Time to finish the Sydney Harbour Walk
The three of us had arranged to meet again for the weekend staying in one of Sydney’s Hotels to finish the Sydney Harbour loop walk or should I clarify the North Shore leg of the 7 bridges of Sydney Harbour.
We jumped on the ferry at Kings Street Wharf and ventured to Huntley Point where we would continue our journey.
The morning was perfect an Indian summer day for Sydney after a cold few weeks. The harbour was at its best, a day you could only wish for if you wanted to show off this fabulous location to overseas visitors.
We started at Huntley Point
Arriving at Huntley Point Wharf we headed for Figtree Bridge, but not before we indulged in some more photos taking on Tarban Bridge and soaked up the million dollars views of Sydney Harbour, along with all the million dollar homes below.
Crossing Figtree Bridge we momentarily glanced at Figtree Cottage below, and wondered what this location looked like in the 1800’s, when this historic stone cottage was originally built by Mary Reiby, a convict woman who made good as a highly successful and influential business person. The cottage was built near a giant fig tree in 1836. (Referenced information)
Uncharted territory coming up!
Soon we would be entering uncharted territory, no landmarks no bridges to look for just streets and the map and my map reading skills… After taking a wrong turn down a street, it was now time to use my iPhone to check for directions this is where a handheld GPS would come in handy.
It would eliminate the occasional disparaging looks I was receiving from an older sibling. The problem with walking is it’s not like driving, if you lose your way you can go around the block a couple of times… here you have to walk back and this can be a challenge with this North Shore the terrain it is hilly in sections.
There’s nothing worse than having to tell your people that this street is on your left, when it should be on the right!
It’s an adventure not a race…
However my view is that’s it’s an adventure, we’ve not in a race and if it all turns pear shaped we’ll catch a cab, taxi or train back to the hotel in Sydney not a biggie in my book.
The reserve at Lindley Point was very pretty, this was a beautiful location tucked away in Burns Bay one of this first vista from the north shore we saw. Every now and then we caught glimpses of Sydney Harbour Bridge looming in the distance waiting for our arrival.
There were a number of options to explore
There were a number of options to explore but not being familiar with the area and still a long way to go, time wasn’t a luxury we could afford. So we tramped on feeling the heat of the day, this walk would be a challenge on a summer day.
It was time for lunch and we were anxiously looking for a cafe to rejuvenate our energy, the local Bowls Club came in view but alas they were having a private function, so we had to soldier on.
Fortunately Lane Cove Country Club was about a kilometre away, we stopped and enjoyed a flavourful lunch at their Thai restaurant.
Smoothey Park and Gore Cove Reserve
Continuing on River Road we past Greenwich Hospital and down Vincent Street and on to Smoothey Park, and across Beencke’s Bridge, this little bridge was first built in 1893 according to the sign and serviced the local residents a route to the Wollstonecraft Railway Station just above the walking track.
There is no doubt this would have been an interesting area to explore, “The Gore Cove Track Smoothey Park to Berry Island’ but regrettably this wasn’t to be today.
All unanimously said let’s continue!
Reaching the top of the hill Wollstonecraft Station was on our left, it was at this point I better give the rest of my party an option of going back into Sydney via train. All unanimously said let’s continue, however this enthusiasm was short lived!
Heading down Shirley Road we were diverting to one of the detours mention on to Berry Island Reserve a walking track hugging Gore Cove and Balls Head Bay. At the next intersection I realised we were off the main drag and heading for the Reserve I could have kept quiet but I knew some were strugglingly with the warm day and the hills.
So I casually mentioned that we were heading towards the harbour and Berry Island Reserve we should have taken a left at Wollstonecraft Station not gone down the hill.
Well that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was all over red rover we were all catching the train back to our hotel in Sydney town.
It was disappointing that we didn’t complete the “Seven Bridge Walk” loop but it just furnishes us with another excuse to spend one more wonderful weekend exploring Sydney’s North Shore.
Sydney is a wonderful city to explore on foot, with a little preparation you could easily prepare your own walking tour around Sydney Harbour and stay in one of the Hotels in Sydney.