National Parks / Parks / Gardens, Sydney
Victoria park is a great place to hang out. There are lots of amazing fig trees around the park, and you can sit on the lawn and relax. Or if you feel like swimming, the Victoria Park Pool is just right in the middle of the park.
as you walk around, take your time and look around.. you'll be surprised with what you may discover.. we were walking to our parking lot in randwick and we saw a flock of parrots feeding on the fruits on a tree.. pretty lovely sight!
This lovely park and playground are located right by the beach.
There are several hotels and eateries nearby, and picnic tables in the park.
The park is heavily treed, for that wonderful summer shade. There are also bathroom/shower facilities nearby.
Oatley Park, on the Georges River southern suburb of Sydney is a lovely surprise for people. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town you can almost imagine that you are right out in the bush........which indeed you are while driving in the park.
This unique kiosk, come lookout is situated on the central stairway to the beach.
We were priviledged to spend a couple of days with family who own a (spectacular) holiday 'cottage' at Cottage Point.
A place of magnificent natural beauty, I found it restoring to sit on the balcony of the cottage and just watch the boats sail pass. Now and then a small seaplane would fly in, delivering well-heeled guests from Sydney to a local well known restaurant.
The Kuring-gai Chase National Park is the second oldest national park in NSW. The park conserves 15,000 ha of sandstone bushland only 24 km from the centre of Sydney. It's rich in Aboriginal sites, European history and native flora and fauna. The park's steep-sided drowned river valleys lend it a spectacular and rugged beauty.
Many of the houses are built along these steep slopes, mostly down at the waters edge for sailboat access. The road being high above the house, many homes are reached by way of an 'inclinator', a terrifying, upright type of lift that runs along a railtrack of sorts.
Best not to look down I found!
Located at the junction of Cowan Creek and Coal & Candle Creek, part of the Hawkesbury Broken Bay River System. Cottage Point was only reached by boat until 1934 when a bridle track to Akuna Bay was formed.
The link below will tell you how to get there, what you need to take and how long you would need to set aside to do it justice. I must admit that I was very impressed by the site and the information. If you do this side trip from Sydney, you might then understand why I used to visit there so much when I lived in Sydney and why I think that it is something not to be missed by visitors.
Now place yourself in the Royal National Park in Sutherland, Sydney...........perhaps near Garie or Wattamolla Beaches.
I have had a lovely time this week locating a box of slides of places taken when I was younger. Way back then I had a slide viewer, but that disappeared somewhere off the beaten track and so I didn't know what I would find when I had a few of them printed. Some more are in a travelogue here.
I just popped into the link, (below) and it is fantastic.......shortly I will do another trip down memory lane and check the whole link out.
Royal National Park. It's just south of greater Sydney. Great for bush walking. Don't forget to stopover at the spot where Captain Cook landed back in 1788. It's in Kurnell, a little bit north of the Royal National Park
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney: Lots of bats hanging on tall tree branches is a rare sight. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular locations. http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au/
Well, I don't suppose these are really 'Off the beaten path' as these are places that Tourists are generally directed to, but they are still great. The Blue Mountains are a must, Lane Cove National Park is great and also the Jenolan Caves. Although the caves are fascinating with 10 different cave systems to choose from the surrounding countryside and walks are equally great with fantastic views of Jenolan Lake from on high. The drive from Sydney to the caves is fascinating to see the countryside change, it really is spectacular. Another great little place is Leura which is a small town in the Blue Mountains, if you get to the Golf Course there you will see some incredible views from the putting greens. If you travel down the coast from Sydney, near Wollongong there is the Budderoo National Park, we went to the Minnamurra rainforest there and it was fantastic, got to see a Lyrebird, but take plenty of insect repellent! I shall put some more detail of this great place on my Wollongong page. We got lost one day when we missed a turn for Dee Why beach and ended up on the Pacific Highway, but hey no worries we found some great places, The Kuring-gai National Park, Woy-Woy, Umina and Pearl beaches and Gosford, where we had the best fish and chips I can ever remember! The place is called Monti's (thanks to Colin Bramso for the info). We were staying near to Parramatta which is quite nice with a good visitor centre, we got the RiverCat hydrofoil down the Parramatta River to Sydney harbour which was a great way to enter the City. Out of the beaches we visited we thought Palm beach and Whale beach were the best, not too crowded, great sand and water, these are North of Sydney, Manlys great too, but anyway I could go rambling on for ages!
The pics of our 2 kids at that golf course nr. Leura
Some of the Macquarie towns are interesting as these were some of the first settled after Sydney. We liked Windsor, there's a good pub there called the Macquarie Arms.;-). Cattai National Park is near here too.
Bundanoon and Morton National Park are about 2 hours south of Sydney by train. It is extremely beautiful to hike through the National Park, and everyone in town is so friendly. Check out Glow Worm Glen at night! Very cool!
The reserve from Cremorne Point to Mosman. You just catch a ferry at Circular Quay, stop at Cremorne Point, and follow the track (on you right) to Mosman. You'll follow the Reserve : it's free and it's just beautiful and peaceful.
When wandering in the botanical gardens near the gift shop, look up! You'll see hundreds of huge fox bats cavorting in the trees, even during the day-light hours. I have never seen bats so large or so furry (I actually wanted to pet them). Lot's of tourists seemed oblivious to their presence, but apparently this is their home.
Head about 2-hour south to Minnamurra Rainforests. It's incredible to see rainforests in Australia. ( I know it's not what you expect from this country, especially since our first image is the outback!) You can picnic there and do a hike up to see this falls.