Govetts Leap. A Folklore Legend

We’ve been coming to the relative cool highlands of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for many a year, particularly transfixed by the breathtaking views at Govetts Leap, a vast and spectacular look-out across this World Heritage wilderness just 2 hours out of Sydney.  I’ve previously posted on the remarkable ongoing regeneration since the devastating fires…

‘Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night’

Sadly, the last ‘known’ Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) died at Hobart Zoo in 1936, though ask any local, especially in the north western wilderness areas of Cradle Mountain about Thylacines and they’ll wax lyrical about reports of sightings in the area – a suspicious paw print in the forest or even a pile of stinking scat…

Fun and Games on the Harbour

But there’s a sting in the tale… We woke this morning to news that Sydney’s beaches had been invaded by a mass ‘bloom’ of Bluebottles (siphonophores), a type of jellyfish which are common here in summer. Blooms are rare though, needless to say, when thoughts turned to an early morning swim, the ocean was out of…

‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’

On a blisteringly hot Australia Day, we thought an early morning swim at Bronte would be the perfect way to greet the day….and so apparently did the rest of Sydney. Even at 6.30am the beach was packed, the car park-parked out and the cafes heaving with eager beavers. So rather than tootle around looking for…

The Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

“This place, with its shifting, salted air, tangled fabric, voluptuous topography, winding muscular flora and glorious chiaroscuro light, seemed to me the most thrilling, most picturesque, most romantic city on earth.” – Elizabeth Farrelly One of our favourite spots for a swim is the intimidatingly named Shark Beach at Nielsen Park – thankfully, there’s a shark…

The Accidental Tourist in the Emerald City

How glorious is summer in the Emerald City* at the moment. A completely different summer from last year of course in so many ways, not least the lack of intense searing heat, the choking smoke and the devastating fires, but of course the ongoing pandemic and its long-lasting (the new normal?) social ramifications. Currently in…

The Best Things in Life are Free

There’s been a pool of sorts at Bronte since 1883 when it was known as ‘the bogey hole at South Nelson Bay’, but it wasn’t until 1887 that Waverley Council set aside 150 pounds to carve out a sea bath from the towering sandstone cliffs. Shortly after opening the council imposed a set of rules. …

Wonderful One Day… Wonga The Next

Sadly our time is up at Wonga. We head back down to Sydney in the morning – as the border slams behind us…. but we’ll be back to this magical tropical heaven for sure.  Wonga is one of those rare super laid-back places, seemingly untouched, and unknown of – unchanged even for decades. After two…