This is a small section of Sydney's Central Business District photographed in zoom from my apartment. The buildings in the middle with cranes on top appear to be in the CBD. In fact, they are under construction in the new precinct named Barangaroo which lies adjacent to the western boundary of the CBD. That precinct lies on land considerably lower in altitude than the CBD. The fact that the new buildings appear to match the tallest of the CBD buildings indicates just how huge are these new buildings. There are more to come.
The photograph below also appears to be of the CBD but it is in fact the suburbs of Kirribilli and North Sydney which are effectively now a CBD of their own. There is quite a bit of high rise residential accommodation amongst and a part of the officer towers.
The number of cranes indicates that this secondary CBD is thriving. The rather grand looking stone building overlooking the harbour just off centre at the bottom of the photograph is Admiralty House, the Sydney residence of the Governor-General who is Australia's Head of State when a certain Queen is not about.
The brilliant annual event that is Vivid Sydney gets underway tomorrow night. This self styled light, music and ideas festival has grown into an event that is almost too large.
(Image: Daniel Boud)
The crowds around the Circular Quay area are so huge, especially late in the week an on weekends, that movement around the displays can be difficult. However, it is such a spectacular display that it is worth battling those crowds at least once in your life.
This year's festival has been extended to 23 days which may help diffuse the crowds; if ever so slightly.
My friend took three others to inspect the property she intended to bid for and each found something about it to criticise. 'I don't want to live somewhere that makes my friends uncomfortable' she told me later.
So, that purchase is off the agenda but the search for a new home goes on.