Visit to Sydney
This is the second visit that David and Jean have made to Sydney, the
first was in 2013. Audrey and David visited several times, often in
association with tour groups they were leading. Marina and Doug
visited us a few decades ago (we can't remember the actual dates),
Craig, Kay, Sydney and Kyndall spent a couple of nights with us in
July 2016, and we caught up with them for dinner earlier this year
when they were in transit back to the USA after a visit to Fiji (I
think). As on all visits, the mountain birds called around and were a
major feature of the visit.
On the day that David and Jean arrived in Sydney (21st December)
berthing at White Bay, we walked along Blackwattle Bay past the Anzac
Bridge to the Tramsheds, a New York style redevelopment of the old
tramsheds, now offering restaurants, bars, a grocery store as well as
medical facilities, a barber and nail bar.
Figure 1: Boat and Bridges
Tramsheds and Blackwattle Bay
|We then caught the light rail to Paddy's Market in the city, 'mooched'
around the stores, picked up vegies and had a yum cha lunch in China
Town. We caught the light rail to the Fish Market where we
stocked up for dinner that night.
|Light Rail, Paddy's Market and Chinatown
David and Jean did not get to see any pelicans, but we have included
them both to prove that they are normally around, and for comparison
with Sanibel pelicans.
Fish Market and Pelicans
The next day we headed for our mountains home, went into Leura where
we 'mooched' a bit more, visited a new lookout above the Katoomba
Falls with a view of the Three Sisters (not yet known to hoards of
tourists) and returned to commune with the birds on our patio. That
night we watched "Red Dog", a classic Aussie movie set in the
Pilbara and Kimberlies.
Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters and Birds
Day three was spent at the Everglades, wondering through the manicured
gardens with views of Jamieson Valley, followed by a serious vegie shop
at Todarello's, the major veggie market outlet in the mountains and more
communing with the birds. We watched another iconic Aussie Movie -
"The Man from Snowy River".
Everglades and Birds
The next day we visited Blackheath for a bit more 'mooching' before
having a picnic lunch at Hargraves Lookout in the Megalong Valley.
We used our camping chairs and stools, and the two 'chilli bins' which
also double as a table. Christmas Eve was another opportunity to
commune with the birds.
Lorikeet, Black Cocky, Wattle, bathing
On Christmas Day, we hiked locally in the North Lawson Park, hikes
that we have enjoyed over the past 30 years that we have owned our
mountains home. These bushwalking opportunities were the reason for
our purchase originally. David and Jean were impressive, managing a
2.5k hike, with about 200m descent and ascent.
Hargraves Picnic and Birds
Lawson walk, Dantes Glen
The track is one of the oldest in the mountains, and retains much of
the original stone step work. We saw two of the waterfalls - there
are others in the area - and enjoyed some of the best temperate
climate rainforest in the mountains. After a latish Christmas Dinner,
we headed back to Sydney.
Wongas, Rosella, more White Cockies
The last day involved riding light rail and ferries, and enjoying a
drink at the Oyster Bar on Circular Quay and near the Opera House. We
explored a small part of the Botanic Gardens, before returning to
Circular Quay for one of the popular ice creams. The 'last supper'
was another fish meal from the Fish Market.
Lawson Walk, Fairy Falls
Then the trip to the Airport the next morning, and the long flight
home for David and Jean. We were pleased it was not us having to face
Although other members of my family have visited us in Australia (Rita
and the Claassen family, Loel and Nico, and Jennie), the Beal family
have been more regular visiters. Thank you.
It was just a pity that David and Jean did not stay for New Year's
Eve. We could see some of the fireworks from the balcony of our Glebe
Darling Harbour and Ferry
New Years Eve Fireworks
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