Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

April 18, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Driving south from Gosford to Sydney.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour were all waiting for me after my leasurely drive down the east coast from Surfers Paradise in QLD. 

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

The historic Roseville Cinema

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On the road between Hornsby & Sydney is The historic Roseville Cinema on the Pacific Highway, noted for its art deco facade. It became Traynor’s Picture Palace in 1919, but did not become a full-scale cinema until 1936. Roseville Cinema was renovated & updated to two screens in 1995.

Approaching the Harbour Bridge

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Not too much traffic on a Sunday morning.

World famous Sydney Opera House.

 photo 690bbf5c-dc12-4dd8-baae-2d2062b7ccc4.jpg A fabulous iconic Sydney landmark.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Huge ships dock at Circular Quay because they are too tall to go under the Harbour Bridge.

Naturally Bill had to climb it. 🙂

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Being an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps my friend Bill Austin naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Sydney Harbour Ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Circular Quay ferry terminal.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Openned in 1933 it is certainly Australia’s best known landmark.

 Holiday Inn Old Sydney

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour For a very good room rate at the Holiday Inn walking distance to Circular Quay just book through THIS LINK.

From the Manly ferry

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour After leaving Circular Quay we pass the Opera House on the way to Manly.

Rose Bay 

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour These boats are moored at the Royal Motor Yacht Club of NSW.

The Sydney Harbour foreshaw

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Sydney harbour is quite amazing, certainly the best in the world.

Arriving at Manly

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour About a 45 minute journey across the wonderful harbour.

My lovely friend Sue from Shanghai

 photo b79831e0-efcd-44db-92d9-0d9e8d1c0c65.jpg A beautiful summers day at Manly.

A little further north.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Dee Why beach is about 7 kms noth of Manly.

For a good place to stay 1/2 way between Manly & Dee Why just book through THIS LINK.

Lets jump to the South side of the harbour

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Here is the city skyline from Watsons Bay.

Doyles on the Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour On this the original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885.

Catalina Restaurant Rose Bay

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour Family-owned waterfront restaurant known for its upmarket seafood dishes and open veranda bar.

Next stop Bondi Junction

 photo a3af92d0-64ad-4994-bd1c-6a5c94d52436.jpg The junction is very quite indeed of a Sunday. 

 Maroubra Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour This trip I skipped Bondi Beach & went further south straight to Maroubra. For lots more photos just follow THIS LINK.

Back a little north to Coogee

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour More photos HERE.

 Ronin Hood Hotel Waveley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour 

ORIGINALLY BUILT BY TOOTH & CO. IN 1938 & RECENTLY RESTORED TO ITS ART-DECO GLORY, THE ROBIN HOOD HOTEL IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF BRONTE AND CARRINGTON ROADS IN WAVERLEY (CHARING CROSS).

Wonderful antique pub signs

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour When I was growing up I remember these great signs were on most Australian pubs. 

Typical old Australian home in Waverley.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour I would hate to think what it’s worth today, Sydney prices are outragious. 

House prices in Waverley

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As you can see you need plenty of money to live in Sydney. 🙂 

My road trip from QLD has ended

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour My Honda rental car never missed a beat, time to head to the airport.

Apex Car rental

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour It’s worth checking their promotional prices, ofter you can get a terrific rate to relocate one of their vehicles. In my case I rented for 6 days at $19 aud per day. Picked it up at Surfers Paradise & dropped it off at Sydney airport.

A great trip down the coast.

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour

Certainly one of the world’s great coastlines.

A Qantas kerosene canary

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour However I’m flying Singapore Air which leaves Qantas for dead.

Novatel Brighton Beach

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour As we taxi out you can see the Novatel at Brighton, so if you want to stay near the airport just bokk through THIS LINK for an excellent rate.

Siam Sunset

Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour An hour away from Bangkok we have a beautiful sunset. Thanks for visiting my Sydney City Boats Beaches Harbour photo blog.

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Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

March 28, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip seeing lots of friends & in particular caught up with Karen Greenwood an old girlfriend from 1991, 26 years ago. As you can see see still looks fantastic. 🙂 So many great memories came flooding back, it was certainly wonderful week Surfers Paradise. We are at Franks seafood cafe on Chevron Island.

