Jul - Dec 2018

The recent wet weather still threatened showers but did not deter 11 walkers who set out from Circular Quay and Cremorne.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo waiting for the ferry to start 2                                                                                                                       Ready to go!
We enjoyed the spectacular views of the Harbour through the misty rain at Cremorne Reserve. The walk followed a path around Cremorne Point with exotic gardens lining the harbourside overlooked by Federation Arts and Crafts homes. Along the way Anne R showed paintings of views from the nineteenth century.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG Federation Arts crafts 22018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo non view from cremorne point 2                                              Cremorne Reserve                                  Federation Arts and Crafts Homes


2018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo admiring sirius 2 2018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo sirius on the rock 2   
                                            Admiring Sirius                                                                   Sirius on the Rocks                      

The path stayed harbourside past Old Cremorne Wharf. to Mosman Bay marina where an old whaling station has been converted to a Scout Hall.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG mosman bay marina 22018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo fabulous protea 2                                                                                         Fabulous Protea and.........Mosman Bay Marina



The path ascended a long run of steps from Mosman wharf to Raglan St and Curraghbeena Point lookout where we enjoyed morning tea in a small park next to The Castle.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG morning tea harbour view 22018 10 18 RegularWalk DonWomorning tea site 2                                                                  Morning tea site and ...................morning tea harbour view


We ascended and descended Curraghbeena Rd to Sirius Cove to enter a track through the bush past Curlew camp created in 1890 as an atrist’s retreat. Anne R showed a view painted by Arthur Streeton. We continued to Taronga Zoo entrance where we could see the seals through the tank.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneR ArthurStreton P1230831 Copy 22018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneR framedview P1230830 Copy 2
                                                Framed view                                                                                                        Painted by Arthur Streton in 1892
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneR seal P1230840 Copy 22018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneR Easternshipbird P1230834 Copy 2
                                      Eastern Whipbird                                                         Seal  -  Zoo lower entrance
2018 10 12 RegularWalk DonWo city with icons 22018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG Harbour views 2                                                                                              Harbour views and.................city with icons                                                                                                
The extensive boardwalk then took us to the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast. We trekked through the bushland around Taylors Bay to lunch at Clifton Gardens. We had encountered many water dragons on the warm day recce walk, but none appeared on the cool and showery day.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG alternative lunch at Clifton Gardens 22018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG boardwalk through bushland 2
                                     Boardwalk through bushland                                            Alternative lunch at Clifton Gardens......the leaders did well to organise this!!         
After lunch the path ascended stairs from Chowder Bay wharf,  past military buildings and another long stair climb to Georges Heights where a gun emplacement has 180 degree views over the entrance to the harbour.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG across georges heights 22018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG view from georges heights 2
                                            View from Georges Heights                                                                             View across Georges Heights

The last section of bushland track overlooked the entrance until we intersected a long flight of stairs down to Balmoral Beach where we enjoyed coffee.
2018 10 12 RegularWalk Lyndy waitingforthebus 4362018 10 12 RegularWalk AnneG stairs to balmoral beach 2
                                           Nearly there .........and when is that bus to Chatswood arriving!

Anne G and Anne R led eleven walkers:  John M, Michael, Lyndy, Robyn Ma, Bert, Claude and Margaret, Elizabeth and Don Wo

Words by Anne G

Photos by Don Wo (1,2,4-6, 8 and 15), Anne G (3, 7, 9,14, 16-20), Anne R (10-13), Lyndy 21

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