January There was no walk in December 2017 Future Walks THERE IS NO SCHEDULED WALK FOR JANUARY The next walk scheduled for Monday 26th February, will be from Rozelle to Broadway via the old Harold Park precinct. It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …. Bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are nonstrenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney. 
February 2018 The next walk scheduled for Monday 26th February, will be from Rozelle to Broadway via the old Harold Park precinct.
As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am
The plan is to catch the train to Central and then take the light rail to Rozelle. Then we will be walking from Rozelle through the former Harold Park precinct and Glebe to Sydney University. We will then walk along Broadway back to Central Railway via Victoria Park, the old Grace Bros buildings, and the former Kent Brewery site.
It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …. Bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are nonstrenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney. Future Walks Monday 26th March – Maroubra to La Perouse
March

 On Monday 26th February nine walkers trusted the weather forecast and enjoyed a fine but mainly cloudy day.  The weather in ‘the Shire’ was fine (wasn’t raining) and as we travelled to the city by train it was also fine right up until we went into the tunnel near Redfern.  Then when we were moving from the trains to the light rail tram platform at Central Railway Station it was raining.This called for the implementation of Plan B which was either to take a train or ferry trip. It was noted on a nearby destination board that a train to Newcastle was due to leave very shortly.  So we caught the train to Gosford.  At Gosford we had a coffee break and a short walk before catching a very luxurious train back to Central.

Having arrived back at Central at about one o’clock we reverted to the early part of the planned walk.   We caught the light rail tram to Rozelle Bay (Lilyfield) and then walked through Jubilee Park to the Tramsheds where a short rest was taken whilst some indulged in ice creams or gelato.

We then returned to Central on the light rail tram to catch the train home, arriving at Engadine at about 3.30pm.  We had walked about 3 kilometres on the day.

Next Walk:  Monday 26th March – Maroubra to La Perouse

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at

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

We will catch a bus from near Museum station in the city to Maroubra Beach.  Then we will walk on the defined walks from Maroubra to Malabar via Boora Point past the Anzac Rifle Range. Discussion will be had on the day as to the preferred walk to be taken.  The next phase is the walk from Malabar to Little Bay on then on to La Perouse from we will return to the city by bus to catch a train home. It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …… bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.

April  On Monday 26th March 14 walkers enjoyed a fine and mild day to make the walk from Maroubra Beach to La Perouse. We started by catching the train to Town Hall Station and then a bus to the Maroubra beach bus terminus.After a short stop here for some morning tea or coffee we headed off in two groups to follow the defined paths or tracks to Malabar Beach going past the Anzac Rifle Range. 

This walk earned another stop at Malabar for an early lunch.Then for more walking we followed the local streets towards Little Bay. At Little Bay we took the opportunity to take a quick look at the remaining sections of the Prince Henry/The Coast Hospital.I will mention that a small number in the group took the opportunity to ride in the blue and white Mercedes to by-pass the stop at Little Bay.  Others continued on by walking the last section to La Perouse.At La Perouse some of the group then bought ice creams before catching the bus back to the city for the return train trip to Loftus, Engadine and Heathcote.We walked about 8 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 4.00pm and 4.30pm.

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Monday 23rd April – Manly to Curl Curl   (THIS IS IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train atHeathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48amWe will catch the train to Circular Quay to then catch the Manly ferry. The plan is to walk along the beach fronts possibly to Curl Curl, or beyond. Then we will return to the city by bus or by bus and ferry to catch a train home. 

It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.

May  

On Monday 23rd April 15 walkers once again enjoyed a fine and warm autumnal day to take in the walk from Manly to Curl Curl Beach. This entailed the usual train trip to Circular Quay, the ferry trip to Manly and the walk along the beachfronts of Manly, Queenscliff, Freshwater before reaching Curl Curl.  In a couple of places there were a few steps and formed walkways.After having lunch at Curl Curl we caught the bus back to the Manly wharf for the ferry trip and the following train trip for the return train trip to Loftus, Engadine and Heathcote.We walked about 6 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 3.30pm. 