Here we are 26 years ago.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

I could’t resist posting this photo from 1991. 

Melbas on the Park

Great week Surfers Paradise Australia

I first visited this iconic bar on New Years Day 1982, 35 years ago. The reason I am so sure of the date is it was the day after my unforgettable NYE on Sydney harbour with my overloaded boat being showered by sky rockets.

First stop Kingscliff only a 40 minute drive.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

Just a quick stop for a very good breakfast and some photos.

Breakfast at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The name of the cafe was Kettles On & the breakfast was excellent.

Miles of deserted beach at Kingscliff

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Certainly an idealic place to live.

Kingscliff to Yamba

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

About a 2 hour drive to Yamba on the Clarence river, this is my first visit to this pleasant little coastal town.

The sea was angry that day my friends….

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Many thanks to Gearge Castanza. 🙂

Discounted room rates at Yamba through THIS LINK.

 Mexican

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Strangely Mexican food has never been on my list of favourites.

Mexican! That’s not a Mexican, this is a Mexican.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

My apologies Pablo.

Yamba to Port Macquarie

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A 3.5 hour drive with a stop at Grafton for a Maccas.

Old habits die hard…

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Over the years I think I have stopped here at Grafton 20 times for a strawberry shake.

 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip, Port Macquarie.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip The mouth of the Hastings River in Port Macquarie.

Centre of town

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Port has quite a large shopping centre & a population of 80,00 & growing rapidly.

Expected growth

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

A very popular area with a good climate and about a 4’5 hour drive to Sydney.

Port Macquarie to Gosford.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

With a brief stop at Newcastle to say hi to my old mate Barry Madden.

Barry Madden

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Barry & I worked together in the mid 90s with NRMA as financial planners. 

The Settlers Tavern Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone at Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

Early morning workout

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip It was aperfect Sunday morning for a workout for these rowers.

Gosford to Sydney 

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip

The final leg of my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip.

Maroubra Beach

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip One of Sydney’s famous southern beaches.

Chaotic Coogee Beach.

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip Late afternoon & most people have gone home or to the pub. 🙂

For a great room rate in Coogee or anywhere in the world just book through THIS LINK.

Classic Australian pub picture

Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip This is the Robin Hood hotel at Waverly, however years ago these fabulous pictures were found on most Aussie pubs.

It was a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Surfers Paradise Sydney Road Trip photo blog. 

             Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

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                                    Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
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                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
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Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

March 26, 2017 by David Herd

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

 Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney where on a sunny weekend thousands of people head for the pubs & restaurants as well as the famous beach. 

Beach or the pool

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Decisions decisions, the answer is whatever you prefer. 🙂

The pool & surf club are an iconic landmark

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a fabulous setting, absolutely breathtaking. Located right beside the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

The main attraction is the beautiful beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney This is around 5pm so most of the crowd have gome home or to the pub.

Rock pool at northern end of Coogee Beach.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Late afternoon as the sun sinks in the west. 

Copacabana or Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Seeing the beach volley ball always reminds me of Copacabana where I have been lucky enough to visit 8 times between 1999 & 2010.

This is what brings the crowds

 photo b30bc5ef-4740-408b-8740-b4fc2117f03c.jpg Magnificent Coogee Beach.

Wonderful views from these homes.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Can you imagine how much it would cost to live here?

The average Coogee home price is $2,627,000 for a house & $1,o39,500 for a condo. However these overlooking the ocean & beach would be double that.

 Here are serviced apartments for rent.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Amazing location overlooking the beach, ideal for a long stay. Use THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

Would you prefer to stay in a Dive?

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Don’t be fooled by the name, the location is fantastic overlooking Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney. Book the Dive Hotel through THIS LINK.

Picnic in the park

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Check out the seagulls waiting for some scraps. 🙂

Or have a BBQ

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Cooking facilities are available here.

 Coogee Bay Road

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Lots of restaurants, cafes & flash cars.

Lots of sidewalk cafes

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Plenty of places to eat in Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Coogee Bay Road

 photo 26a9af44-ad4f-459c-ab95-78d6af6f61e5.jpg Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

As you can see the traffic is bumper to bumper & finding a car park is like winning the lottery.

