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What whale watching is really like

Last year, I decided to take my Mum on a whale watching trip for her birthday (experiences over material gifts, and all thatπŸ˜‰ ). Neither of us is passionate about sailing and being out on the water in general, but we had a fantastic time nonetheless. Here’s what I learned from this adventure πŸ™‚

  1. There are different kinds of whale watching trips – pay attention to the type and size of the boat. We went on an inflatable speed boat, seating around 20 people. This is pretty small for a tourist boat, and it makes for quite an intimate experience.
  2. The trip out to the ocean and back takes a little bit and can get boring. This is where being on a speed boat really paid off because it’s one of the fastest ways to get out to sea. It’s also the most fun!
  3. Whale watching involves a lot of sitting on a boat in the middle of the ocean (for me, this is far enough so that you can’t see the shore). The smaller the boat, the more sensitive it is to ocean swell, even mild one. Be prepared for seasickness. πŸ™‚
  4. I wouldn’t count on taking amazing pictures. πŸ™‚ The photos in advertising materials are always the best of the best shots taken over the years, so adjust your expectations. While you’ll most likely spot whales on your trip, it will not be a full breach, but something a bit less spectacular. But make no mistake – seeing even a small part of these majestic animals up close is breathtaking. You don’t want to miss it because you were tinkering with your camera.
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Cityscape

Before & After

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Around the hood

Spring is here! This is Australia, so it was never too far away, but for the last month or so the flowers started budding like crazy. Lots of magnolias, but also wild freesias, and tons more that I can’t even name. And the animals! I didn’t manage to capture any on camera, but I saw so many birds – cockatoos (obvs!), kookaburras (❀️), lorikeets, bush turkeys, plus rabbits and even a fox! 🦊 And that’s before I go for a walk to our little pocket of bushland (that’s what we call a native Australian forest). It’s totally green and lush and feels like you’re a million miles away, even though it’s 5 minutes (not a typo) from my house.

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Landscape

Sunday walk

We had a beautiful Sunday, the weather begging to go outside. So we did, but instead of our usual playground or beach, we tried to pick an out-of-the-way spot. We ended up going to one of Sydney’s historic sites with old gun placements, which happens to have beautiful ocean views as well. Some people were walking and running nearby, but everyone was keeping their distance. In the end I’m glad we went, because late on Sunday a new round of social distancing measures went into place, and it looks like this will be our last such outing for the foreseeable future.

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Food

Mmm… donuts 🍩


Looking for great donuts in Sydney? Try Short Stop in Barangaroo – the Matcha one is my fave of the bunch πŸ˜‹

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iPhone Landscape

Dee Why

Dee Why you ask? No idea πŸ™‚ Sources point to a note made by an early explorer in his notebook, where he marked the spot as ‘Dy’.

Evening at the stunning Dee Why. It’s a beach a few kilometers north of Manly (one of the two iconic Sydney beaches). Frequented more by locals then tourists, it’s much smaller then Manly, but has some really nice features — two playgrounds for kids, a large grassy field perfect for picnics or games (pictured πŸ˜‰ ), a bike path, golf course next door, ocean pool, cafes and restaurants, and last but not least amazing views all around.


This image was taken with iPhone X, edited in Lightroom CC, my new fave app ❀

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Cityscape

After dark

During Vivid Sydney, the city truly comes to life after dark with famous landmarks and ordinary buildings illuminated with bright, colourful lights. A stroll through The Rocks and all the way down to Dawes Point will guarantee breathtaking views almost everywhere you look!

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Cityscape Photography

Under the Bridge

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It’s hard to take your eyes off the Opera House during Vivid Sydney festivitial, but if you do, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Harbour Bridge.

 

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Cityscape Photography

Vivid Sydney #2

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Finding a good spot to photograph Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney festival was a bit challenging. The area around Overseas Passenger Terminal (a site opposite the Opera House) was jam-packed, but fortunately a bit further, towards the Park Hyatt hotel, the crowds were smaller and I was able to find a spot directly by the water. I guess it didn’t help that I decided to go on a Friday πŸ˜‰

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Cityscape

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is a light and music festival, which illuminates streets, and city landmarks every winter. The most spectacular piece of all is lighting the sails of Sydney Opera House. Breathtaking on it’s own, the Opera House comes to life after dark with fantastic images and music. The festival is over now, but if you’re planing to visit Sydney next year make note of the dates Β – you don’t want to miss this!