Sydney Beaches … A Walk from Bondi to Coogee

It was Good Monday – a public holiday in Australia when I did the walking adventure on Sydney Beaches. Its holiday, another opportunity for me, so I grab my chance on that holiday to come back again to Sydney. This time, I spent two days and just in the city. I arrived Sunday morning and the next day I decided to visit Bondi Beach.

The only thing that I prepared before going out that day was how to get to Bondi. Most of the time, I traveled with a definite plan, but that day, I don’t even know what I am going to do once I reached the famous beach in Sydney. As far as I remembered, I only heard the name of the beach as there are TV shows in the country where the settings used is Bondi Beach.

I left my hotel at The Bayswater Sydney before lunch time which located at Kings Cross. It’s just few minutes walk to Kings Cross Station in T4 Line. I took the train to Bondi Junction, then I took bus 381 to Bondi Beach. I know there’s bus going directly to the beach, but I have to figure out which bus stop I should hop on the bus, so I decided the easiest route which is train.

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When I reached Bondi Junction station and walk towards the bus station, I realized that it’s a Bondi Bus Interchange where other bus, stops at the same station. I find it very convenient because people will not be confused which bus to take because each bus number has their assigned gate. So I bought the ticket in the junction and queue in the gate where Bus 381 docks to pick-up its passengers.

Bondi Beach

I reached Bondi Beach and I got-off in one of the bus stop along Campbell Parade. I looked at the surroundings and I like what I had seen so far. The people in the vicinity were still manageable, not to many and not too few. So I walked a bit along Campbell Parade to see what I can find along the road, and the result, I found the place refreshing and comforting. The road on the left side has shops, cafe or restaurants and other business establishments which adds appeal to the place, while the beach and the pavilion are located at the right side of the road.

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Campbell Parade

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Bondi Beach

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Bondi Pavillion

Since it’s a beach, typical scenery were obvious, people were just lying in the sand enjoying the sun, some were just sitting in groups and talking together, some were enjoying the water by swimming and surfing, somewhere like me just wandering in the beach on a beautiful sunny day. I spent sometime in Bondi Beach and even walked around at the whole stretch of the shore so I can take different photos of the famous beach in different angle.

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Bondi Beach

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Bondi Beach from the start of walking trail

After loving my stroll around and appreciating the views of Bondi Beach, I continued my pace forward. Along the walking trail I just enjoyed the sea views that surrounds me. The walk was fascinating as the trail was not a lonely trail as there were other people does the same walk. Some did their normal walking as their working out routine, some were like tourist like me with their own cameras, some started their walks from the other directions towards Bondi so there’s counter flow in the trail. I felt admiration in the natures that I am witnessing while walking.

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At the walking trail looking towards Bondi Beach

Scenery along the walking trail between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach

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At the walking trail looking towards Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach

Without any idea, how long my walk will be and what else I am going to see along the trail, my steps still never stops, maybe because I was so infatuated with the fantastic scenery that I am seeing and every time something beautiful to be seen, my eyes, my hand and my camera automatically synchronised in taking photos.

Tamarama Beach

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So my pace never stops and then I reached another beach, I can say that Australian loves water and most of them are great in waters. Though, if I live in Sydney, I will think the same outdoor activities. The beaches and shores are not far from the city. If you don’t have car, it’s not even a problem because it has strategic public transportation system that has in place, that’s why like me still able to reach such place.

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I stayed in the walking trail, I had been contented taking photos of Tamarama beach along the trail as the scenery were more appealing to me. I stopped from time to time to rest but most of the time to take photos.

Bronte Beach

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Bronte Beach is not far from Tamarama Beach, the two beaches are close to each other, so people who chose to swim or play around between these two has options to have both.

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Unlike Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach is bigger and it has a pool in one side near rocky parts of the shore where both young and adults can enjoy.

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Up Close and Personal with Bronte Beach

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Bronte Park

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Bond Ocean Pool or Bronte Baths

After passing Bronte’s beach, park and baths, my walks continues. The distance of Clovelly Beach from Bronte Beach is quite significant. But along the way there’s two interesting stuff that I had seen. First is Waverley Cemetery not far from the cliff. Second, I witnessed a Barefoot Bowl (Lawn Bowl) game. It’s bowling played in the grass ground and swinging the ball like in bowling indoor games but the target is to get closer to the jack – a smaller white ball.  I stayed for a bit to watch how the game was being played.

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Waverley Cemetery

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Barefoot Bowl at Clovelly Bowling & Recreation Club

Other scenery to see between Bronte Beach and Clovelly Beach

Clovelly Beach

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As I was enjoying what I had seen so far in my walk, without realising that I reached Clovelly Beach. This beach has narrowest bay that I had seen in my walk and because of that, it has limited shore as its playground and the water looks deep as I had seen how the water gets darker even it’s not far from the sand. The beach has ocean pool or baths too similar to Bronte Beach just differ on its shape.

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Clovelly Beach and its Ocean Pool/Baths

Gordons Bay

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An Awe-inspiring scenery of Gordons Bay from the walking trail

How many beaches that I discovered? Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly Beach. And it seems my walk never ends. While my steps keeps moving forward, I am wondering if there will be an end in that walking trail. I felt the sun in my face and in my skin. I can feel the heat scorching in my body but everytime I saw amazing and inspiring scenery, how can I tell to myself to stop this walking adventure. In the trail, I had a glimpse of fantastic view of Gordons Bay. The water is so clear that I dreamt myself soaking underneath.

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When I reached Gordons Bay, its different from what I am expecting. It is the smallest beach with quite treacherous shore where I found raised boardwalks and small boats which said to be from local fishing club reminiscing the European fishing village which is interesting.

Coogee Beach

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Before I reached the last beach for my walk, I strolled few more minutes from Gordons Bay. I passed a park at the top of the cliff which is part of the trail. Then, from a far, saw Coogee Beach. Like Bondi Beach its a busy one. I took time for photos before I decided to end my walk. Then, I felt tired and I felt hungry. My total time for the walk was around 4 hours for the walking distance which around 6kms. as I spent time taking photos and resting for a while to enjoy picturesque views of my surroundings.

Walking at the park before Coogee Beach

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Coogee Beach

When I got full, again, I inquired where will I find the bus stop going back to Bondi Junction and after that, I walked straight to the bus stop. Waited for the incoming bus and then I found myself in Bondi Junction. From the junction, I took the train going to Circular Quay station for my next activity, though I was uncertain on the plan because of the timing, still the next adventure happened.

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Top 12 Areas Visited In Sydney

I traveled to Sydney for 4 times while living in Australia. But the commonality of these 4 trips in the city, all were short trips, mostly from less than 24 hours up to more than 48 hours. Most of my traveled in the city the intention was to just passed it except during my last flight which was really meant for Sydney.

I knew there were so much places to visit in Sydney and I thought that anyone can create a lots of bucket list because the city offers so much to anyone, to everyone. During my few trips in the city I found myself to be in the following places and I ranked them by my own reasoning and personal preferences. If you had visited Sydney and had been in places in my list, what will be your top list?

TOP 1 – BLUE MOUNTAINS

I had a chance to travel to Blue Mountains during my second trip in Sydney. For this trip, my only itinerary was to join a tour in one of the nearest mountain ranges from Sydney which is Blue Mountains and to visit one of the caves which is Jenolan Caves. Since I didn’t knew how to drive, my only option was to be part of a group tour because there was no public transportation available directly to that place. When I saw Blue Mountains, there was another dream that I was thinking at that time, if only I had a chance to explore even just part of that mountain range.

 

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TOP 2 – JENOLAN CAVES

Another part that I enjoyed was tour inside the Jenolan Caves because its one of the caves that even its being protected, the public still got a chance to see the major crystal formations even from a distance since it has tourist trail to follow. The tour is one of the best time I had while visiting Sydney or let’s say visiting New South Wales.