 Coogee Bay Hotel

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney One of the most famous hotels in Sydney and possibly the busiest.

Sunday afternoon session

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Noisy and busy at the Coogee Bay Hotel.

Coogee Pavilion

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney  Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey dining destination created by Sydney hotel baron Justin Hemmes.

 Surf club entrance at southern end of the beach

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney What a perfect day for taking photos.

Southern end of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Grand Pacific accommodation & the Barzura Cafe.

Coogee Crown Plaza

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Sunday session at the Crown Plaza.

Crown Plaza is a great location 

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney           photo 130dbc35-3887-4945-983d-07135ef5f163.jpg          Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney

Great views over the beach from this excellent hotel, Use THIS LINK for a terrific discount on a room with a view.

The older side of Coogee

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Many parts of Coogee are quite ancient as you can see, probably worth several million as a devlopement site here in Arden Street.

This one is certainly worth preserving.

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney Not sure if it will be kept as a private recidence or a guest house.

Overlooking Coogee Bay

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney As you can see Coogee is quite hilly.

Important safety message

Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER wore hats or used sun protection.

Thanks for visiting my Busy Chaotic Coogee Beach Sydney photo blog, before you leave please check out Maroubra Beach which is a few kms south of Coogee.

 

              Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

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Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

March 25, 2017 by David Herd

Sunday in Maroubra

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb located 10 klms south of the city was so busy on this beautiful sunny Sunday. Just finding a place to park the car was a major frustrating excercise. 

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Some of the expensive apartments overlooking the beach. In fact the average price of an apartment in Maroubra is around $850,000, however those in the photo would be more than double that. The average house price in the suburb is $1,840,000. 

Here is what makes Maroubra famous

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Without a doubt Sydney’s beaches are among the best in the world. In my opinion the only country that can compare is Brazil, especially Florianopolis.

One of Sydney’s best surfing beaches. 

 photo 78c4c95e-9690-4c20-8bb0-43ea127655cb.jpg Everyone is waiting for a wave to ride.

The blue building is the surf club.

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You can clearly see the lookout tower where the lifesavers keep a close eye on the swimmers.

A favourite photo

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb You have the camera man, the babe doing excercises, the Bra Boy heading for the surf & a couple just watching the action.  Bra Boys are a notorious surf gang, at their home beach Maroubra.

In December 2005 riots broke out between Muslum gangs from Sydneys Western suburbs & Eastern suburbs surfers. Follow THIS LINK for details. Contrary to popular opinion I personally was proud of the Aussie surfers that day.

That’s a huge zoom lens

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb No doubt tis guy is a serious photographer. 🙂 

 Important safety message

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb When on the beach in Australia make sure you always use sun blockout, wear a hat & swim between the flags.

In recent years I have had many skin cancers removed, doctors tell me the damge was done many years ago before I turned 16 years of age. In those days we NEVER use sun protection.

A great family enviroment

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb What a place to grow up & to have fun on a magificent beach like Maroubra.

 Sidewalk cafes

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb Similar to every other Sydney beachside suburb sidewalk cafes abound.

Dive Hotel

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb A great view from this boutique hotel overlooking Coogee Beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Location

Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb

As you can see Maroubra lies south of other fanous beaches such as Bondi & Coogee. 

Thanks for visiting my Maroubra Sydney Beachside Suburb photo blog. For a great discount at Crowne Plaza hotel or other properties in Coogee just book through THIS LINK.

                What a great year for travel in 2015                  

                 Istanbul                  Budapest                        London

Galeta Tower     St. Stephen's Basilica       Walkie Talkie London    

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Dubrobnik cable car        David Herd Thailand                     

                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

Thailand Europe Vietnam Japan        Main Square Zagreb       Vung Tau

         

       Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
 
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

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Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

March 24, 2017 by David Herd

Brisbane Water

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Gosford Central Coast near Sydney is located on Brisbane Water just 80 km north of Sydney. Growing up in Sydney this area was where our family would spend our annual holidays.

Breakfast at Tommys Cafe at Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Before driving to Coogee in Sydney I decided I needed a good breakfast.

