Archive for the ‘Inner West’ Category

After a couple of weeks off with Robyn overseas, we picked up again this weekend to walk from the end of Darling St west to Birchgrove.

Views across just 500m of harbour to the new Barangaroo site from the southern side of Darling St, beautiful waterfront parkland and renovated historic factory buildings and industrial waterfront.

All in all, a great walk.

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The city is just a stone’s throw away across the entrance to Darling Harbour

 

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Barangaroo from East Balmain

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Cool. Art on the side of a house at Duke St

 

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The old Colgate Factory, now factory apartments.

 

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Ferry workshops near the Colgate factory

 

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Didn’t know that Mort Bay was named after a person and not anything to do with Death as such. Nor did we know that WWII vessels were manufactured in Balmain.

 

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Australia’s oldest dry dock here at Mort Bay

 

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Mort Bay

 

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Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove. Worth a visit.

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Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove.

A beautiful walk from the end of narrow Louisa Rd, west around some gorgeous waterfront past the Dawn Fraser Baths and the site of the old Balmain Power Station, over the Iron Cove bridge, along the front of Birkenhead Factory Outlet Centre to Drummoyne.

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From Louisa Rd Birchgrove to Drummoyne

From Louisa Rd Birchgrove to Drummoyne

Birchgrove Point, end of Louisa Rd. The Coal Loader cafe and Waverton are across the harbour where the orange is

Birchgrove Point, end of Louisa Rd. The Coal Loader cafe and Waverton are across the harbour where the orange is

Birchgrove Ferry wharf

Birchgrove Ferry wharf, Yurulbin Park.

 

Looking through a carpark over to Cockatoo Island

Looking through a carpark over to Cockatoo Island

 

Hidden garage door. Nice!

Hidden garage door. Nice!

 

Looking across towards Cockatoo Island from Birchgrove

Looking across towards Cockatoo Island from Birchgrove

 

Narrow blocks, still worth a fortune.

Narrow blocks, still worth a fortune.

 

Beautiful little park at Balmain Sailing club that leads around west towards Dawn Fraser Baths

Beautiful little park at Balmain Sailing club that leads around west towards Dawn Fraser Baths

 

Balmain Sailing Club

Balmain Sailing Club

 

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Elkington Park, Dawn Fraser Baths at left

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Looking towards Dawn Fraser Pool. Beautiful fig leaning into the water.

Looking towards Dawn Fraser Pool. Beautiful fig leaning into the water.

World famous Dawn Fraser Baths at Birchgrove (Balmain)

World famous Dawn Fraser Baths at Birchgrove (Balmain)

Elkington Park, Cockatoo Island behind

Elkington Park, Cockatoo Island behind

 

Elkington Park, Cockatoo Island behind

Elkington Park, Cockatoo Island behind

 

Marina at Rozelle, in front of the site of the old Balmain Power Station

Marina at Rozelle, in front of the site of the old Balmain Power Station

Pump House, relic from the old Balmain Power Station.

Pump House, relic from the old Balmain Power Station.

Iron Cove Bridge, walking west towards Birkenhead Factory Outlet Centre

Iron Cove Bridge, walking west towards Birkenhead Factory Outlet Centre

View towards Schnapper Island and North Sydney from Drummoyne

View towards Schnapper Island and North Sydney from Drummoyne

Peppercorn Park, Drummoyne.

Peppercorn Park, Drummoyne.

Beautiful development at Drummoyne... "Breeze" in St Georges Cres. Could move in tomorrow!

Beautiful development at Drummoyne… “Breeze” in St Georges Cres. Could move in tomorrow!

 

 

We drove down to Rhodes and parked at the northern end of the path, near the railway bridge to Meadowbank.

We unloaded the bikes and headed off south along a beautiful path beside the river in front of all the new apartments at Rhodes.

As the shopping strip peters out, the path continues along the waterfront, through the Rhodes wetlands, past bird sanctuaries, recreation areas and, once we reached Wentworth Point (close to the Olympic Park), housing.

It was raining this day, so we stopped here and had a coffee before returning back a different way through the various Olympic area paths.

The following week, in bright sunshine, we parked the car and headed out from near the Olympic Archery Centre, heading west along the bike path. We rode past the Armory cafe, but had to cross the river at the bridge at Silverwater road as there’s no path through the oil refinery. The path continued on this other side of the river… we rode till it finished near Western Sydney University.

Here we turned around and rode back to the Armory Cafe for breakie. A nice morning 🙂

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Bike paths

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Rhodes waterfront

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The Armory Cafe

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The Armory Cafe

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Looking east from near Silverwater Road

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Heading west towards The Armory Cafe

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Heading west towards The Armory Cafe

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Wentworth Point (near Olympic Park) from Rhodes

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Historic wrecks at Rhodes

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Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point

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Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point

 

The Goods Line is a shared pedestrian and cycle path and green public space, connecting Ultimo with Darling Harbour.

