Holiday, Sydney 0 comments on Vivid Circular Quay

Vivid Circular Quay

I mentioned the Vivid Festival in Sydney on BrizBunny – a festival of “light, music and ideas”. I accidently got to see all of this because Mrs CannibalRabbit went to see Mary Poppins with a friend and I tagged along. Circular Quay was abuzz with tourists and Sydneysiders coming to see and photograph the lights.

Literally all of Circular Quay was lit-up. Circular Quay station, the two AMP buildings and the Four Seasons Hotel were all illuminated by series of different coloured floodlights. All of that on top of the laser show playing on the Sydney Opera House.

Vivid Circular Quay Sydney Night

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: PENTAX K20D
  • Taken: 4 June, 2011
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 3200
Sydney 1 comment on AMP Sydney Tower

AMP Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower

This Sydney icon can be referred to by many names: the Sydney Tower [^]; the AMP Tower; AMP Centrepoint Tower; Centrepoint Tower: or just Centrepoint.

The Sydney Tower stands at 305m tall, making it the second tallest free-standing building in Australia, Q1 on the Gold Coast is the tallest.  The tower is the third tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere, behind the Auckland Skytower [^], and Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.  This is despite the fact that the observation deck on the Sydney Tower is 50m higher (at 250m) than the one in the Auckland Skytower [^].

Sydney 0 comments on Two Queens Crossing

Two Queens Crossing

The Two Queens Meet in Sydney Harbour
The Two Queens Meet in Sydney Harbour

This was the purpose of our visit to Sydney – to watch the passing of the two Cunard Queens.

Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Victoria pass Fort Denison.  The number of people on the water and on land watching the spectacle was truly amazing.  As the two ships began their pass they began sounding their horns, culminating in a simultaneous blast that was audible for around 16km (10 miles).

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Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess in Circular Quay
Sapphire Princess in Circular Quay

Once the Queens had given up the prime position in Sydney International Passenger Terminal Sapphire Princess moved in.  The Princesses look nice, and big, but somehow they are missing the allure of the Queens – even the 40 year old QE2.

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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria at Circular Quay
Queen Victoria at Circular Quay

The Queen Victoria dock at the Sydney International Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay.  From this angle she appears to dwarf the Harbour Bridge.  The funnel on the Queen Victoria won’t fit under the bridge by about 20 feet.