Scrambled eggs & avocado

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney On Turkish toast of course. 🙂 TripAdvisor rate #6 of 101 Restaurants in Gosford.

A delightful spot in Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

 photo Gosford 19.jpg           photo Gosford 18.jpg          Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

I wish I could find Turkish bread in Thailand.

Perfect sunday morning in Gosford

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney From Gosford it’s just a short cruise to the magnificent Hawksbury River, 

Starship Cruises

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The “Lady Kendall” will take you on a 2.5 hour cruise for $37.

 Gosford Sailing Club Club

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Located on the foreshore of Brisbane Water. Check it out through THIS LINK.

Shooting some photos

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

I never go anywhere without my Canon. 🙂 

A perfect place for a picnic

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney A lovely waterfront park beside the sailing club.

Central Coast Stadium

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney The stadium has picturesque views over the Brisbane water.

Quality Inn the Willows

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

The Settlers Tavern

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney

A terrific T Bone have Settlers Tavern at 2 Hely Street, West Gosford. They have a great menu for a local pub, check it out on THIS LINK.

All the meals were excellent

Gosford Central Coast near Sydney My friend Geoff had the pasta & his fiance Nana ordered a huge meal of steak & seafood. Geoff is a regular visitor to Thailand, follow THIS LINK to see his 50th birthday party.

Time to head south to Sydney.

 photo 104e1d4a-d0ad-48f8-bf12-4b38ae059e25.jpg The last leg of my road trip is just a short drive south to Sydney along the Pacific Highway. 

And here I am approaching the bridge.

 photo b119b4a1-15c6-4189-aa09-b130e87f80c8.jpg It’s been a great drive down from from Surfers Paradise  to Sydney stopping at Kingscliff, Yamba, Port Macquarie, Forster-Tuncurry, Gosford & Coogee. Also dropped into Maroubra which is a place I have not seen for over 50 years. Just click on the links to see my photo blogs.

Thanks for visiting my Gosford Central Coast near Sydney photo blog.

         Checkout some more of my terrific blogs on the links below.

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Lisbon restaurant            Wall St New York            Airole                         

             Menton                          Pattaya Storms                   Shibuya Tokyo

French Riviera            Pattaya Thailand            Shibuya Tokyo                 

        Hong Kong                        Florianopolos                         Dubrovnik

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                                         Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
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                                                                 Plus free cancellation .🙂
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                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

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Bondi Beach Sydney

September 2, 2015 by David Herd

Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi-beach-Sydney Bondi Beach Sydney is an iconic landmark known throughout the world & synonymous with the Australian lifestyle. Having said all that to me it’s rather overrated. This great photo was taken by my old friend Barry Madden from Newcastle north of Sydney.

Looking south

Bondi Beach Sydney

I think there are many nicer beaches and beach-side suburbs along the Sydney & NSW coast. I certainly prefer Manly on the northside of the harbour.

North end of the beach

Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi Beach was a working class suburb all through the twentieth century, migrants from New Zealand were the majority of the population. After World War II, Bondi Beach and the Eastern Suburbs became home for Jewish migrants from Poland, Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. A stream of Jewish immigration continued into the 21st century and the area has a number of synagogues and a kosher butcher. The area today is very multicultural with a lot of new wealthy Asian families and Samoans. The multicultural migration funded and drove the growth of the suburb throughout the 90’s into the turn of the century, moving it steadily from its working class roots towards upper/middle class enclave similar to its neighbours of Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill which was listed as the most expensive postcode in the country in 2003, 2004, 2005.

Coffee at Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi beach SydneyWhile my English friend the intrepid Bill Austin went for a swim, Joan & I enjoyed coffee & cake and watched the passing parade.

Bill at Bondi Beach Sydney 24-2-2010

Bondi beach Sydney

Bill works for Trowbridge council in Wiltshire.

Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi Beach Sydney

Bondi beach is world famous however I do prefer Manly on the northside of the harbour.

Raining in Bondi

 photo Sydney Bondi beach hotel

The orange building Hotel Bondi is a landmark on Campbell Parade. It was built from 1915-1920s and was designed by E.Lindsay Thompson. It combines Italianate, Federation and Free Classical elements and has been described as an “important landmark building in the Bondi Beach townscape.” and has a state heritage listing.

