January January - As previously announced, there will be no walk this month.
Monday 23rd February 2015 - This walk will be at Tarban Creek in Gladesville, travel details will be given at next month meeting.
February 2015   Monday 23rd February  - The walk will be approximately 4 km along Tarban Creek in Gladesville. It is a varied and interesting walk, comprising a combined walking/cycling path through Tarban Creek and Riverglade Reserves. After that we will take the footbridge across Victoria Road and finish at Gladesville Reserve with a picnic lunch. Then back by bus to Town Hall and the train home.
Travel by train from Heathcote 8:38am, Engadine 8:41am, Loftus 8:45am
Monday 30th March - Chris & Michael Rose will lead a walk from Milsons Point to Waverton. Details will be provided at the March meeting.
 March 20125   February  - Sixteen walkers led by Gerard enjoyed a picturesque walk along Tarban Creek at Gladesville. We finished up at Huntley Point for lunch catching the ferry back to Darling Harbour.
Monday 30th March - Milsons Point to Waverton - we will walk around past Luna Park skirting Lavender Bay, McMahons Point and Sawmillers Reserve with a picnic lunch along the way.
Train departs Heathcote 8:18am, Engadine 8:21am, Loftus 8:25am
NOTE:   We would like to thank Gerard for overseeing the walks portfolio over the last twelve months, lots of great walks and good company.
 April 2015  Our walk on Monday March 30 started well with 12 members and 1 visitor (there were two apologies) joining the 8.21am train from Engadine. The walk was led by Chris and Mike Rose.
The weather looked OK although there was the forecast of showers and a possible storm. We left the train at Milsons Point station and despite the look of the weather we went along the foreshore of Lavender Bay past the North Sydney swimming pool and Luna Park.
By the time we arrived at the western side of Lavender Bay the showers started and we were lucky to be able to shelter in the best wheelie bin shed with a view of the harbour. We then set off again only to experience more rain so nearing McMahons Point ferry wharf the decision was made to abort the walk and catch the next ferry back to the city.
A late morning tea - birthday celebration was had at the City Extra café before catching an early afternoon train back to Engadine.
·         Monday 27th April - McMahons Point to Waverton via Balls Head - we will commence from the McMahons Point ferry wharf and as originally planned for March continue to Waverton railway station via Balls Head.     TRAIN DEPARTS HEATHCOTE 8:38AM, ENGADINE 8:41AM, LOFTUS 8:45AM
·         Monday 25th May - ‘Sydney Vivid’ lighting display
TRAIN FROM ENGADINE APPROX. 5:00PM - TO BE CONFIRMED

 May 2015

  Our walk on Monday April 27 started well with 11 members (there was one apology) joining the 8.21am train from Engadine. The walk was part 2 of the last walk and was led by Chris and Mike Rose.
The weather looked great and was for the whole day, as forecast.
After changing trains at Town Hall station we left the train at Circular Quay station and caught a ferry to McMahons Point.
We walked around the foreshore to Blues Point, which with a very clear sky due to the chilly breeze, was a great vantage point to see the city from the Opera House to Darling Harbour and beyond. We even saw the work that is purported to be the start of the next underground rail crossing of Sydney Harbour. Also If you ever go near the renowned Harry Seidler – designed Blues Point Tower…… look out for falling bricks.
We then moved along to Sawmillers Reserve the location of the remains of Eaton’s Timber Yard complete with the main saw concrete base and a sunken barge, through to the Waverton Peninsula Reserve foreshore, past the remains of the BP fuel tank depot and the Old Quarantine Depot to Balls Head Reserve.
After having lunch here we then visited the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability (which incorporates the Community Garden as featured on the ABC television program Gardening Australia), went past the road side of the naval base HMAS Waterhen, and then caught the train home starting at Waverton Station coffee shop arriving at Engadine at about 3.00pm.
Monday 25th May - ‘Sydney Vivid’ lighting display - The May walk will be a little different. The plan is to catch the train to Martin Place station to see the ‘Sydney Vivid’ lighting displays in Martin Place and then walk to Circular Quay and The Rocks to do the same. Hopefully we will be able to catch a ferry around to Darling Harbour to see whatever displays are there and on the way.
The intention is to catch a train home from Town Hall at about 8.30pm.
You are advised to bring your food, drinks etc as it is NOT intended to stop anywhere for a meal.
Train from Heathcote 4.35pm / Engadine 4.38pm / Loftus 4.42pm.
FUTURE WALKS      Monday 22nd June - Sydney historical area to the Art Gallery    
Monday 27th July   -   North Wollongong to Wollongong.More walkers would be most welcome. We are a great group of keen Probarians that enjoy a lot of fresh air, learning new information about our city, and best of all for a usual travel cost of $2.50.

