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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sydney's Eastern Suburbs Coastal Walk (Bondi to Coogee)

The rugged coastline of the Eastern suburbs of Sydney is quite rightly renowned for its magnificent coastal walk. The walk meanders between Bondi Beach and Coogee for six kilometers across scintillating cliff tops, through shady parks, alongside sparkling beaches, even skirting Waverley Cemetery, which just has to be the most scenic of cemeteries anywhere.

Starting from the justifiable world famous Bondi Beach, the walk passes the famous Bondi Baths, a tidal swimming pool that is home to the famous Iceberg Winter Swimming Club. Originally built in 1887, the current structure has been in existence since 1931.

The path then winds up through Hunter Park and then Marks park both of which provide splendid cliff top views of the ocean, the cliffs and Bondi beach before skirting Tamarama Beach through the Gaerloch Reserve.

Tamarama, nicknamed Glamarama by the locals due to its propensity to attract swimmers and sunbathers who wish to be “seen” also attracts many surfers. Dangerous for both the inexperienced swimmer and surfer, the narrow beach lies between two headlands, has deep water and faces directly east towards the incoming swell. An offshore rock shelf intensifies the often heavy swell which creates the waves the surfers are seeking. The Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club, formed in 1906 prides itself on not having lost a life despite the fact that more rescues per thousand are executed than any other patrolled Sydney beach. 

Around the next headland lies the popular Bronte beach which is home to the world’s oldest life saving club formed in 1903. Bronte is named after Lord Nelson who was also held the title of the Duke of Bronte in Sicily which was bestowed upon him by King Ferdinand.The beach which adjoins Bronte Park has both an ocean pool and a rock pool at its southern end making it a popular place for families despite the frequently dangerous surf.

 From Bronte, the pathway follows the cliffs towards Clovelly passing the spectacularly located Waverley Cemetery on the the way, which opened in 1877. Stuffed with Victorian and Edwardian monuments, the cemetery is the final resting place of several notables including Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton. A new pathway now circumvents the cemetery purposely restricting access in order to prevent damage. 

Passing the enviable positioned Clovelly bowling club in Burrows Park, the pathway winds down to the small but popular Clovelly beach located on a narrow inlet. The beach which also features a tidal swimming pool, is a firm favourite with families due to the safe swimming and snorkeling possibilities. 

Just around the corner from Clovelly, is a beautifully clear inlet known as Gordon’s Bay which has Sydney’s only underwater nature trail marked by 700 metres of chain. Small aluminium fishing boats line the head of this green watered inlet that is naturally popular with snorkelers. 

There follows a climb up to a sandstone headland known as Dunningham Park, which has views extending beyond Coogee to the south. Coogee itself soon comes into sight as you pass the memorial to the Bali bombing. With a rock pool at its northern end, an ocean pool at its southern end and a long sandy stretch in between Coogee is a popular beach for all and the second largest of the beaches on the walk after Bondi. 

Several of the parks on the walk have public BBQs and there are lots of places to picnic or sit and gaze on the magnificent coastline, watch the surfers always on the lookout for the “big one” , swim in the ocean or one of the swimming or rock pools, or simply laze on the beach and watch the world go by. Naturally, along the course of the walk there is no shortage of places to take refreshment of one kind or another.
Bondi Beach, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach
Bondi Baths, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
Bondi Baths
View of the rocks and Bondi Beach from Hunter Park
 
View from Marks Par, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
View North to Bondi from Marks Park

Tamarama Beach, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
Tamarama Beach
Surfing the rip at Tamarama, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
Surfing the rip at Tamarama
Bronte Beach, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
Bronte Beach
View South towards Waverley Cemetery, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
View South towards Waverley Cemetery from Calga Reserve
 

Pathway past Waverley Cemetery, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, Australia
The new pathway circumventing Waverley Cemetery
Coogee Beach

Sunday, June 02, 2013

St Patricks Day has been observed in Australia ever since the Governor of New South Wales Lachlan Macquarie declared it an official day of celebration. Every year a parade is organised by the St Patrick's Day Parade Organization. Australian Irish comprise almost 10% of the total Australian population so it is not surprising that Irish traditions are maintained in this way. 
Watching the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Watching the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Children waving at  the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Children waving at  the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

St Patrick's College Band, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
St Patrick's College Band, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Girl in fancy dress, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Hot rod motorbike, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Hot rod motorbike, St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

Crowds at the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney
Crowds at the St Patrick's Day Parade, Sydney

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Bali's Galungan Festival

Galungan is the most important feast and festival to place on the Indonesian island of Bali. The festival occurs every 210 days and lasts for 10 days, the last day of which is known as Kuningan. It is a Hindu religious festival when the Balinese Gods visit Earth, as do the dead who are welcomed by the prayers and offerings of their living relatives. Kuningan is the day that the Gods return to their spiritual world.

