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Sydney Day 2

Friday 8 September 2017

Fine and mainly sunny in Sydney, but a little cooler than we have been used to, at about 18 degrees.

Today was to be a cultural day with a visit to the Botanical Gardens book-ended by visits to the Irvin Gallery to see the Archibald Refuses (those that missed out), and the NSW Art Gallery for the Archibald Portrait Prize finalists. From Wynyard Station we walked to the Irvin Gallery located on Observatory Hill, stopping in the Cafe for a morning coffee before looking at the portraits that had missed out as finalists in the Archibald Prize. From here we walked down to Circular Quay and on to the Opera House for lunch at the Opera House Bar on the Concourse.

After lunch we walked through the Botanical Gardens on our way to the NSW Art Gallery to see the finalists in the Archibald Prize for Portraits. While the Irvin Gallery were not concerned about photos being taken the NSW Art Gallery stipulated "No Photos", although that did not seem to stop the mobile phones coming out occasionally. Not so easy with a larger DSLR camera. A feature at both galleries was a selection of Young Archies as they are called - an exhibition of portraits done by children aged 5 to 18 years - some of them were very good.

After having an afternoon coffee we headed back to Wynyard Station via the old Sydney Hospital and Bird Cage display in Angel Lane.

We walked about 10 km today.


The Sydney Observatory.


A view of recently renovated terrace houses from Observatory Hill.


The Irvin Gallery on Observatory Hill in Sydney.


Some of the Young Archies at the Irvin Gallery.


More Young Archies at the Irvin Gallery.


Ben Quilty - painted by Luke Cornish.


Head in a box - self portrait by Sally Robinson.


The Captain and Paul - painted by Donald Keys.


Nelson and Phoenix - The producer and the star of the movie Red Dog - painted by David Darcy.


Australian Hotel in the Rocks area of Sydney, built 1914.


The Opera House from Circular Quay.


Circular Quay from the Opera House.


Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour, built 1857.


Boats large and small on Sydney Harbour.


HMAS Hobart - lead ship of the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers - entered service 2017.


Floral display at the Botanical Gardens.


Those sisters at the Botanical Gardens.


Sydney CBD from the Botanical Gardens.


A lake at the Botanical Gardens.


Wollemi Pine at the Botanical Gardens - One of the world's oldest and rarest trees.


NSW Art Gallery.


Il Porcellino (Bronze Boar) located outside the old Sydney Hospital.


Bird Cages in Angel Place - Public Art?

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