West Head Lookout – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

West Head Lookout – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Lookout Sydney -Breathtaking Scenery & Easy Access

You really can’t go wrong with taking a long meandering drive through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to get to the West Head Lookout. With just $12 per car entry, it’s a very affordable day out.  Gates to the park close at specific times depending on the time of the year, so it’s worth factoring that in if you visit late in the day.

It can get quite busy during the summer months but, when we took our trip on a beautiful sunny and warm day in April, we found a parking spot next to the path leading to the sandstone viewing area and there is plenty more parking very closely situated at the Resolute Picnic Area; just take the short Red Hands Track.

West Head Lookout

At the West Head Lookout, you can drink in a perfectly elevated view of Sydney’s waterways, with 270-degree panoramic views of Pittwater, Broken Bay, Lion Island, Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Bay and the Central Coast.

There is plenty of bench seating available as well as a low stone wall to perch yourself upon as you soak up the views and history of the area.

Lion Island

It’s thought that Lion Island, an 8-hectare nature reserve, was named so because of its resemblance to the Sphinx which guards the Pyramids in Egypt. As there are no feral animals there such as foxes or cats as well as being banned for public access, it’s an important haven for numerous migratory birds and native animals.

Barrenjoey Headland

The Barrenjoey Lighthouse that sits on Barrenjoey Headland is built from headland sandstone and has been in operation since 1881. Views of the Northern Beaches, Central Coast and Broken Bay can be enjoyed from the top of the headland which can be accessed by a convict-built walking trail.

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Top 3 Things To See in Sydney on a Day of Rambling

Top 3 Things To See in Sydney on a Day of Rambling

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Glittering Harbour, Pearly Sails, and a Bonza Bondi – Top 3 Things to See in Sydney

What better subject to write about for my first post than my top 3 things to see in Sydney.

I was born on the North Shore of Sydney and, although I have lived for many years in the UK (and picked up a Scottish twang along the way), I will forever call Sydney home.

To me, the natural beauty of the harbour and the wonderful beaches along the shore line can never fade into the background of the man-made landscape that has risen all around them; some structures of which, of course, are iconic landmarks of their own. After all, you would be hard pressed to find someone who couldn’t recognise the majestic sails of the Opera House?

So yes, it’s kinda cliche to start with this but I’m not going to ask for forgiveness because I love my birth city and it’s worth rambling about my top 3 things to see in Sydney.

Opera House

Probably the most photographed site in Sydney, The Opera House began construction in 1959.

It’s worth taking a guided tour: either a one hour tour or a two-hour backstage tour that includes breakfast (starting at 7am)

Opened by the Queen in 1973, the Opera House became an immediate icon for Australia’s new-found cultural independence.

Darling Harbour

The largest of Sydney’s modern developments, Darling Harbour is a tourists collection of shops and restaurants.

Visit the Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Exhibition Centre and Chinese Gardens along the way and this part of the City alone can be a full day out.

In the 1800s, Darling Harbour was known as the “back door” to Sydney, where most trading ships docked.

Bondi Beach

Bondi is undoubtedly the most famous of Sydney’s eastern beaches and is only a short bus or taxi ride from Paddington.

This really is a golden beach and a must-visit in the Summer months. The Bondi Pavilion opens up, selling ice creams and souvenirs.

If swimming in a pool is preferable to tackling the waves, then try out Bondi Icebergs Pool.

If you are in town on a Sunday, the Bondi Markets are worth a visit. Many young designers have been ‘discovered’ while selling their creations here.

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