Leafy Balmain

Balmain is one of those old inner city Sydney suburbs that I have never visited, so one of the things that I decided to do when I was in Sydney for a week was to rectify that. Okay, while the suburb isn’t serviced by any train, it is serviced by the ferries (though as a form of public transport they certainly aren’t the fastest – the Parramatta River Cat takes at least two hours to make its way from Circular Quay to the Parramatta Wharf). … More Leafy Balmain

A Drummoyne Detour

Well, the next day of my self-guided tour of Sydney was going to take me to Cockatoo Island and Balmain, however for some strange reason I decided that I would go and visit the suburbs of Woolwich and Drummoyne before I wandered around Cockatoo Island. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake because it landed up that I really didn’t have all that much time to take in all Cockatoo Island had to offer. However, I will leave that for my other post because this is about the detour that I decided to take beforehand. … More A Drummoyne Detour

Cockatoo Island – A Shipyard and a Prison

I have to say that I wasn’t all that sure what I would find here. All I knew is that was that Cockatoo Island was an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour at which the ferries stopped. For some reason I quite like islands – maybe it has something to do with them being difficult to get to, or rather that on an island you are effectively cut off from the rest of the world. … More Cockatoo Island – A Shipyard and a Prison

Hyde Park – A Morning Stroll

I’m not really all that sure if one could actually write an entire blog post on this not so little (but hardly big) park in the middle, or actually to one side, of the Sydney CBD. A part of it reminds me of pictures of Central Park in New York, though I would have to consider Hyde Park the baby brother (it is only surrounded by buildings on two sides – to the east you have the Domain, and the museum, and to the north you have a bunch of old buildings, which includes Parliament house. … More Hyde Park – A Morning Stroll

North Sydney – The Other Side of the Harbour

To be honest with you, other than what I wrote in a previous post there probably isn’t all that much to see over this side of the harbour. In fact, other that standing on the harbour shore at Bradfield Park and looking over to the city, or the odd harbour side trek, this side of the city could probably be left out of most itineraries. However, being the exploratory person that I am, I decided that a trip over here would be of interest. … More North Sydney – The Other Side of the Harbour

St Matthias – Paddington’s Church

I have a rather interesting relationship with St Matthias Anglican Church in that while I have only been here twice I actually have a few connections, namely the current and previous senior pastors. The reason for that is that both of them used to be pastors at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Adelaide, with one of them being both my youth pastor, and also the head of what was then the Evangelical Union (EU) at Adelaide University. … More St Matthias – Paddington’s Church

Bonding at Bondi

“Have you ever been there on a hot day?” was the answer I received from a Sydneysider when I asked him what the big deal about Bondi Beach was. Well, as you can see from the photo above that is what Bondi Beach is like when the weather is quite nice (though it wasn’t stinking hot) and while the multitude of kites were pretty cool, there was one thing that put me off this place – people. … More Bonding at Bondi

Pubs of the Rocks

For some reason every time I come to Sydney I seem to find myself down at the Rocks. Maybe it has something to do with it being the closest thing to an Old City that you get in Australia (I say that because The Rocks is where the original settlement was located and in a way it is Australia’s oldest suburb). Maybe it also has something to do with the pubs because, once again, you will also find some of Australia’s oldest pubs down here. Okay, I’ll admit it – I visited the Rocks this time simply to go and check out all the pubs so that I could write this post. … More Pubs of the Rocks