 

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TOP 3 TO  9
BONDI, TAMARAMA, BRONTE, CLOVELLY, GORDONS BAY, COOGEE AND MANLY

If you are fond with water scenery, enjoy water activities or just wanted to have fresh air while enjoying the walk near the sea-shore, you can select any of the above beaches. I don’t have the intention to really walk the trail from Bondi to Coogee since I have no knowledge about the trail, but because I enjoyed the scenery, I just go with the flow and  entrap with the beauty that surrounds me. I never regret that I finished the walking trail.

 

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TOP 10 – SYDNEY HARBOUR

Who does not know about Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge? These are famous icons not only in Sydney, not only in Australia but famous icons in the world. I had a chance to be here twice in my 4 trips in the city, happened during my first and my last trip in Sydney. Here’s my opinion about the place, for me, there is something  in the harbour that keeps people on coming back in the place. It’s a place that I thought I will never be tired to visit the area again and again.

 

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TOP 11 – DARLING HARBOUR

Geographically, Darling Harbour is part of Sydney Harbour. I wanted to emphasize the place since it’s not far from Circular Quay and it offers a different scenery which unique on its own. My visit here was accidental because my intention was really just pass the harbour since I was on my way to a tour. But while walking in the area, I cannot stop myself to stop a bit and enjoy the surrounding area. They usually call the harbour as the ‘Heart of Sydney’ since it’s a place  of entertainments that offers great waterfront dining. But if your intention was just to walk around the area like what happened to me, you will be alright.

 

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TOP 12 – QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING

It is the only building that I visited in Sydney. Just for this building, I was already fascinated. Sometimes I am wondering about the other buildings to see in the city, but I never had a chance to do that anymore. The way I see Queen Victoria Building or QVB, it is the mother of all arcades in Australia as it is the biggest historical arcades  that still exists today that I found while touring in Australia.

 

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Sydney on its Darkness

Though I had seen Sydney Harbour before, it still refreshing to witness it from dusk to nighttime. My first night in my last trip in Sydney was spent to walk around Opera House, Circular Quay and The Rocks after doing the Queen Victoria Building tour.

I came from Circular Quay Station and walked towards Sydney Opera House. As expected, the vicinity area has its regular visitors from different parts of the world since the place is a top destination to see while in Sydney and while in Australia.

I reached surroundings of Opera House at sunset, so the settings of the building is different from the last time I saw it last 2013. Sunset was actually a great time as it gave me a chance to have two different and consecutive time of the day to be able to take pictures of the area, one was with fading sunlight and one was at nighttime. Because of this, I got a chance to see Opera House and its location in two different outlook. The walk also gave me a chance to experiment night photography (and to be honest I’m not really good at it, just a rookie).

While I was in Sydney Opera House area, I captured photos of Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. When I  walked towards “The Rocks” area, I was able to see Sydney Opera House from a far.

Here are the photos that I produced during that walk.

During Sunset

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Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Up Close and Personal with Sydney Opera House

During Nighttime

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Sydney Opera House

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Circular Quay

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The Rocks

Next day, after my walking tour from Bondi to Coogee, the next plan was to see Manly Beach. I knew I’m running out of time and I hoped that I still able to see the famous beach but its getting dark. Though I have limited time to spare, I still grab my chance to visit Manly Beach.

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Sydney Opera House

And that being said, the second night was spent a bit in the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach and vice versa. I hopped-on in a regular ferry that goes between Circular Quay and Manly Wharf. When I reached Manly, I crossed a road and walked straight to “The Corso” – a street of outdoor markets and mall street before reaching the beach itself. But since it’s night, some stores are already closed. I move forward towards the beach, since its already dark, I haven’t seen much of Manly Beach. I had seen some portion of the shore, the ocean and the nearby buildings in surrounding areas.