Use this link for a great deal on Bondi hotel rates.

Super storm

Bondi Beach Sydney My apologies I don’t know who to credit for this amazing photo of a huge storm closing in over Bondi Beach Sydney.

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Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

August 30, 2015 by David Herd

Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney, in 2010 the reason for my visit was to show Joan & Bill, my friends from Wiltshire in the UK, my wonderful home town with the best harbour in the world.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2010.

Overnight at Port Macquarie

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney We stay at Port Macquarie at my brother’s home on the way to Sydney, there was a vintage car rally with some terrific examples.

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So many fabulous beautiful vintage cars.

On top of the world.

Food Friends Family Home Town SydneyYou may be wondering why I didn’t make the climb, well that can be easily narrowed down to one word, FEAR!

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Dinner at Frenchs Forest

Dinner with friends at French’s Forest in Sydney.

Peter Hobbs & Peter Hesky.

Food Friends Family Home Town SydneyA couple of friends I have known since the 70s, Peter Hobbs occasionally visits Pattaya but Peter Hesky never makes contact anymore.

Warwick Robinson, David Herd & Michael Saleh.

Food Friends Family Home Town SydneyIt’s always good to catch up with old friends when I’m in Sydney.

Peter Hobbs drinking the good stuff.

Moet ChampagneSparkling French Champagne to wash down the pasta. 🙂

Warwick loves his food

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

However it caught up with him in 2013, he underwent a triple heart bypass, so much for over indulgence. 🙂 Now here is quite a coincidence, his heart surgeon was Dr Alan Farnsworth, he was captain of our rugby team at Homebush High school in Sydney & I was vice captain. From memory he was dux of the school & I struggled to pass my intermediate, however we were both pretty good footballers.

While I’m on the nostalgia kick I fondly remember our football coach Peter Philpott, an Australian leg spinner & a terrific guy.

Manly Wharf Hotel with old friend Paul Slaughter

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Paul & I spent a lot of time together over the years.

Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Nice small hotel in a good location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Manly Wharf Hotel

Manly wharf hotel

Always lots of eye candy Sunday afternoon at Manly.

Drinks & Dinner at the Oaks

Oaks Hotel SydneyDinner with Bill & Joan and my lovely niece Elyssa.


Herd family Xmas at cousin Deb’s house.

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

What a feast, cousin Deb really knows how to entertain.

My other nice Elyssa Xmas 2010

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

Fast forward to 2016 and Elyssa is the proud mother of a gorgeous little girl.

Main St Auburn NSW

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

The street really has not changed much in 50 years.

I grew up here at 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn

Food Friends Family Home Town Sydney

I took a sentimental journey to Auburn, the Sydney suburb I grew up in. The main st had not changed much except for the Vietnamese & Muslim establishments. My real shock came when I drove past our family home at 58 Kihilla Rd, it was now totally run down, a very heartbreaking sight for me.

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Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

June 24, 2015 by David Herd

Our journey starts here

Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry is one of the most famous trips in this great city. I remember a slogan from when I was a child, “7 miles from Sydney & 1000 miles from care”.  This was the slogan used by the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company in 1940 to describe Manly “Australia’s Premier Seaside Resort”.

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

The best way to travel to Manly is take a ferry from Circular Quay which will give you a view of the world’s best harbour.


Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry The Quay apartment tower is one of the most expensive in Australia, what an incredible location and view.

The view from the Quay apartments

Circular Quay Manly Ferry

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A million $$$$ view if I ever saw one.

Sydney Harbour Bridge.

David Herd Sydney As you leave the Quay the famous bridge is on your left & the Opera House on your right.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

One of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks.

Busy harbour

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

There is always a hive of activity around Circular Quay.

From the top of the Harbour Bridge

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry Bill Austin my friend from Wiltshire in England did the Bridge walk.

Many spectacular sights along to way.

Sydney Opera house

Sydney skyline is quite breathtaking. 

Cruise ship

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

The Sun Princess arrives in Sydney.

