Oct 7, 2022

Australian Kelpie Statue

On the harbourside walk from Taronga Zoo wharf to Clifton Gardens you will pass by this life-sized bronze statue of an Australian Kelpie in Clifton Gardens Reserve.

The sculpture is named 'Alinta,' but from reading the plaque, I don't think it is a statue of a particular Kelpie.

View my earlier post showing photos of dog statues, taken around different parts of Sydney.

View my Taronga wharf to Clifton Gardens post. From Clifton Gardens you can extend the walk to Balmoral Beach or catch a bus back to the City from there.

Mar 3, 2022

Glenbrook Lagoon & Knapsack lookouts

Our walking group revisited Glenbrook recently, visiting Glenbrook Lagoon reserve and the two lookouts in Knapsack Reserve. (see my earlier Glenbrook Lagoon post)

Glenbrook Lagoon

Elizabeth Lookout   


Elizabeth Lookout, on the Eastern escarpment of the Blue Mountains, overlooks Penrith and beyond. Sydney's CBD high-rise buildings can be seen in the far distance if the weather is suitable.






Marges Lookout (below) looks out over the Penrith Lakes parkland (see Penrith International Regatta Centre)  

The Knapsack lookouts can be accessed from the 'Lovers Walk' fire-trail at the end of Barnet Street.

Marges Lookout      





Apr 28, 2020

Centennial Park Revisited

Earlier this year I visited what is probably my favorite parkland - Centennial Park - to plan a group walk. 
It was after Sydney had received drought breaking rain, so it was good to see the ponds full again.

Life size statue of Charles Dickens (below)
Sir Henry Parks, 'father of federation,' was friends with Edward, a son of Dickens who had immigrated to NSW. The statue was removed in 1972 and only returned in 2011 after restoration.

The Federation Pavilion (1988)
was built on the site of the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia on New Years Day 1901. The ceremony took place on a raised platform of Monuya granite, which was latter embedded in the ground.

Centennial Park once displayed 31 terracotta statues, most of which were removed 50 years ago due to damage.

'Sunrise' (right) and 'Sunset' (below) survived on top of nine metre columns, which once flanked the William Street side of the Australian Museum.

You may like to look at my previous post of Centennial Park.

Dec 3, 2019

La Perouse

Our walking group recently visited La Perouse which is on the northern headland of Botany Bay.
  This was the starting point for our walk in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

World War II gun emplacement

 Location Map

La Perouse was named after the French explorer who visited the area in 1788. He arrived at Botany Bay a week after The First Fleet from Britain arrived.

Congwong Bay Beach

Bare Island Fort  was built in the 1880's and latter became a retirement home for war veterans. The island was named from Captain Cook's description of 'a small bare island'. Tours of the Fort are available, mostly on Sundays.

Bare Island, La Perouse

This was my first visit to La Perouse which is about 14km south of Sydney City. After our walk many of us enjoyed fish and chips  before catching one of the frequent buses back to the City.