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Manly Beach

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The Corso

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Manly Wharf

After sometime in Manly, I decided to go back since the next schedule of the ferry to Circular Quay was approaching. While in the ferry, the same night gave me a chance to see Sydney CBD at nighttime from a distance and I had been able to witness how Sydney is magnificent at dark hours.

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Sydney CBD and Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House

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Circular Quay

People : Music and Sunglasses

People (Post#2) : Music and Sunglasses

While walking towards Sydney Opera House, I saw other people enjoying the scenery in the area, while the others are just chilling with great music. Here is the snapshot of the band that was performing while I was roaming around the place. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Picture Frame : Sydney Opera House

Picture Frame (Post#3) : Sydney Opera House

Here are night photography experimentation of famous Sydney Opera House and I don’t have anything else to say. The photos are part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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In The Middle Of Somewhere : The Corso

In The Middle Of Somewhere (Post#8) : The Corso

After getting off Manly Wharf, I walked along The Corso, the main street of markets or street mall not far from wharf and looks to be a busy street when its day time. It’s like a lane ways of outdoor markets too where most people passed before reaching Manly Beach. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Name of the Place : Manly Wharf

Name of the Place (Post#26) : Manly Wharf

It was dark when I reached Manly Beach and because of it, I became sensitive in the time as its dark in Sydney. I don’t wanted to miss my boat going back to Circular Quay, in effect, I haven’t stayed longer in famous Manly Beach. My gateway to Manly Beach is through Manly Wharf. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Twilight : Luna Park Sydney

Twilight (Post#8) : Luna Park Sydney

While exploring night photography during my walk around Circular Quay and The Rocks, I tried to capture from a distance the one of the popular theme park available in Australia which is Luna Park Sydney which operational since 1935. The theme park has also a branch in Melbourne which recently celebrated its Centennial last 2012. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Interior : QVB’s Stained-Glass Windows

Interior (Post#9) : QVB’s Stained Glass Windows

I love interior specially, interiors of historical building. When Queen Victoria Building (QVB) has been restored to its original glory, one of the things that are noticeable is its stained-glass window at the entrance of the building at George Street. At the time of my visit, as the sun is clear outside, its display are more visible inside the building. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Sydney Beaches … A Scenic Walk From Bondi To Coogee (in “We’re the Travelers”)

Hey guys, my post for Bondi and Coogee Walk has been published in “We’re the Travelers” site. This is my second post. I hope you enjoy the virtual walk. Please visit the link below.

Sydney Beaches … A Scenic Walk From Bondi To Coogee

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Arts and Craft : Guardian Genius of the City

Arts and Craft (Post#5) : Guardian Genius of the City

One of the photo that I took outside the Queen Victoria Building is the exterior design of it. And it happened that I also captured the sculpture entitled “Guardian Genius of the City” in the middle of the building at the top of the entrance in George Street. Marble sculpture by William Priestly MacIntosh. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

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Standing upon a raised pedestal in the centre is a female figure lightly draped in flowing robes, representing the “Guardian Genius of the City”, with the symbol of Wisdom in one hand and Justice in the other. She is crowned with the civic crown and waratah wreath. At her feet is a shield bearing the city crest. On her right is seated a semi-nude, muscular, male figure, representing Labor and Industry, with the appropriate symbols, viz., wheat, a ram, fruit, and a beehive, grouped round him. On her left is a corresponding male figure representing Commerce and Exchange. A ship in full sail is shown on his left. A bag of money its in one of his hands, and the ledger book in the other. Both figures are wreathed with olive, the symbol of Peace

excerpt from Wikipedia

Discovery : The Royal Clock

Discovery (Post#13) : The Royal Clock

Another huge and mechanical clock being displayed in Queen Victoria Building is what they call “The Royal Clock”. The clock is also hang from the glass ceiling of the QVB like The Great Australian Clock. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

As per Wikipedia, it was designed by Neil Glasser and made by Thwaites & Reed of Hastings in England, and when activated, displays scenes of English royalty. The plaque on the side of the clock reads “By appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Discovery : The Great Australian Clock

Discovery (Post#12) : The Great Australian Clock

During my self-guided tour in Queen Victoria Building, one of the interesting item to see and discover is “The Great Australian Clock” which is one of the mechanical clock to enjoy inside the building. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014 collection.

