North Ryde

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  • Day37

    Anfahrt auf Sydney

    January 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Zu Beginn unserer Rreise hätten wir nicht erwartet, so ohne Probleme nach Sydney zu kommen. Rauch war kaum mehr Sichtbar und auch den Geschmack nur selten. Nächster Halt war Newcastel (inklusiv Lunch) Bild alter Leuchtturm. Über den alten Pacific Highway ginges dann Richtung Sydney.
    Bis nahe an die Grossstadt (4 Milionen Einwohner) hat es riesige Wälder und für die Autobahn wurden die Felsen geteilt. Unser Campingplatz für die nächsten 4 Tage liegt 10 Fahrminuten vom Zentrum und im Grünen🤗
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  • Day631


    February 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We pitched up at Lone Cove National Park site in the northern suburbs of Sydney, where we are staying for a few days. We were soon visited by a curious water dragon, and again we are surrounded by bird life.
    On Saturday we went for a general wander around the city. Taking the metro and train into the Town Hall we wandered through the city past the Anzac memorial through to the Botanical Gardens. We popped in to the art galley for a look at their offerings, where there was a nice mix of the old and new. Some of the aboriginal art was very interesting.
    Continuing our walk we took in the gardens where there was a festival dedicated to the tomato, then on to Mrs Macquarie's seat for the iconic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. In the afternoon we took a walking tour hosted by Jasinda who took us through some of the less well known areas of the city and to some more of its landmarks.
    Sunday saw us taking the train into Central where we walked along to Victoria Park. We knew that this was going to be very colourful as the Park was hosting the start of the Mardi Gras fesitival which culminates in the Gay Pride Parade two weeks later. The LGBT fair did not disappoint -a very colourful morning with all sorts to see. Jamie had advised us previously that, when he applied for his Aussie citizenship, he could define his sexuality in any one of up to 25 ways on the application form and surely the fair must have encompassed them all. The LGBT logo had been extended to LGBTQIA on many stalls -there were certainly a good number of queens there - great fun and all very friendly. We then wandered down through Bath Street and Wellington Park to the fish market - it was absolutely buzzing and the food looked delicious - we resolved to spend a lunch time there whilst we were here - so we passed through to have a look at The Rocks Sunday Market. Our feet were tired after so much walking so we jumped on the Manly ferry at Circular Key and took a quick look at the beach there prior to a swift return.
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  • Day634


    February 17, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    On Monday we again took the metro and train into the city. We walked across the Sidney Harbour Bridge, but decided against the walk over the top (looked incredibly scary!). We then met up with our nephew William with his partner Sarah and their new son Angus. We met at the Australian Hotel, a traditional old pub above The Rocks, and enjoyed a couple of beers as we tucked into kangaroo, emu and crocodile pizzas. All very pleasant, and it was great to meet up with and have a cuddle with Angus. Afterwards we wandered down to Bangaroo to have a look at the new park that has been built on the headland. A nice day for Karen's birthday.
    Tuesday was spent on the site having a rest from all the walking - we read our books beside the site pool. In the evening we enjoyed a couple of beers with our site neighbors Bronwyn and Frank who own an Autotrail Delaware just like ours. They rent their appartment and have been travelling in Australia for 18 month. In a couple of months they will embark on a trip to Broome in the north west for the winter period.
    A spectacular thunder and lightning storm passed over head through the night and once again out tent performed perfectly.
    On Wednesday we took public transport to Coogee Beach and completed the cliff and coastal walk to Bondi beach. A wonderful walk with great views along the coast. There were many people also doing the walk in both directions. After a couple of hours on the beach enjoying the sunshine and surf we took the bus to Watsons Bay where we hoped to get the ferry back through the harbour to Circular Key. We had left it too late, so we returned to site by bus and train.
    In the evening we had a close encounter with the local wild life, Karen had read that Kookaburra often steal sausages from bbqs as they are meat eaters. We were tucking into a very nice steak when K turned her back for an instance, at which point a Kookaburra flew under our awning to make off with her steak. It all happened in a flash. We will be more careful next time!
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  • Day637


    February 20, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    On Thursday we returned to the city centre, as we had booked a visit around the Opera House, after which we walked over to the fish market for our lunch. A most enjoyable morning - the opera house is holding up well and is well maintained. It is undergoing a further refurbishment in the main concert hall ready for its 50th anniversary in a couple of years time. We got to see a couple of the smaller theatres and concert halls and the Joan Sutherland Hall. A structural engineer's delight throughout and a tribute to my old employer Sir Ove Arup.
    We were not disappointed with our fish dinner and returned to the site after walking through the Queen Victoria Building on George Street - this is now host to boutique shopping on 4 levels and holds a letter from ER which is to be opened in 2085.
    On Friday we had a bit of a rest day - we took a walk in the adjacent National Park and shared a coffee with Bronwyn and Frank before lunch after which we enjoyed some quiet by the pool. The National Park trails by the river were predominantly shut whilst Rangers sorted out storm damage, but we got a good feel for this nature reserve in the middle of the city. Maybe next visit we will be able to walk the 17k down to the harbour through the park.
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North Ryde, NRE