Walking Coastal Sydney: The Rocks to Maroubra & Manly to the Spit Bridge

Currently Reading: Bill Dunbar – Telemachus (Pre-Publication – Draft 2, 2019)

My mother (Naida) and brother (Steve) arrived in town for my Graduation celebrations last week, and we walked up a storm over the week they were here. We were occasionally grounded due to the onset of some much needed wet weather and by the events surrounding Graduation Day itself, but we got back out there later in the week for some more miles. Following are some pics from the stretch between The Rocks and Maroubra, and between Manly and the Spit Bridge.

Arrival

The rear courtyard in our Rocks apartment

While I wait

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Steve showing us why the Rocks is so named (and his appreciation for the lovely meal we’d just enjoyed)

Day One – The Rocks to Rose Bay

First morning glimpse

View back towards Opera House and Bridge from Botanical Gardens

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – she liked this spot, so her husband built her a road. And carved her a seat out of stone. What a ledge.

Fountain at Kings Cross

Community Garden – Help Yourselves! Lettuce leaves. Endive too!

Kings Cross Flatiron

Elizabeth Bay

No Junkmail Thank You!

Rushcutters Bay

Double Bay

“Dumping of rubbish prohibited in this area” ==> Reactionary?

I can’t recall what this park was called…

… but its public loo had a fairly impressive toilet paper holder

Bonafide

Blackburn Gardens

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Murray Rose Pool

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Staircase to Nowhere

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Ma and Bro enroute to the Rose Bay Ferry

We got back to our accommodation after having hiked a solid 15km around Sydney’s foreshore but Steve felt we hadn’t quite done enough with our day yet. So we walked across the bridge, climbed the southeast pylon and finished off our day with a mini pub crawl home.

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Heading up the Argyle Stairs

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And the Bridge Stairs

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View of the bridge from atop the southeast pylon with its 360º views

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Anzac Bridge to the left of the shot and Walsh Bay piers in foreground (home of the Sydney Theatre Company, for example, and a plethora of small cafes, restaurants and other places of business)

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Stained Glass art in the upper levels of the southeast pylon

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Beer number three at the Australia Hotel

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Welcome to The Rocks…

Day Two – Rose Bay to Bondi

We caught the ferry back to Rose Bay on our second morning and continued where we’d left off.

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Mum and Steve at the entrance to the Sydney Harbour National Park Hermitage Foreshore Walk, ready for our second leg

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One of many sweet little bays along this stretch

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Beautifully maintained boardwalks right along the water’s edge

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Of root and rock

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Further foreshore scenes

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It’s amazing how much of the heart of Sydney is designated ‘national park’ and publicly accessible to all

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Bridge at an ever-increasing distance

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Tree love

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‘The Real’ Strickland House

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Watsons Bay (for delicious breakfast, followed by this lovely view)

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Armour amour

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Cape Hornby Lighthouse, South Head

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Erected 1858

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Rounding South Head and turning towards Bondi

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Gap Bluff with North Head in the background

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Entering the stunning clifftop reserves of the Pacific-facing eastern suburbs

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This bull seems to have lost its way

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Our Local: The Hero of Waterloo

Interlude

This finally happened:

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Dr Who?

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Dr Lou!

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A more conventional pose

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This is where I lecture on Mondays

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A more conventional Lou pose

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Ok, what’s next?

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We dined at 360º – Sydney’s revolving restaurant

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And returned via the Quay

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The beautiful bridge at night

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Argyle St – The Rocks after hours

City Ramblers

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Mum with her new wheels

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The star studded ceiling of the War Memorial at Hyde Park

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More Opera House views

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That quirky Darling Harbour architecture again

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Steve awaiting the ferry at Yurulbin Park near Birchgrove Wharf

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Clean windows allow for a seemingly seamless scene

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Circular Quay environs starting to feel like home

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Evening vista

Day Six – Bondi to Maroubra

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Caught the bus to Bondi and continued south to Maroubra via all those coastal beaches – I haven’t included photographs of the Bondi to Coogee section here because I have already blogged about it in an earlier post about ‘Scultpure by the Sea’

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Lush coastal scene

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The path would disappear in a matter of months if you left this hedge to run rampant

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Some wild water among these beautiful slabs of stone

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Serene rock pool – until the next wave!

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Maroubra with rubix

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Maroubra surf beach

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Maroubra – the southernmost point we reached on this trip

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Lord Nelson – another local – tasting flights (4 beers) for $15 – don’t mind if I do!

Day Seven – Manly to Spit Bridge

For our final walk, we took the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay, then walked the 10km stretch of coastline back to the Spit Bridge.

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The thoroughfare from ferry terminal to beach at Manly

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Looking back toward North Harbour Reserve

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40 Baskets Beach

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Lone Fisherman

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The stunning rainbow lorikeet – not bothered by our humanness at all

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Poor picture quality on the phone’s zoom, but check out those colours

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Hence the name

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Reef Bay – there are some neat little shacks right down on the water’s edge – you wouldn’t be allowed to build those now but it would be pretty fantastic having that kind of a weekender…

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Mum and Steve with grass tree

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Fish Petroglyphs – Aboriginal stone art at Grotto Point

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Dead trees kissing

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Sometimes these paths are carved and woven into the rock itself

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Mother and brother making tracks

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More tree love – such stunners

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Lush natural forest

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Final stretch before the Spit Bridge

In other, very exciting news, I am returning to van life. I have work lined up at the Peach Farm near Ulladulla again this summer, then I am taking next year off teaching to work on my publications, and to travel around Australia while I write. My brother, Steve (pictured above) is returning to Sydney next week and with his help, I am going to sell my current car and buy a van. Four more weeks of teaching commitments then I will be a free agent with a van. Woo!

Books Completed: Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot

 

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