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Pyrmont

Posted: November 26, 2019 in history, Sydney, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Streets

This weekend we went for a walk around Pyrmont.
A fascinating dip back into old Sydney, following The City of Sydney guide found here.

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This is the guide we followed

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This stunning view from Ways Terrace Flats, built by the City Council in the 1920s as workers’ affordable housing.

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You know when you put 2 and 2 together and it clicks? Now we know why there’s a Quarryman Hotel at Pyrmont… we found the old quarry!

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The original bit of the Electric Light station that remains near the Star casino.

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Someone owns these old sites… yet they sit decrepitly, unused, uninhabitable.

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ye olde Sydney Electric Light Company, adjacent to the Star casino

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ye olde Sydney Electric Light Company, adjacent to the Star casino

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Love the clothesline rope pulleys that come off everyone’s balcony or window at the Ways Terrace Flats.

 

Another City of Sydney walk History Walk – Customs House to Millers Point

We went, for the first time, to Observatory Hill Park and went through the observatory. Was great. And free! Site of Sydney’s first windmill with beautiful views of Sydney to the east and west. We discovered Ferry Lane and The Paddock, had a drink at the Lord Nelson, found a still in use cast iron urinal and discovered the laneway below Lower Fort St.

 

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!

What a beautiful spring morning for a walk from the bottom of Mowbray Road along the northern shore of the lane Cove River towards Fullers Bridge Road.

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This part of the Great North Walk takes you through the historic Fairyland Pleasure Grounds, made famous by the Swan family in the 1920s. It’s an easy walk in.

The Council has done a good job of identifying what used to be there, quite extraordinary to imagine women with parasols  and man in boater hat’s and blazers picnicking and going on Ferris wheel and merry-go-round.

Plenty of historic pics here

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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

Fathers’ Day. A great start to the day, walking from Mowbray Rd to near the Hunters Hill Hotel before lunch at Skiffies At The Spit with kids +

Gorgeous weather again.

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Another beautiful Sydney day… spring is coming!

A great walk from Riverview school, around some very extravagant houses at Linley Point with amazing views of the harbour, through bushland up the Lane Cove River to Mowbray Rd.

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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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