As per Wikipedia, it was designed and made by Chris Cook, weighs four tonnes and stands ten metres tall. It includes 33 scenes from Australian history, seen from both Aboriginal and European perspectives. An Aboriginal hunter circles the exterior of the clock continuously, representing the never-ending passage of time.

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The Classic Time in Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

If I did not fall into IT career, maybe I took an architecture course before. I just remembered before when I was still in my rudimentary studies that I had some talents in drawing things, but that skill wasn’t developed anymore when I went to high school as my life changed and somewhat pressured to be like my siblings and be a student with flying colors so I focused in academics.

During my two-days trip in Sydney, the first day was spent in CBD. I checked-in in one f the hotel located near at Kings Cross station. I rested a bit in my room and then I started my walking adventure in the afternoon. I took train from Kings Cross Station and got off at Town Hall Station. After leaving the station, I wandered and my steps started moving but it does not have its specific destinations at first. I walked along George Street towards Druitt Street. In that walk, one building caught my attention and that is Queen Victoria Building. Maybe because it stands-out within CBD as it is surrounded by buildings and offices which emphasize the building to be unique. I had seen old structures in Melbourne which converted to a commercial space and yet it still able to preserve the lavish design and architecture of the building, meaning the building was not only preserved to be a heritage site but to be a functional building for businesses in our time.

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Exterior of Queen Victoria Building has been familiar to me. I just remembered the following structures that I saw from the past, like Provincial Legislature Building in Alberta and British Columbia in Canada and Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, all of these has a dome structure in the middle as significant architectural design of the building.

Before I crossed Druitt Street and walked towards Queen Victoria Building, I noticed the Statue of Queen Victoria which stands in one side before the entrance/exit of the building. On my way to the door, I felt excited because I was curious what to see and discover in the building. The moment I got inside, I was impressed because of how huge the building is and at the back of my mind, I am trying to imagine its size by thinking how many arcades will fit into the building. My adoration in the following arcades that I visited in Melbourne (don’t get me wrong as I still love all of them) seems to be just a fragment of admiration compared to impression that the building made on me. In terms of size, QVB is already a winner. In all the arcades that I saw in Australia (like Adelaide Arcade, Brisbane Arcade and Melbourne’s Arcades), QVB is the biggest arcades that I discovered so far. I do understand its a building unlike the arcades that I saw in other cities, but I am referring to the vintage styles of shopping stores in one place where the ambiance of the building made me felt that I was back in time between 18th to 19th century. Most of the arcades that I visited are just 2 floors but QVB has 5 floors (lower ground, ground and level 1 to 3). If people were amazed on the global brand stores that can be found inside the building, I was in awe of its beautifully crafted interiors, from its dome, ceilings, walls, pillars, windows, handrail down to its flooring.

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From the entrance that I walked-in, the first thing that I noticed on its interior are the arches and colonnades. The combination of these two are visible in most of the stores and has been functionally used as division of each establishments.  The balustrades are visible to each floor (except the lower ground) in each large openings so everyone has a chance to see other floors from any level. Though the building is being preserve to be a heritage site, escalators has been added so people can used it conveniently as it become a commercial space building too.

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My stride continues as I explore QVB, I stopped when I saw the dome ceiling from Level 1, the dome looks so elegant as the scenery are combined with arches in other floor level and balustrades that encapsulated the circle openings aligned to the dome itself. Aside from dome, I also discovered the stained-glass window with its colorful design and a fine handrails that all significantly shows Victorian Style.

