We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Sydney in Australia. We shot in many of the city neighborhoods returning each and every night to spend time under the spellbinding arches of the Sydney’s Opera. We explored and shot video in the islands that surround the city, in Manly, in Cockatoo with its spectacular venue for Biennial taking a bus to spend the day like the locals do in Bondi Beach from where we took the 6 km walk on top of the sea cliffs to Coogee Beach.
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We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Melbourne and Victoria in Australia. We hang out and shot in the city center walking its interior shopping galleries and the artsy squares, getting lost in Chinatown, spending time in the impressive NGV admiring its Triennial and finally relaxing with a beer by the Yara at dusk. From there we took a long drive on the Great Ocean Road stopping at the Twelve Apostles and backtracking through the surfer paradise of Bell Beach toward the Mornington Peninsula.
We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in Queensland in Australia. We made our hub in the charming town of Port Douglas from where we sailed to the Great Barrier Reef where we dived and shot 4K footage underwater. From there we went to Mossman Gorge and Daintree National Forest hanging out with the crocs – kind of unfriendly. We drove all the way to Cape Tribulation and we walked several of the spectacular forest boardwalks before we returned and spent a little bit of time in Cairns.
We published an album of video frames extracted from the footage we shot in the Outback of Australia. We shot first in Alice Springs, a town in the middle of nowhere but from where many spectacular adventures start. To the name of the town are attached multiple legendary feats related to Australia. From there we left on a multiple hours bus ride through the “bush” to hike around Uluru ending the day with a sleep under the stars listening to the howling of dingos and the snorting of camels. The following days we hiked in Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, spending one more might under the spectacular show-sky of the Southern Hemisphere before we returned to Alice Springs for a some more sedate espresso cocktails on the main street.
Sydney’s harbor is dominated by the Harbor Bridge. It was built after many debates during the Great Depression keeping many people employed. It was inspired after Hell Gate Bridge in New York, the bridge that connects Queens to Randall’s island and it took about 60 years to be paid off.
Anywhere you may go in downtown Sydney you’d see the bridge in each and every picture you may take. The walk on it is as popular as a walk on NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge and if you really want to get an edge of it, for a hefty price and dressed in a special suit you can escalate its top and admire the entire Sydney harbor unobstructed. More or less the same you can get if you escalate the 300 steps of its pylon but for a more reasonable entry fee.
It is hard to get close to the aboriginal culture in Australia. In all discussions we had and asked about this we got a sense of distance between the mainly white population and its original inhabitants. Glimpses of the traditional culture of Australia are everywhere, from the traditional dot paintings to the music instruments, the boomerangs and other objects but mostly they are commercialized by “white” galleries. We tried to understand by talking with the white locals what is the exact relationship with the aboriginals but few conversations were able to shed light on this tenuous situation. I don’t know if the aboriginals who were selling art on the Circular Quai were for real but they looked that were trying to capitalize on their culture.
In any case the aboriginal art is present in all Australian Museums and represents one of the most interesting exhibits. Another aspect that stands out is the deep respect the Australians have for their veterans. The monuments that adorned their cities are just one aspect of this care and that is heavily backed by special clubs, events and a care for the health of these people. Anzac, stand for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp, and the monument in Sydneyis dedicated to the memory of those who fought and perished in the assault of the Gallipoli Peninsula in the First World War.
The most beautiful beach in Sydney is by far Bondi Beach. Large and skirting a long gulf, Bondi is the place to be if you want to be near the ocean. It even looks also like an old English sea resort with a beach pavilion in spite being just half an hour out of the city center.
But the main attraction in Bondi is the 6 km walk around the ocean on beaches and promontories that give spectacular views over the green waters and the surfers spending their days in the water. The walk starts from Bondi and goes up the coats to the Bondi Iceberg, a set of pools built right a little bit on top of the ocean where you can swim protected of jelly fish in summers but still feel like you are in the ocean.
The walk continues even through a cemetery that holds the graves of the important personalities of the area overlooking picturesquely even from the graves the green waters behind and it follows the coast to Coogee where another pavilion from other times awaits for you with cold drinks.
Just another bus hop from Bondi is Watsons Bay with its famous Gap, the preferred suicide place on the coast. The whooping dropping cliffs are meeting the blue waters that splash in powerful waves the rock in a mesmerizing show of force. The entire area is fenced cautiously and watched by numerous cameras and help and support calling stations because an accidental, or intended, drop from the top means a sure death. A short walk from there through colorful flower bushes and other beaches may bring you to the end of the peninsula where a lighthouse stands. In the background you can see downtown Sydney that you’d reach by hoping a boat from the nearby harbor.
Besides its animated center Sydney has several quaint neighborhoods with a laid back atmosphere in the spirit of Australia. Glebe is one of them with quiet alleys aligned with attached smaller houses and an intellectual feel given by the many bookstores. In Glebe live a lot of students that go to the close by University of Sydney. But to get there you pass by the spectacular fish market full of displays of fish and all sorts of marine life.
The market is right on the water and has a harbor of boats that come early in the morning with the catch of the day right near Anzac Bridge.
On a different note as the fish market are the covered city galleries, actual passages through buildings full of shops and restaurants, that crisscross many blocks in the center town. The most famous mall is the classy Queen Victoria building raised at the end of the 19th century whose through access is open all night in spite of the shops being closed. From its third floor is a impressive view of the the hustle and bustle that happen on the lower floors.