Many different boats of the harbour

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Now here is a yacht with real character. 

Darling Point

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry One of the most expensive harbour side suburbs in Sydney.

Point Piper

Point Piper Probably the most expensive suburb in Sydney, and in fact Australia.

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay

Is where you will find the famous Doyle’s restaurant.

Arriving at Manly

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

The “Queenscliff” arrives from Circular Quay.

Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Nice small hotel in a good location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Docked at Manly wharf.

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

You can sit here and watch the ships roll in.

Lunch at Manly

David Herd Sydney Sue & I eating traditional fish & chips at Manly beach, and they said in the 40s, “7 miles from Sydney & 1000 miles from care”. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry photo blog.


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Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

August 25, 2014 by David Herd

Bill Austin & Joan Baptiste

Sydney Harbour Circular QuaySydney Harbour Circular Quay was the first place I took my English friends Joan & Bill after driving down the Pacific Highway from the Gold Coast QLD in 2010. In my eyes this represents the front door to the city.

Bill is the brother of my friend Alan Austin who is a guest of Her Majesty, Bill & I met when I first visited Alan in 2007. Joan was an Olympic runner who competed in the 200 meters at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Bill was a Para Military man who served time in Ireland & many other countries.

Sunset at Circular Quay

Diamond PrincessThe Diamond Princess moored at Circular Quay.

The Diamond Princess 

Diamond Princess cruise ship

Diamond Princess is a cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She began operation in March 2004 and primarily cruises in Alaska during the summer and Asia in the winter along with Australia cruises.

Sydney Opera House

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Though its name suggests a single venue, the project comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres in the world — hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people.

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay


 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour BridgeEven more famous than Circular Quay and Bondi is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  1. Construction startedJuly 28, 1923
  2. OpenedMarch 19, 1932
  3. Total length1,149 m
  4. Height134 m

Naturally Bill had to climb it. 🙂

Harbour Bridge climbBeing an ex Para Military man who has made over 500 parachute jumps Bill naturally had to climb to the top of the bridge, and what an amazing view he had from there.

Circular Quay Sydney

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

 

Circular Quay

Sydney Circular Quay

Hydrofoil and Ferry

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

The view from the Quay apartments

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Jet boat

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

OK, lets go….

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Cruise ship heading for Circular Quay

Circular Quay to Manly

Circular Quay

Circular Quay SydneyThere are many good restaurants surrounding Circular Quay, to me it is one of the most interesting areas of this great city. If I had to choose between Circular Quay and Bondi I would choose Circular Quay every time.

Two restaurants, Doyles and the Quay.

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay As you can imagine both these restaurants are very expensive.

Peter Hesky’s 60th January 3rd 2007.

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay We celebrated my friends 60th at the Quay restaurant in 2007.

The Rocks

Circular Quay The Rocks is an historic part of Sydney adjacent to Circular Quay, this is an old warehouse which is now a restaurant.

Historic buildings

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The small building is Cadmans cottage  the oldest surviving residential building in Sydney, having been built in 1816 for the use of the governmental coxswains and their crews.

The Sailors Home opened its doors in February 1865. Naval personnel lodged there until 1891 when the Royal Naval House, with accommodation for 300, opened in nearby Grosvenor Street.  The sailors used to consume opium and alcohol, because in the nineteenth century, opium is legally consumed. Passers-by could smell opium when near the Sailor’s home. In 2002, Sailors Home was changed to The Australian Mariners’ Welfare Society.

 

Maritime Services Building

 photo At20Sydney20for20NYE202006-74.jpg The Museum of Contemporary Art was established to fulfill the museum aspect of the visionary bequest of Australian expatriate artist John Power (1881-1943), who left his personal fortune to the University of Sydney to inform and educate Australians in the contemporary visual arts. The traditional owners of the land on which the MCA building is situated are the Eora people of the Gadigal nation. This site also marks the landing place of the First Fleet in Port Jackson in 1788. In 1802 Sydney’s first hospital and wharf were built nearby, with commissariat stores built by Colonel Foveaux in 1812. In the 1930s the commissariat stores and taxation building were demolished to make way for a new Maritime Services Board (MSB) building (the previous MSB offices were displaced by the Cahill Express Way and Circular Quay railway development). Government architect W.H. Withers began work on the building plans in 1939. Work resumed in 1944 under government architect W D H Baxter after a postponement of four years from 1940 due to Australia’s involvement in World War II. Builders were appointed in 1946 but difficulties in securing labour and material due to post war shortages delayed construction. The foundation stone was laid in 1949 and in 1952 the MSB building opened. With the relocation of the MSB to larger premises in 1989 the building was gifted by the NSW State Government to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Funded by the University of Sydney and the Power Bequest, restoration and refurbishment of the building commenced in 1990 under the direction of Andrew Andersons of Peddle Thorpe/John Holland Interiors and in November 1991 the Museum of Contemporary Art officially opened.

Sydney Skyline

Sydney Opera house Sydney Harbour Circular Quay          Sydney Opera house          Sydney Harbour Circular Quay  

Manly Ferry

  Sydney Harbour Circular Quay About a 40 minute trip from Circular Quay to manly, one of the world’s great boat rides.  

Ferry arriving at Manly

Manly ferry  

North Sydney with Luna Park in the foreground.

Sydney Harbour Circular Quay

Kirribilli House

Kirribilly House SydneyKirribilli House is the official residence of the Australian Prime Minister in Sydney, New South Wales. The house is located at the far eastern end of Kirribilli Avenue in the harbour-side suburb of Kirribilli straight opposite Circular Quay. 

The Oaks Hotel Neutral Bay.

Oaks Hotel Neutral BayI know it’s a few kms from Sydney Circular Quay, however it’s my favourite Australian pub, I have been drinking here for over 30 years, I can’t begin to imagine how much money I have spent there. 🙂

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Sydney harbour best in the world.

August 5, 2013 by David Herd

Sydney, a wonderful harbour, golden beaches & sunshine.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney harbour best in the world, it is as exciting city, I admit to being biased when talking about this great city, I was born & raised here in the middle of the last century. I have flown into Sydney hundreds of times and even now it still takes my breath away. Most of this post will centre around the fabulous harbor because without a doubt it is the best the world has to offer.

View from Drummoyne bay.

sydney harbour

For several years I was fortunate enough to live on the waterfront in Drummoyne, a few miles west of the city, and every day from my balcony I would marvel at the city skyline and Harbour Bridge. My boat was moored in front of my home and every weekend you would find me on the harbour visiting quaint little beaches and wonderful restaurants. The photo above was part of my view.

Here is a stunning view of the Sydney city skyline.

Sydney Opera house

Sydney is rather fragmented due the harbour splitting it between north & south, personally I prefer to stay north of the harbour, but Darling Harbour on the west of the city is a great location, as is the famous Bondi Beach which is located in the eastern suburbs. Make sure you catch a ferry to Manly from the city and you will see why Sydney Harbour is regarded as the best in the world. So do your research and pick the district where you would like to book your hotel.

Circular Quay, the gateway to the city.

Circular Quay Sydney

Grab a seat here and soak up the tremendous view.

Sunset at Sydney Opera House.

Sunset Opera House Circular quay

A huge ship is moored right opposite the Opera House.

Ferries at Circular Quay

sydney harbour

A short trip to Manly across the magnificent harbour should be on the top of your list.

Centrepoint Tower.

Centrepoint tower Sydney

Centrepoint tower which naturally has a revolving restaurant stands 309 m (1,014 ft) above Sydney. 

Anzac Bridge

Anzac bridge Sydney

The ANZAC Bridge, replacing the earlier Glebe Island Bridge, is a large cable-stayed bridge spanning Johnstons Bay between Pyrmont and Glebe Island close to the central business district of Sydney, Australia. Wikipedia

Darling Harbor in Sydney

Darling Harbor old Piermont bridge

The Grand Mercure hotel in Darling Harbour.

The Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay.

The Oaks Hotel

One of my old haunts for many years, the Oaks is one of the best hotels in Australia.

The Oak tree at the Oaks hotel

Oaks hotel

I have so many wonderful memories of enjoying a beer or two with friends at this great hotel.

Mr Wong, good Cantonese restaurant.