Galungan always starts on a Wednesday, but the holiday usually begins the day before when a “penjor” is constructed by each household and food and offerings are meticulously prepared. A penjor is a long bamboo pole which is decorated and erected outside the house. The effect is very decorative and creates a festive atmosphere.

A Penjor during the Galungan festival, Bali
A Penjor during the Galungan festival, Bali
A Penjor during the Galungan festival, Bali
A Penjor during the Galungan festival, Bali
A woman carries a basket of fruit to the temple  during the Galungan festival, Bali
Woman carries a basket of fruit to the temple
during the Galungan festival, Bali



A woman enters the temple
during the Galungan festival, Bali

Boys on the way to the temple, Galungan, Bali
Boys on the way to the temple during the Galungan festival, Bali

A Gamelan(musical ensemble) plays during the Galungan festival , Bali
A Gamelan(musical ensemble) plays during the Galungan festival , Bali

Praying in the temple during Galangan, Bali
Praying in the temple during the Galungan festival, Bali

Balinese girls carry offerings to the temple during the Galungal festival, Bali
Balinese girls carry offerings to the temple during the Galungal festival, Bali

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sydney's Opera House

Sydney's Opera House
Sydney's Opera House

"The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, opening in 1973 after a long gestation that had begun with his competition-winning design in 1957. " - Wikipedia

Undoubtedly, once of the most photographed landmarks on Earth and it is not difficult to see why.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two Famous Landmarks

Sydney Harbour Bridge & the Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge & the Opera House

Two of the most famous landmarks in the world are Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.As they are close to each other, they can be captured in a single photo as here. The Opera House was opened in 1973, but the bridge has been there since 1932 and until 1967 was Sydney's tallest structure.

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Motorcycle Mechanic, Chinatown, Bangkok

The Motorcycle Mechanic, Chinatown, Bangkok
The Motorcycle Mechanic, Chinatown, Bangkok
The streets of Chinatown in Bangkok are bustling with people working. Many streets concentrate on a particular article or service. For example there are whole streets selling car tyres, other streets carrying out sheet metal activities, a street clutterd with engine parts and a street selling just shoes. It is a truly fascinating area and you never know what you are going to find around the next corner. Just about each time I go I find something different. This guy is a motorcycle engine and worked on a street selling motorcycle tyres and wheels. He was kind enough to let me take a photograph.

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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Bangkok History - Fort Phra Sumen, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok

Fort Phra Sumen, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok
Fort Phra Sumen, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok

Phra Sumen Fort is in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok. It is one of the original forts that were built to protect the Chao Phraya from invasion.It was built during the reign of Rama I in 1783 and is one of only two remaining forts from the original 14. Fortified with cannons, the fort sits on the confluence of the Chao Phraya River and the Banglamphu canal.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Give us a wink

VW Beetle with Eyelashes
VW Beetle with Eyelashes
I was wandering around Phuket Town when I came across this new VW Beetle resplendent with eyelashes. To say it is cute is a little of an understatement.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sunset over Surin Beach, Phuket


Sunset over Surin Beach, Phuket
Sunset over Surin Beach, Phuket
  Another sunset picture this time taken at Surin Beach in Phuket. Taken from a new bar which has just opened there called Salt. It is owned by the same people who own Peppers bar in Cherngtalay.
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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Sunrise over Phang Nga Bay, Phuket


Sunrise over Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
Sunrise over Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

Amazing sunrises and sunsets are a feature of Phuket and because sunrise is not too early, it is not too much of a hardship to get up and go take some photographs. This picture was taken at 6:53 in the morning. The sun had actually risen but was hiding behind clouds and creating a wonderful golden hue.
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