 June 2015  On our walk on Monday 25th May we went to the city to see the Vivid Sydney lighting display.0
There were 22 members, five being new members, (there were two apologies) joining the train from Heathcote, Engadine (4.38pm), Loftus and Sutherland.
The evening was fine and cool, not cold, and turned out to be a great night for walking around the city.
We left the train at Martin Place railway station and walked down Martin Place to see the various displays albeit not as spectacular as I had expected. Some of us tried the interactive displays and latest technology. We stopped on the steps of the GPO/Westin Hotel for our snack meal.
After walking down to Circular Quay past a small display at the Museum of Sydney in Bridge Street we joined the throng in front of Custom House. This display of short animated movies was absolutely spectacular. They featured amongst many things birds, prehistoric animals, butterflies, a giant snail, gnomes, creeping vines, waterfalls, and the famous NSW Waratah.
Then on the western side of Circular Quay we watched the amazing displays on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA). They were huge colourful geometric moving patterns of every colour of the rainbow and more.
This was where we joined the largest crowd although moving around and finding a viewing space was fairly easy. Also there was a display on the front wall of Cadman’s Cottage and illuminated sculptures nearby.
Across the water we were able to see the various changing artwork displays on the sails of the Opera House.
Following a short walk up to the Argyle Cut we joined a small crowd, including some keen photographers lying in the middle of the road, watching a moving display on the arched ceiling that depicted many of the native animals of Africa.
It was then time to return to Circular Quay and join a ferry for a welcome sit-down on the way to Darling Harbour. This was the time to be able to see the changing lighting on the complete facades of the high-rise buildings that gave a picturesque view of the northern end of the city. Once on the western sideof the Harbour Bridge we were able to see the changing lighting display on the main arch and the deck framework.
In Darling Harbour the displays were at the southern end so after a short walk from the ferry wharf we were able to take in the view. After settling on the train time to return home we were lucky enough to have time to catch the main water and laser show before we commenced the walk to Town Hall railway station.
Finding great relief with having a seat and resting on the train our return trip arrived at Engadine at about 9.45pm, so the trip to Gymea, Loftus and Heathcote would have been around that time. It would seem that a night ‘on the town’ for $2.50 was a pleasant evening for all of us.
  • Monday 22nd June -       North Wollongong to Wollongong -       (led by John )
Walk to Stuart Park with morning tea at Surf Club. Proceed along paved scenic walk to Harbour, then to Win Stadium and Brewery. Crown Street to station where there are many restaurants and places of interest. You can either buy lunch or bring your own.
It will be great to be joined by new walkers. We have a great day out for a usual travel cost of $2.50.
Train departs Sutherland 8.31am, Loftus 8.33am, Engadine 8.38am, Heathcote 8.41am
Change at Waterfall - train departs Waterfall 8.58am arrives Nth Wollongong 9.53am

FUTURE WALKS
  • Monday      27th July - Sydney historical area to the Art Gallery
 July 2015

On our walk on Monday 22nd June we went south to take some of the sights of Wollongong.

There were 18 members (there were three apologies) joining the train from Sutherland, Loftus, Engadine (8.38am), and Heathcote and then to change trains at Waterfall for a South Coast train.

John Jarvis, our guide, organised a fantastic sunny warm winter day for the shortest day of the year. The scenery along the coastal fringe from Stanwell Park to Wollongong was at its best on such a glorious day.

We left the train at North Wollongong railway station and walked down towards the beach area.

In full sunshine we walked through Stuart Park and past the sky diving centre. We timed this to see two plane loads of sky divers safely land in the designated area.

After walking the pathway from Lucky’s Beach and having morning tea at North Wollongong Beach the group walked past Brighton Beach and the harbour up to Flagstaff Hill and the lighthouse.

On the southern side of the Hill we had a fantastic view of City Beach, complete with surfers, WIN stadium, Port Kembla and far beyond, The temptation for some to visit The Illawarra Brewery and taste-test was too good for some not to miss.

On the way back towards Wollongong railway station we had a quick look inside the 1820’s St.Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, and then walked through the Wollongong Central shopping centre. In the new section John made sure we saw the spectacular tiled floor, round columns lined with probably thousands of wooden roller pins, and the ceiling made up of panels of thousands of kitchen colanders

We caught the train from Wollongong just after 1.30pm we returned to Sutherland at about 2.30pm before changing trains to travel to our own stations.

This was another day out for $2.50, plus the cost of refreshments at The Illawarra Brewery.

