9 April 2004
Last month, I was in Sydney for Bear Essentials, Harbour City Bears' celebration of 'beardom' as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Amongst the events was 'Investig8', a bus tour exploring the sights of the city hosted by HC Bears president, BazzBear. Apart from being an excellent intro to the city (in all my visits, this was my first ever formal city tour), Bazz Bear was heaps of fun.
The tour initially took the parade route along Oxford street then on down to the old showgrounds, the Dance party venue. After a quick sojourn through Erskineville to the christening site of a very famous bus, we (about 50 bears!) took Mrs Macquarie's Chair by storm, much to the surprise of the Japanese tourists! After traversing 'the bridge' and while stopped at its base, I snapped most of the images you see here.
The sheer scale of this infamous landmark can go unnoticed when taken within the context of the Sydney skyline. Not here though. Just look at the size of those arched girders against the man and the bus below. Or the insignificance of those bridge climbers against the arch of the bridge and the ferry far below, or against the opera house sails in the page header above.
After a stop at the lovely Balmoral Beach for lunch, the tour continued via Taronga Zoo and Obelisk Beach where some of our number took a dip. The closing leg of the day saw us cross back into the city and through Kings Cross and China Town before returning us to our start point in Surrey Hills.
And I came away with souvenirs! I won a Harbour City Bears tshirt and some 'interesting' fridge magnets; If you want to know more about those though, you'll either have to check out my fridge, or else ask me! Thanks to Harbour City Bears for a great day!
The belly of a bridge
A bridge in scale - contrast the workman and bus with the size of the bridge beams
In the big smoke
On the harbour
Bridge Climbers (near the flags)
The Imperial Hotel... Look familiar? Think desert queens!