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Sydney, Australia July/Aug 2018

The Final city in my Australia Visit was Sydney. Flew into Melbourne direct from Vancouver, hopped over to Perth and Flew out of Sydney direct back to Vancouver.

No Particular order of the pics. I really liked the city, probably cause I got to spend more time it edged out Melbourne. It had a much more big city feel and coastal city vibe and was significantly warmer.

Welcome to Sydney - the airport has two separate terminals one for domestic where I arrived and one for international where I departed, each one has its own train stop. The train was probably less than 15 minutes into town.










Loved the double decker trains but not so great with Luggage but they have seating you can use without navigating the stairs on the train



Something new just outside the Kings Cross station, the area I stayed in, it's within 20 minutes walking of the CBD, the Opera House etc, great area to stay in.



recently refurbished - there is a multi level grocery store in the 2 basement levels


the CBD in the distance










this building sits between Darlinghurst and Victoria, Victoria was full of restaurants and some retail, Darlinghurst had some but not as much as Victoria




Bondi Junction - Oxford street is pedestrianized here






Westfield Bondi Junction










the food court has an amazing view from the patio








Bondi Beach
















seagulls will pounce you
















the residential area of Bondi
















kings cross/darlinghurst area












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ibis at Martin Place


Martin Place - the new Metro will have a stop here












Pitt Street Mall






















a glimpse of the Queen Victoria Building, which is on George Street which is where an LRT is being installed. The QVB, the galleris and the westfield are all interconnected underground as well and interconnect with Town Hall Station which is super busy.








inside the QVB - first visit, everything was just closing up, it was 6 pm on a Monday












Town Hall




Back to Darlinghurst, Church on Darlinghurst


Oxford street - Taylor square






that was basically day One
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Martin Place












Circular Quay




Ferry to Manly












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Luna Park was closed to the public cause google had booked it for a private function for 3 days




























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this installation at Taylor Square is to celebrate 40th anniversary of the sydney mardi gras and protests












The Galleries, mixed retail, home to Muji












finished tracks for the LRT






its quite beautiful inside, a mix of retail and restaurants






















Victoria Street, Darlinghurst


















part of a large hospital




Oxford street - Paddington










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Great pics. I'm one of the few people whose initial impressions of Sydney were negative. The first five or so times I visited I was put off by the hordes of tourists and large contingent of people who seemed to be there for the scene, rather than to work. It reminded me as a mix of the worst of Los Angeles and Vancouver. I've since come to appreciate the city by avoiding the touristy neighborhoods and getting to know many locals. The best parts of Sydney are English inspired neighborhoods like Glebe and the quiet northern suburbs. I still hate Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Bondi.
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Your pictures really give the impression that Australia's major cities have maintained a good balance between historic preservation and the shiny and new. Was that your impression? If so, isn't that truly one of the hallmarks of the best urban areas?
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Fantastic & very comprehensive photo set! The first group of photos up until about Bondi looked like it could be somewhere in North America. The city seems to have an interesting mix of architectural styles and influences but also quite distinctly Oceania for sure. Thank you for sharing!
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Your pictures really give the impression that Australia's major cities have maintained a good balance between historic preservation and the shiny and new. Was that your impression? If so, isn't that truly one of the hallmarks of the best urban areas?
Yea there was a good mix and a good amount of older buildings. Coming from Vancouver where pretty much everything old was demolished and replaced it was nice to see.
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Back to Bondi Junction, Oxford street is pedestrianized here.

















darlinghurst


little japanese cafe tucked away


underground passage - town hall station >> the galleries


Myer - large department store
















Martin Place


















Pitt Street


Forever 21 was closed, apparently they were pulling out of Australia after bring unable to succeed down there, looked like a sports store chain was going to take over the 2 level space, woolworths grocery store had already taken over the basement level which closed earlier when F21 downsized



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Walked to Darling Harbour






not the greatest quality but this is where there is a convention centre




















this was a remnant of the monorail


The Star - a large casino with shopping, dining, hotel etc.


across from the casino


the LRT at the casino stop




some shopping centre on george street


Central Station








LRT stop
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Australia's best and most iconic city, imo.
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