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Cockatoo Island is a great place to explore.

Located in Sydney Harbour at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, it’s just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.  Pete and I visited the Biennale exhibit there a couple of weeks ago, and were so blown away by the island itself that I felt it deserved a post of its own.

Sydney turned on her shiniest spring weather for our trip.  The free Biennale ferry took us past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge. We really do live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world…

The 18ha (44 acres) island operated as a penal colony in the mid-1800s, and as one of Australia’s largest and longest running shipyards from 1857 to 1991.  The view from the restored houses at the top of the cliffs is breathtaking…

The island was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010…

The dock below was built by convicts in the 1800s…

The island is a huge seagull nesting site – I didn’t want to get too close with my iPhone camera to the dark coloured chicks, many of whom were nested on the ground in the care of their parents.  The sky was full of gulls, riding the winds…

Some of the old buildings are still standing, although many were demolished when the shipyard closed in 1991…

The island is dotted with heavy machinery from a previous era…

…and remnants of its penal colony past…

There are two tunnels cutting through the cliffs from one side of the island to the other.  We weren’t sure if the lighting in this one was utilitarian or an art installation…

Cockatoo Island is a fascinating landmark, and definitely worth a visit if you ever get a chance.  The ferry ride alone is worth the trip!

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Allow me to take you on a virtual tour of my home city – in chocolate!  I found this fabulous chocolate mould at a local supplier, and I’ve been playing around with it.

Luna Park..is just for fun!

The only amusement park in Sydney, Luna Park was built in the harbourside suburb of Milson’s Point in 1935, and has been operating on and off ever since.  It’s an astonishing piece of real estate, located right on the edge of the water.  I have fond memories of spending time there as a teenager…

Photo source: Wikipedia

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The most famous building in Australia – the Sydney Opera House – rendered here in Callebaut 811 dark chocolate.  This magnificent landmark recently received World Heritage recognition as one of the architectural wonders of the world.   Seeing it is one of my great joys whenever I’m in town.

There’s more information than you ever wanted to know about the Opera House on their website.

Photo source: Wikipedia

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately known as “The Coathanger”, is the world’s widest, and fifth-longest, spanning arch bridge.  Opened in 1932, it provides a link between Sydney’s northern suburbs and the CBD.

We now have a tunnel under the harbour as well, but the bridge is still busy twenty-four hours a day…

Here are some photos Small Man took a few years ago during an excursion into town…quite artistic for a (then) nine year old, don’t you think?

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Since 1810,  Hyde Park has provided Sydneysiders with a large expanse of green right in the heart of the city.  As well as the Archibald Fountain, Anzac War Memorial and some wonderful old Moreton Bay figs, the park also houses a giant chess set, which has been well used since it was built in 1972…

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Sydney Harbour is in constant motion – full of boats and yachts, including the Sydney Ferries, HarbourCats and sailing boats. In the photo below you can see a glimpse of how it all fits together – the ferries, Luna Park and the Bridge.

Photo courtesy of TravelSmart Australia

And…don’t laugh…here’s my slightly tragic attempt at a chocolate diorama of Sydney Harbour. Oh, alright, go on then, laugh..my boys did..for about two seconds before they devoured these!

PS. That’s a chocolate hydrofoil in the middle of the photo – not a whale!

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