·        Monday 27th July - Walk from The Rocks to the Art Gallery (Led by John Jarvis)
This walk will be through the northern end of the CBD past Scots Church in York Street and St.Patrick’s church in Grosvenor Street, through the Argyle Cut towards the historic Rocks precinct. We will then walk around Circular Quay, past the Opera House towards Lady Macquarie’s Chair to the Art Gallery.
Some members may like to take the opportunity to visit the Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman art exhibitions (Entry cost is $12.00).
 Heathcote (8.38am) Engadine (8.41am) Loftus (8.45am) Sutherland (8.48am)
FUTURE WALKS
Monday 24th August                    Woronora Heights to Woronora River
Monday 28th September       Olympic Park precinct
Monday 26th October                    Sculptures by the Sea (Tamarama to Bondi)
It will be great to be joined by new walkers.

 August 2015

 

 On our walk on Monday 27th July there were 17 members (including one visitor) joining the train to the city at Heathcote, Engadine, Loftus and Sutherland.

John Jarvis, our guide, once organised a lovely sunny warm winter day albeit a little breezy in the shadows of the high-rise buildings and around the harbour foreshore.

After changing at Town Hall station we left the train system at Wynyard station and walked down towards The Rocks area. We walked through Wynyard Park (between York and Carrington Streets), past the Scots Presbyterian church in Margaret Street and then spent a short time admiring the interior of the 1808 St. Patrick’s church in Grosvenor Street.

The group continued along Gloucester Street, over the Cahill Expressway to the site of The Big Dig. This is the exposed remains of early buildings that were uncovered when the new YHA facility was being constructed. The new three storey building is built on a structural steel frame base that allows the viewing of the extensive sandstone remnants of Sydney’s early days.

After descending the Cumberland Steps we walked along Harrington Street to Argyle Street when morning tea and coffee was enjoyed at the Lowenbrau Keller. This area is where many early buildings are still in various uses.

Then we walked around Circular Quay, past the Opera House forecourt, and along the foreshore walkway in the Botanical Gardens, around lady Macquarie’s Chair, past the Boy Charlton swimming pool to have lunch in the Domain near the NSW Art Gallery. We walked about 6.6 kilometres with an uncounted number of steps.

After lunch some of the group visited the Archibald, Sulman, and Wynne exhibitions in the Art Gallery to see a range of very good, if not somewhat obscure, art.
Monday 24th August - Walk from Woronora Heights to the Woronora River

The plan is to meet at 10.15am at the entry to the politically-sensitive ‘fire trail’ gate at the northern end of Bundanoon Road, Woronora Heights.

There is a 993 bus that leaves Engadine Station at 9.55am and arrives at the gate at 10.10am. The train that ‘meets’ this bus leaves Sutherland at 9.43am and Loftus at 9.45am. There is ample street car parking in the immediate vicinity for those who wish to plan their day without public transport.

The walk will be from the end of Bundanoon Road along the ‘fire trail’ to The Crescent at Woronora River. We will the go to the river at the end of Prince Edward Road, backtrack to The Boatshed (for coffee) and on to Prince Edward Park for morning tea. The route will then take us along Prices Circuit on the western side of the river to the old road bridge, where we will then go the eastern side for a quick look at the Burnum Burnum Reserve before returning to Prince Edward Park for lunch.

There will be a range of options for returning home including catching a 965 bus to Sutherland station, or walking back to Woronora Heights to waiting cars or to catch a 993 bus back to Engadine.

FUTURE WALKS
Monday 28th September       Olympic Park precinct
Monday 26th October                    Sculptures by the Sea (Tamarama to Bondi)
It will be great to be joined by new walkers.                                    
 
    GARDEN GROUP - Tuesday 25th August    

   
September 2015  Our walk planned for Monday 24th August was cancelled/postponed due to the inclement weather. According to the stored records on the Club’s website this is the first time a walk has been cancelled since 2008, other than the one planned for June 2013.

As it transpired the decision proved to be a good one as showers were in the area at the time of the planned start of the walk, with rain, thunder, and lightning being around Engadine prior to midday.

Special thanks must go to Chris and Michael and Barry and Carolyn for their assistance in the ‘ring-around’ on the Monday morning.

In addition a notice had been added to the Club’s website homepage indicating that the walk had been cancelled.

Together with the people who phoned or perhaps had great judgement, everyone seemed to be aware of the cancellation as no one was on the nominated 993 bus at Engadine station nor waiting at the entry to the fire trail at Woronora Heights at 10.15am.

IN FUTURE, if there is need to cancel or alter, for unforeseen reasons, the published plan for a walk, advice will be added to the homepage on the Club’s website prior to the start of the walk. For those who are unable to access the website the current system of telephone contact will remain in place. 

Monday 28th September - Walk from Woronora Heights to the Woronora River

The plan is to meet at 10.15am at the entry to the politically-sensitive ‘fire trail’ gate at the northern end of Bundanoon Road, Woronora Heights.

