Yes, we do live in Sydney, but to real Sydney-siders, we must confess that we actually live in Parramatta. It might be like people from Dartmouth saying they live in Halifax, or people from Peterborough claming to be from Toronto. Nevertheless, we love it and it is now home for the next little while. We share this home with a colony of Grey-headed flying foxes, many of which fly over our garden in the dusk.
Unlike many of their smaller cousins who roost in caves, eaves of houses or in your belfry, these flying foxes hang out in the broad daylight. Click on the pictures for a larger view and slide show.
Most, however, are simply trying to sleep and rest up for their night's activities of grazing for fruit and flowers to eat.
It seems that they get restless as well, perhaps from the noise of the neighbouring park. During our visit, there was a lot of activity and occasional foxes flying around.
The Parramatta Park had a few other residents as well. The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a noisy fellow, making a screeching noise that could be the model for pterodactyls.
The park is on the site of one of the first farming efforts in Australia starting in about 1790 under the guidance of Arthur Philip. This house was the first Governor's house, built in 1788. It now houses a restaurant and small art gallery.
One thing we have found pleasantly surprising is the Aussie BBQ culture. In almost every park we visit, they have free gas BBQs available for general use. This seems to be a great idea.
Australians love to go walking. In fact, they have an entire industry designed around walks. They have lots of walking trails and books written to help you find those trails. My previous post about the Convict Trail is a great example of this. Another great, and perhaps 'famous' walk is the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk. This is truly a spectacular walk and a must for anyone visiting Sydney.
The walk starts on the Bondi Beach. Of course, you can do it in reverse, or you can park anywhere along the way. We parked at Clovelly Surf Club where they have a large and free parking lot.
We then walked towards Coogee Beach, past the seagulls and then caught the bus at Coogee back to Bondi.
Back at Bondi, we got onto the trail and started to walk. The views are fantastic whichever way you look.
All along the way...
There are several smaller beaches along the way including Tamarama Beach.
There are also some rocky shoreline areas which provide great photo opportunities.
This walk is so popular that along the way we even saw a pod of dolphins swimming along the walk! I know they are a bit distant in the photo, but I also thought the sight was quite the thing.
You can the pod in this picture of the shoreline along Bronte Beach and Tamarama in the distance.
Along the way the trail passes through a graveyard. While I am in no hurry to end there, is it quite the view to enjoy for all eternity.
The last stretch of the walk before Clovelly boasts a lawn bowling club. These clubs are scattered all around Sydney. After watching a few throws, it struck me that it is basically curling on grass. The main difference is that the view is much nicer and the environment is a little bit warmer.
Don't forget to click on the photos to see a larger image.