Mr Wong cantonese restaurant

Mr Wong’s is a very good Cantonese restaurant off Bridge St in Sydney not far from Circular Quay.

Mr Wong at 3 Bridge St.

Mr Wong sydney harbour

Mr Wong’s has a great atmosphere and very good food, put it on your list.

The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

sydney harbour

No doubt this is the best harbour in the world.

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Climb the Harbour Bridge.

sydney harbour

My English friend Bill Austin said “lets go climb the bridge”,I said “thank you, but I think at this stage I will decline”, Bill being an ex Para military man had experienced about 500 jumps out of planes, many at night into enemy territory. I on the other hand have a great fear of heights, in fact let me tell you a little story about my brief stint in the fire brigade. I was 22 years of age when I passed the simple entry exam for the NSW fire brigade, everything was fine in the first 2 weeks, I was learning all the riveting information about the contents of a fire extinguisher and driving around Centennial Park in the fire engine.

Suddenly they produced what they claimed was the highest ladder in the country, 130 feet they proudly quoted. All the new recruits had to line up to climb to the top, drop a hook attached to your belt over the top rung of the ladder, then lean backwards trusting the hook would hold you. My turn finally came, I pointed out to the instructor there was nobody up there that needed to be rescued, so if he didn’t mind I would rather decline his request. As you can imagine he wasn’t happy, so after many heated words had passed between us I wandered into the front office and laid my helmet and axe on the counter, resigned and went home. So ended my career as a fearless fire fighter.  😳

This pastime is more my preference.

QLD mud crab david herd

Forget about climbing bridges or jumping out of planes, I prefer to do battle with a wonderful Queensland Mud Crab. OK, so maybe he was dead and posing no threat, but there is no finer meal in Australia than a 1.5 kilo monster washed down with a Margaret River Chardonnay.

 The Manly Ferry.

Manly ferry Sydney harbour

One of the best things to do in Sydney is to catch the ferry from Circular Quay in the city to Manly one of Sydney’s famous beaches. Enjoy some fish & chips by the beach and try to keep the seagulls from stealing your food.

Fish & Chips + Oysters.

fish chips oysters Manly beach

Here I am at Manly with my friend Sue from Shanghai.

The Corso in Manly.

Manly beach Sydney

In 1787, Captain Arthur Phillip of the Royal Navy left England with a fleet of ships to establish a colony in New South Wales. He was to be it’s first Governor. In January 1788, the fleet arrived at its destination, Botany Bay, which was found to be unsuitable for settlement, So, on 21 January, Phillip with others travelled north and examined Port Jackson, so named by Captain James Cook in 1770. They spent three days exploring Port Jackson and Phillip, impressed by the “confidence and manly behavior” of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour, called the place “Manly Cove”.

Doyles at Watson’s Bay.

Doyle's Watson's Bay Sydney

On the opposite side of the harbour from Manly is Watson’s Bay, I have forgotten how many times I ate at this famous Sydney harbour side restaurant throughout the 70’s & 80’s, in fact I could almost drive my boat blindfolded from my waterfront home in Drummoyne about 40 minutes west of here.

Doyles in 1981.

Doyle's 1981 Watson's Bay

This was Doyles 32 years ago in 1981. On this original site, Doyles opened Australia’s first seafood restaurant in 1885. The restaurant has been family owned and operated for over five generations. With both indoor and outdoor dining, Doyles is located right on the foreshore of Watsons Bay overlooking the magnificent panorama of Sydney Harbour.

Flashback, Doyles 1982.

David Herd Helen Burke Doyles 1982

Here I am at Doyles with Helen Burke, my girlfriend at the time, enjoying one of our countless lunches on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Who said nostalgia was a thing of the past?

Did I have any fun in the 80’s?

David Herd Sydney harbor boats

So maybe I am going back a long way, over 30 years in fact, however the fun we had on Sydney’s beautiful harbour will never be forgotten, and you can still live this same great life in Sydney today.

Dining solo (again) at Mr Wong.

David Herd Mr Wong

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Sydney harbour

Well folks, many thanks for visiting my Sydney Harbour photo blog about the town where I was born. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed growing up there.

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