A walk across Sydney

After wandering around cities from Auckland to Marrakesh today I walked across the Sydney CBD from Potts Point to the S H Ervin Gallery to see the Salon des Refuses.

Boot camp at bottom of  McElhone Steps

Boot camp at bottom of McElhone Steps


The boot camp still operated on McElhone Steps from Potts Point down to Woolloomooloo. Press ups at the bottom of the steps then the participants ran/puffed up the steps with the encouragement of the trainer, who stayed at the bottom.

Near Harry's Cafe de Wheels

Near Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

The first change I noticed was the removal of the fence at Woolloomooloo near Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. New seats have been installed so now we can enjoy a pie with an uninterrupted view of the harbour.

It is always a risk walking up the steps beside the Art Gallery of NSW as one usually has to negotiate a boot camp then the lunch time joggers on Art Gallery Rd.

Lunch after a visit to the Art Gallery

Lunch after a visit to the Art Gallery

There was a group of small school children eating lunch in the Domain with coffee drinkers, more joggers and a team of footballers.

Sydney Domain

Sydney Domain

Then passed the State library of NSW and another exhibition to visit next time.

State Library of NSW

State Library of NSW

Groups of language students/tourists with clip boards in hand were taking notes in O’Connell St and Australia Square.

Students with clipboards and cameras

Students with clipboards and cameras

Then a new food court under the Wintergarden building.

Food courts have improved.

Food courts have improved.

I have often gone on free walking tours in other cities but it had never crossed my mind that I could also do this in my home city.

Free walking tour guide

Free walking tour guide

He told me that often Sydneysiders went on his tour and ended saying they saw bits of Sydney they did not know about. Free Sydney

Then up Jamison St and a building I had not previously seen as I guess I had never really looked up.

I had no idea the top had been added much later.

I had no idea the top had been added much later.

The though the underpass beneath the approaches to the bridge, more joggers and a young woman doing her exercises, oblivious of passersby.
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Finally a sign I was arriving and another group running up the Agar Steps and then immediately back down again.

No photos were allowed in the Salon des Refuses Exhibition but some very interesting pictures which to my untutored eye could easily been part of the Archibald finalists.

A good citizen and trusted representative

A good citizen and trusted representative


A walk back to the city passed this monument in York St. I wonder if any politicians would have this said about them today.

The Spring Flower Show in David Jones Department Store.

Perhaps a walk of being a tourist in my city should become a regular activity.

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12 responses to “A walk across Sydney

  1. It’s funny how we can travel the world but forget to be a tourist in our own home. I remember when my kids were young we stayed home during a school holiday and explored our local region. We ate take away food and had treats as if on a far away vacation. The only thing we didn’t have was the expense of accomodation. We all had an amazing time and learned a lot about what was where we live. Glad your day was so much fun.

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    • Sydney has so much to offer, as do other Australian places but so often we walk passed so many thing we would stop and look at and even photograph in another place. You are so right, time I made visits to different parts of Sydney a regular event.

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  2. Beautiful photos. Does the “Free Guide” get paid by the city or rely on tips? Yes food courts have come a long way, haven’t they?

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  3. If you saw my last post, you are not alone in wondering about the pale colour. Chris felt he was tuning in to her spiritual side, and Rosie loves yellow as it was Luke’s favourite colour. Glad you managed to see it! ❤

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  4. Great day to explore the city. We overlook what is close to us.

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  5. Jan Hume

    Looks like I’ve got a bit of catching up to do when I return. But sounds like the Salon des Refuses will be over by that time. I would like to do a Free Walking Tour.

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  6. I’m thrilled you managed to get to see the Salon Exhibition, but sorry you couldn’t take photos! We shall see it on 9th October down here at Mornington. Loved your tour of the city, bmpermie. ❤

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    • It was your post that actually got me to the Salon des Refuses. I am ashamed to admit I had always meant to go but… I liked your partner’s portrait of Rose Batty but I wonder about the choice of pale colours as she seems to me to be such a strong woman. You can see how little I know.
      It is a great compliment to be in the small number chosen for this exhibition from so many that didn’t make the Archibald finalists.
      Thanks for your comment.

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