For your viewing pleasure, some aerial pictures of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Our first two pictures are from a northern approach- We can see Manly beach at the bottom of the first shot, with the city and North Sydney towards the top of the picture as well as the Sydney Harbour Bridge which spans from Dawes Point to Milsons Point.
The second shot is taken roughly from above Vaucluse and gives us an excellent view of the harbour and various bays between the headland and the city. The Sydney Opera House can be seen occupying Bennelong Point, just below and to the left of the bridge.
Our third photo is a nice shot of Bondi Beach, unmistakable, at the bottom right hand side. The harbour extends deep into the countryside where it turns into the Parramatta River.
The fourth photo is of historic Botany Bay, the location where the English first landed in 1770. If you are interested, here’s a link to google maps where the first expedition landed. What is interesting is to wonder how Captain Cook managed to miss the great harbour just to the north (Port Jackson/Sydney Harbour).
Our last photo shows the location (roughly) where Cook landed, located in the present-day suburb of Kurnell. There is an obelisk which was erected in honour of the occasion which is located just prior to the headland.
Domestic flights often land by approaching just over Kurnell – so next time you visit Sydney get a bird’s eye view! If you are interested in seeing more or learning more there is a tour available. If you’d like to know more about the settlement of Sydney in 1788 there’s an interesting site here.