As each year, Sydney hosts the Vivid lights festival. Apart of the professional events and conference, this is also the moment when Sydney lights on on the streets and famous monument like the Sydney Opera or the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
For the first time, these 2 big and well known ships were together at Sydney (in the following picture the Queen Victoria is far beyond the Opera)
They are celebrating the 175th birthday of the company which operate them: Cunard Line.
To celebrate this birthday, an exposition displayed 71 pictures of the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
And some pictures of the exposition
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometers west of Sydney.
The Greater Blue Mountains Area was unanimously listed as a World Heritage Area by UNESCO on 29 November 2000, becoming the fourth area in New South Wales to be listed.
The commonly told legend of the Three Sisters is that three sisters (Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo) lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighboring tribe (the Nepean tribe), but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters. A major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them, but he was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back.
For the 174th Australia Day at Sydney public has been allowed to visit usually forbidden rooms at the Parliament of New South Wale
Then there has been usual festivities to celebrate the national day at Circular Quay with boats and ferry ballet and aerial show; unfortunately the weather has force to cancel the Quantas A380 flight
At about 10 km from Cairns, the Freshwater Station is the departure of the Kuranda Scenic train which transits through the mountains to reach Kuranda Village – you can also take the train from the Cairns station but this part is not really interesting as you pass through the different suburbs to reach Freshwater Station.
The construction of this 37 km long started in 1882 to be completed in 1891, with public service starting on 25 June.
The railway is composed by 15 tunnels and 55 bridges and provides a very nice view to Cairns and the Coral Sea. It has been built with the help of 1500 men.
Kuranda Station, built in 1915 and surnamed “Honeymoon Station” in 1800.
To get back to the departure (either Cairns or Freshwater), you can take back the train or use the Skyrail, a gondola cableway which pass on top of the canopy of the rain forest.
This 7.5 km long cableway was the longest in the world when it was completed in 1995.
The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns; A MUST SEE
As every year, Sydney enjoys New Year Eve with his famous fireworks – this year, the $ 7.2 millions fireworks has used 40 000 comets and 11 000 aerial shells and enjoyed more than 1.6 millions people.
And all started with an aerial show.
I have created this blog to relate my life in Australia.
J'ai créé ce blog pour raconter ma nouvelle vie en Australie.