A homage to the always gorgeous Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Summer, sculpture and the sea

It’s hard to beat these two weeks in Bondi Beach each year. The summer sun is definitely here, the beach is full, and there’s a hundred or more sculptures scattered along the coastal path between here and Tamarama. And most of these are big sculptures, even house sized!

Love them, loath them  or just bored by some of them, the sculptures liven up our coastline beautifully for a couple of weeks. The crowds sure to love them, and they make my heart sing.

So here is my homage to this years perfect introduction to summer in Sydney.

Stunning Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi

The annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is on again

This is one of my favourite times of the year, as spring is turning into summer and the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk hosts over one hundred stunning sculptures. With a backdrop of beautiful beaches, and ocean all the way to the horizon, it’s no surprise that hundreds of thousands of people visit it over 18 days each year in late October/early November. You should too.

Gallery of the sculptures.

Kangaroos and Vineyards

Kangaroos and Vineyards in Hunter Valley, Australia

Being a Sydney urbanite, I rarely see kangaroos in Australia, so I still get very excited every time that I do. Sometimes we may give the impression that in Australia there will be kangaroos bounding down major streets in the CBD and dodging street-side cafe tables in trendy suburbs, but sadly there is no truth to this. It is possible in small towns or in bush suburbs on the outskirts of the city, but not in Bondi Beach.

I was happy to discover that the vineyards of Hunter Valley at dusk are a great kangaroo spotting location, and of course the vineyard landscapes themselves are pretty nice as well.

Sculpture Garden in the Hunter Valley

Sculpture garden and wine-tasting in the Hunter Valley

It’s a no-brainer to visit a vineyard cellar door for some wine tasting. It becomes much more unique when it is surrounded by a sculpture garden, and also has a art gallery in its wine tasting area. Mistletoe Winery on Hermitage Rd is all of that, and is proudly local, boutique, and family run as well. A stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden on a sunny day is a great refresher in the middle of vineyard visits.

Where have you found surprising art or sculpture in your travels?

Vivid Sydney

 Tips for the best views (and photographs) of Vivid Festival in Sydney:

  • a great starting point is on Hickson Rd on the western side of the Harbour Bridge – walk out on the finger wharf closest to the bridge, towards the end is a great position to get shots of the bridge with the lower north shore and Luna Park in the background.
  • follow Hickson Rd around under the bridge and walk along the front of Dawes Point Park – the lights being reflected off the opera house sails are actually projected from Dawes Point Park, from the top of a large covered scaffolding (with flouro pink V on it)- when you walk in front of this and look towards the opera house, you will be able to see and photograph the bright beams of light coming into the opera house – they won’t be visible from any other point.
  • keep walking around in front of the Park Royal and then in front of the row of tourist restaurants with their outdoor seating under big sun shades – take a right up the stairs at the end of ‘restaurant row’ and then a left up the street bridge to Quay restaurant. Go up the stairs just to the right of the door into Quay, and you’ll come out on the top balcony at the front of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, directly in front of the Opera house and far above the crowds.
  • come back out the same way down the stairs, on the road outside there is a great view of the Harbour Bridge and some of the Vivid artworks on your right, and lights on other old Rocks building to your left.
  • turn left again onto Hickson Rd and then George St, when you reach the MCA take the steps down onto the grass in front of the MCA. There are continuos projections onto its walls, and Vivid artworks in front of it as well.
  • cut through the train station at Circular Quay and cross over Alfred St (between wharves 2 and 3) for great views of the lights on the front of Customs House.
  • There’s also Vivid in Darling Harbour but I haven’t checked that out yet so I can’t give you any tips for there.

If you have them, this is the time to use a DSLR or any camera that allows you manual control of aperture (Av), shutter speed(Tv) and ISO, a tripod, and a remote shutter release.