Sunday, 27 March 2011
Sydney Architecture Walk
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Today I went on a walk called "Harbourings". It explored the western edge of the city, around the grittier side of The Rocks, and the finger wharves of Walsh Bay. Come with me over the next few days for a glimpse of this fantastic walk with our engaging guide, architect Eoghan Lewis (visit his architectural firm, Supple Design).
First stop was this triangular patch of public space, Macquarie Place Park between Bridge and Loftus Sts and Macquarie Place. Eoghan set the scene for the walk here, explaining how Sydney's thoroughfares followed the natural ridges and landscapes of the city. This place, a perfect camp for the Indigenous inhabitants, was a short walk from fresh water (the Tank Stream spring) - along the track which became George Street, and the harbour with its northerly aspect and prevailing cooling in summer, warmign in winter sea breezes.
The sandstone buildings in the background are the Education Department (left) and lands Department (right). The obelisk was erected in 1818, and is still the point from which distances in Sydney are measured. I have blogged it previously - see here.