AUSTRALIA, Sydney Harbour North Shores area, New South Wales,
12-14 Mar 2013
North Shores Sydney, Cromer,North Bridge, Heads, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
Australia, Sydney North Shore 12-14 mar 2013 cromer, eco boat, Pittwater, Freshwater beach, north heads and sanctuary, covering amongst others 170 selective slideshow images, north shore with family & friends, west head lighthouse, Palm beach, ocean swimming pool, Whale beach, surf info in and around the area, jelly fish, aboriginal rock carvings, Hard Rock Cafe in Darling Harbour and associated rush hour - a no no on reflection, fish, Ku-ring-gai chase national park, French's Forest (Annie's old haunts) , lion island, apple tree bay, Barrenjoey lighthouse, Laura's place in Rushcutters Bay, Aussie meal at Laura's , croc, roo and lamingtons, yummy, Bay View, bobbin head, church point, reserves, west head point lookout, commodore heights, manly beach, manly town, illawong point, Scotland island-so love it, red gum , scribble bark, gum trees of all sorts, surfing, north heads, warratah, new south wales (NSW), northbridge, roseville, boating, battery powered eco boats, middle harbour, Bantry Bay, picnic on board the eco boat, meal at Laura's, Hordern park, cabbage tree boat harbour, broken bay, port jackson, willungra track, black cockatoo, bandicoots, basin aboriginal engraving site, guringai land, hawksbury sandstone, the Pacific Ocean, empire marina, bobbin head inn, kalkari, birrawanna track We were previously in this area in 1995, 2007 and then again in 2017.
Tuesday March 12th 2013
Summary, Sydney 28 degrees centigrade
We drove in our white Holden hire car to see the wonderful Palm beach, especially so now we are again on the Sydney North shore residing at Cromer. We had last visited in 2008. Had to pay $5 ussie dollars an hour to park our car.
We went swimming in the pool next to the beach. The pool like many beach side pools in Sydney and surrounding areas is filled naturally by sea water, it’s a great idea if you are on the coast. School kids were having swimming lessons there as well.
We then drove to see whale beach and around the local area, quite steep and narrow in places and then onto the just lovely, Pittwater. Then it was onto Bay View & Church Point. All very expensive and exclusive areas to live because of the splendid locations. We saw Scotland Island from Church point plus a lady who was clearly a nanny ferrying kids from an exclusive Scotland Island family over to the mainland, see how the other half (or is it 1% ha-ha) live.
We returned to the cottage and went for a swim in our garden pool to cool off, lovely after such a hot day.
In the evening we set off in the car into Sydney for a meal at Laura’s flat. On route Keef wanted to go to the Hard Rock Café to get a T-shirt. Big mistake, rush hour in Sydney is not a fun time. Took ages to get to Darling harbour. The journey was very stressful, and it cost $10 to park the car but Keef thought it was well worth it to get his Sydney T-shirt. We then got lost trying to find Laura’s flat in Rushcutters’s Bay. It was dark by now, so we rang her to get final directions.
We arrived late, Laura, Steve her then boyfriend, and her flat mate, Penny Lane (maybe her parents were Beatles fans, who knows) did us a real Aussie meal, crocodile kebabs, roo steaks with salad and Lamington’s for dessert. It was all lovely and such friendly people. Went for a stroll after the meal with Laura and Steve to get a view of downtown Sydney at night from Rushcutters.
We returned to Cromer very tired, but it was a super quick journey on the way back as no one about.
Wednesday March 13th 2013
Visited North Heads sanctuary to get views of the harbour and Vaucluse across the water, Watson’s Bay, and the city centre skyline. All lovely.
Bandicoots live there but they are nocturnal. Another hot day. Visited Manly and walked along the beach in the water, just so cooling. There was poor surf today, but the beach and promenade were busy. Cost $5 to park on Manly Sea front. We then visited Freshwater beach, a little cove with soft sand. It was far too hot, so we returned to the holiday cottage in Cromer for a swim in the pool. The dog had calmed down and is not so bothersome, but it is sad he never gets taken on a walk.
We then drove to Northbridge near Roseville, north Sydney for an evening boat excursion on the harbour with Steve, Laura, Hannah & David. Lovely evening. We were early as our side of the harbour, but the rest got stuck in traffic.
It was a small pleasure boat, battery powered and owned by Steve. Steve also owned one more of this battery powered boats fronting his eco boat business. It had comfy cushions on the seats. Steve steered the boat out of the marina into middle harbour and surrounding bays. There were lovely homes on the wooded hillsides. We had beer, wine, and food, all very nice and listened to music.
When it got dark, we moved into Bantry Bay and looked at the stars. A lovely evening and one we will always remember.
Thursday March 14th 2013
Summary, Sydney, and Phoenix’s birthday
We went to Ku-ring-gai chase today. A national park near French’s Forest, it cost $11 to get in. We spent most of the day here driving to various beauty spots with views of Palm beach, the Pacific Ocean, and the Hawkesbury River.
We saw some black Cockatoos at west head point. We looked hard for other animals but did not see any sadly. We stopped at a picnic area and saw a bush turkey.
We then walked along a wide bush track to see some ancient Aboriginal rock carvings of men with fish. Interpretive panels explained the carvings. It started to get misty, and we thought it might rain so we returned to the car. Outside the park we saw a dead wallaby on the side of the road. We stopped at a bakery in the Sydney suburbs, to buy the pud for evening meal, on the way back to the holiday cottage.
We prepared a meal for Hannah & David who drove over to Cromer with little Riley, he is such a cutie. We did a BBQ with cheesecake and wine. Said our farewells and thanks as they returned to Vaucluse. David’s brother and his partner were now visiting from the UK, they had done us proud.
We will miss Hannah & David and Riley the dog, they looked after us so well.