This was the 5th post (Day 5) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.
6th July 2014 – Sydney, Australia (Day 5)
In heightened tones and lazy hues, We passed another sunday, and paid our dues. To the Aussie weather gods and goddesses, We said a solemn cheers. For all their excesses.
Before making my trip to Sydney, I had written an open request on couchsurfing, to see if there were any hosts who would invite me in. Of all the people who invited me, one of them stood out.
Rosh was a Srilankan who had settled in Sydney. And had a really cool couchsurfing profile. But what piqued my interest, was the location of his house.
Balgowlah heights. A northern suburb of Sydney.
Mind you, Sydney is not just darling harbour and the Central Business district. Many of the people lived in the suburbs and then made their daily commute to Sydney for work or studies. I did stay the last couple of days in a hostel in Kings Cross and had already experienced the centre of Sydney and the main areas. So, maybe it was time to move to the suburbs, and try something new? So, I accepted Rosh’s invite.
And I couldn’t have chosen a better day to meet him. Rosh usually worked hard and long, but today was a Sunday. And he was in a very active Sunday mood today, as I found out minutes after meeting him. He asked me what I had seen in Sydney. I told him. And he asked if I would like to see Sydney from a different perspective.
I just went; ‘bloody hell, yeah!’. So, he started his car, and we went off.
He drove me to at least 5 different vantage points around Sydney, from where you could view the city and all its cityscapes. Two of them worth mentioning, are the Arabanoo Lookout and Bradley’s head.
Historically, Arabanoo was the first Aboriginal Australian to live among Europeans, after he was kidnapped by the European settlers of 1788, to help them communicate with the locals. So, it may be a little bit of an irony, that to get a lookout that is named after Arabanoo, one has to walk through Tania park, which in turn is named after Tania Verstak, a Russian-born Australian model who became Miss International 1962. But since this blogpost is not a piece of social satire, lets move on.
Located within the larger Sydney Harbour national park, Arabanoo lookout offers an almost complete panorama of the Manly Headland, North Harbour and Sydney Heads. One can walk down the lookout to the Reef beach, but I didn’t. Instead, I backed up, and went back to Tania park, which I had crossed to get to Arabanoo. And then watched the cyclists pass along, with a splendid panorama of Sydney behind them.
Bradley’s head is not close to Balgowlah heights. It helped that Rosh had a car, as we drove from Tania park to Taronga Zoo in Mosmann. From Taronga Zoo, we drove a short distance through Bradley’s head (there is a walking track too), before reaching the bradley’s head.
So technically, Bradley’s head is an open-air amphitheatre. But there were no events happening when I visited it, and nor was I interested in attending any too. So, I walked out to the walkable stretch of the head, that jutted out into the ocean, and gave me one of the most beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour.