Aug 2, 2015

Centennial Park and Labyrinth

On this return visit to Sydney's beautiful Centennial Park, I was looking forward in seeing the 260m sandstone labyrinth. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a single pathway leading to the centre. There are more than 1,700 stones of 80 different shapes and sizes in the pathway designed for quiet reflection and exploration.

The weather was cold and showers threatened, but I enjoyed my visit none the less.

The Labyrinth, which was opened in September 2014, was featured in an ABC 'Compass' program 'Walk The Talk'

 Centennial Park Labyrinth 

      Sydney Labyrinth                 park location map  

Link to my previous Centennial Park blog post

Jul 9, 2015

Lane Cove River

Pond near Tarban Creek, Huntleys Cove

This walk, which began at Huntleys Point wharf on the Parramatta River, was a new one for me. It followed a section of the Great Northern Walk along the Lane Cove River, to West Chatswood.

Tarban Creek bridge from Huntleys Cove

Lane Cove River
At Epping Road, North Ryde, we crossed under the Lane Cove River Bridge. (above)
A little to the north of this, and within Lane Cove Nation Park, is a site once known as the Fairyland Pleasure Grounds - 'a place of mystery and beauty' - the clearing on the banks of the river, once featured a picnic ground, dance hall, flying-fox etc. It dates from 1913, and remained in use until the early 1970s. (below)

We ended our 10.9km walk at Delhi Rd near Fullers bridge, and caught a bus to Chatswood station. My thanks to our walk leader.
         GPS trace map              location map  (Huntleys Point)         location map  (Lane Cove)   

May 2, 2015

Bicentennial Park

We stated our walk to the Homebush Bay - Badu Mangrove section of Bicentennial Park, at Rhodes Station. We followed the track alongside Homebush Bay Drive, before exploring the section of track between Powells Creek and the Billabong.  See map link

Homebush Bay from Bicentennial Park

We shouldn't have been surprised when we encountered mosquitoes in the area between the creek and the billabong (photos left & below).

(above left) 'Warrigal Greens' (a bush food), growing next to Powells Creek.

(above right) Black Swans in the waterbird refuge
Billabong, Bicentennial Park

The wreak of  various ships can be seen from the 'Shipwreck Lookout', which juts out into Homebush Bay. The reason for this, is that part of the bay was once used as a ship-breaking yard.

Rhodes is about 17kms from Central Sydney. You could also start or finish from Concord West. This was a return visit for me -
Link to my previous post on Bicentennial Park