Sydney day two featured a sprinkling of some of my favorite things, with visits to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, and the State Library of New South Wales. The day’s itinerary also included the unique experiences of a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House and a “ghost tour” of Sydney’s historic district known as The Rocks.
Art Gallery NSW
Most impressive in my opinion is the extensive collection of aboriginal art, much of it commissioned especially for the museum. This artwork is so intricate and detailed, made of a series of dots, lines and cross-hatches typically on bark or logs and telling the stories and traditions of different aboriginal tribes.
While there was a good collection of Impressionist-era paintings, I didn’t see any Renaissance works, but I knew if looked hard enough I could find something with an Italian theme:
“Town Hall and Market Place, Padua early morning” by William Callow, 1879
“Weather Clearing After Rain, Venice” by Sir Oswald Walters Brierly, 1883
Saint Mary’s Cathedral
This gothic-style cathedral stands on the site of Australia’s first Catholic chapel:
State Library NSW
The pictures do not nearly capture the beauty of this place, and if this were my home library, it would become a daily ritual for me!
These doors to the Shakespeare room looked inviting, but sadly, they were locked.
The Opera House…
Loved these costumes from Swan Lake:
…and The Rocks
We took an after-dark “ghost” tour of this district, which was a fun twist, especially if you’re traveling with older kids. While I didn’t see any ghosts, I went back to the Rocks in the daylight for a self-guided tour. As you may know, Australia was home to Britain’s convicts in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and the Rocks is where the ships would leave them. Today, the Rocks is a lively and charming historical district. Friday nights it hosts a foodies street market, while Saturdays and Sundays local merchants and artists display their goods in a street market spanning several blocks.
Caught a picture of this fellow wandering around the Royal Botanic Gardens near the library. Not something I’m used to encountering back home!