Monday 28th May – Rose Bay to Nielsen Park/Vaucluse/Watsons Bay

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train atHeathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am. We will catch the train to Edgecliff station and then a bus to Rose Bay to start the foreshore walk through Nielsen Park and Vaucluse, and on to Watsons Bay. The bus trip will be along New South Head Road to near the top of “Heartbreak Hill” on the eastern side of Rose Bay.  Then we will walk to mainly follow the Heritage Walk and the occasional street on the way through Vaucluse, Parsley Bay, before finishing at Watsons Bay wharf to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay for the train trip home.   There is a varying degree of difficulty with the steps on the foreshore walk however the harbour views and the historic buildings and millionaire’s mansions along the way make the walk really worthwhile.  It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …… bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

June 2018  

On Monday 28thMay nineteen (19) keen walkers enjoyed the walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay on a fine, pleasant and somewhat smokey day.  We travelled by train to Edgecliff station and then caught two buses from the interchange to the top of ‘Heartbreak Hill’ at Rose Bay near Kincoppal College. Then we walked to mainly follow the harbourside “Heritage Walk” and the occasional street on the way through to Vaucluse when we had a morning tea stop at Nielsen Park.  We continued on over the suspension bridge at Parsley Bay, before finishing at Watsons Bay to have lunch before catching the ferry back to Circular Quay for the train trip home.      We walked about 5 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 3.00pm.

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Monday 25th June – Coalcliff to Scarborough

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of a  southbound train to Waterfall at Sutherland 8.31am / Loftus 8.33am / Engadine 8.38am / Heathcote 8.41am.

We will catch a train at Waterfall to travel to Coalcliff station.  Then we will walk along the footpath on the side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive, including the Seacliff Bridge, to Scarborough station to enjoy some fresh sea air and the fantastic views of the coastline.       It will be great if even more walkers could join our group on walks in 2018 …… bring along friends or family members, as well as your lunch and plenty of water. The walks are non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

July  On Monday 25th June twelve (12) keen walkers made the walk from Coalcliff railway station to Wombarra railway station.  Firstly, we caught a suburban train to Waterfall before catching the south coast train to Coalcliff.  Then we walked along the side of Lawrence Hargrave Drive detouring to Coalcliff beach and a small part of the village before re-joining the Drive to walk along the Seacliff Bridge pathway.  We walked past the Scarborough Hotel to Wombarra where we found the Illawarra version of ‘heartbreak hill’ to be able to walk to the railway station.  We then caught a southbound train to Thirroul where we had lunch before catching a train back home to ‘the Shire’.We walked about 5 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 2.00pm.

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Monday 23rd July – Rozelle to Central Railway via Glebe and Sydney University

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at

Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am / Sutherland 8:48am.

The first part of the day will be the train trip to Central before taking the light rail to Rozelle.  We will walk through the historic ‘Tramsheds’ and the site of the former Harold Park Raceway before passing through the streets of Glebe towards Sydney University and Prince Alfred Park.  Then the final leg will be the walk along Broadway to Central Railway station for the return home.This walk is in the school holidays so bring along your grandchildren and their parents. 

Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of water. Our walks are generally non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

August Walk - Monday 27th August – Auburn Botanic Gardens  -  (Cherry Blossom Festival)

August  On Monday 23rd July seventeen (17) keen walkers including a prospective new member and 2 grandchildren made the walk from Rozelle Bay to Central Railway Station.  After catching the usual train to Central we then took a ride on the light rail tram to Rozelle Bay.  From there we walked through Jubilee Park and took a morning tea break at “The Tram sheds”. From there we walked through the now over-developed site of the former Harold Park Raceway to Glebe and Forest Lodge.  Then we walked through part of the Sydney University campus to see some fantastic old buildings including the Main Quadrangle and the Great Hall.  Then we moved on to Victoria Park where we had lunch.  On the way back along Broadway towards Railway Square we detoured through the site of the redevelopment of the former Tooth’s Kent Brewery site and past the historic Mortuary Station.We walked about 5 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 2.30pm.

