Archive for the ‘Inner West’ Category

The Bald Rock Hotel is an historic pub in the suburb of Rozelle, down near White Bay in the shadow of the Anzac Bridge in the Inner West of Sydney.

Wikipedia says that Bald Rock was originally a suburb within Balmain.

The hotel was built in 1876 and was a lot closer to the harbour when first built; subsequent landfill means it’s now a bit further from the water.

The Bald Rock is sandstone inside and out and is heritage-listed.

It retains much character and is a favourite of locals in an area that used to have a pub on nearly every corner but has in this last generation become more gentrified and where community gardens and parks now flourish.

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So, our last weekend in Sydney for the year and, perfect timing (luck, not design) we finished walking all the water west of the Harbour Bridge.

The iconic Bay Run at Drummoyne was the perfect place to finish up, too. A 7 km loop, it’s one of Sydney’s most well known and well used walkin/running/riding/training/fitness loops.

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And so ends the year. Now, on to 2017 and a year of drinking in local hotels! Woohoo!

An early morning ride along the Alexandria Canal from Tempe to Alexandria.

Enjoyed breakfast at The Grounds cafe. 

Not really what could be described as a scenic ride… it is along a canal and beside an airport after all, but still, a bit of blue on the map to fill in, and breaking at an institution such as The Grounds… well, any excuse will do!

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ANOTHER gorgeous Sydney spring day for a walk along another part of the Parramatta River… we’ve walked through the grounds of the old Gladesville Hospital before, but not this year.
Great to catch up with son Matt, who lives in Gladesville, for a coffee while we were there  🙂

 

Glorious spring day for a walk from Mortlake to Rhodes, through Concord and the grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital, Thomas Walker Hospital near Concord Hospital and Yaralla.

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Mortlake Point, Hilly Street, Mortlake

Mortlake Point, Hilly Street, Mortlake

City in the background from the car ferry

City in the background from the car ferry

Car ferry home from Mortlake to Putney

Car ferry home from Mortlake to Putney

Ferrari owners club day at Brays Bay Reserve

Ferrari owners club day at Brays Bay Reserve

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

Ferrari owners club day at Brays Bay Reserve

Ferrari owners club day at Brays Bay Reserve

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

We tripped over a fair in Yaralla grounds

We tripped over a fair in Yaralla grounds

Looking back across to Mortlake

Looking back across to Mortlake

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

In the extensive grounds of Dame Edith Walker Hospital

Path near Yaralla, along the mangroves

Path near Yaralla, along the mangroves

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City views from Mortlake Point

City views from Mortlake Point

Mortlake Point, Hilly Street, Mortlake

Mortlake Point, Hilly Street, Mortlake

Beautiful sunny Sunday morning for a bike ride around the waterfront of the inner west, through Drummoyne, Russell Lea, Chiswick, Abbotsford, Five Dock and Canada Bay.

Past the site of the old Nestle Factory too.The original house is still there as you can see in the pics below.

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Displayed in various places around St Ignatius’ College, Riverview are signs advising that they welcome visitors to enjoy walking through their grounds. What a pleasant surprise!

We started below the college and walked up through the bush to the top ovals, then made our way through the grounds past beautiful, quiet, contemplative spaces down to the river.

A path along the riverfront, past various rowing boat sheds, sailing clubs, scout halls, parks, marshy swamp and ferry wharves eventually leads to and links up with streets in Northwood.

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