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Sydney - Day 3 - Barangaroo Reserve

Sunday 6 September 2015

As the weather had improved while we were looking at Elizabeth Bay House we decided to have lunch at a local restaurant in Pott's Point, after all it was Father's Day and the girls celebrated with a Champagne, as did the boys. After lunch we started with a walk around Woolloomooloo, then walked across the Domain on our way to Barangaroo - In all we walked about 10 km.

The Barangaroo Reserve is one of the largest urban renewal projects in the world, and transforms a 22 hectare container terminal into public open space. The new headland park was opened by Premier Mike Baird with Paul Keating by his side. Many people had contributed to the park, but it was Paul Keating who pushed, demanded, cajoled, badgered and insisted that instead of preserving the archaeological heritage of Sydney's docklands, we should look further back to the time of settlement. No-one would be surprised that Paul Keating is still taking the credit for the development.

Barangaroo was the second wife of Bennelong, from the Wangal clan, who was a go-between for the Aboriginal people and the early British colonists in New South Wales. Barangaroo was a member of the Cadigal clan. While Bennelong spent considerable time in the British settlement in Sydney, Barangaroo maintained her way of life with her people. Barangaroo died shortly after giving birth in 1791. After travelling to England in 1792, Bennelong returned to Sydney, living on the Parramatta River until his death in 1813.

Sunday was a spectacular public opening of the Reserve with a picnic, music, food, and art. We joined the masses to see what it was all about. After circumnavigating the Barangaroo Reserve we continued walking around the foreshore past Walsh Bay to Circular Quay.

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Part of Australia's Navy.

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Woolloomooloo pier development.

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Barangaroo development.

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The old Port Tower has been retained.

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A cruise ship in town.

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Barangaroo foreshore.

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Opening day Picnic.

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Opening day picnic area.

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Recycled pallets.

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Packer's Casino development.

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Di with Jan and Andy.

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Braziers to keep every-one warm.

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Aboriginal flag on an old ketch.

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Di and Jan pondering the next move.

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Stairs to the Stargazers Lawn.

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A tug going to move the Cruise ship on its way.

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The Barangaroo development has made extensive use of cut stone blocks.

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The Borrodale on a ferry run.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge coming into view.

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Even Sydney has its circle of standing stones.

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Pilot boat heading to the cruise ship terminal to escort the Dawn Princess out of the harbour.

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Port Tower still dominates the Barangaroo Reserve.

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David, Jan, Di and Andy with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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NSW Port Authority Depot at Walsh Bay.

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Beware of Falling Rocks.

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The Opera House.

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The Coat-Hanger again.

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Government House from Circular Quay.

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Dawn Princess heading out of Sydney Harbour.

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Dawn Princess and the Opera House.

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Circular Quay Ferries.

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Andy and Di waiting for the photographers.

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Old Whare-houses near Circular Quay.

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Old buildings re-cycled as restaurants.

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Cadman's Cottage circa 1817.

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Captain William Bligh 1754 - 1817.

Posted by TwoAces 03:50

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