August Walk

27th August - Sefton to Lidcombe via the Auburn Botanical Gardens (Cherry Blossom Festival)As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at Heathcote 8.38am / Engadine 8.41am / Loftus 8.45am/ Sutherland 8.48am We will change trains at Sydenham to catch a train to Regents park.  From there we will walk to the Auburn Botanical Gardens through the local streets and parklands.After lunch we will then walk to Auburn or Lidcombe Railway station for the return trip home. Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of water Our walks are generally non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

September Walk  

24th September                   Ashfield to Abbotsford

September  On Monday 27th August eleven (11) hardy walkers on a fine but very cool day walked from Regents Park railway station through a range of housing styles in the residential areas to the Auburn Botanic Gardens where we experienced the atmosphere of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival that had concluded officially the previous day. Fortunately, the Cherry Blossoms were still in fine display as were many Camellias. After taking the walks through the Japanese Garden and the Fauna Exhibition we had lunch in an undercover but draughty picnic area near the main entry to the Gardens. Then after lunch we walked through the Aviary before heading off the Lidcombe railway station where we caught a bus back to Sutherland before catching a Waterfall train. We walked about 6 kilometres and arrived back at Engadine between 3.30pm. Next Walk Monday 24th September – Ashfield Railway Station to Abbotsford ferry wharf As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at: Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am / Sutherland 8:48am. We will change trains at Redfern to catch a train to Ashfield. From there we will walk through the local streets, church yard, and parklands of Ashfield, Five Dock, Wareemba and then on to Abbotsford. After lunch we will then catch a rivercat ferry back to Circular Quay for the return trip home. • Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of water. Our walks are generally non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney. I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again. October Walk - Monday 22nd October – Baldface to Carss Park
October

The walk in September was cancelled as I was feeling unwell following my return from a holiday in South Australia.

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Monday 22nd October –Ashfield Railway Station to Abbotsford ferry wharf

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at:Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am / Sutherland 8:48am.

We will change trains at Redfern to catch a train to Ashfield.  From there we will walk through the local streets, church yard, and parklands of Ashfield, Five Dock, Wareemba and then on to Abbotsford. After lunch we will then catch a rivercat ferry back to Circular Quay for the return trip home.

  • Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of water. Our walks are generally non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

November Walk - Monday 26th November – Baldface to Carss Park

November  

Monday 22nd October was a very comfortable day for the fifteen keen walkers who took in the sights between Ashfield railway station and Abbotsford ferry wharf.  After leaving north Ashfield shopping precinct the first point of interest was the very old cemetery (mainly late 1800’s gravestones) adjacent to St. John’s Anglican Church.  Then further on we crossed Parramatta Road at the under-reconstruction Frederick Street and Wattle Street intersection where we saw some of the above-ground progress on the construction of the M4 East tollway.      A morning tea break was taken at Livvi’s Café at the southern end of Timbrell Park on the eastern side of Five Dock.  Then we walked through Five Dock Park to Lyons Road which we followed through Wareemba to the ferry wharf at Abbotsford. After lunch in the park near the ferry wharf we took a ferry to Circular Quay to join the train trip back to Engadine.    We arrived home at 3.00pm after having walked about 5.5 kilometres.

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Monday 26th November - Sylvania, across Tom Ugly’s Bridge then from Baldface/Blakehurst to Carss Park.

As usual we will be joining the second last carriage of the train at:

Heathcote 8:38am / Engadine 8:41am / Loftus 8:45am / Sutherland 8:48am.

We will change trains at Sutherland to catch a train to Miranda to join a bus that travels to Hurstville.  We will leave the bus on the southern (Sylvania) side of Tom Ugly’s Bridge. We will walk across the bridge then walk through the streets of Baldface and Blakehurst before heading to Carrs Park for lunch.  You will be astonished with the size and quality of the homes in the area.    After lunch we will catch a bus back to Miranda, then train to Engadine for the return trip home.

  • Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of water. Our walks are generally non-strenuous, a great day out with friends, and an opportunity to take in the fresh air and some interesting sights around Sydney.  I guarantee that you will see places and points of interest that you may have never seen before and highly unlikely to see again.

       There will be no walks in December nor January 2019

December  Twenty-one walkers enjoyed the comfortable weather for walking on Monday 26th November between Sylvania and Carrs Park. After catching trains to Miranda and then a bus to Sylvania we commenced the walk on the southern (Shire) side of the Tom Ugly’s Bridge. After crossing the bridge, we walked past some magnificent homes in Blakehurst and Baldface before having a belated morning tea break at Stuart Park.  We then continued on to Carrs Park for lunch and some sightseeing of the historic building that remain in the park. We returned home via bus to Hurstville to join the train trip back to Engadine. We arrived home at 2.00pm after having walked about 5 kilometres.                                                                                                                                                     There will be no walks in December nor January 2019.               Next Walk Monday 25th February – Route to be advised