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.
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.
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.
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/