Sydney

Sydney is one of my favourite cities. So much to see and some great architecture with the Sydney Opera House right up on the top of my list. I spent a couple of days there recently and here are some shots I took. The history is fascinating so you can read about it here if you are interested.

“[Jørn] Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology… a building that changed the image of an entire country.”

 

Wrecked

The HMQS Gayundah, Woody Point, Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia

How nice it is have this ship wreck only a 30 minute drive away. HMQS Gayundah was a flat-iron gunboat operated by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force and later the Royal Australian Navy (as HMAS Gayundah). She entered service in 1884 and was used to protect the coast line with its many bays and estuaries. In 1903 became the first warship within Australia to use wireless telegraphy. In later years, the Gayundah became a tender sea ship and a mine sweeper.

In 1921, she was decommissioned and sold to a civilian company and was stripped and converted into a gravel barge and used in Brisbane until the late 1950s when she was scrapped. In 1958, Gayundah was run aground at Woody Point near Redcliffe to serve as a breakwater structure. She is now a rusted shell and it may be a sad ending but Gayundah still protects the Australian shoreline from erosion, well for a little longer at least.
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