Probably the most beautiful city on Earth


The first time I landed in Australia two years ago, the Qantas flight circled the harbour and I got a glance of the most majestic city I have ever visited. I did not get to photograph too much of the city the last time, so I vowed to spend a good portion of my time here behind the lens.

In my first two days here I walked the city, twice! I started my day with a workout in a popular King’s Cross health club and then the pilgrimage started. From kings cross, I walked down to the Woolloomooloo Naval Yard and through the Royal Botanical Gardens. The botanical Gardens are enormous and house rare tropical plants from all around the world. As I walked through an area with tall trees, I heard a mysterious noise above me. I looked up and saw thousands of bats hanging upside down. This time of year, the gardens are home to a huge number of flying foxes.

The heat was almost unbearable. If it wasn’t for the amazing shots I was getting, I would have called it a day at this point, sat in an air conditioned pub and grabbed a pint of Australian Lager. Instead, I laid under a tree in the Botanical Gardens next to the Opera house and attempted to cool off and recharge.

After laying and enjoying the view for a while, I strapped my gear to my back and kept moving. I walked the perimeter of the Opera house, through Circular Key and to “The Rocks”, the area under the bridge closer to the city. As you will see from the images below, there is not a single bad angle to this bridge. It is an architectural work of art. I then worked my way up through Old Sydney and up onto the bridge, which was the climax of the day. The views from up here are out of this world.

From the imagery below, you will see why this is one of my favourite cities in the world. I loved this walk so much in fact, that I repeated the exact route the very next day!

Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

Circular Quay

Circular Quay

The Rocks

The Rocks

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

Old Sydney

Old Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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