The line provides a pedestraian and cycle path from Central Station to Darling Harbour, with mixed-use spaces to enjoy – dining tables, grassy spaces, table tennis tables, study pods amongst the trees and a children’s water play area with a sand pit shaded by trees.

A fabulous re-use of what was a busy industrial railway line.

http://www.shfa.nsw.gov.au/sydney-Our_places_and_projects-Our_projects-The_Goods_Line.htm

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Only a short walk, but so well done

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Past the iconic Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry – The “Paper Bag building”)

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Past the iconic Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (designed by Frank Gehry – The “Paper Bag building”)

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If you grew up in Sydney like we did, you’ll remember buying 5c paper tickets and catching myriad buses to school and the shops

Sydney’s Bus Museum fell into dis-repair some time ago and Wednesday night was the preview night of the new museum.

Now, let’s get one thing straight here… we are NOT bus officianados or even remotely interested in the actual history of transport in Sydney… I think we were the only ones who weren’t!
Rather, this is what the whole point of this doing something together project is about. To do something together that we wouldn’t normally do.

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In the old bus, from Central Station to Leichhardt

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I remember these posters!

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Ryde local bus

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Never too old to play!

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There’s a fine line between vintage and crap – it would seem there are plenty of people who don’t know the difference.

There’s also a MASSIVE difference between vintage/second hand/old//crap/broken and what constitutes a bargain!

$hit! I’m never throwing anything out again EVER!

Deliciopus start to the day at https://www.facebook.com/SubStationCafe, an old electrical substation transformed into a cafe with a snug interior and a cute courtyard.We enjoyed a delicious start to the day at The Substation Cafe ,  an old electrical substation transformed into a cafe with a snug interior and a cute courtyard. Mediterranean influenced food, great coffee, friendly staff, good service.

We’ll be back 🙂

We went for a walk to the Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It’s a warehouse packed with vintage and retro stuff – not really antiques. It appears to be divided into sections – I imagine that each section is sub-let to a different stall-holder.

This was followed by a short stroll to Lunatiques. Love the name 🙂
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I was like a trip back to our grandparents’. We found ourselves at every turn saying either

  1. Mitchell Rd antique and Design Centrehttps://mitchellroad.wordpress.com/Oh, look at that, I used to have these (ie remember those roller skates that laced up and the length was adjustable via a wingnut under the sole?)
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  3. Mitchell Rd antique and Design Centrehttps://mitchellroad.wordpress.com/Remember throwing that away/giving that to Vinnies?What a trip down memory lane!


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Holy Crap! This little anvil, about the size of a rolled up sleeping bag – $1200! What would the one i have in the back yard be worth? No wonder the boys argue about who gets it when i die!!

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Desk made from an aeroplane wing, anyone?

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Q. An excuse to visit a pub starting with Q, and a coffee and cake.

Unfortunately, a bit of a debacle!

The Queen Victoria Hotel, opposite the Enmore Theatre at Enmore was closed for a renovation (well, actually, the gaming room was still open!) so off to Suzie Q cafe near the SCG – closed at 4pm! Grrrr!

Still, a nice walk around the areas 🙂 Think positive!

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Such a shame this wasn’t open for a beer… we’ll be back!

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Funky artwork in a factory/foundry/art studio behind the Queen Vic.

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Silo conversion

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Silo conversion

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Glassworks

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Not quite sure what was happening with this! Decorative telegraph pole

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Our youngest son turned 21  and we had a 21st birthday party at home last night.

Beer, wine, soft drink and party food, so a delicious, healthy breakfast and a great walk around Alexandria on Sunday morning was in order.

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Bread and Circus, and then a walk around a few blocks before another coffee at The Substation – where we’ll be back another time for breakie!

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Yum. Healthier than beer and pies

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Love it. Wyndham St, Alexandria, near Green Square

imageDarlington is a small, inner-city suburb of Sydney, about 3 kilometres south of the CBD
The first significant white fella there was William Shepherd, a botanist who started a nursery garden. He named it Darling Nursery and so street names like Ivy, Vine, Rose, Pine and Myrtle are pretty self explanatory.

Many thanks to Clover Moore for tying the launch of the upgraded Darlington Village streetscape into our theme this weekend – perfect timing for “D”. Garden beds, trees, seats and lights along the widened footpaths make it nice for pedestrian visitors like us 🙂

To be perfectly honest, a bit of a dud ceremony – if Clover ever showed and occupied her security guard guarded parking spot, we missed it.

Still, a beautiful day for a walk around Redfern, the back of Eveleigh etc. and a coffee in the sun.

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Who knew there’s a Sydney suburb in Sydney called Wareemba?

It’s just here near Abbotsford and Drummoyne.

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An absolutely glorious early winter day this Sunday of a long weekend (thanks EIIR) so we started with breakfast at Trovatino Cafe on the footpath in the sunshine, then went for a walk around the suburb.

Beautiful. Great morning 🙂

Delicious breakie

Delicious breakie

We could both live here!

We could both live here!

Or here!

Or here!