Posts Tagged ‘Things to do in Sydney’

For a hotel to not only survive but to thrive when it’s located in a quiet side street, out of site from the main road, says that this local is doing something right.

The 3 Weeds at Rozelle started its life in 1881 as the Rose, Shamrock & Thistle but it was always known as the 3 Weeds. This local icon has a great selection of beers on tap as well as both fine dining and a bistro offering both contemporary and traditional pub food.

Cathedral ceilings, a sandstone fireplace and traditional pub meals… top spot!

 

 

A beautiful sunny Sunday.

Some of you will remember when the Newtown Jets, originally the Newtown Bluebags, were in the NSW Rugby League competition. They played out of Henson Park in Newtown.

The Henson is a terrific local. Dog and child friendly, the beer garden is full of local families.

Friendly wait staff who all stop to pat Bailey, our labrador, all the sport on all the TVs to keep that folk happy, and of course a community library on site.

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.

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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imageThis weekend we finished the link from the Cooks River to the Parramatta River (Sydney Harbour) by riding from the Cave Road shops at South Strathfield (where we finished one day in August) near the end of the Cooks River through Strathfield to Homebush.

The excellent bike path peters out unfortunately and isn’t great all the way through to the Olympic site where we rode in March but still, a lot of paths and quiet streets.

Only a few weeks left to complete the “West of the Bridge” year 🙂
Need to do The Bay Run at Drummoyne/Leichhardt and maybe a bit of Duck Creek near Auburn, or follow the beautiful (!!??) Alexandria Canal to breakfast at The Grounds and we’re done. #timing

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The local councils have done a terrific job building a great bike path along the Cooks River from near Strathfield down to the airport.

We’ve walked and ridden bits of this before, but not some of today’s route, and not this year.

Here and here.

And THIS we saw on the way home. What a fabulous idea!

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A great day… until we broke down driving home 😦

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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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Credit where it’s due. The local councils have done a terrific job of building a river front walk along the northern bank of the Parramatta River. Today we walked from the Rydalmere ferry stop west to Parramatta, past hundreds of new apartments (thousands of beds?), through industrial blocks, through University of Western Sydney and on to Parramatta ferry stop.

A quick coffee at the Port Bar Restaurant  before continuing west into Parramatta Park before turning around and catching the ferry back to Rydalmere.

Great walk.

 

LOVE daylight saving  And long weekend public holidays!

Beautiful day for a lovely walk along the Parramatta River from Meadowbank to Silverwater

A fabulous wide, level bike path past ovals, water play playgrounds and more.

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