Sydney, Australia

Wattamolla, Royal National Park

June 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On Sunday, Gisela and I walked 5 kilometres of the 26 kilometres Coast Track within the Royal National Park. We started at Wattamolla—a cove, lagoon, and beach on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney. 

4.5 km

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We parked at the Wattamolla Picnic Area and walked South, taking pictures and letting the drone fly above us.

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During our walk, we spotted two humpback whales traveling North along the shoreline.

Here more images.

 

 
 


Central Tablelands

June 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

In August 2016, we visited the Central Tablelands in New South Wales. After meeting Aboriginal Elders and visiting several Aboriginal Medical Services under guidance of the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, we explored the beauties of the Central Tablelands.

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Driving can be challenging on dirt roads.

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Airplanes and airports are often very small and everything is handled in a very informal way.

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We did not expect to see so many impressive waterfalls in a modest highland area that peaks at 1,500 metres. The "New England National Park” features a so called Waterfall Way that connects the various waterfall attractions.

 

We also enjoyed a tour of the L P Dutton Trout Hatchery that releases Rainbow Trout into the streams of New South Wales for fishing.

We were also lucky to spot the signature bird of the area, the Superb Lyrebird - the largest songbird in the world apparently. This bird can mimic man-made sounds, like a chainsaw, a car alarm and toy guns

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Here a short video of the waterfalls and the Lyrebird.

Here more images.


Vivid in Sydney

May 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Vivid, the annual lighting festival, includes performances from musicians, artists and an exchange of ideas in public debates. I participated in the "Collective Walking Tour" with Canon to get advice on the best spots to capture the beauty of the various projections--the light show on the Sydney Opera House probably being the most impressive one.

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I had the opportunity to stand next to the light projectors on the cruise ship terminal. Next to the light projectors

In 2016, Vivid Sydney was extended to 23 nights from 27 May to 18 June and was attended by more than 2.3 million people according to Destination NSW. No numbers for 2017 yet, but there were many people...

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The Harbour Bridge is bathed in light as well.

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However, Vivid extents beyond just the iconic symbols of Sydney.

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Impressive projectors provide the light for the various displays.

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Vivid displays can be seen from many angles and view points.

Small video here (mostly as time lapse):

More pictures here

This is a photographic diary of our adventures in Australia with emphasis on Sydney and its surroundings.
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