Seeing Sydney’s Sights

We discovered years ago that the best way to see a city’s architectural sights is to hop aboard one of those hop on / hop off sightseeing buses,  preferably one with an open-air, double-decker view. So one Sunday afternoon in May we boarded a bus on Alfred Street near the Cahill Expressway and off we went up and down many of the city’s major streets. Often we found ourselves a block away from an intersection we had crossed 15 or 20 minutes before. After an hour or so we hopped off at The Powerhouse Museum on Harris Street and walked past the museum,  down a ramp to the monorail station and then further down the stairs to Paddy’s Markets where we shopped for awhile and then returned to Harris Street to catch another bus which brought us back in 20 minutes to Alfred Street where we started.

My first shot after climbing on board.

We had to wait a few minutes before more people boarded the bus.

Looking up.

The New South Wales coat of arms on a George Street building. The motto is a quote from Virgil's Georgics and translates as "Thus Etruria grew strong."

I love the views you can get from a double-decker bus!

Old and New. The Lumiere residential building is on the left and Sydney Town Hall on the right.

Queen Victoria.

The Australian Museum.

The billboard reads "Smart has the brains but stupid has the balls."

Yes, they drink coke down here, too.

Market in a King's Cross park.

The Public Library of New South Wales.

Entrance to the Royal Botanic Garden.

Swinging by the Opera House.

Our bus tour provided many views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Driving past the Government House.

Sydney Hospital.

We also caught many different views of Sydney Tower.

Statue of Albert the Good outside the Hyde Park Barracks. Prince Albert was the husband of Queen Victoria.

St Mary's Cathedral.

The Powerhouse Museum.

Paddy's Markets at the edge of Chinatown.

Darling Harbour.

Near the Harbour Bridge.

View of the Opera House from the Dawes Point road under the bridge.

The Australasian Steam Navigation Company building in The Rocks was built in 1884. The architect was William Wardel who also designed St. Mary's Cathedral.

The Holiday Inn is also in The Rocks area of the city. From here it was just a couple of minutes before we were back at The Circular Quay and Alfred Street where our tour ended.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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2 Responses to Seeing Sydney’s Sights

  1. We love your photos! Sidney seems a great place!

  2. Pingback: Australia Redux | Crow Canyon Journal

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