There is a 993 bus that leaves Engadine Station at 9.55am and arrives at the gate at 10.10am. The train that ‘meets’ this bus leaves Sutherland at 9.43am and Loftus at 9.45am. There is ample street car parking in the immediate vicinity for those who wish to plan their day without public transport.

The walk will be from the end of Bundanoon Road along the ‘fire trail’ to The Crescent at Woronora River. We will the go to the river at the end of Prince Edward Road, backtrack to The Boatshed (for coffee) and on to Prince Edward Park for morning tea. The route will then take us along Prices Circuit on the western side of the river to the old road bridge, where we will then go the eastern side for a quick look at the Burnum Burnum Reserve before returning to Prince Edward Park for lunch. There are no steps.

There will be a range of options for returning home including catching a 965 bus to Sutherland station, or walking back to Woronora Heights to waiting cars or to catch a 993 bus back to Engadine.

FUTURE WALKS Monday 26th October Sculptures by the Sea (Tamarama to Bondi)

Monday 23rd November Milsons Point to Barrangaroo via the Harbour Bridge

It will be great to be joined by new walkers.
 October 2015

 On the glorious Spring day we experienced on Monday 28th September sixteen of us walked from Woronora Heights down to the Woronora River and return.
At about 10.15am we set off from Bundanoon Road, and after descending the ‘fire trail’ we walked along The Crescent to Prince Edward Park Road and detoured to the wharf at the bus terminus to take in the view up the river to see the houses that are within the Deepwater Estate.
Doubling back along Prince Edward Park Road some stopped at The Boatshed for morning tea supplies whilst others took a break in Prince Edward Park to watch school holiday makers testing their kayaking skills.
We then embarked on a round-trip walk across the pedestrian bridge to the western side of the river,  along Prices Circuit taking in the old and new houses,  to the western side of the low level road bridge near the shop and caravan park.  After crossing back to the eastern side of the river we took a short excursion under the high level road bridge to the Burnum Burnum Reserve,  and then returned to have lunch at Prince Edward Park.
Special thanks are extended to Joe Gough for his offer of ‘a lift’ up the ‘fire trail’ on his motor scooter ,  and to those walkers who had parked their cars at Woronora Heights and subsequently offered lifts back to Engadine to those who had caught the bus in the morning.   Whilst this meant the ‘climb’ back up the ‘fire trail’ the sight of the cars at the end of our 6 kilometre walk was most welcome at about 2.00pm.
26th October  Walk from Tamarama to Bondi to view “Sculpture by the Sea”.
We will be joining the train at

Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am .
The plan is to catch the train to Bondi Junction,  and then take a 30 minute walk from the railway station to Tamarama Park. After walking along the coastal walk to see the various sculptures on display we will lunch at Bondi Beach and depending on enthusiasm and the weather we may take the 40 minute walk back to Bondi Junction,  or we may catch the bus.
This should be another great day out for $2.50.
FUTURE WALKS
23rd November            Milsons Point to Barrangaroo via the Harbour Bridge

The following walk  in the Paddington area will be in February 2016.


It will be great to be joined by new walkers.

    

November 2015

On the warm to very warm Spring day we experienced on Monday 26th October sixteen of us took the opportunity to view the 2015 ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ exhibition along the ‘coastal walk’ between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach.

We caught the usual 8.41am train to Bondi Junction and walked for about 45 minutes along Oxford Street and Bondi Road to take in some of the local sights (old homes, newer homes, a vast range of small businesses, Waverley Oval, and the locals amongst them) before some of us stopped for a morning tea break at one of the cafes on the hill near Bondi Beach.

Then we joined the throng of other walkers and embarked on the walk along the ‘twists and turns’ and ‘ups and downs’ of the pathway. We were fortunate to see very closely the weird and wonderful sculptures that had been positioned in a range of settings designed to maximise their impact.

We also inspected the exhibition in a huge marquee at Marks Park before re-joining the ’coastal walk’ to Tamarama Beach where we had lunch in the shade of the few pavilions. After being fed and watered we climbed a few more steps to catch a bus back to Bondi Junction.

After walking about 5 kilometres the trip home in the train was a welcome rest. We arrived back at Engadine about 2.30pm.

Monday 23rd November - Milsons Point to Barangaroo via the Harbour Bridge

The plan is to catch trains to Milsons Point railway station before climbing the steps to the eastern walkway across the Harbour Bridge. We will leave the walkway on the city side near Argyle Street and then walk through the Millers Point historic area to the Barangaroo Reserve where we will have lunch.

There will be quite a few steps on this walk of approximately 5 kilometres.

Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am

FUTURE WALKS:
The following walk in the Paddington area will be in February 2016.
It will be great to be joined by new walkers.