Elizabeth Bay, Sydney – Thursday Doors.

Welcome to Another Thursday Doors.

As an Australian in a country with relatively modern architecture, it’s all too easy to feel a sense of inferiority when you’re trying to find even one interesting door to stand tall and proud alongside its foreign rivals. However, after a trip to Elizabeth Bay on Sydney Harbour, I’ve come through with the goods. Indeed, upon reflection, you could say that the doors of Elizabeth Bay know how to make an entrance.

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Hayes Theatre

This trip to Elizabeth Bay wasn’t a purpose-built Doorscursion. Rather, I went over to check out the block of flats my grandparents lived in when they first got married… Caversham Court at 25 Billyard Avenue, a street back from the harbour and across the road from one of Sydney’s most expensive and prestigious homes, Boomerang. I also wanted to simply walk around the area and get a feel for where they lived as well. The plethora of stunning doors was an unexpected bonus.

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Elizabeth Bay Cafe on Greenknowe Ave

This doorscursion starts walking down Greenknowe Ave,  past the Elizabeth Bay Cafe. I’d spotted the magnificent red doors at Kelburn Hall from the bus and was salivating like a dog glaring through a butcher shop window. Even before I’d discovered Thursday Doors, unlocking the door into an entire community of door enthusiasts, I couldn’t walk past a red door without taking a photo and wishing it was mine.

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Quite an entrance!A stunning red double door complete with Ionic columns.

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By the way, although the linear progression of these photos creates a sense of direction, it’s an illusion. Rather, I was completely lost and struggling to connect what I’d seen on Google maps with what I was experiencing on the ground. You see, I’d been looking at Elizabeth Bay from the harbour, where I’d arrived via Kings Cross from behind. While for many this wouldn’t pose a problem, and they’d automatically re calibrate their inner compass, this doesn’t happen for me and I couldn’t orientate myself, which is a fancy way of saying, I was lost. Moreover, I didn’t have a map. While that wouldn’t be a problem for the modern babe,  I’m more of a hard copy girl. Indeed, my sense of direction is so bad, that I need to hold that piece of paper in my hands and turn it round to face the direction I’m going, even if it is”upside down”. Only then, do I have a snowflakes chance in an Australian summer, of finding my way to my intended destination. Indeed, that’s why I’m often left to muse over John Lennon’s words of wisdom:

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

 

Above: My apologies for the leaning columns of Scotforth. I tend to take photos at a slight angle, which look really obvious in photos with such strong lines.

Just to add to my overall state of lostness, my phone hadn’t charged the night before and was as flat as a tack. I not only had no access to Google maps, but I also had no access to my husband. Yes, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I have been known to ring him at work in a serious state of panicked distress when I’ve had no other hope of reaching my intended destination. Talk about humiliating, especially when I’m struggling to ay where I am!

Anyway, I’ve already confessed all in a previous post. No need to rehash!

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After a bit of assistance, I’m now heading down Ithaca Road and soon spot the harbour peeking through the huge touring Moreton Bay fig trees leaning over the road. Phew! Billyard Avenue is on the left and I soon spot Caversham Court. It’s rather distinctive.

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Caversham Court, 25 Billyard Ave, Elizabeth Bay.

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Front Doors, Caversham Court.

Of course, I was looking forward to photographing the front door for Thursday Doors. However, what I couldn’t see on Google Earth, was that the front foyers and the block of flats next door are currently being renovated and my shot of the front door would be obscured by scaffolding. I guess that provides something a bit different for Thursday Doors.

By the way, my grandparents kept good company in Billyard Avenue. One of Sydney’s most prestigious and expensive mansions, Boomerang, is just across the road. Of course, I had no chance of ever getting inside there, although I did manage to photograph the front door and also around the corner, the “Trademen’s Entrance”. Naturally, I was rather chuffed with these finds.

Around the corner, I wandered into Beare Park, which is right on the waterfront at Elizabeth Bay with views across to Island. That’s where I spotted this garage door:

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A lock up garage with harbour views stood out among the flats.

