On first mention, you will not even bother to think twice of this place. Un-evocatively named the ‘Brick-pit Ring Walk’, it will sound too urban, uncultured, and uninteresting. The truth cannot be any far from that. The picturesque steel ring, uplifted 20 metres in the air on stilts, is splashed with pastel colours and is tucked away, obscured, in one corner of the Sydney Olympic Park area. Not only is it a peaceful calming walk upon a shamrock green lake but is also one powerful download in zoology and geology.
Sydney has its share of riches – yet, there are so many of those quaint, quiet treasures that lie like a recluse waiting for a wayfarer to discover. And get overwhelmed. Such as the hidden shipwrecks on Homebush Bay. Iron giants in retirement, anyone?
I have been to the Taronga Zoo umpteen times and have written about it on numerous occasions earlier. This time, it was the charisma of the Capybaras. To be ignorantly honest, I didn’t even know these critters existed. Yet when I read these are the world’s largest rodents, I had to see them. I had told you – some people just require an excuse!
The onset of spring. Solitude and peace in a Japanese garden. Cherry blossoms waiting patiently for a sensuous rampage. While the magnolias and chaenomeles can no longer wait. They have burst forth like the vanguards of the season. So many scurrying thoughts, yet so much peace. Zen.The outcome? Haikus on Spring, Sakura and solitude…
If you have not heard of the Pylon Lookout, then believe me, you are unaware of Sydney’s best kept secret. For it is the greatest vantage point in the city (move aside Cremorne, move aside Vaucluse). I mean, it would be hard to beat the panoramic landscapes of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour, seen from one of the highest points of the Harbour Bridge itself. While most Sydneysiders and tourists alike are aware of the bridge climb, there is a less expensive option of reaching the same dizzy heights. Almost. That’s your Pylon Lookout (AUD 15 entry ticket). […]
‘Let there be light!’ the city said. And light there was. It was winter, the days were grayed in hazy shades. So it was time to invoke the lights at night. Welcome to Vivid Sydney, version 10 – the world’s largest festival of lights and the country – and the southern hemisphere’s – largest festival, with over 2 million visitors making the annual pilgrimage. While the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House take away first prize, no prizes for guessing – other locations, increasing over the years, and vying for strong attention include the Rocks, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling […]
For snorkelling Sydney-siders, the city’s crenellated shoreline has brilliant spots – Gordon’s Bay, Colin’s flat and Shelly beach to name a few. However, if you desire to get far from the madding crowd, without driving to exhaustion, the Illawarra region has a sparkling option – Bushranger’s Bay. Roughly 120 km from the city, it takes about 2 hours to drive to Bushranger’s Bay via Wollongong and Port Kembla. Called ‘Allowrie’ (apparently translating to ‘pleasant place by the sea’) by the once local Tharawal indigenous tribes, Lake Illawarra was named Tom Thumb’s lagoon by Matthew Flinders after his boat, Tom Thumb. I […]
If you have ever wandered about in Sydney, the Royal Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city must have been on your tick list. As it should be. While quite popular among locals and tourists alike, what is less known and even lesser frequented are its affiliate cousins far from Sydney. There’s one at the Blue Mountains (the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah) and then there’s one at the threshold of Sydney at its south-western frontier – the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan. Claimed to be the largest botanic gardens in the country, Mt. Annan aims to […]
If you have ever explored the squillions of squiggly shorelines of Sydney, you will know by now that ‘enough’ is never enough. A few more steps and there comes another hidden beach or a lost lagoon or even a cascade in the city. Sydney is all that, and to a poetic mind, maybe even beyond. And all this is definitely worth exploring – if not for the delectable cafes and kodak moment vantage points, then at least for the millions of years that went into the formation of this spectacular shoreline. About 250 million years ago in the Triassic Period, […]
Named after its cousin in London, the Sydney Hyde Park is am emerald wrapped bounty in the heart of the city. Gushing in green all around, the shaded boulevards make for an amazing walk anytime of the day. Having visited the Australian Museum and St. Mary’s cathedral, I wrapped off my day in this oasis of peacefulness that is Hyde Park. Once devoid of trees, today the park is a picturesque postcard wrapped in greenery and peppered with many a fountain and statue (including the famous Archibald Fountain). Take a walk through the Park in this photo essay: