This blog illustrates day walks and trips in
the Blue Mountains, Sydney and the nearby areas that we have visited. Most were accessed using public transport.

Jul 5, 2014

Fungi

Late autumn and early winter is a good time for observing and enjoying the different forms and colours of fungi. This post is a small collection of photos I have taken on different walks, and as you might be able to tell, two of them were taken on bush walks and the other two on urban walks.

Amanita muscaria



Coral Fungi
         
               Some informative blogs:  'Fungimap's Blog' and Australian Fungi Blog

Jun 24, 2014

Australian Botanic Garden

The Australian Botanic Garden, at Mt Annan, south west of Sydney, has plantings designed to display the diversity of the Australian flora.

The Water Garden, Aust. Botanic Garden - Mt Annan

While there we also visited the Australian PlantBank (photos below) which is located within the Garden. With an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s plant species under threat of extinction, PlantBank aims at safeguarding our plants from an uncertain future. It houses thermal efficient seed storage vaults, climate controlled glasshouses, state of the art laboratories, specialised teaching facilities etc.





 

               Location Map                                   Australian Plant Society 

                   Sydney Transport Trip planner

May 30, 2014

Nielsen Park and Parsley Bay

This harbour walk in Sydney's eastern suburbs continues on from my last post.        map link

Shark Beach, Nielson Park


Nielson Park  is part of Sydney Harbour National Park, and while the name might put some off swimming there, part of the popular 'Shark Beach' was netted when I visited. (not in photo)

There is a cafe/restaurant (left) opposite the beach, and a walking track within the park.





Nearby Vaucluse House  is 'one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds'. It was purchased by William Charles Wentworth, colonial explorer, barrister and politician, in 1827.

A little further on and hidden from the road, is Parsley Bay, a spot I have wanted to visit for sometime.

'The Parsley Glen' pedestrian access, a cable suspension bridge between the two shores of the bay, was built in 1910 at a cost of £500.

The Parsley Bay Reserve enclosure provides a swimming area ~150m long and 95m wide (subject to tidal variations).

Parsley Bay   & Woollahra Library Local History Centre PDF
More walk information




I caught a Route 325 bus from Edgecliff station. These turn off New South Head Rd. at Vaucluse Rd and go to Watsons Bay.