Posts Tagged ‘Weekends in Sydney’

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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As Peter Fitzimons is fond of saying – Gotta love this city!

Less than 25 kilometres as the crow flies from the CBD, Church Point, opposite Scotland Island on Pittwater, north of Sydney.

Just beautiful. Idyllic setting; runabouts doing the Saturday morning shopping and run-around, lanyards slapping against masts, kayaks, fishing, walking, running, cycling.

A beautiful part of Sydney. Breakfast at the The Waterfront Store cafe and then a walk – what a great start to the weekend.

Next door, The Pasadena Motel and Restaurant – closed for the past 6 years after court action regarding its redevelopment – prime site, someone’s losing a lot of money.

The Waterfront Cafe on Pittwater at Church Point

The Waterfront Cafe on Pittwater at Church Point

The Waterfront Cafe on Pittwater at Church Point

The Waterfront Cafe on Pittwater at Church Point

Pittwater, Church Point

Pittwater, Church Point

Pittwater, Church Point

Pittwater, Church Point

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant - closed for the past 6 years

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant – closed for the past 6 years

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant - closed for the past 6 years

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant – closed for the past 6 years

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant - closed for the past 6 years

Pasadena Motel and Restaurant – closed for the past 6 years

A new arrival in Sydney – Barangaroo.

On the headland just west of the Harbour Bridge is Sydney’s newest urban park. Barangaroo was a local Kamaraygal woman who was the second wife of Bennelong, an important interlocutor between the Aboriginal people and the early British colonists in New South Wales. (wikipedia)

We wandered around this new park (it’s quite beautiful) and then made our way around the foreshore to the Opera Bar for a drink at the Opera House before a walk through the Botanical Gardens and home.

Quite lovely.

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Looking south from Barangaroo towards Glebe

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Looking west towards Balmain

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Looking west towards Balmain

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Drinks at the Opera Bar

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Drinks at the Opera Bar

Yes, I know it’s a complete cop-out… but we had a lovely day in the Blue Mountains staying at my sister’s house at Hazelbrook while she’s away riding Route 66.

We did a few touristy things – morning tea at the Carrington Hotel at Katoomba

Visited the 3 sisters and Evans Lookout before High Tea at the Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath.

They have done a beautiful job refurbishing this hotel – it’s obvious they’ve spent millions on the renovations and extensions.

Cold beer and champagne, beautiful live piano music in the background and delicious high tea.

Can highly recommend it. A great day out.

Morning Tea at the Carrington at Katoomba

Morning Tea at the Carrington at Katoomba

Views over Megalong Valley

Views over Megalong Valley

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

We bought our first home unit at Gladesville in 1983 and lived there for a few years, but never visited the site of the former Gladesville “Mental Hospital”, a psychiatric hospital, established in 1838 in Gladesville. Its original name was Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum.

It’s located at Bedlam Point. Those of you who don’t get that connection > look here

It was purpose built to house “lunatics” in 1838, and apparently was a genuine attempt to improve the treatment of the mentally ill, allowing relatives to visit, patients to have access to recreational facilities and worthwhile work in what were once beautiful grounds.

In 1997, all inpatient services were consolidated at the Macquarie (North Ryde) site in Wicks Road.

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Beautiful grounds

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The pool looks a bit tired, but was probably once pretty advanced for a psych hospital.

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Bedlam Point (not joking… it really is called that)

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Gorgeous old fig by the water

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One of these graves is that of a patient who was a resident there for more than 60 years

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Had no idea there was a tunnel under Victoria Road

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Imagine being housed in wings like this for perhaps years and years. Imagine the tears shed by inmates and families visiting.

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Back to the letter A again 🙂

Westmead Kids’ Hospital (The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Hospital at Westmead, near Parramatta) runs an annual art competition for school children. From the thousands of entries, the best 50 are selected and framed and displayed on the walls of the corridors of the wards.

This has been happening for years, and as a result there’s hundreds of paintings that brighten the walls and corridors for the hundreds of sick kids and their parents, some of whom spend months and months within the confines of the hospital.

Even tough this year’s competition hasn’t been judged, we enjoyed what we saw from previous years.

http://bandagedbear.org.au/schools/operation-art/

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This gorgeous Panda is a collage pasted onto newsprint.

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My Daddy is a lady beetle

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Afterwards, we dropped in to Parramatta Park for a coffee at Lachlan’s Cafe.IMG_0703Crap coffee, nice spot though.

Right at the end of Harris St (no. 1 Harris), by the water at Pyrmont, is the Zebra Lounge.

We had a beautiful breakfast there – delicious food and fantastic presentation. Coffees were a bit slow, but otherwise, can highly recommend it.

This Jackson’s landing area has been really nicely done so it’s a great place to have a wander afterwards.

This site has some history about the area, and its links to CSR, and there’s a fabulous photo gallery as well.

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The last few years we’ve gone to the World Press Photo Exhibition at the State Library in Macquarie St and enjoyed it, so we went again today.

Lots of confronting images of war, death, poverty , illness, mental health, disease and deprivation, as well as sport, science, politics and the like.

Such a reinforcement of how lucky we are to live in Australia, and how important it is to work to maintain the peace and freedom we so often take for granted.

It was also a great opportunity to catch up with Annie and Stephen McRobie after their fabulous Spain and Morocco holiday over breakfast at the Circular Quay Pullman Q Dining

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Great start to the weekend.

After last week’s little mosey along the Cook’s River from Tempe, we went back there and headed the other way. Turning left at Tempe Station and heading towards the airport, while I guess we didn’t expect to find pristine waters to swim and fish in that close to the airport, we were nonetheless surprised to see some pretty substantial waterfront developments being built around Wolli Creek. If they keep cleaning the river up it’ll be an attractive real estate investment methinks.

And we really didn’t think we’d be enjoying a drink at a club on the Cook’s River… we know where we’ll head for breakfast near the airport next time. Was quite nice!

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Plenty of development at Wolli Creek

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Disappointing… no fishing in the canal 😉 (Frankly, I’ve heard that lead poisoning isn’t as bad as they make out)

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There’s a few nice parks and playgrounds and BBQs along the path

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Wolli Creek, and “The Rowers” club on the river.

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Shelter shed – you could shoot a 70’s movie in some of these places!

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Fishing. Unbelievable!

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A hard earned drink at “The Rowers”

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The path goes right up to Sydney International Airport



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Google Best place to watch the sunset in Sydney and one of the suggestions is by the Bridge at Kirribilli.

After a busy week away for me, Robyn and I headed out at about 430 pm and bought some fish and chips before walking down to Jeffrey St Wharf at Kirribilli. There’s a lovely waterfront path heading east from the wharf. It must be a nice spot – we were the only two people there without a bridal party in tow – photographers, brides, grooms and their parties were the order of the day. A beautiful afternoon for their big day 🙂

The city looks gorgeous from here, especially at sunset. It’s a beautiful harbour.

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That really IS Savignon Blanc! You’ll just have to believe me 😉

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