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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Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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