitor’s perspective 🙂 Even if the weather was a little chill and dull. It amused me to see the AMP Building I work in visible in the background of your Opera House pics… you looking at it and me looking at you…, and Chippendale is quite near home although not as close as a couple of years ago when it was our neighbouring surburb. I love the terraces and inner city street scape.


You do live in a beautiful city, EllaDee.

It is interesting to see what visitors find. Sometimes, when I go past people taking photos, I wonder why they are taking a photo of that building, street scene, etc. But there is something that has caught their eye. And maybe people walk past me and think exactly the same!

How funny to think that you might have been looking out the window as I was taking the photo!


Would you believe I’ve only been to Sydney once, and that only for 2 days on the way back from an overseas trip? Having spent a year in Europe, surrounded by truly old buildings/cities, I found Sydney completely alien. Your pics make me think I should give it another look though. 🙂


Definitely worth a visit, Meeks. I really enjoyed wandering — lots to explore. And I think I appreciated the history of the city more than I have in the past.


Nothing like a good natter, so let's have a chat!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.