A diversion from my last posts on Vietnam 🇻🇳…I’ll get back to that next week.  Now in North Sydney and after a lovely day with lots of photo opportunities, I’m inspired to record it here for ourselves and whoever might be interested:)

When in Sydney we often take trains, ferries or buses to different “villages” (see Sydney.com for more info if interested) – each village has a unique and fascinating character.  The village of Balmain/Rozelle is my favourite (a post to come soon) because my grandparents lived there.  We have often visited North Sydney as well…Tony even lived in Kirribilli in 1973/74 when I first met him;  so most Friday evenings I’d take the train to Milson’s Point (1st station on Nth side of bridge – photo below) where he would meet me.  We would then go back to his parents’ townhouse in Kirribilli for an hour or so before heading back over the bridge to inner Sydney to either meet friends, or see a movie, a band, etc.  We had a lot more energy all those years ago of course!

Photo below:  Milson’s Point Station looking toward Sydney Harbour Bridge...this approach to the bridge was started in 1923 – the year of my late father’s birth in Sydney.  In and around the bridge you can see Art Deco features – on the bridge itself and also in many of the nearby shops and cafes of Kirribilli.  I also love the Bird of Paradise plant + the purple groundcover in the photo below too…reminds me to plant some at our Sth Coast house.

Before walking to “the Secret Garden” at Lavender Bay we stopped for coffee at Kirribilli – photo below...

Even if you’re not into gardening like we have been over the years, a visit to Wendy Whiteley’s “Secret Garden” at Lavender Bay is well worth a visit for a short/pleasant stroll with great views of the harbour and lovely places to lunch/dine nearby (more on food places we love later).   It’s actually a public garden and free!  Wendy’s story is well worth reading up on before you come to this garden – she’s an amazing woman and an Australian treasure.

Where we stayed:

We did our usual Canberra – Sydney train trip yesterday (4 hours) and arrived at our Greenwich (Nth Sydney) Air BnB in the late afternoon.  Greenwich is a few stations along from Milson’s Point (Kirribilli) station (photo above).  It’s a very leafy, pretty part of Sydney which I’ll write about soon –  with a few more photos.  Meeting my family for dinner tonight in Surry Hills, another village of Sydney – a 5 min walk from Central station/20 min walk from CBD.

Now back in Canberra but here are a few more photos from our Lavender Bay walk…

Photo above & below:  Harbour Bridge with Luna Park to the left of photos

As children, our mother would sometimes take me and my sisters to visit our grandparents in Balmain…they lived (with 10 children!!) right on the harbour – would love for the big terrace house to still be in the family!!  Occasionally we would take the ferry across to Luna Park amusement park.  I’ll search for a close up photo of Luna Park from recent visits to Sydney.  Happy memories with my 2 older sisters and later as an 18 year old, visits there with Tony and my 2 much younger sisters…one who now lives in Balmain.