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Bird Lorikeet group

Sydney New South Wales

There are hundreds of stunning beaches in Sydney, all of which are easily accessible from Sydney’s city centre. Most of them have cafes, restaurants, or entire shopping areas surrounding them. Some are famous and others are less known, but all are beautiful.

Bondi Beach is probably the most well-known and a hive of activity and fascination to both visitors and locals alike. A backpacker’s joy.

Bronte Beach is just a short distance down the coast and the surf has a healthy swell, making it popular with surfers.

Coogee with its famed coastal walk and stunning Cliffside pathway and panoramic ocean views is another favourite.

Manly has a golden beach and is reached by a ferry ride on Sydney’s harbour, and a sheer delight to experience.

Palm Beach is the home to Sydney’s elite society and also the backdrop to T.V.’s show ‘Home and Away’.

Avalon is charming being nice and quiet and shared with surfers and families alike.

Camp Cove is secluded and for lovers.

Gordon’s Bay is famous for its snorkelling.

Milk Beach at Vaucluse has wonderful views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Cronulla, Bilgola, Tamaraa, Redleaf, Dee Why, Clovelly, Balmoral, the list goes on.

If you visited a new beach every day, it would take over three months.

Sydney offers a vast range of attractions from the world famed Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the sandy shores of the many beaches.

PELICAN JUST CRUISING

There is also ‘The Rocks’, with its cobbled streets, pretty buildings, fascinating little shops and a lively nightlife filled with pubs and restaurants. It also has a fabulous market on weekends as well as live music at various venues. It has masses of stalls offering unique and wonderful gifts, as well as food stalls and much more.

The oldest house in Sydney built in 1816 and known as Cadman’s Cottage is in George Street, The Rocks, and now the National Park Information Centre.

George Street is the oldest Street in the whole of Australia. Here you will find Billich Gallery, The Old Police Station, The Union Bond Store, The Vault Restaurant and nearby in a stylish Art Deco building is the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Head on to Susannah Place where there is a beautiful row of old Terrace Houses (worth of fortune) with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour.

West of here cut through Observatory Park and discover the Sydney Observatory with great views, follow Lower Fort Street and there are more historical Buildings and the Garrison Church. The Rocks are fantastic and a must on the bucket list.

Bird male wren

Less than an hour away from Sydney lies one of Australia’s most historically significant National Parks, on account of its Aboriginal Heritage.  The Deep-rooted cultural roots here can be experienced as you trek through the bush on the Aboriginal Heritage walk where you will discover ancient Rock Paintings, Engravings and Handprints at numerous indigenous sites. As well as this, the area is without doubt stunningly beautiful and you can soak up the panoramic views from West Head Lookout.

No trip to Sydney is complete without an excursion to the Royal National Park, the second-oldest surviving National Park in the world after Yellowstone (established in 1879). Stretching inland from a sprawling twenty mile stretch of sand white coastline, the Royal National Park encompasses pockets of subtropical rainforest, freshwater wetlands, gumtree-cloaked gullies, and empty secluded beaches, all ready to be explored by foot. At just under an hours drive from Sydney’s city centre

Two hours from Sydney is the Hunter Valley and Australia’s most notable wine-producing region, with more than 150 wineries, and almost as many cellar doors open for drop-in tastings. The region is known for producing some of the countries finest Shiraz and Semillon. Accommodation is available in a beautiful country manor overlooking seventy acres of gardens and vineyards.

For many Sydneysiders The Entrance is the place to go to “Get Away” its sleepy uncrowded, and beautiful, bound by water on three sides, and just under two hours drive from Sydney. Located on N.S.W.’s Central Coast where Tuggerah Lakes meets the Pacific Ocean – The Entrance is primarily a water sports playground, famous for sailing, water-skiing, canoeing, and fishing.

It is also home to a large colony of friendly resident pelicans, who gather on the waterfront every day at 3pm for their daily feeding.

The Entrance Ocean Baths are unique and the only ocean pool on the Central Coast built in 1938 and originally used by the Aboriginal people as a fish trap.

Shelly Beach is just ten minutes from The Entrance, Toowoon Bay, and Blue Bay. Surfers are well and truly catered for on the Central Coast and there is an abundance of glorious beaches.

All is well as we now have resident magpies in the garden; these lovely black and white birds sing brightly all day. Together with the lorikeets, rosellas, yellow wattle bird, fairy wren and the Butcher bird, Princess Pixie the Pomeranian is having a fine time watching their antics. Spring has well and truly arrived.

On the art scene I now have my “Happy” cards printed designed to make you smile, also “Fairy” cards a colourful trip to the imagination. My book The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain is available from Crowood Publishers ISBN9780709086499 www.crowood.com “Letters of a Travelling Lady, Wallis the Woman I Love” can be sourced from Amazon or Xlibris.

Cheers.  Patricia