Jul 31, 2010

Sydney Fish Markets

This outing was from Central Station to Sydney’s Fish Markets, Blackwattle Bay at Pyrmont,
by Light Rail

It was easy to get there, as we just got off at the ‘Fish Market’ station and followed the signs.
We crossed the road at the lights (Bank Street, under the Western Distributor) turned left, and then followed the ‘zebra striped’ pedestrian path into and through the car park.

Location map

Sydney Fish Market is said to be the largest working fish market in the Southern Hemisphere. It includes six seafood retailers, as well as other shops and restaurants.

The then State Government announced in April 2010 that the fish market would have an upgrade. The planned redevelopment of the market was expected to be completed by the end of 2012, but suffered a setback. news item

We arrived in time for a late lunch, but earlier would be better I think.
The retail markets are open from 7am until about 4pm

Jul 17, 2010

Florabella Pass - Warrimoo to Blaxland

This interesting bush walk in the lower Blue Mountains was from Warrimoo to Blaxland along the Florabella Pass and Pippas Pass track. We began the 6Km half day walk at Warrimoo station (about 1¼ hrs by train from Sydney), crossed over the highway, turned right and continued past a few shops to ‘The Boulevarde’. Walking along Florabella Street we passed the local Primary school to the start of the walk at the end of the street.

The track was rough and steep as we descended to Florabella Pass, but improved further along the track.

The track followed the Florabella creek, before climbing higher up the side of the gorge and turning more to the east after the junction with Glenbrook creek.

We saw a lyrebird while we stopped for  lunch at the junction with the side track which leads to Ross Street. Our walk continued along the Pippas Pass track, turning off at the exit path which leads up to Blaxland Library.

We passed several caf├ęs on the way to the station, but as the train was due soon we didn't stop for coffee after this walk.

A shorter version of the walk can be done as a circuit starting at Plateau Pde off Bridge Rd Blaxland.
(see Wildwalks 'Florabella Pass Loop')       see T Silva's GPS trace

Our thanks to the walk leader John Masser

Jul 6, 2010

Grey Sky Sydney Excursion

As it was threatening to rain we decided to visit the city and see some of the ‘Bienhale’artworks (which were on display until the end of July).

                      We first visited the Museum of Contempory Art at Circular Quay.

           U.S. artist Roxy Paine's 'Neuron' is based on "dendrites and synapses" is outside the MCA

Leaving the MLC we saw there was a sponsored free ferry running from the western side of Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island which is playing host to many of the Bienhale exhibits.The island in Sydney Harbour, west of the Harbour Bridge, was a convict prison and former shipyard.

                                     Many of the old buildings house the art displays.

The free ferry service was understandably quite popular and the 12 noon ferry we caught was almost full. It is also possible to pay to travel by Sydney Ferries.