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    Art Barton Park

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Art Barton Park is named after the renowned artist of Luna Park It is on a section of Lavender Bay foreshore immediately to the west of Luna Park.

    Art worked as an artist at Luna Park from 1935 until 1970 when he retired. In the early 1950's he redesigned the entrance and created the clown face that became the iconic image of Luna Park.

    So if yo do happen to visit Luna Park, walk just a little further to this small, out of the way park and pay tribute to a character with a long standing association to the nearby fairground.

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    Going BATTY in the Royal Botanic Gardens

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    Flying Fox Bat City, in the heart of the Gardens

    As you'll learn from one of my "to do" tips, a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney is a must. For our family, it's almost religion to spend quite time exploring a lovely green oasis in the center of a major city.

    One of the more interesting things about the Royal Botanical Garden is the colony of "flying fox" bats. Located in the trees just beyond the Lion's Gate, you can hear them squeaking in the distance as you approach their little forest. At first, you don't realize what you're seeing and hearing... but all of a sudden, you find yourself in a sea of bats. Thousands of them, all over the sky. And, there's even more of them hanging upside down in the trees, getting some daytime shut-eye.

    ...just another interesting and slightly unusual aspect to the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens experience.

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    Oatley park is a very pretty place to picnic.

    by unravelau Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Oatley Park Kiost/lookout.

    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.

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    Beachfront Park & Playgrounds

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Park and playground

    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.

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    A walk in the park

    by oisha Written Oct 24, 2005

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    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a huge reserve bordering the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. To see some authentic aboriginal rock art, including engravings and "red hands", try the Garigal Aboriginal Heritage Walk (about a 1.5 hour bushwalk that starts on West Head Road) which includes great water views.

    It takes about an hour to drive from downtown Sydney. It costs $11 per car to enter the park, but after that everything is free. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wynyard (downtown) to Palm Beach, and from there enter the park by ferry. Take a picnic lunch with you as there is not a lot available in the park. The park closes at 5:30pm in the winter and 8:00pm in the summer (daylight saving time).

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    Close your eyes and imagine 1965

    by unravelau Written Apr 5, 2003

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    R N P Wattamolla?

    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.

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    Take a trip to the Royal National Park

    by unravelau Written Apr 5, 2003

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    The Royal National Park

    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.

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    Border Garden

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    R is for Roche

    The Hunter Valley Gardens are a project of the Roche Family who spent over 20 million dollars on their pet project. Although it is a commercial venture, it's also a dream. What a wonderful dream for all the world to share!
    At Christmas time it comes alive at night. BE WARNED, buy your ticket on the internet before you get there as the place gets packed. It's Australia's finest display of Christmas lights and the word has gotten around. Don't let the crowds deter you, it's worth a look.

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    Cottage Point, Kuring-gai Chase National Park.

    by linnyloo Written Jul 20, 2003

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    Cottage point sunset

    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.

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    The Chinese Garden on Friendship

    by alisonr Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a spectacular Chineses Garden, which I loved! It had lots of buildings, stone walkways, arches, waterfalls, ponds and of course, flowers and trees. My mum and dad also celebrated their wedding anniversary while we were here, so it was extra special!

    I read that they were designed in China to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary. The garden was a gift to Sydney from its Chinese sister city of Guangdong. It is one of the largest of its type outside Asia, with pavilions, lakes, waterfalls and a Chinese teahouse.

    The gardens are a great hidey spot, green and peacful, a sanctuary in the midst of a major bustling city and an ideal escape from the concrete surrounds of Darling Harbour. If you want an hour or two of solitude, this is the place to do it!

    The Chinese Gardens are open from 9.30am-5pm daily. They close at 6.30pm during the summer (daylight savings) months.

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    Berowra Waters

    by iandsmith Written Jan 28, 2005

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    View on the way down

    This place is listed (surprisingly to me, I have to admit) as one of the top ten things to do while in Sydney. Ashamedly, I had to admit, I hadn't been there.
    Hadn't, that is, until Rosemarie and I plunged down into the sandstone-lined gorge that surrounds this haven on the northern outskirts of Sydney.
    Berowra is really a part of the Hawkesbury River system and, as such, probably more realistically belongs with the Central Coast but, because of the way the city has grown, it has been enveloped by Australia's largest city.

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    En route

    by iandsmith Written Jan 28, 2005

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    Rewards of a keen eye

    If you haven't been to Australia before and you end up on a bush walk, there's lots to see for those who keep their eyes peeled and listen for the sounds of the bush.
    This is an example of what you might note if you keep a keen eye out.
    This delightful bush orchid is only small (I was actually on the ground taking this picture) but is one of the many rewards for the interested.

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    The Berowra walk

    by iandsmith Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    A different type of tree

    This is atypical of scenery on the Central Coast. The light brown coloured eucalypt you see here is only found on a relatively small section of hinterland north of Sydney and the sandstone on which it sits is a common part of the landscape in this area.
    The smooth-barked angophora has to hook on to the sandstone base with its wraparound root system, ever seeking the cracks that will let it find sustenance.

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    An Oasis in the City- Victoria Park

    by natsu Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Victoria Park from Above

    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.

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    Central Park

    by kielorla Written May 13, 2004

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    Central Park

    If you are tired with all those shoppings and need a more quiet relax time, just go to the central park oppsite the central train station. Rest your legs, feed the pigeons and also enjoy the peaceful of the area.

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