Sydney snippets… 3 day roundup, Art, Architecture and Gardens…

We have settled in to our Airbnb accommodation in Bondi Junction, our hostess, Shona, has welcomed us like one of the family.

Our Airbnb accommodation.

Our Airbnb accommodation.

It is only a 10 minute walk to the railway station and from there, with a $2-50 senior pass, Sydney is at our beck and call.

The weather has been perfect so here is a roundup of what we have done in 3 days…

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First a visit to the NSW Art Gallery. Can you see Jack?

It can be very tiring being a tourist

It can be very tiring being a tourist

After a morning absorbed with the beauty of art it was time for lunch.

Across the road in the Domain is the Domain Kiosk.

A favourite place for lunch

A favourite place for lunch

Now to immerse myself in the beauty of nature.

Follow me into the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

Follow me into the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

I have over 100 photos, the light was superb for photography, so I have many more to show you at a future date.

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Suddenly from a blue sky a summer storm passed over. Torrential rain for 10 minutes and every one ran for cover under the huge, spreading Morton Bay Fig trees.

It past as quickly as it came.

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No visit to Sydney is complete with out walking past these 2 icons.

Day 2 was again perfect weather so this time we visit another favourite, the Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour.

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We had lunch in the garden Restaurant and then spent hours wandering around, sitting, sketching and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of these beautiful gardens.

Leaving the Chinese Gardens we walk through Darling Harbour to catch a ferry round to Circular Quay.

 On the way we pass under the “Old Coat-hanger”

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Cruise liner in port

Cruise liner in port

In Circular Quay we see this cruise liner tied up. This is not the one we are going on but I imagine ours will also be this big.

Day 3 we take a train to Surry Hills and wander around the galleries and interesting boutique style shops.

Then catching another bus we search out the UTS (Sydney university of technology) to see the Frank Gehry designed building. I will do another post about this amazing building, but will just give you a preview of the building here.

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We have walked miles and our legs feel at least 6 inches shorter. We have one more day before we join our cruise to New Zealand. So this will be my last post for about 2 weeks. I will miss visiting you all and will probably have internet withdrawal symptoms.

By the way Jude, you may notice quite a number of benches scattered around…



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27 thoughts on “Sydney snippets… 3 day roundup, Art, Architecture and Gardens…

  1. How did I miss this one? 🙂 You must be almost due an update! Happy Easter to you and Jack, Pauline. I hope the cruise met expectations. You could just leave me in that Chinese Garden 🙂

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  2. And you are going on a cruise! Woo Hoo! Have wonderful time. It is a fabulous experience crossing the Tasman Sea! Bon voyage!


  3. So lovely and brings back great memories of visiting many of these wonderful places!


  4. You seem to have been very busy enjoying yourself 🙂 However, I am surprised that up close, the Opera House does not look as big as I have always thought it was and how I have seen it from afar in photos. It is still as striking, though.


  5. These photos are WONDERFUL! I love those windows jutting out left and right. This looks like such fun! And having lunch among the flowers. How lucky! You’ll be missed. Later… 🙂


  6. What a great post, as always introducing me to familiar places! I loved the rain photo: I’ve had a few experiences of those intensely sudden Sydney storms. I’m looking forward to more on the Frank Gehry building. Relish the cruise – those ships are an almost obscene size.


  7. Wonderful pictures and architecture around town…


  8. poppytump

    Bon Voyage Pauline ! SO much in Sydney to enjoy ! It ticked all the boxes for me on our visits some years ago . You really bring it alive and back all fresh to me with your photos . Will be back for another peek later too .


    • Thanks Poppy we love visiting Sydney, always something to explore. We leave on our cruise in 8 hours, I’m excited!!!!!! Will be back in blogland approx. 14 days, bye for now…..

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  9. I love these pics of Sydney. Have a wonderful time! 🙂


  10. The Frank Gehry building looks fascinating…. And I must say, the Japanese gardens look most inviting 😀


  11. Thanks for sharing your Sydney trip, your photos are great and I love the garden and architecture 🙂 Enjoy the next stage and see you when you get back 🙂

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  12. What a wonderful trip for us through the city. Thank you! I especially enjoyed the Gehry building–almost like a melting sand castle at the beach. Have fun on the big boat!


  13. I was only in Sydney once and the gardens are still seared in my memory – stunning! Your photos helped bring some of that back and make me want to return. Loved the photo of the rain – what a downpour!


  14. Wonderful photo shares, Pauline. The Frank Gehry building reminds me a bit of Gaudi’s wavy architecture in Barcelona. Love that beautiful bird sculpture! have lots of fun. 🙂


  15. I did indeed PP and I had a wee rest on each one of them 😀
    What did you think of the Gehry building? I only managed to glimpse it from behind and wasn’t too impressed. You have got some good images of it and thanks for showing us the building from all angles – I am a Gehry fan, but not convinced this is one of his best. Maybe because it is overshadowed by other buildings around it.


  16. Have fun, and yes you are right about the ships internet being expensive. You might find a cafe somewhere with free wifi to run off a ‘hello how are you, wish you were here, with no photos post. But then again maybe you will enjoy the quiet of being offline lol


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