the dirty grimy eccentric artistic underbelly of sydney

Convict gaol, Royal Navy shipbuilding & dockyard and reformatory girls school turned World-Heritage listed cultural arts centre. Cockatoo Island was off limits to the public for over a 100 years but what we lost in time we now make up for in awesomeness!
Spectacular harbour views, repurposed industrial buildings, street-food, holiday-feel makeshift bars, accommodation from camping to ‘glamping’ and holiday houses, a harbour swimming beach and tennis courts, there is so much to see and do and it’s only a 10 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay.

On Saturday, Jay & I spent a fabulous day exploring the island in the middle of Sydney harbour and playing with the exhibits as part of the emerging artists Underbelly Arts festival.

IMG_20130804_164448IMG_20130804_164544festival cheerleaders!IMG_20130804_164511IMG_20130804_164625IMG_20130804_164744IMG_20130804_164837IMG_20130803_174432IMG_20130803_144522interactive participation was a key part of the exhibits and in one of them Jay got to blindfold me while his hands were bound and we had to work together to ‘save a survivor’ from a zombie apocalypse! IMG_20130804_162550IMG_20130804_162951IMG_20130804_162918IMG_20130804_162800I had a turn at operated real-life ‘Rock em Sock em’ robots!
(that’s the artist on the left and the human-robots in the red & green)IMG_20130804_162518installations made from lollies!IMG_20130804_162450IMG_20130804_162625IMG_20130804_162658industrial revolution!IMG_20130804_163117IMG_20130804_163255tunnels that run through the centre of the IslandIMG_20130804_163037IMG_20130804_163811IMG_20130804_163336glampingIMG_20130804_163613IMG_20130803_143553IMG_20130803_143936IMG_20130803_161958gorgeous wattleIMG_20130803_143303IMG_20130803_162804IMG_20130804_163728Fergie said it best; g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s! Hot chips & sparkling wine!IMG_20130804_163432IMG_20130804_164041perfect sunset on the ferry ride homeIMG_20130803_172547IMG_20130804_164252IMG_20130803_172916Sydney icons; Harbour Bridge & Opera HouseIMG_20130803_165021

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