Posts Tagged ‘Weekends in Sydney’

Parts of Longueville are beautiful!

We had a great walk around the streets as close to the waterfront as we possibly could – sadly, the absolute waterfront is owned by the private residences leading down to that water. Beautiful houses on big blocks of land, some nice local parks and walkways too.

Given the the tide was well out, we did try to walk around some of the foreshore, however the mangrove mud was VERY soft!

Northwood appears to be a locality inside Longueville – I only mention it in the title as this is the ferry wharf you would go to to explore this neck of the woods.

Looking forward to exploring a bit more of this area in the weeks ahead.


This week’s progress


Dubois St Longuville. Beautiful homes fronting the river


The sand was a little soft! And got a LOT softer!


Arabella St Longuville. Views to the cirt 🙂


Arabella St Longuville. Views to the cirt 🙂


Northwood Road


Looking across the bay to Woolwich (Marist Sisters College)


Lovely park near Kelly’s Esplanade, near Northwood Ferry wharf


Spectacular views tot he city from Arabella St (and very cool front and garage doors!)


Spectacular views tot he city from Arabella St


The Swans v Giants pre-season footy match was on Friday night so we parked the car near Drummoyne Oval a little beforehand and headed east towards the city. Some beautiful water-front real estate, a few hidden parks. Nice 🙂



Rea Reserve, Drummoyne Ave


Rea Reserve, Drummoyne Ave


Some beautiful waterfront real estate with views east to the harbour bridge. Some places make it easier to sticky-beak than others!


From Drummoyne ferry wharf


Lovely little park at the end of Lyons Rd


Private beach and a dog park opposite Spectacle Island


Private beach and a dog park opposite Spectacle Island


Drummoyne Oval


Drummoyne Oval. Swans | Giants pre-season. Cheap entry 😉

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 🙂


Bike paths


Rhodes waterfront


The Armory Cafe


The Armory Cafe


Looking east from near Silverwater Road


Heading west towards The Armory Cafe


Heading west towards The Armory Cafe


Wentworth Point (near Olympic Park) from Rhodes


Historic wrecks at Rhodes


Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point


Bird watching refuge at the wetlands area near Wentworth Point


On a beautiful, last day of summer day in Sydney, we parked the car at Waverton Station and walked south, down the hill past a small cafe towards the water.

There’s a road that makes its way around Balls Head, but the bush track below the road takes you past a remnant of (recent) old Sydney, the Coal Loader. It’s a beautiful,easy path with beautiful views of the city. Quite the spot for the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Some beautiful waterfront along Waverton Peninsular Reserve and Waverton Oval to Sawmillers Reserve (which sadly doesn’t go right through to Blues Point.

Wander along the path near Wendy’s Secret Garden to Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge.

A fabulous walk of about 6 or 7 kilometres. Catch the train back to Waverton Station from Milsons Point Station – just 2 stops.



Beautiful Harbour views along the path at Balls Head Reserve



Berry’s Bay


Beautiful Harbour views along the path at Balls Head Reserve


Beautiful Harbour views along the path at Balls Head Reserve


Remnants of the old BP storage facility. Lots of round tank holes hewn into the rock.


Sawmillers Reserve


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.


Only a short walk, but so well done


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


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







Back from our holiday to India and so ready to resume normal weekend service!

Our plan this year? We enjoyed walking the beaches and coast so much in 2014 that we decided to do the same this year, except we will hug the inland waterways. Late Sunday afternoon we headed out to Parramatta Ferry Wharf to begin walking East along the southern shore.

We parked the car at Parramatta wharf and walked towards Rosehill racecourse along the Harris Park Heritage Walk, a really nice path along the (pretty murky this far up stream) Parramatta River with terrific signposting advising various historical sites that used to be there

It’s well done; love wandering along bits of Sydney we’ve never seen before.





Had to start the year somewhere, so we chose Parramatta Wharf


The stern of the last HMAS Parramatta



NIce work along the path


Robyn has taught at two schools with Ellengowan in their name. This is the original site of Tara Anglican School at North Parramatta.



About 200 km to go! 🙂


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.



In the old bus, from Central Station to Leichhardt


I remember these posters!


Ryde local bus


Never too old to play!



The ugly face of Australian racism.

cronulla_wideweb__470x313,0The 2005 Cronulla riots were a series of clashes and outbreaks of mob violence in Australia on 11 December 2005 in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla.

Racial tensions were already prevalent between local caucasian and middle eastern Australians due to earlier altercations between groups.

A crowd gathered at Cronulla on the morning of Sunday, 11 December 2005 and, by midday, approximately 5,000 people had gathered near the beach to protest against recent violence towards locals. However, fuelled by alcohol, the crowd turned to violence when a young man of Arab appearance was spotted on the beach. He was surrounded by a crowd outside a local hotel and attacked, along with similar attacks later that day. Retaliatory attacks also took place that night and on subsequent nights, resulting in extensive property damage and several more assaults, including two separate, racially motivated stabbings and even some attacks against ambulance and police officers.

The attacks were widely condemned by local, state and federal members of parliament, police, local community leaders, and residents of Cronulla and adjacent areas. A large number of arrests were made over the subsequent months, from both the initial riot on 11 December and the retaliations over the subsequent nights.

10 years on and a rally was planned to remember the riots.
We thought it might be an opportune time to reflect on the violence and racism surrounding this event, so we went to Cronulla for a swim and a looksee.

Dick heads the lot of them.


Gotta love Sydney’s Opal cards – $2.50 travel all day on a Sunday.

We headed to Hawkesbury River – the train station near Brooklyn just where the road to Gosford crosses the Hawkesbury River.

We had breakfast at the Tuckshop cafe and then went for a walk around Brooklyn.

We had no idea there was so much history there…

  • Governor Philip was exploring the area within months of arriving in Sydney in 1788
  • The rail bridge was the final piece in the Trans Continental Railway. Originally built in 1889, it linked Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and was a major engineering feat at the time.
  • There was an anti aircraft station set up there to protect the rail bridge from any Japanese activity in WWII

It’s also where RW Corkery, the company our daughter Lauren works for in Orange, has an office, so good to see where she works from time to time and put a face to the name.


The train was on time – a good start to the morning!


Brooklyn train station









Another coffee at the marina before we left.


Threatening skies didn’t deter us from going for a bicycle ride near where we live at Rhodes.

Near where Sydney’s Olympics were staged in 2000, Rhodes was a very industrial area, but proximity to the city, access to trains and being close to the Olympic precinct has seen it undergo a transformation over the past few years into a new urban centre with thousands of people housed in a stack of high rise towers.

Beside the water there’s a terrific wide, flat path for cyclists and walkers alike.

We joined the path at Meadowbank, ride over the old railway bridge down to the Olympic site.

Unfortunately the weather beat us and after sheltering a few times in picnic shelters and under a new pedestrian bridge we made it back to the car without too much drama.

A great ride. We’ll do this again 🙂


Love the way they have kept the old rail bridge over the Parramatta River at Meadowbank and preserved it for cyclists and pedestrians.


Great path beside the river. Don’t drink the water… yet! But it’s getting cleaner.


Waiting out the worst of the downpour.