We had left it too late to catch a train up to the Blue Mountains after struggling to find the bus stop for the free shuttle service #555 and ended up walking to Central Station. After that we decided to take the train back to Circular Quay and slowly stroll around Sydney Harbour to Mrs Macquaries Point (Domain – Yurong Precinct) and then through the gardens to see as much as we could before the feet complained. The weather was warm, but very cloudy and we weren’t surprised by a shower or two which were very brief. A few large splats and that was that.
The walk really starts at Circular Quay where all the ferries depart from. It wouldn’t do to visit Sydney and not go on at least one ferry, but we’ll save that for another day. After admiring the bridge, it is impossible not to admire the Opera House and even go inside for a tour if you wish.
Entering the gardens via the Queen Elizabeth Gate the first thing that you notice is the amount of runners on this trail! Just before lunch and it appears that half of Sydney are stuffed into lycra and pounding the pavements. Singles, couples, teams of joggers pass us by in both directions, sweating profusely in many cases.
Ignoring them as best as I could I concentrated on looking at the Australian Native Rockery that was along the beginning of the trail.
At the far side of Farm Cove we could see a very large flowering jacaranda tree and the end of Mrs Macquaries Point where you have excellent views back to the Opera House and bridge, and also where you find Mrs Macquaries chair.
Heading back into the garden at Victoria Lodge Gate we meandered around to the Palm Grove area for a bite to eat and drink, before looking around the rest of the garden.
More lovely walks can be found over at my friend Jo’s place.