Taken during the World Wide Photo Walk in Sydney NSW Australia Sat 1 Oct 11

Featured in: HDR Photography 3 Oct 11
Featured in: Art Universe 19 Oct 11

The Hero of Waterloo Hotel in the Rocks, Sydney

Established 1843

The History of the Hero of Waterloo Hotel, 81 Lower Fort Street, The Rocks, Sydney, begins in 1843. George Paton, builder of the Garrison Church in 1840, bought the adjoining land from Johnathon Clarke (The Shipwrights Arms, 1831). Paton, a stonemason, built The Hero from sandstone brought up from the Argyle Cut. A favourite drinking spot for the Garrison Troops of the Colonial days, this lovely hotel with its burning open log fires, well stocked bar and warm hospitality is a must for any tourist visiting The Rocks.

The Tunnel
There are many stories surrounding The Hero. The best known is that of the tunnel which runs from the cellars of the hotel to the Harbour. The tunnel was used for rum smuggling and involuntary recruitment of sailors. A young man might find himself drunk at the bar, dropped through a trap door into the cellar, dragged through the tunnel, to awake next morning at sea shanghaied aboard a clipper, and so legend goes.

A maze of stone cellars under The Hero bear silent witness to its nefarious past. This Historic Australian landmark is classified by the Heritage Council and The National Trust.

Nikon D700 24-70 f2.8
ISO 800 f4.5 @35mm 1/160th sec
3 x handheld bracketed images processed in Photomatix Pro and CS5

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    Great image and info, Ian!! Well done!

  • Thanks Donna, it was a fun day with plenty of photo ops!!

    – Ian English

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanabout 3 years ago

    Terrific work!

  • Thanks, appreciated :))

    – Ian English

  • lamiel
    lamielabout 3 years ago

    Wow! So detailed it keeps me looking…

  • Thanks so much Miguel !!!

    – Ian English

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Oustanding work!

  • Thanks Pauline appreciate your input :))

    – Ian English

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 3 years ago

    Beaut catch, Ian! The Rocks would be an amazing place to do the photo walk!!

  • Thanks Mel, was good with almost 50 photographers prowling the area lol !! Plenty of opportunities for all :)

    – Ian English

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    My fav POV Ian..lol..nice treatment ..weii done mate..cheers.

  • Hi mate, you mean leaning on the bar LOL, thanks for your comment !!!

    – Ian English

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 3 years ago

    Enviable shot Ian (how many times do I say that of your work!!). I love this old pub – you have immortalised it!

  • Hi Rosalie, I guess you have explored this area many times. It’s a great old pub !! Thanks for your very kind words :)))

    – Ian English

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 3 years ago

    Super hdr!!!

  • Thanks Yhun, reminds me a bit of your superb HDR work mate !!

    – Ian English

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work on this historic pub Ian, would be great to get below into the cellars and see what’s around

  • Thanks Clive, I agree and will try to explore further. Love these old places. Not too many available here in Os.

    – Ian English

  • Sharon Brown
    Sharon Brownabout 3 years ago

    Great work Ian…love the colours

  • Many thanks Polly, it’s a great old pub !!

    – Ian English

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