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I went up to the next floor using stairs as I followed the dome ceilings and stained-glass windows. I reached the third level or the highest floor of the building where I can see dome ceiling up-close. The dome is at the center of the building, looking at the other side of the dome, the Great Australian Clock can be found hang from the glass-ceiling and it is one of the mechanical clock to be found in QVB and  while on the other side of the dome, the second mechanical clock is visible which is the Royal Clock.

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The building has different style when it comes to its flooring, from lower ground to first level it emphasized its mosaic-tiled design while in second and last level are more into carpeted floors. If the other establishments enjoys huge arches in their stores the other appreciated the stained windows in their own space, a truly crafted and elegant interiors.

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After the building tour within QVB, I went outside, I took sometime to see the building from a distance. And there I learned that the building has lots of cupolas which complimented the main dome at the center of the building. And from a distance, I saw how magnificent the building is.

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Twilight : Sydney Harbour Bridge

Twilight (Post#7) : Sydney Harbour Bridge

What can I say about this bridge? It is famous every time the new year is celebrated in the city as usually fireworks display held in the bridge. It’s fascinating to see the night version of this bridge. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014.

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Twilight : Manly Beach

Twilight (Post#6) : Manly Beach

When I visited Manly Beach, it’s already dark, therefore I haven’t seen it in day light. Due to limited time, I had been content in walking in the beach at night. The was named by Captain Arthur Phillip describes the indigenous people’s with confidence and manly behaviour and named it as ‘Manly Cove’. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014.

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Theme : Beach – Coogee Beach

Theme (Post#9) : Beach – Coogee Beach

The last beach I reached for the walking trail that I took is Coogee Beach. The volume of people I found in Bondi seems to be similar in Coogee. And seeing people in the beach, everyone was having a great time. The name of Coogee is said to be taken from a local Aboriginal word “koojah” which means “smelly place”. The photo is part of Sydney Walking Tour April 2014.

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Walking Around Sydney

After writing lots of post for Melbourne (though I still have lots in my plates for Melbourne and Victoria State), now I am moving to Sydney for the mean time where I also enjoyed a walking tour. I had been in Sydney for 4 times while I was in Australia. But some of those were just peeking and passing. If you had a chance to read some of my post for Melbourne, I mentioned that I only travel every weekend or public holiday. Why? Because I was in Australia for work and not for holiday, that’s why I grab my chance to go around the country most of the time during weekend or holiday.

And maybe you are wondering, I had been 4 times in Sydney which means I went to many places within the city, but on the contrary I had visited just few places. The first ever I landed in Sydney was during the time that I attended Music Collaboration activity and stayed in the city for at least 33 hours which happened second week of April 2013.

After two weeks, second trip happened when I joined Blue Mountains and Jenolan Cave tour for a day and I logically stayed in Sydney for 11 hours. Third trip to the city, was during my visit to Canberra for a day tour on June in the same year since its more expensive to fly directly from Melbourne to Canberra and again I spent 11 hours in the city which mostly in the airport and accommodation.

During my forth and my last travel in the city which happened last April 2014, I dedicated the trip only to to see Sydney. The plan were walk around the city in some popular areas like Opera House and Circular Quay for the second time. Next, was the walked inside Queen Victoria Building. Then followed by an adventure walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. And last but not the least was a night walk in Manly Beach.

Here’s the list of places all combined from all my walking trips to the city that I had a chance to see in this incredible metropolis down under that so popular in the world and always thought to be the capital city of Australia, even myself made that mistake before.

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  2. Sydney Beaches
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    4. Clovelly Beach IMG_4766
    5. Gordons Bay IMG_4771
    6. Coogee Beach IMG_4779
    7. Manly Beach IMG_4819
  3. Opera House and Circular Quay – First Glimpse P1080225
  4. Opera House and Circular Quay – Second Time
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    3. Sydney Harbour Bridge IMG_4624
  5. Darling Harbour P1080955

Some of the place included a post link which means there is a published article for that specific place. For the rest that link is not available,  write-up will be coming soon.