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Images from Surry Hills, Sydney

A couple of months back, a friend was visiting from Hong Kong. I hadn’t seen him in a number of years. We went for breakfast at the iconic Bill’s Cafe (my first time) in Surry Hills. Even though I hadn’t seen him in ages, we were giggling like little kids.

There are a lot of the cool creative agencies located in Surry Hills.  So as you can imagine, it is a hub of creativity. I love the area. It’s an old working class suburb that feels alive,  imaginative and slightly bohemian. There are great restaurants and bars, interior design studios, art galleries and cool coffee shops where the beautiful people hang out.

So we went wandering around, taking snaps of the area and stopping for the odd cup of coffee.

 

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Pics of the Day: Maroubra sunset

To clear my head I went for a walk down to Maroubra beach. It’s a winter day, but it was a clear, crisp and unseasonably warm. With not many people around, the atmosphere was calming and slightly ethereal. Here are a couple of pics from my little sojourn. It was also my attempt to look professional. I took my tripod, which looked a bit silly with a micro four thirds camera plonked on the top. I hope you enjoy.

Kids playing

Maroubra at sunset

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Images from Maroubra beach, Sydney

Maroubra cube

In my post, New Beginnings, you’d have seen that my family have moved to Maroubra (there are also a few extra pics in Slow cooked lamb shanks in Sangiovese). Maroubra is a beach suburb in the east of Sydney. Unlike Bondi and Coogee, it hasn’t been over-developed. It still has a slightly shabby and untouched feel, although I am not sure how long this will last. There is talk of development going on very soon.

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting to know it a little better. I’m only starting out on this photography lark, so please excuse me if they are a little amateur (some of the photo blogs I visit are breathtaking and very inspirational). Comments/advice most welcome.

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Snap happy in Hyde Park, Sydney

There’s something magical about Hyde Park in Sydney. It’s surrounded by old majestic buildings, has old majestic trees running through it, is steeped in history and is frequented by so many interesting people. And it’s smack bang in the city.

It’s a great place to wander round and snap happy. Below are some photos I have taken recently as I wandered lonely as a cloud. Hope you enjoy them.

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Stunning south coast of New South Wales, Australia

Three hours south of Sydney is Jervis Bay. The Bay beaches are world famous for their white sands and crystal clear waters. The protected beaches and marine park make for a tranquil getaway. My family have been there every year since arriving in Australia eight years ago. We love it because it is still relatively unspoilt. There’s amazing camping in the national park at Greenpatch, a state run site right next to the beach. At the other end, there’s ample choice of luxurious villas.

At Easter we went to a place called Currnajong Point on Lake Canjola. We only went for four days, so hired a villa. Here’s a few photos of the beautiful south coast of New South Wales.

 

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The Easter Show, Sydney
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Having fun at the Easter Show

The Easter Show, an iconic event in Sydney that’s every parent’s nightmare. At it’s heart it is an agricultural show, but they’ve cleverly laid the site out so that all the rides and candy and goodie bags and all the fun stuff that has nothing to do with animals are situated at the entrance. Kids enter the grounds goggle eyed and overwhelmed by the cacophony of sirens and bells and flashing lights. And so begins pester power at its most powerful. The dollars disappear out of your pocket by the second.

I’ve avoided it for years, but the last two years I got free tickets from a good friend. And you know what? I’ve really enjoyed it every time. Yes, I eat my words.

My kids love it. And for that reason so do I. But I also love it because it’s a photographer’s paradise. There is so much to take.

Here’s my take on the Easter Show.

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Images from beautiful Centennial Park, Sydney

Centennial Park is a stunning oasis only a few kilometres from the Central Business District in Sydney. It has everything for everyone. It’s the place I go to cycle, to play with the kids, to walk, have a bbq or chill out. Below is a selection of images from Centennial Park I have taken since living in Sydney.

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