Category: "Goings-On"

Around in Australia

June 24th, 2017
Around in Australia

Since our last holiday, we have been trying to stay warm on these cold Aussie nights and getting out to keep our blood circulating. We have actually been quite busy and so have a lot of photos to look at. I'll try to give a bit of background to them so you know what I am showing you. Don't forget, you can see the gallery in order to get the actual location of these places.

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Christmas Cactus - blooming in our garden in June down under

Being seafood lovers and somewhat familiar with world seafood, we went to the Sydney Fish Market to see what was on offer.

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Entrance to Market

There are some interesting and delectable items for sale, although personally I was not overly enticed to sample some of them.

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Scampi - not an Italian gelato flavour as I had thought
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Fresh octopus - for real sushi, just eat these live
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Manta Ray wings for footy night with the lads
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Live sea urchins with built in toothpick
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Murray Cod - not your average cod as we know it
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Raw oysters - not sure of the point to just slurp it down in one go
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Oysters dressed up to disguise their oysterness

And if any of you Newfs were feeling left out, there is a bit of old salt cod for you too!

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Bacalao from Portugal, but probably caught on the Grand Banks

While there, we saw some unusual customers lining up to get some fresh sushi.

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Pelicans love seafood - he is not looking at the child!

We watched these two line up at the door and deftly catch an offering from the kitchen - fresh fish heads!

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What'cha got for me?
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Cheers, matey

We also went downtown again for the Vivid Sydney display. Different sections of the city are set up for displays  - and lots of food.


A few weeks ago, we took a short trip down the coast to visit our friend Cecelia at her new beach house. 

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Beach house in Kioloa

We also met Humphrey, the dog.

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Humphrey likes the new deck

As with most Aussie coast lines, there are endless beaches, waves and beautiful vistas.

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Beaches

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More beaches

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And beaches

We went for long walk along the beach to see what we could see.

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A long walk

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A plover, not unlike our piping plovers of Nova Scotia

We stopped to smell the salty fresh ocean air.

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A salty selfie with Cecelia

Kioloa is home to healthy population of kangaroos. 

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Feeding joey

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Mowing, er, munching the grass

Kangaroos apparently support a healthy population of ticks and mites in their dense fur.

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You tick muncher, you.

A word of caution to parents everywhere - kangaroos are wld animals with some serious kicking power. One kick of this toenail, and you will be punctured.

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Sharper than an awl

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They are so darn cute, though


We also returned to Parramatta Park to visit the bats again.

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Large fruit bats

The colony is alive and well. We have learned that they are not viewed kindly here due to the diseases they carry and the large quantities of poo they spread over people's houses.

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A large healthy colony


Another beautiful weekend, we decided to explore the childhood neighbourhood of our friend Diana. So, off we went to Watson's Bay to have a look-see.

We got ourselves to Circular Quay ...

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Circular Quay

where we hopped a ferry much like this one...

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Harbour ferry

... and passed several iconic Australian sights on our way.

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Harbour Bridge

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Opera House

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City skyline

Out at Watson's Bay, we did the South Head Walk which takes you along the water around the Southern point and entrance to Port Jackson Bay, which contains Sydney Harbour itself and other sections of the larger body of water. 

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View of the city

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Entrance to the harbour

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Selfie spot

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Double selfie


Finally, to mark the abundance of birds that grace our deck and keep us so entertained, here are a few more that we caught on camera.

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Crested pigeon

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Kookaburra - a type of kingfisher

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Crimson Rosella

Location: Inner City, New South Wales, Australia

Walk from Bondi to Coogee

October 5th, 2016

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.

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On the rocks at Clovelly Surf Club and park.

We then walked towards Coogee Beach, past the seagulls and then caught the bus at Coogee back to Bondi.

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Seagulls patrolling the rocks at Coogee

Back at Bondi, we got onto the trail and started to walk. The views are fantastic whichever way you look.

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Looking towards Bondi

All along the way...

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Along the Bondi to Coogee Trail

There are several smaller beaches along the way including Tamarama Beach.

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Tamarama Beach -more sand than surf

There are also some rocky shoreline areas which provide great photo opportunities.

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Mackenzie Point

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.

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Dolphins doing the walk

You can the pod in this picture of the shoreline along Bronte Beach and Tamarama in the distance.

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Bronte Beach coastline

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.

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Waverley Cemetery

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.

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Don't forget to click on the photos to see a larger image.

Location: Bondi (2026), Inner City, New South Wales, Australia