If you arrive in Sydney by ship, you would have passed two headlands aptly named North Head and South Head. Today my friends and I took a ferry north of the Harbour into the city and from there, another ferry to Watson Bay, then walked the heritage trail to South Head. It is Sunday so the round trip only costs $2.50 pp (or per family if you have one).
It was cold and overcast when we boarded the ferry into town. It was 9ºC but the temperature would increase by one degree per hour throughout the day until it stopped at 13ºC . The clouds cleared for a while before regrouping but we enjoyed our day.
Our first stop was the infamous The Gap bluff, a popular spot for the final solution to many who hurled themselves to the rocks below. We were hoping to spot some migrating whales but had no luck. We noticed a seaplane out spotting too.
We saw some beautiful golden wattles in flower but also large patches of weeds. The one with the red flower is in particular invasive as are most of the plants around it. Looking back towards the city we saw that the bushland was quite degraded.
Onto the trail we went, Ben and Ang leading the way. Some tourists obligingly wore primary colours to brighten the day though the clouds were starting to move away.
Something has to happen to spoil an otherwise perfect day: people who bring pets to National Parks where they are forbidden. This woman ignored the sign and my caution. Instead she called out to me to say “are you the police?” and on seeing me said “are you the Australian police?” It seems she does not recognise a non white person as possibly being Australian. If you recognise this woman please report her to a ranger.
Australian or not, I wish people would respect and value what we have: an ever diminishing open public parkland in the middle of the city, a habitat for the many birds we saw along the track as well as a haven for small native animals.
This lighthouse would be visible to ships arriving through the heads. It is still in use.
As the clouds dispersed we were able to enjoy the scenery around Watson Bay in the warmth of the sun.
We found an Italian eatery with the unlikely name of The Tea Garden where we ordered three lunches to share. They were equally excellent: Fish and chips, Haloumi salad and Whitebait fritters.
Back on the ferry we went and farewelled the city from the water.