If you are interested in going for a walk in the area, you might like to consult The Map.

Lastly, I thought I’d leave you with a photo of a much more humble door found on Ithaca Road:

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This has been another contribution to Thursday Doors hosted by Norm 2.0. Why don’t you come and join us and share a few of your favourite doors. It’s a lot of fun and helps you see parts of the world you’ll never get to visit.

Best wishes,

Rowena

PS: I wasn’t the only one who was lost and having trouble finding Billyard Avenue.

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I hope Zozo the gender unspecified cat found its way home.

 

12 thoughts on “Elizabeth Bay, Sydney – Thursday Doors.

  1. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Monika. They were very striking, quite unlike the doors around here I live. My friend has adopted a rescue dog with a reasonable amount of poodle and close to Sam’s colouring. Her name is Cookie and she’s fairly timid and growls at me at the moment but is good with the kids and the family.
    BTW I wrote a post about Silent Night, which touches on my German heritage which i thought you might like: https://solveigwerner.com/2018/12/05/silent-night-by-rowena-curtin-advent-2018-day-5/
    Hope you’ve been having a great week. We have the dance concert Saturday and my violin concert on Sunday, which means I really shouldn’t be staying up so late but it was a hot day and I had a siesta.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    All best wishes winning over Cookie. I find a pocket full of nibbles works wonders especially with rescued dogs. It takes time and patience but I’m sure you’ll be able to win her over. Good luck. Have a wonderful holiday season. I took a vacation to Mexico (and the warm temps were paradise) and am so behind preparing for Christmas (no decorations, no cards prepared, no gifts-eek). Can’t believe it’s arriving in 19 days!. Where did this year go? Awkkkk. Be well and enjoy your upcoming weekend.

  3. maxwellthedog

    Back again…turns out Wikipedia has a big write up on the place with many interesting facts. Lots of other sites too. I knew it looked familiar it was shown in the Mission Impossible movie.

  4. Norm 2.0

    Love the bright red one which I though was going to be my fave, that is until I saw that dark blue one near the end of the post. Awesome finds 🙂

  5. Dan Antion

    These are wonderful doors, Rowena. I’d stick that cafe door up against any doors from any country. Even that humble door at the end is pretty good.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Deary me, Tom. You now know more about it that I do. I was being a bit lazy because I did check it out. It turns out that my parents know two of the families who’ve owned the place, which surprised me. My parents are fairly down to earth. I think I might have to come back and write a bit more about Boomerang down the track. There’s also Elizabeth Bay House nearby, which I’ve never been to but is quite magnificent and has the most glamorous spiral staircase perfect for photography: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/elizabeth-bay-house
    I think Max and Lady would like to set up house there and if we’re lucky they’ll allow all of us to share the servants quarters. Well, since they’re not cats, they might be more generous.
    Did you read my post about Silent Night? https://solveigwerner.com/2018/12/05/silent-night-by-rowena-curtin-advent-2018-day-5/
    Hope you’ve had a great week and are primed to kick on for the weekend. I might need a stretcher by Sunday afternoon. Miss has her dance concert tomorrow and Sunday I’m playing Danny Boy at my violin concert. Might be able to relax better with the start of another week!
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Judith. The doors could also be quite a distraction along with other architectural features. I only had a few hours up my sleeve and needed to be somewhat focused. Yet, at the same time, it wasn’t worth going all that way and just photographing my grandparents place and going home and being more business-like. I love a good wander…especially with my camera in hand!

  8. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I was given a handful of nibbles when visiting Cookie but she ignored them. She seems to have quite a strong will. I go round there fairly often and have also been dropping around some of my daughter’s things as she has 4 girls younger than her and I figure it will suit somebody round there.
    Good luck with your preparations. I’m pretty much on par with you and haven’t done much at all and don’t feel bothered. I was thinking of trying to pile up some driftwood and make a tree out of that which we could stick on the wall instead of taking up so much floor space. Moreover, it is clearly evident that the pups will help themselves to the decorations. They would quickly be reassigning it as “The Dog Tree”.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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