Photographer's Note

In 1788, when Captain Arthur Philip sailed into Sydney Harbour with the First Fleet, he wrote, "we have had the satisfaction of finding the finest harbour in the world". Writing this two hundred and twenty-four years later, I'm still able to agree with him. The Harbour is magnificent and in my humble opinion, no harbour in the world even comes close.

This photo was taken on a winter's day from Redleaf Pool in the Sydney suburb of Double Bay.

Geologically, Sydney Harbour - or Port Jackson as it is called - is a drowned river valley, or ria. It is 19 km long with an area of 55 km². The estuary's volume at high tide is 562 million cubic metres. The perimeter of the estuary is 317 kilometres.

Within this harbour lies North Harbour, Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour. These three harbours extend from the single entrance through North and South Head. It is bridged at The Spit, Gladesville, ANZAC/Glebe, Roseville and of course by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its headwaters lie in Garigal National Park. A tunnel, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel passes underneath the Harbour, to the east of the bridge, and in 2005 it was proposed that a third harbour crossing, this time a railway line, be constructed to the west of the bridge. The harbour is heavily embayed. The bays on the south side tend to be wide and rounded, whereas those on the north side are generally narrow inlets. Many of these bays include beaches. Sydney's major central business district begins at Circular Quay, a small bay on the south side that has, over time, had its semicircle reclaimed by land to the point where it is a rectangular quay. The northern side of the harbour is mainly used for residential purposes.

Canon 5D MkII
ISO 125
1/200 sec
105mm using 24-105mm lens

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5609 W: 342 N: 12455] (60342)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-07-00
  • Categories: Nature
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-07-15 21:34
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