Photo Essay – Sydney

I haven’t done one of these for a while and thought it was about time I did another one.. so here you go, a photo essay of my visits to Sydney.

Sydney Harbour – often described as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world

First time I went to Sydney it was so long ago that I only had a film camera. I was in my 2nd year of a travel course and had gone over to Sydney from Christchurch for a week as part of the course. It was cool. We went to Taronga Zoo; visited Paddy’s Markets; took a bus trip around the city and had a fire engine turn up to the hotel on the last day.

I had a brief 8 hour visit during the height of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and went to the Chinese Friendship Gardens, but I hadn’t been to the city since I moved to Brisbane in 2002.

I think as soon as I landed in Brisbane it was expected of me to hate Sydney with every fibre of my being. It came down to Sydney being the ‘big city’ in Australia and everyone else has to hate it because it always got all the good concerts, all the film premieres and sporting finals.I’m not even going to get into the whole State of Origin rivalry.

Every country has that city that everyone else in the country loves to hate and Australia’s city is Sydney.

The next time I visited Sydney was en route to Hawaii in 2012. My niece was travelling with me and had never been to the city so reluctantly I agreed to spend a couple of nights there before we flew out to Sydney. I discovered a different Sydney to what I had expected and since then I have visited the city each year, usually only for a couple of nights at a time. My latest trip was for a weekend at the end of May.

So now you know my history with Sydney, I thought I would share some of my favourite photos that I have taken over the last few years.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge spans across Sydney Harbour joining the CBD and the North Shore. You can also climb to the top of the bridge for an amazing view of Sydney.

Tip: For a great view of the bridge and the Opera House, get a ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney

Sydney Opera House

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House are often used to represent Australia, the Opera House was opened in 1973 and is used for anything from concerts to plays to comedy shows.

Sydney Opera House
Fort Dennison & Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House


Sydney has a loads of amazing architecture and has kept a lot of her original buildings.

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
Town Hall clock & the Sydney Tower
The stunning quadrangle at Sydney University 

Quirky in the City

From building sites right in the middle of George Street, to hanging birdcages in a side alley, there is always something to see in Sydney.

Did you know: the Coca-Coca sign in Kings Cross is actually heritage listed

Hanging birdcages in Angel Lane, just off George Street
Loved this building site in George Street
I love that this sign is heritage listed

Street Art

There are some very cool street art places around the city if you know where to look.

Tip: The Sydney University has a great graffiti tunnel. I would recommend going on the weekend or during holidays so there are not as many people using the thoroughfare

Sydney Street Art Sydney Street Art
Sydney Street Art

Lit Up

Vivid Sydney lights up the city for about 3 weeks in May/June. There are not only amazing light displays on some of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, but loads of light installations, music and activities for families scattered around the city.

Tip: Don’t even think about driving in Sydney during Vivid Sydney. Roads will be closed and you will not be able to get very far. Leave the car at home and use public transport to get around.

Vivid Sydney Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney

Bondi Beach

Sydney’s famous beach is within easy access from the city.

Sydney Sydney

What A View

I was lucky enough to capture this view from the plane window on one of my visits


There are quite a few places around Sydney where you can get an amazing view of the harbour and the city

Go check out more of my Sydney photos at my Flickr page


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