Posts Tagged ‘Urban walks’

Sugarloaf Reservoir – before the hailstorm!

Having spent years walking in the most dire weather in Scotland and England, the thought of a bit of rain and cold wasn’t going to deter me from my planned walk around Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills (north-east of Melbourne), yesterday.  More fool me! – at 6C and with hailstones bouncing off me, the bemused mobs of kangaroos I disturbed were clearly questioning my sanity!!  I had the place to myself (unsurprisingly!) & flocks of Eastern Rosellas, but the sunshine found me for 10 minutes, drenching everything is a wonderful saturated colour.  It’s a great walk for the family and will definitely be in the Melbourne’s Best Walks book – but perhaps aim for a kinder weather forecast when you do it!!!  Off to Churchill National Park tomorrow, hoping for a break in the weather…. (ever the optimist!!!). 

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Part of the 17th Sydney Biennale, Roxy Paine's 'Neuron' (2010) outside the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney's Circular Quay.


A great excuse for an urban ramble yesterday when we arrived in Sydney and needed to stretch our legs.  So different to walking in Melbourne, with all those stairs around the Rocks! Parked at Manly Wharf in North Sydney and caught the wonderful old Manly Ferry across the Harbour to Circular Quay.  Probably among the most scenic commuter transport in the world – and the kids really enjoyed riding the big swells coming in through the Heads!  Spent a wonderful afternoon wandering up and down the historic streets and staircases of the Rocks and enjoying the street art and the Rock’s markets.  Ended up at the Museum of Contemporary Art where the whole family enjoyed the art on show there which is part of the 17th Sydney Biennale.  Only regret was we didn’t have time to take the free ferry around to newly opened Cockatoo Island, an old convict-built prison and dock complex in the middle of the Harbour.  It’s now open for the public to explore and a unique exhibition site for another 56 of this year’s Biennale’s artists.  The Biennale’s website includes free art walk guides to download: www.biennaleofsydney.com.au

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