Monday, September 21, 2009

Heading East

Saturday we made our way to Bondi, then caught a bus with Anna & Ali to the start of our walk...
Number 1 on this map.....

The Macquarie Lighthouse. This landmark sits on the site of Australia's earliest light station. This copy of the original was built in 1842.

Me, Ali & Anna - tiny compared to the lighthouse - can you spot us?

Gorgeous ocean views and dramatic sandstone cliffs make this a stunning walk!

Sydney in the distance

Anna & Me walking up towards the gap - where Sydney harbour meets the Pacific Ocean

Some amazing boats in Watsons Bay

We had a LOVELY lunch at the Watson Bay hotel, then kept going on our walk!
We walked from Watson Bay towards the Vaucluse area

This area is known for it's gorgeous homes

Then we walked on by Parsley Bay, a secluded little harbourside beach and reserve, crossing over the inlet on a lovely little suspension bridge.

We also popped by Vaucluse House, one of the few remaining examples of 19th-century harborside mansions in Sydney. We didn't see much of it though as a wedding was going on in the front gardens:)

Finally we made it to our destination, Shark Bay at Nielsen Park. This white-sand beach is protected from its namesake by a netted enclosure, to so it is a very safe place to swim apparently! (not quite warm enough for that though unless you have a wetsuit!)

We waited for a bit for the bus, then gave up and just started walking towards Rose Bay

Lovely Lovely Lovely view - Sydney & the Harbour Bridge

Back in Bondi we went for some yummy hot drinks to warm ourselves up (warm in the sun, but once the sun gets a bit low it's chilly in shorts & t-shirts!)

It was a lovely day & fun to spend it with great friends:)

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